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October 9, 2014

Rajab is charged with “publicly insulting government institutions.” (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT

Nabeel Rajab, a prominent rights activist in Bahrain, faces trial over tweets that the Bahraini government sees as insulting.

The Turkish government has stated repeatedly that it will not carry out a ground operation alone. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Amid fresh US-led airstrikes, Kurdish forces look to be holding out in the strategic Syrian town for now.

According to the United Nations, over 1,110 people lost their lives in acts of violence across Iraq last month. (AFP/File)
16:45 GMT

A car bomb explosion in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad has claimed at least 12 lives.

The meeting at this level is the first since France and Turkey signed a "strategic cooperation agreement" last January. (AFP/File)
15:32 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Kuwait Friday to discuss the ongoing struggle against Islamic State militants.

In addition to today's clashes, fighting along the Syrian border has picked up again in the last weeks, leaving at least eight Hezbollah fighters and 15 Nusra fighters dead. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

Hezbollah said they captured a strategic Nusra Front post Thursday in after advancing on several of the group's border posts in east Lebanon. Later, Nusra released a video purporting the capture of one Hezbollah fighter.

Despite multiple airstrikes from the anti-IS coalition, Islamic State militants now reportedly control more than a third of Kobani.. (AFP/File)
13:46 GMT

Fighters from the Islamic State now reportedly control more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, while Washington presses for Turkish military action to aid air strikes,

An injured Yemeni man is carried away from the attack site, October 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT

The death toll in Yemen has risen to over 40, following a suicide bomb attack in the country's capital, Sana'a. The bomber is believed to have attacked a Shia checkpoint prior to a rally.

 A Super Hornet fighter jet has carried out Australia's first bombing raid in Iraq, targeting what the defence ministry on October 9, 2014. [AFP]
13:11 GMT

An Australian jet fighter has targeted positions of the ISIL terrorists in Iraq for the first time since the country joined a US-led international coalition against the terror group.

Lebanese soldiers reportedly returned fire and are now trying to identify the shooters. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

A Lebanese Army post in the northeastern border town of Arsal came under fire from a Syrian refugee camp Thursday.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain's role in Iraq and Syria would continue to be supportive (File/AFP)
12:32 GMT

The British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK will become more involved in the fight against IS, but ground troops won't be deployed to Iraq and Syria.

Over three million Syrians have fled their country's civil war. (AFP/File)
12:18 GMT

The Jordanian government insists its border remains open, but humanitarian agencies say it is now closed to Syrian refugees.

Lebanese security sources say another soldier was injured in the attack (File/AFP)
10:50 GMT

A Lebanese soldier was shot dead by two gunmen on a motorcycle Thursday in the northern town of Rihaniyeh, security sources reported.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
10:17 GMT

Palestinian officials say they are optimistic about the outcome of the unity government's first cabinet meeting in Gaza.

Malfunctions were first discovered Wednesday when Health Minister Adel El-Adawi arrived to check on the arriving pilgrims. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT

As Hajj pilgrims return, malfunctions are found in equipment used to detect diseases like Ebola at Cairo's international airport. State news agency MENA reports defects in electronic temperature gauges and thermal surveying cameras, p

The buffer zone along the border has been supported by France, but the U.S. has yet to agree. (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT

U.S. officials say Turkey's request for a no-fly buffer zone to protect the recent onslaught of refugees is still on the table, but the priority should be for Turkey to join the military coalition against the Islamic State.