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September 8, 2014

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was held under water until the point of death. [AFP]
07:26 GMT

Al-Qa'ida suspects were brought to the 'point of death' during 'real torture' by CIA.

The ministers agreed to "take all measures to counter terrorism: political, security, and ideological." (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

Arab states agreed Sunday to take the necessary measures and cooperate with international efforts to combat the militants in the Islamic State.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking to Iran's state television before going to hospital to undergo a prostate operation in Tehran on September 8, 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has undergone a successful surgery at a state hospital in Tehran.

A picture shows the remains of the spy device near the village of Adloun, September 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:39 GMT

The funeral of a Hezbollah operative killed while trying to disable an Israeli spy device took place over the weekend.

Yemen's Houthis gathered in an effort to press the Yemeni government to step down. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

At least one protester has been killed in clashes with police.

September 7, 2014

Quneitra has been at the center of violent clashes in recent days. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT

At least 43 people have been killed in clashes between Syrian government forces and Nusra Front militants.

Obama said he does not intend to send U.S. ground troops back to Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:20 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said he will make an address Wednesday about his plan to fight Islamic State militants.

The Lebanese army has been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants at the border. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT

Two Arsal locals were kidnapped late Saturday night by a relative of one of the eleven soldiers held captive by Islamic State fighters.

Some Arab League ministers said they were considering adopting a resolution on combating the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby Sunday called for the Islamic State militants to be confronted militarily and politically.

Since May, General Haftar has aligned himself with Libyan special forces. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT

Government forces loyal to Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar have allegedly made advances this week against militias in Benghazi.

Egyptian army [AFP]
11:09 GMT

Egyptian military intelligence on Saturday said that they had discovered what officials called "the biggest explosives workshop and cache" in the Sinai peninsula belonging to the major insurgent group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.

Civilians in Raqqa run for cover from shelling by Syrian forces, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT

Syrian air raids over Raqqa killed 53 people, many of them civilians, while President Assad's campaign against Islamic State militants intensifies.

Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev. [AP]
10:51 GMT

Qatar confirms it has detained two British human rights activists who were probing the working conditions of workers building facilities for the 2022 World Cup.

US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit. [AFP]
10:30 GMT

Turkey denied the US access to a base to launch the rescue attempt due to concerns over its hostages still being held by Islamic State militants in Iraq, says the Wall Street Journal.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talk with an official during their meeting in Cairo. [AFP]
10:07 GMT

A Hamas spokesman on Sunday said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas should stop conducting dialogue through the media, a day after Abbas accused the group of running a "shadow government" in Gaza.