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September 15, 2014

French President Francois Hollande and President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Massoud Barzani  review the troops upon Hollande's arrival September 12, 2014 in Erbil.
07:57 GMT

Senior figures from a US-led coalition formed to battle Islamic State (IS) militants will meet in Paris Monday to discuss how to defeat the extremist group that has seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria since launching a June offensive.

Alan Henning (pictured), is being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
07:20 GMT

Concern is mounting for the safety of a second British hostage being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded aid worker, David Haines.

Valerie Amos warned of a "very serious" humanitarian crisis while the battle with Islamic State continues (File/AFP)
06:49 GMT

The UNHCR's coordinator Valerie Amos warned that up to one million people fleeing Islamic State violence lacked proper shelter as the humanitarian situation in Iraq worsens.

September 14, 2014

The symbol of  Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which Egypt classified as a terrorist organization in April (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT

An Egyptian police offensive in Suez governorate resulted in the death of seven members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis militant group.

The prime minister called an emergency meeting late on Saturday night, following the video of Haines being released (AFP/ File Archive).
18:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement condemning the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, as an “act of pure evil”.

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat has demanded the renewal of Interpol’s red notices against Brotherhood members residing in Qatar and Turkey (AFP/ File Archive).
17:00 GMT

Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat called on Interpol to arrest fleeing members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who are living in Qatar or Turkey.

Resistance bloc member Nawwaf Musawi called on political members to "delay our political disputes" in the fight against terrorism (AFP/ File Archive).
15:41 GMT

Hezbollah called for unifying Lebanese politics as one to stand against terrorism.

The figures also include 230 French citizens who intend on joining the Islamic State (File/HO/AFP)
13:04 GMT

Up to 930 French citizens are believed to have ties to the Islamic State according to the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

U.S. Secretary John Kerry meets with Sisi in the presidential palace, September 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:43 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said the international coalition needs to combat all terrorist groups, not only IS, during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement Sunday (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed that 600 soldiers would be sent to Iraq via the UAE to fight Islamic State militants alongside the U.S.-led coalition.

Israeli warships have fired at Palestinian fisherman every day since the recent ceasefire between Hamas and the Jewish state was signed, according to a Gaza union (File/AFP)
09:50 GMT

Israeli forces fired on Palestinian fishermen off Gaza City's coast early Sunday, according to the Union of Gaza Fishermen.

Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali [AFP]
09:27 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry says the kingdom plans to reopen its embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad once the situation improves in Iraq.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Queen Alia Airport on September 10, 2014 in Amman. [AFP]
08:00 GMT

Several opposition groups in Jordan have warned the government against participating in a US-led international coalition aimed at defeating the ISIL Takfiri militants.

US Secretary of State John Kerry  listens during a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on September 13, 2014 at the Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel in the capital Cairo. [AFP]
07:45 GMT

Top US diplomat stresses that Egypt is a key partner in fighting Islamist militancy in the region.

Palestinians sit under a makeshift tent they set up amid the rubble of their house which was destroyed by Israeli strikes during the summer's fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip on September 13, 2014 in Khan Yuni. [AFP]
06:53 GMT

Israeli suspicions that Hamas terrorists were operating near schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency did not justify the attacks against such facilities during this summer’s Gaza war, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Thursday.