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August 31, 2014

Cameron spoke after the country's terror threat risk level was raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. [AFP]
09:16 GMT

PM sets out tough new anti-terror measures in response to heightened threat

Palestinian women look at the shattered remains of a building complex that was destroyed by fighting between Hamas Militants and Israel on August 29, 2014. [AFP]
09:06 GMT

It will take 20 years for the war-torn Gaza Strip to be rebuilt, says an international organization engaged in assessment of post-war reconstruction.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters guard a post as they participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State. [AFP]
08:58 GMT

The strikes are meant to thwart Islamic State attacks on the 15,000 residents of the besieged town of Amerli

Philippine Armed Forces public affairs office. [AFP]
08:38 GMT

The Philippines' armed forces chief says peacekeepers on Golan Heights were helped by Israeli and Syrian forces who engaged rebels in seven-hour firefight in what was he called the "greatest escape."

US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. [AFP]
08:20 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Abdullah has warned that the West will be the next target of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists sweeping across Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles during a press conference in Tehran on August 30, 2014. [AFP]
07:02 GMT

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will continue nuclear negotiations on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Palestinian women observe damage caused by Israeli air strikes in Beit Hanoun, August 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:45 GMT

The Maldives raised $2 million to supply aid for Gaza after 7 weeks of conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas.

Hamas said Saturday attempts to disarm Palestinians are "worthless" and inconsistent with international law. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Hamas spokespeople said Saturday Israeli attempts to disarm Palestinian resistance groups is "inconsistent with international law" and should not be allowed.

August 30, 2014

Two separate bombings happened Saturday in Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding at least 30. (AFP/File)
18:11 GMT

Iraqi officials reported Saturday two separate bombings in Baghdad which killed at least 13 soldiers.

Forty-four UN peacekeepers were taken hostage earlier this week when armed al-Nusra militants stormed the Golan border amid heavy clashes with government forces.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:54 GMT

Fiji military officials said Saturday the 44 peacekeeper soldiers captured by al-Nusra militants earlier this week have been moved out of UN territory to an unknown location.

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said militants should heed government warning that actions against Lebanese soldiers will threaten Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT

After an IS threat to kill nine captured Lebanese soldiers this week, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk gave an "implicit warning" to militants that actions were threatening more than a million Syrian refugees taking refuge in the country.

Secretary of State John Kerry in a New York Times article detailed an plan to coordinate global forces against IS at the UN's September summit. (AFP/File)
12:09 GMT

After President Obama said earlier this week the U.S. currently has 'no strategy' to combat IS on a regional level, Secretary of State John Kerry said he will seek a 'global coalition' action plan at the UN Security Council's September summit meeting.

Nine captive Lebanese soldiers appeared in an IS video Friday pleading for the Lebanese government to agree to the release of jihadi prisoners to avoid IS threats to execute them. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT

A new video released by the IS Friday said the group would kill nine captive Lebanese soldiers in the next three days if the government does not release Islamist prisoners in Roumieh jail.

A Fatah official Wednesday said the PLO plans to take a renewed diplomatic role at the UN Security Council in the wake of Tuesday's ceasefire agreement in Cairo. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

In the wake of a permanent ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian leadership Tuesday, Fatah officials say they plan to take a larger, diplomatic role at the UN Security Council.

August 29, 2014

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Height as they wait to cross into Syria, on August 28, 2014. [AFP]
15:01 GMT

Israeli forces took up positions at Quneitra barely 400 meters from Nusra Front militants who attacked a UN base on the Syrian side of the border and seized the 43 Fijians.