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October 26, 2014

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi said on Saturday that the attacks were carried out with "foreign support." (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

The Egyptian military launched fresh air strikes in North Sinai on Sunday, killing five suspected militants.

According to the UN, over 1,000 people have been killed in Iraq in September. (AFP/File)
11:31 GMT

At least eight Shia volunteer fighters have been killed in a bomb attack near Baghdad.

Over 300 Israeli public figures signed the letter calling for an independent Palestinian state (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT

Hundreds of left-wing Israeli public figures urged the Spanish Parliament to support the resolution for a Palestinian State ahead of the country's vote.

The Syrian al-Qaeda wing al-Nusra threatened to begin executing hostages amid intensified clashes between the Lebanese army and IS-inspired militants in Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT

The militant group said on Sunday it would begin execute captive Lebanese soldiers and policeman in response to the country's recent crackdown on Tripoli jihadists.

King Abdullah condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt, which killed dozens of soldiers this weekend (File/AFP)
09:08 GMT

King Abdullah on Saturday offered his condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi following two terrorist attacks in the Sinai Peninsula.

A Tunisian woman holds up an inked finger after voting in the country's first elections in 2011 following the fall of long-time dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

After a lively electoral campaign riddled with political money and fierce debate, the birthplace nation of the Arab Spring opened polling station doors Sunday for fresh parliamentary elections.

Around 200 fighters are preparing to leave for Syria through Turkey (File/AFP)
07:40 GMT

The first batch of Iraq's Peshmerga forces are due to leave for the Syrian border town of Kobani to battle Islamic State militants.

Firefighters extinguish flames from a building during clashes between IS militants and the Lebanese army in Tripoli, October 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:11 GMT

At least 14 people were killed during clashes between IS-inspired militants and Lebanese troops Saturday, according to security sources.

The 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari defends herself in an Iranian court during the first hearing of her trail (File/AFP)
05:27 GMT

The US and Amnesty International slammed Tehran for the execution of a 26-year-old Iranian woman who killed a man for sexually assaulting her.

Abu Faour outlined a raft of travel, surveillance, training and medical measures that collectively form the country’s most serious effort yet of dealing with the potential fallout from the Ebola crisis. (File/AFP)
04:00 GMT

The health minister warned Monday that Lebanon faces an “imminent danger” posed by Ebola due to the country’s expat community in West Africa.

October 25, 2014

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in Tehran on Saturday despite an international campaign calling for clemency. (File/AFP)
20:10 GMT

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in Tehran on Saturday.

"There was foreign assistance for carrying out this operation," al-Sisi, flanked by top army brass, said in a speech on Saturday. (File/AFP)
17:09 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Saturday that "foreign assistance" was behind a deadly bombing that killed several army troops in the Sinai Peninsula one day earlier.

Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

Fresh clashes have erupted between the Lebanese army and militants in the northern city of Tripoli.

Security forces have been battling militants who have killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Mursi last July. (File/AFP)
12:41 GMT

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the IS militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. (File/AFP)
08:02 GMT

Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region has decided to send reinforcement troops to the Syrian city of Kobani next week to aid Kurds fighting against the IS militants.