Main headlines

September 17, 2014

Twenty-two Lebanese soldiers are being held by Nusra Front militants (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Militants from Nusra Front have threatened to kill one of 22 kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, according to a statement on Facebook.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant wearing a headband of "Al-Quds Brigades". [AFP]
11:45 GMT

A public opinion poll published on Tuesday showed that half of the Palestinian public supports an armed intifada against Israel.

Egypt's foreign minister, Sameh Shukri called contents of the EU statement "false charges" (File/AFP)
11:31 GMT

Egyptian officials summoned EU ambassadors over a "negative" statement on human rights and terrorism in the country.

Islamic State terrorists have taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria since June (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants north of the capital Baghdad, which has been under siege for over two months.

An Iranian Kurdish female member of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) keeps a position in Dibis, some 50 kms northwest of Kirkuk, on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
10:55 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted Iran’s status in the Middle East, saying the Islamic Republic plays an important role in the establishment of regional peace.

Australia's prime minister-elect Tony Abbott. [AFP]
09:45 GMT

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australian troops in Iraq will not engage in combat operations in the crisis-hit country.

Mufid Elfgeeh is charged with trying to provide material support to ISIS.
08:09 GMT

Rochester, New York, man has been indicted on charges of trying to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group and attempting to murder US soldiers, the US Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Palestinian students are seen through a damaged wall standing in a classroom at a government school in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. [AFP]
06:35 GMT

The United Nations (UN) has reached an agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel to rehabilitate the infrastructure in the Gaza Strip destructed in the recent Israeli onslaught on the besieged area.

Lawyers who gained access to Palestinian inmates confirmed signs of torture (File/AFP)
06:23 GMT

Lawyers from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) have confirmed evidence of torture after visiting prisoners in Israeli jails.

The Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in February. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Egyptian authorities have arrested four "terrorist cells" formed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

September 16, 2014

The Iraqi army has been battling IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
20:02 GMT

Iraqi troops have launched a major offensive near the town of Jurf al-Sakhar to flush out Islamic State militants.

The United States has been conducting air strikes against IS militants in Iraq. (AFP/File)
18:47 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee concerning the military strategy to combat the Islamic State.

The U.S. has said it will not work with Assad. (AFP/File)
17:53 GMT

A top Iraqi official met with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday to discuss terrorism in the region.

Armed militias have rapidly gained power since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
16:15 GMT

The United Nations mission in Libya has warned that a rapidly deteriorating security and deepening political divisions have brought Libya to the brink of chaos.

The majority of Iraqi parliament nominees were confirmed last week. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Abadi's nominees for defense minister and interior minister Tuesday.