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October 22, 2014

Syria has struggled with an ongoing civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

The Syrian air force carried out over 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours.

The strategic town of al-Sab, which is situated to the west of Baghdad and also borders Baghdad Intentional Airport, is now fully under the control of the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Iraqi soldiers have pushed IS militants out of al-Sab, a strategic town near Baghdad.

The Islamic State is  made up of foreign fighters from dozens of countires (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT

Three US teenagers hoping to join the Islamic State were caught by FBI agents in Germany and sent back home to Denver where they were reunited with their families.

The UN chief also praised Turkey for providing Gaza with a temporary power plant after much the area's power grid was destroyed in the most recent conflict with Israel. (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said there was no chance of long term stability without Israel properly addressing the occupied territories.

October 21, 2014

An emergency department of an Istanbul hospital was quarantined after a patient suspected of having MERS was treated there. (File/AP)
17:30 GMT

The Turkish Ministry of Health has stepped up its MERS screening process after being the latest country in which the MERS virus has been fatal.

359 structures have been destroyed in the West Bank this year according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Israeli officers evicted the residents of 3 houses in Jerusalem and demolished them leaving 23 Palestinians homeless.

Paramedics carry the bodies of those killed, following a fierce gun battle between security forces and militants in the village of Arab Sharkas, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:33 GMT

An Egyptian court handed down death sentences to seven men found guilty of terrorism offenses Tuesday following a raid in March where two military officers were killed.

Private security guards check student IDs as they enter their universities. (File/AFP)
12:58 GMT

Egypt bolstered private security at universities due to increased anti-government protests at the start of the academic year.

At least 1.13 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN in Lebanon (File/AFP)
12:55 GMT

Lebanon's Social Affair Minister said no more Syrian refugees would be allowed in the country following the mass influx of people fleeing the neighboring conflict.

Syria's death toll has risen to 190,000 people since the war began over three years ago (File/AFP)
11:53 GMT

The EU on Tuesday added a total of 16 Syrians including 12 ministers to a new sanctions list due to the continuing war by Assad's regime.

King Abdullah speaks during the UN General Assembly, September 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:11 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan said "there is no grey area" in battling terrorism and warned against IS militants creating a civil war in Islam.

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat. [AFP]
10:10 GMT

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that if the US vetoed the Palestinian UN resolution for a timetable to end the Israeli occupation, Palestine would apply for membership to 522 international organizations and statutes.

Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.

General Haftar has pledged to bring stability to Libya. (AFP/File)
09:07 GMT

Libya's parliament has announced a formal alliance with former General Khalifa Haftar.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas sits with the Egyptian premier Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, July 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:51 GMT

Israeli and Hamas officials are due to resume indirect talks in Cairo next week following an invitation from Egypt to restart negotiations.