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September 14, 2014

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.

The Islamic State now controls large swathes of Syria's northern territory (Image: Screenshot)
06:37 GMT

Islamic State militants destroyed dozens of Sufi shrines in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, according to a British-based human rights group.

Tactics are outlined before the Raqqa attack. [Channel 4]
06:29 GMT

The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) have strengthened their presence along the Iraqi border on Sunday as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly inched towards Jordanian territory.

Mr Haines had been working with an NGO in Syria when abducted in March 2013 (File/AFP)
06:20 GMT

IS released a video showing the alleged beheading of captured aid worker David Haines. British Prime Minister David Cameron described the murder as "pure evil".

Omani officials announced Saturday the nation's readiness to take part in the U.S.-led coalition against militants from the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Oman announced Saturday its plans for involvement in the U.S. led campaign against the Islamic State.

September 13, 2014

The border town of Arsal has seen a heightened level of violence in recent weeks, as clashes between armed opposition groups, Lebanese security personal and Syrian refugees end in bloodshed and abductions. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

A security source in Arsal said a Lebanese man was taken by gunmen in the Arsal Saturday morning, continuing a long string of violent attacks in the embattled border town.

A group of 15 journalists released a statement Saturday saying they would start a sit-in at the Press Syndicate and hunger strike until Monday. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

Several Egyptian journalists launched a hunger strike Saturday in protest of the country's new protest law, which bans protests from occurring without prior police authorization.

IS militants in a Damascus suburb signed a non-agression truce with several armed opposition groups deemed as moderates, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

Days after U.S. President Obama unveiled a plan to battle IS that consisted of the U.S. arming moderate Syrian rebels, several groups of presumably moderate opposition groups have reportedly signed a non-aggression truce with militants from the Islamic State in a Damascus suburb.

Relations have been tense between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leaders, and Abbas' failure to include Hamas representatives in the ICC decision could make things worse. (AFP/File)
12:47 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud reportedly blocked at attempt at prosecution in the International Criminal Court for Israeli war crimes committed during the Gaza siege that began in July.