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September 30, 2014

A quarter of construction in Jerusalem is illegal, according to an Israeli NGO (File/AFP)
10:25 GMT

A group of Israeli settlers occupied 23 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem according to a local information center.

Benjamin Netanyahu compared ISIS to Hamas during his speech at the 69th UN General Assembly, September 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:48 GMT

The U.S. State department disagreed with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's comments during his UN speech about ISIS and Iran.

The Muslim Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government earlier this year. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

An Egyptian court has confirmed the death sentences of 20 Muslim Brotherhood members.

Turkey has hosted over 1.5 million Syrian refugees since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
08:27 GMT

Turkish officials speaking at the World Economic Forum in Istanbul called on the world the assist the country with the recent influx of Syrian refugees.

Israeli soldiers and friends mourn during the funeral of comrade. [AFP]
07:59 GMT

Three Israeli soldiers who had taken part in Tel Aviv’s recent war on the Gaza Strip have taken their own lives due to psychological problems, a report says.

This is the third such propaganda video released by the Islamic State featuring Mr. Cantlie. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT

Islamic State militants have released a new video featuring British hostage John Cantlie criticizing Obama's military strategy.

The army also diffused explosive devices planted by militants. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

Iraqi soldiers have recaptured over a dozen villages in Diyala province from IS militants.

Moallem expressed concern that the current climate could create a situation where the international community will not exit Syria for decades. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

In his UN address, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria stands with the international effort to fight the Islamic State militants.

Turkey initially refused to join the US-led coalition, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara's position has changed. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The Turkish government has announced its decision to submit motions to parliament requesting an extended mandate for military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.

September 29, 2014

Netanyahu spoke of Iran, Hamas, and the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
19:17 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN general assembly Monday.

Qassem could face up to three years in jail. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Lebanese lawyers filed a lawsuit against TV host Faisal al-Qassem Monday over his unflattering remarks about the Lebanese army.

Anti-government protests have spread throughout Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

A court in Bahrain has sentenced nine anti-government protesters to life in prison and has revoked their citizenship.

Islamic State militants began their assault on Kobani more than a week ago. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT

The Turkish military has sent tanks and armored vehicles to the Turkish-Syrian border in response to shelling from Islamic State militants.

Israel officially banned the Islamic State and anyone associating with it at the beginning of September.
15:00 GMT

Police say the teacher admitted bringing the materials back to Israel from Jordan.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, during his speech at the World Economic Forum, 28th September, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:01 GMT

Egyptian officials condemned accusations from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the premier's criticism of human rights violations in a back and forth spat between both countries.