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October 9, 2014

The buffer zone along the border has been supported by France, but the U.S. has yet to agree. (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT

U.S. officials say Turkey's request for a no-fly buffer zone to protect the recent onslaught of refugees is still on the table, but the priority should be for Turkey to join the military coalition against the Islamic State.

Armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi rebels man a checkpoint erected in the capital Sanaa, on October 7, 2014. [AFP]
08:54 GMT

At least 20 people were killed on Thursday in a suicide attack apparently targeting a Houthi checkpoint in the center of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, witnesses including a Reuters reporter said.

President Barack Obama says the “barbaric” ISIL terrorist organization poses a threat to the world and fighting against the group will be a “difficult mission.” [AFP]
08:43 GMT

US President Barack Obama says the “barbaric” ISIL terrorist organization poses a threat to the world and fighting against the group will be a “difficult mission.”

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak handed in his resignation to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi after Houthi rebels protested against his appointment (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT

Yemen's newly elected premier, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, resigned from his post following mass protests from Houthi rebels.

Despite U.S.-led air attacks causing a few fighters to withdraw, most of Kobani is still occupied by IS, prompting Turkey to propose a no-fly zone along the Syrian border to protect refugees. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday he would support Turkey's request for a no-fly safe haven for refugees slong the Syrian border.

A Palestinian child from the Msabeh family sits in a room of her family home which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel's army and militants from Hamas on October 8, 2014, in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. [AFP]
07:06 GMT

Palestinians will be able to begin importing reconstruction material into the Gaza Strip through Israeli-controlled crossings starting next week, Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said on Wednesday.

October 8, 2014

The campaign group said the EU should suspend the association agreement, as Israel violates the human rights requirements of the deal. [tumblr}
16:22 GMT

The UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has called on Prime Minister David Cameron’s government to pressure Brussels to suspend extensive cooperation with Tel Aviv under the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

Smoke rises from the town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani by the Kurds, October 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:39 GMT

U.S. forces carried out air strikes against Islamic State positions in Kobani, causing the militant group to pull out of the town.

Jens Stoltenberg was appointed the new Secretary-General for NATO, October 1st, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:15 GMT

NATO's new Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is due to visit Turkey on October 9 to discuss ongoing unrest in Iraq and Syria.

Protests turned violent when ethnic Kurds clashes with alleged members of the Islamic State in Hamburg, Germany.
14:08 GMT

Kurds across Europe have staged protests against the Islamic State and what they see as a lag in military aid to Kurdish Forces battling the military group along the Turkish border. In Turkey, Kurdish protesters also clashed with Salafi Muslims in a fierce, armed confrontation.

Attacks against security forces have increased in Egypt since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT

Two policemen are under investigation for negligence after a bomb exploded inside a Cairo court.

Lebanon's army has sought help from the international community in recent months against jihadists on the border with Syria (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Britain's ambassador to Lebanon announced plans to increase military aid and support to the country's army as clashes against extremists along the border with Syria are on the rise.

The FBI has appealed for help in tracking down IS fighters. [Twitter]
12:53 GMT

The FBI has appealed to the public for any information on individuals who may have traveled abroad to fight alongside Isis.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) meets state John Kerry for talks in Vienna over Tehran's nuclear programm. [AFP]
12:24 GMT

Iran and major powers are set to hold multilateral and bilateral nuclear talks in coming days in Vienna, Iran's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Amid Peshmerga pleas for international aid, IS militants first entered Kobani Monday night. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Militants have reportedly withdrawn from some areas in the Syrian border town of Kobani amid U.S.-led air attacks.