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October 7, 2014

Smoke rises from the southwestern area of Kobani following coalition airstrikes on Oct. 7. Fresh airstrikes by the US-led coalition hit positions held by Islamic State jihadists. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
15:06 GMT

The ground attacks in Kobani's streets are centered on the southern section of the city, and are regarded as less intense than Monday's effort to repel IS militants.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani has talks scheduled in Cairo on fighting militant groups in the region (file photo).
14:39 GMT

The development is likely to stoke fears that Libya’s ongoing fragmentation will make it a safe haven for militant groups.

Iran's intelligence chief said 'significant' amounts of explosives had been seized in a bomb plot. (AFP file photo)
14:21 GMT

Iran's intelligence ministry said it had seized explosives in a plot to attack one of its holy cities.

Kurdish demonstrators protest in the hall of the parliament building in The Hague on Oct. 6. The banner reads, in Dutch: "Stop the silent support to Kobani." (AFP/ANP/Valerie Kuypers)
13:42 GMT

About 100 Kurds occupied part of the Dutch parliament building in protest over IS attacks. The protesters left peacefully after talking with lawmakers and police.

Authorities say the assailant rammed an explosive-laden armored vehicle into houses. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

A car bomb has killed at least 17 people and injured 13 others in Iraq's Saladin Province.

IS militants overtook areas of Kobani late Monday. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

Turkey's main Kurdish party has urged all Kurds to hold protest rallies across the country against IS militants and their attacks on Kobani.

Most protests took place on Monday, the anniversary of the October 6 war. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT

Small-scale protests by Morsi supporters took place in Cairo and Alexandria.

Kurdish fighters have been battling IS militants outside Kobani for weeks. (AFP/File)
06:55 GMT

IS militants have entered the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani after weeks of intense fighting.

The Saudi health ministry employed thousands of health workers to make sure pilgrims were protected from two deadly viruses, Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT

Saudi ArabianHealth Minister Adel Fakeih on Monday declared this year's Haj epidemic-free.

October 6, 2014

The Parchin military compound, where the explosion was said to take place on Sunday (AFP/ File Archive).
19:29 GMT

Two people died in an explosion in a nuclear facility near Tehran on Sunday.

Smoke rising above the Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria, where a female suicide bomber is believed to have blown herself up among IS militants (Aris Messinis / AFP).
16:53 GMT

On Sunday, a Kurdish female suicide bomber was believed to have blown herself up among a gathering of Islamic State fighters in Kobane.

Smoke rises in the Kurdish city of Kobane as Turkish soldiers take position close to the border with Syria, October 3rd, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:40 GMT

Islamic State militants intensified attacks across the Syrian border city of Kobani, forcing some 160,000 Kurds to flee into neighboring Turkey.

A Palestinian protester throws stones towards Israeli security forces during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum on Sept. 26. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
11:33 GMT

The signatories demanded an end to the siege of Gaza and to the occupation of territories taken in the 1967 Six Day War and a dismantle of the settlements and walls.

Mourners carry the coffin of a Hezbollah fighter who was killed in Qalamun mountains following clashes with IS, September 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT

Five fighters from the resistance group Hezbollah were killed following intense clashes with Nusra Front militants along Lebanon's eastern border.

Salehi is a correspondent for The National, a UAE based newspaper. (AFP/File)
09:22 GMT

Photojournalist Yeganeh Salehi was released on bail while her husband remains in prison.