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October 2, 2014

The UN will attempt to end the ongoing strife caused by the country's multiple power-hungry militias. (AFP/File)
12:45 GMT

The United Nations is planning to hold talks with Libyan militias in an effort to end clashes.

IS has carried out brutal acts against, Christians, Muslims and Yazidis (pictured), who were forced to flee militant violence (File/AFP)
12:20 GMT

More than 1,119 Iraqis were killed including 854 civilians during the month of September according to a report by the UN Wednesday.

Experts believe IS has resorted to attacking civilians as a result of U.S.-led air strikes (File/AFP)
11:18 GMT

Civilian deaths are on the rise in Iraq since IS intensified car bomb and mortar attacks across the country, despite U.S. air strikes.

Palestinian children place their national flag on the rubble of a building which was destroyed during the Israeli army summer's military offensive on the Gaza Strip, on October 1, 2014. [AFP]
10:54 GMT

The first cabinet meeting of the Palestinian unity government will take place in Gaza after the Eid al-Adha holiday, a Palestinian official said late Wednesday.

A Lebanese army convoy patrols the outskirts of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT

The Islamic State intends on seizing parts of northern Lebanon, according to Western diplomatic sources.

Kurdish people run away from tear gas as Turkish police and soldiers clash with protestors who support the Kobani city near the Syrian border in Suruc on September 29, 2014. [AFP]
09:17 GMT

ISIL fighters are reportedly preparing to wage an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, highlighting the ineffectiveness of U.S.-led airstrikes against them.

Afghan firefighters wash blood off a road at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on October 2, 2014. [AFP]
08:09 GMT

At least three people have been killed in yet another bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, just days after the Afghan government and the US struck a security deal.

Housing construction site in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa in east Jerusalem. [AFP]
05:12 GMT

US says east Jerusalem housing plan 'calls into question Israel's commitment to peace'

Islamic State opens 1st consulate in Turkish capital. [AFP]
04:52 GMT

The ISIL terrorists have purportedly opened a consulate in Turkey and use it to issue visas for those who want to join the fight against the Syrian and Iraqi governments.

October 1, 2014

Syrian rescue workers carry the body of a man following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 1, 2014. [AFP]
15:52 GMT

Two car bomb explosions in Syria's Homs have claimed the lives of at least 18 people, mostly children, while leaving 40 others wounded.

A combo of handout pictures received from Britain's Ministry of Defence on September 30, 2014 shows screen shots of a strike on an Islamic State armed pick-up truck, using a Brimstone missile (circled in red by MoD before impact), at an undisclosed location in Iraq during an armed mission in support of Op Shader.[AFP]
15:44 GMT

RAF Tornados launch second wave of attacks on targets in Iraq

An image grab taken from a video released by Islamic State group's official Al-Raqqa site via YouTube on September 23, 2014. [AFP]
14:22 GMT

Iraqi tribesmen have found a depot of Jordan-made weapons belonging to ISIL Takfiri militants in northern part of the country.

Palestinian children carrying bottles of water walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli military strikes during the summer's fierce offensive, on October 1, 2014, in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. [AFP]
14:13 GMT

Israeli authorities have granted 500 Palestinians from Gaza three-day permits to visit Jerusalem over the Eid al-Adha holiday, an official said Wednesday.

The Islamic State militants began an assault on Kobani in mid-September. (AFP/File)
12:32 GMT

Islamic State militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters who were captured during clashes near Kobani.

IS militants are believed to have captured 60 Kurdish villages around the city of Kobane in northwest Syria (File/AFP)
12:23 GMT

Islamic State militants have made advances towards the Syria-Turkey border despite continuing air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.