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November 17, 2014

The militants had previously threatened to kill the seven hostages this morning, but the ultimatum has since been extended until 4 p.m. today. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT

ISIL has announced an extension of four hours their ultimatum to the Lebanese government to revoke death sentences for Islamists or expect the execution of seven Lebanese captives.

The group of veiled women are affiliated with ISIL in northern Lebanon, according to a local newspaper. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT

A group of "veiled females" linked to ISIL are allegedly recruiting girls to adopt extremist ideologies in northern Lebanon.

Egypt's foreign ministry released a statement Monday condemning the ISIL killing of American Peter Kassig, the fifth beheading of a Western hostage by the militant group. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT

Egypt's foreign ministry released a statement Monday condemning the killing of American aid worker Peter Kassig by ISIL militants.

Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, has pledged to introduce new legislation to replace the controversial "kafala" sponsorship system and improve conditions for migrant workers (AFP).
10:55 GMT

The move comes after growing international criticism of the system that allows employers to keep workers from leaving their jobs.

ISIL and Nusra Front kidnapped 27 Lebanese soldiers during clashes in the town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

ISIL threatened Monday morning to execute the Lebanese servicemen it is holding captive along the northeastern border of Lebanon if the government doesn't revoke sentences handed down to Islamist Prisoners in Roumieh Prison.

Israeli security forces used stun grenade and tear gas to disperse protesters who threw stones and petrol bombs at the Israeli troops. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

Clashes broke out in several neighborhoods of East Jerusalem overnight after a Palestinian driver was found hanged late Sunday.

Political parties in Egypt have raised concerns about the country's controversial protest law during meetings with the PM. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met with Egypt's political group, Independence Current, as part of a series of sessions with political groups in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary election.

Libya has struggled with intense violence ever since the ouster of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT

Libya's recently-elected parliament based in Tobruk has declared the eastern city of Benghazi a "disaster area," citing a wave of "acts of terror" that had gripped the flashpoint city for months.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said Palestinian people should be guaranteed legitimate rights. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT

The UAE's prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, voiced support for Palestine following ongoing violence at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

A screenshot from an ISIL propaganda video shows the Syrian men lined up prior to being beheaded, November 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT

ISIL extremists beheaded 18 Syrian hostages along with American aid worker Peter Kassig in a propaganda video Sunday.

Tensions continue to run high in Jerusalem after another Israeli man was stabbed on Sunday. (AFP/File)
05:26 GMT

A Palestinian bus driver was abducted and hanged by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, according to local sources.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

President Barack Obama on Sunday confirmed the death of American hostage Peter Kassig, saying the aid worker was killed "in an act of pure evil" by Islamic State militants.

November 16, 2014

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar. [AFP]
22:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar

A Palestinian woman gestures as it rains near a house that was destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on November 16, 2014. [AFP]
21:41 GMT

The investigation committee of the UN Human Rights Council has listened to testimonies of victims’ families and civil society organizations, the representative of Palestine to the HRC said Saturday.

Imran Khan's party Tehreek-i-Insaaf, has criticized the Pakistani government amid increasing tensions. (AFP/File)
20:37 GMT

Ten supporters of Pakistani opposition leader, Imran Khan, were injured in a gun attack Sunday during an anti-government rally.