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October 12, 2014

Earlier this week, IS and Nusra militants called on Sunni soldiers to defect from their posts and join extremist ranks in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

After defecting from the Lebanese Army and joining the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front, a Lebanse man remains with the militant group as his family pleads for his return.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy sits in a Cairo courtroom (AFP file photo).
04:00 GMT

Several Muslim Brotherhood figures were given sentences of up to 15 years on charges of torturing an opponent protester.

October 11, 2014

At least 38 people were killed Saturday night in Shi'a areas of Baghdad. (Image: Shutterstock)
20:40 GMT

Media reports said that the blasts occurred within minutes of one another.

Mourners in Suruc, Turkey bury Kurdish fighters killed battling IS jihadists for control of Kobani on Oct. 11. 
(AFP/Aris Messinis)
17:12 GMT

Outgunned by the more heavily armed IS attackers, Kurdish defenders were facing IS advances from two directions.

Displaced foreigners stream into Tunisia from Libya in August (AFP file photo).
14:00 GMT

Increased violence among rival groups in Libya has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 287,000 people.

Britain's police were told to be on alert for their personal safety after last week's terror arrests. (AFP file photo)
12:30 GMT

On Tuesday, Scotland Yard arrested five people during an investigation into a suspected terror plot targeting London.

Iraqi Shi'a fighters from Tal Afar, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, take part in a parade in the Shi'a shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on October 2, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
11:00 GMT

Armed militias have increased their presence across Iraq as part of local and national attempts to combat advancing ISIS fighters.

Students at Al-Azhar university run for cover during clashes with police outside their campus in Cairo in 2013. (AFP file photo)
08:49 GMT

Police have arrested several students in different governorates over the past few days, including 14 of the "Students Against the Coup" movement.

A Palestinian boy fills a container with water in front of the rubble of his family house in Beit Hanoun. (AFP/Said Khatib)
08:11 GMT

The Palestinian government plans to request a total of $4 billion in pledges from donor countries and organizations at the conference in Cairo.

Rebel fighters gather on the Syrian side of the Qalamun hills close to the Lebanese border in September. AFP/Wissam Al -Omor
07:44 GMT

Military posts were attacked by unidentified gunmen for the second day running.

Nine Islamic State militants were killed in the northern Saladin province (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Iraq's army killed nine militants from the Islamic State and destroyed an IS base in the northern Saladin province, according to security officials.

October 10, 2014

Ghoncheh Ghavami was jailed in Iran for trying to watch a male volleyball match (Image: Facebook)
17:00 GMT

A British-Iranian woman who was jailed in Tehran for watching a men's volleyball game has went on hunger strike after three months in prison.

Civilians watch smoke rise from the Kurdish city of Kobani in the distance, October 8th, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:52 GMT

Hundreds of civilians trapped in Kobani could be executed by the Islamic State if the extremist group gains complete control of the border town, the UN warned.

Bombings and shootings have become commonplace in Egypt's Nile Delta region since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 (File/AFP)
13:44 GMT

Two bombs hit separate cities in the Nile Delta Friday, according to senior officials although no casualties were reported.

Smoke rises from the Kurdish town of Kobani, close to the Syrian border with Turkey, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:42 GMT

The U.S.-led coalition targeted Islamic State positions near Kobani overnight while the militant group still controls a third of the Kurdish town.