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October 14, 2014

Wounded Yemeni men await treatment in a hospital following a suicide bombing, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
18:34 GMT

The UN Security Council condemned the latest terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda affiliated militants in Yemen and called on all sides of the government to implement the national partnership agreement.

A statement written in Urdu was released with the names of the six Taliban commanders who swore allegiance to the Islamic State (File/AFP)
18:07 GMT

Six Taliban commanders pledged allegiance to the leader and self-declared Caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in a statement Tuesday.

A total number of four Lebanese soldiers have now defected to join extremist groups (File/AFP)
17:45 GMT

The Islamic State released footage of a Lebanese soldier allegedly defecting to join the militant group. Security forces carried out raids in the soldier's town of Dweir Adawiyeh after the video was released.

Prime Minister David Cameron pictured with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah (File/AFP)
17:23 GMT

Leaders from the Palestinian Liberation Organization urged the UK to officially recognize Palestine following a landmark vote from lower level British politicians to support the state.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian said there is a difference between Muslims and Islamist militants (File/AFP)
16:59 GMT

Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian condemned Muslim extremists and said "our Islam is not terrorist," during a conference Tuesday.

Around 180,000 people are believed to have fled the city of Hit due to IS violence (File/AFP)
16:21 GMT

Islamic State has advanced in Iraq's Anbar province despite setbacks elsewhere after militants seized a military camp in the city of Hit Monday.

British journalist John Cantlie was kidnapped by militants while freelancing in Syria (Image: Screenshot)
16:03 GMT

The sister of kidnapped British hostage John Cantlie has made a heartfelt plea to Islamic State militants to "restart dialogue" with her family in order to secure his release.

Ban met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Jerusalem, Israel and Ramallah, West Bank, and was critical of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.

Turkish soldiers sit in their tank overlooking Kobani on Oct. 11. AFP/Aris Messinis
10:50 GMT

Turkey's attacks on the PKK are the first since a peace process began last year.

Houthi rebels took over the capital of Yemen less than a month ago. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT

Yemeni Houthis took control of the town of Hudeida Tuesday.

The battle for Kobani has raged for a month. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

IS militants are now reportedly in the center of Syria's Kobani, a strategically important border town.

Locals inspect damage to a Nablus-area mosque after an overnight arson blamed on Israeli settlers. (Image: Rabbis for Human Rights).
09:19 GMT

Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in the Nablus-area village of Aqraba overnight.

Wounded Yemeni men are treated at a hospital after a powerful suicide bomb rocked the capital Sanaa on Oct. 9, 2014, killing at least 47. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:29 GMT

Houthi leaders called on the Saudi government to prosecute TV presenter Khalid al-Gamdi.

A U.S. -led coalition has been carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT

Turkish officials have denied offering to let the U.S. use their air bases for air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq.

The battle for Kobani is now a month long. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Fighting continues in Syria's Kobani after a lull on Sunday.