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October 5, 2014

Alleged IS policy documents discuss war with Iran and the group's quest for nuclear capabilities. (AFP file photo)
11:37 GMT

The Sunday Times reported that the Islamic State is calling on its members to brace for war with Iran in order to take over its nuclear secrets.

A Russian MI-28 helicopter fires rockets during joint Russian-Indian military exercises. Lebanon is working on a deal for Russian arms and air defense systems. (AFP/Andrew Mireyko)
11:20 GMT

Officials said the Lebanese military was in urgent need of helicopters, night-vision systems, sniper rifles and reconnaissance systems to battle ISIS and other extremist groups.

Ed and Paula Kassig hold their son Peter Kassig's portrait in a video message to his IS kidnappers.
07:52 GMT

Peter Kassig, 26, was kidnapped by IS in 2013 while he was in Syria as a medical worker.

While U.S. and other allies urge Lebanon to avoid dealing with Iran, Hezbollah lawmakers say their offer to help army must be seriously considered. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

Amid criticism from the U.S. and other allies, a Hezbollah lawmaker said Saturday Lebanon should push ahead in considering Iran's offer of support to the Lebanese army.

October 4, 2014

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan demanded on apology Saturday over U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's accusation of Turkish funding for the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
17:56 GMT

Erdogan reacts angrily to comments of US Vice President that Turkey and others in region have financed jihadist organisations in Syria.

Militants pressed farther toward the border town of Kobane Saturday, despite U.S. airstrikes. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT

Limitations of air power in the fight for the Syrian border town of Kobane were made apparent Saturday, as militants closed in on peshmerga despite bombings.

Having been long delayed over political unrest, economic instability and sporadic violence, Tunisia's parliamentary election race officially opened to campaigners Saturday. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

Official campaigning began Saturday for the Tunisian parliamentary elections in a monumental first move toward democracy for the 'birthplace of the Arab Spring'

Maher al-Ammatouri, the freed IS captive, said others are being held about an hour outside Arsal in a farmhouse. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT

After being released by the Islamic State earlier this week, a Lebanese stone worker said he and at least eight other hostages were being held in a small farmhouse an hour outside Arsal.

Photos of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared on the country's state media Twitter feed Saturday morning. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attended Eid al-Adha prayers on Saturday in a rare public appearance at a mosque in Damascus.

The U.S.-led coalition began targeting Islamic State locations across Iraq and Syria last month (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Eight air strikes hit the Tabqa military airport in the Raqqa province, which militant group the Islamic State took control of earlier this year.

October 3, 2014

Alan Henning was captured by militants while he was working as an aid worker in Syria, December 2013 (File/AFP)
23:17 GMT

British aid worker Alan Henning has been beheaded in the latest Islamic State propaganda video released late Friday, although it has not yet been independently verified.

A six-year-old child waves the Palestinian flag during a protest in Brussels, September 21st, 2011 (File/AFP)
22:28 GMT

The prime minister of Sweden officially recognized the State of Palestine Friday, becoming the first Western country to do so.

Yemen has been at the forefront of violence between Sunni tribesmen and the Houthi Shia group (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

An explosion in northern Yemen killed at least two people and left 10 others injured, although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

David Cameron is the first world leader to meet Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, October 3rd, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Afghanistan Friday, making him the first premier to meet the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said total victory over IS would be difficult to achieve, echoing Barack Obama's comments (File/AFP)
13:45 GMT

Australia is due to send fighter jets to bomb Islamic State targets in northern Iraq within days after the country's government approved military action alongside the U.S.-led coalition.