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October 13, 2014

Over 180,000 civilians have fled from the Syrian border town of Kobani in recent weeks (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT

The European Union issued $4.9 million in aid for over 180,000 displaced Syrians who have fled to Turkey after IS violence escalated in Kobani.

Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear gas canisters, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians. (AFP/File)
09:46 GMT

Hundreds of Israeli police raided al-Aqsa mosque compound Monday.

At least 115 militants were reportedly killed in the fighting. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

Intense clashes erupted in Iraq's Anbar Province after IS militants attacked three military bases.

Many of the students were demanding the release of fellow students who have been detained by police. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Egypt's higher education minister said all students who protested at universities on Sunday will be expelled by the evening of the same day.

The Turkish government has been criticized for not doing enough to help the citizens of Kobani. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

Turkey will let a U.S.-led coalition use its bases to battle IS militants in Syria and Iraq.

The Gaza offensive lasted 51 days and killed over 2,000 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Over 30 foreign ministers attended the conference to pledge their monetary support for Gaza.

October 12, 2014

Kurdish forces have been instrumental in the fight against IS extremists in both Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
20:12 GMT

Kurdish forces have stopped the advance of IS fighters in Syria's Kobani Sunday.

Libya has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and various militias since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

At least 21 people have been killed and many others wounded after tribal clashes broke out in the western region of Libya's capital city, Tripoli.

Millions of Syrians have fled the ongoing violence in their country. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Turkey closed the border with Syria on Sunday leaving thousands of people who had fled Kobani stranded in a minefield in no-man’s-land on the border.

There are an estimated 3,000 Tunisians fighting in Syria. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa has announced that his country has arrested some 1,500 militants as part of efforts to secure its transition to democracy.

The students protesting voiced their anger over the university's current leadership. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters at Cairo's Azhar University Sunday for the second day in a row.

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out the use of U.S. forces on the ground. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT

Officials in Iraq's Anbar province are calling for the U.S. to send ground troops into Iraq to help battle Islamic State militants.

Kurdish forces fighting IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT

A series of bomb attacks has left at least 26 people dead in Iraq, amid the deadly violence that rages on across the country.

Kurds across Europe and the Middle East have grown increasingly frustrated with international inaction in Kobani, sparking widespread, sometimes violent protests. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

Protesters mostly hailing from the Kurdish region in Syria took to the streets in Beirut Sunday to protest international handling of Kobani, particularly in Turkey, where the borders have been closed and government authorities have ignored UN urges to intervene in the border town.

As the fight inches closer to the Turkish border, the US urges Turkey to act while Kurdish forces urge the US to send more air power. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani requested heightened airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition. Despite strong defense, Kurdish fighters warn failed weapon requests and inaction from the Turkish government could mean the fall of Kobani to IS control.