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October 17, 2014

The Vienna talks are meant to create a draft of a final agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A senior U.S. official said the November 24th deadline on negotiations for Iran's nuclear program would not be extended.

October 16, 2014

Iraq has faced brutal violence by Islamic State militants in recent months (File/AFP)
18:17 GMT

A UK-based international rights group has warned that minorities in Iraq face ethnic cleansing by Islamic State terrorists.

Medical officials confirmed the deaths of at least 38 people in the attacks (AFP/File)
17:42 GMT

Terrorist attacks killed at least 38 people and wound dozens others across Iraq's capital, Baghdad, Thursday.

Dira square in Riyadh where public executions are sometimes carried out (AFP/File)
16:01 GMT

The prominent Shia cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr has been sentenced to death for allegedly encouraging protests in Saudi Arabia, his family said.

A man holds up mortar shrapnel allegedly fired across the Indo-Pakistan border, October 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
15:48 GMT

Pakistani representatives at the UN called on India to end "unprovoked" firing and shelling in the line of control between both countries, which killed over 12 people.

Yemen claims oil flows through the Marib pipeline. (AFP/FIle)
15:00 GMT

Reuters reports that Yemeni tribesmen attacked the main oil export pipeline on Wednesday, stopping the flow of crude oil.

The Ebola virus has killed over 4,400 people, mostly in western Africa (File/AFP)
14:23 GMT

A passenger from Liberia travelling through Dubai has been put into isolation over fears he may have contracted the Ebola virus, late Wednesday.

Over 100 students were arrested for protesting during the first two days of their academic year, according to a HRW report (File/AFP)
13:50 GMT

Human Rights Watch has condemned the mass arrests of over 100 Egyptian students by security forces in October alone.

The British parliament voted last month to approve air strikes against ISIS in Iraq in September. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT

The UK mobilizes Reaper drones against IS in Iraq.

Israeli soldiers patrol along the border with Lebanon, January 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Lebanese officials filed a complaint with the UN Security Council Thursday over an Israeli border attack from earlier in October.

Kurdish crowds watch smoke billowing from the Syrian border town of Kobani in the distance, October 15, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT

American officials have warned the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State despite air strikes and Kurdish resistance.

Haider Al-Abadi's comments came on the same day the U.S. Defense Department named its anti-IS operation "Inherent Resolve" (File/AFP)
10:27 GMT

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Baghdad was "safe" from Islamic State militants, calling the claims "false rumors".

U.S. manned drone strikes have been criticized in Yemen due to the high number of civilian deaths (File/AFP)
10:02 GMT

A Yemeni man whose brother-in-law and nephew were allegedly killed in a U.S. drone strike controlled from a Berlin army base has filed a lawsuit against Germany for facilitating the incident.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking in parliament (Adem Altan/ AFP).
09:41 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday a unilateral intervention in Syria would do more harm than good as he called for an “all inclusive” effort to resolve the crisis.

Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi. [AFP]
08:42 GMT

The United States would respond favorably to the military needs of the poorly equipped Lebanese Army in its fight against terrorism, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has reportedly said.