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October 21, 2014

359 structures have been destroyed in the West Bank this year according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Israeli officers evicted the residents of 3 houses in Jerusalem and demolished them leaving 23 Palestinians homeless.

Paramedics carry the bodies of those killed, following a fierce gun battle between security forces and militants in the village of Arab Sharkas, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:33 GMT

An Egyptian court handed down death sentences to seven men found guilty of terrorism offenses Tuesday following a raid in March where two military officers were killed.

Private security guards check student IDs as they enter their universities. (File/AFP)
12:58 GMT

Egypt bolstered private security at universities due to increased anti-government protests at the start of the academic year.

At least 1.13 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN in Lebanon (File/AFP)
12:55 GMT

Lebanon's Social Affair Minister said no more Syrian refugees would be allowed in the country following the mass influx of people fleeing the neighboring conflict.

Syria's death toll has risen to 190,000 people since the war began over three years ago (File/AFP)
11:53 GMT

The EU on Tuesday added a total of 16 Syrians including 12 ministers to a new sanctions list due to the continuing war by Assad's regime.

King Abdullah speaks during the UN General Assembly, September 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:11 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan said "there is no grey area" in battling terrorism and warned against IS militants creating a civil war in Islam.

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat. [AFP]
10:10 GMT

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that if the US vetoed the Palestinian UN resolution for a timetable to end the Israeli occupation, Palestine would apply for membership to 522 international organizations and statutes.

Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.

General Haftar has pledged to bring stability to Libya. (AFP/File)
09:07 GMT

Libya's parliament has announced a formal alliance with former General Khalifa Haftar.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas sits with the Egyptian premier Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, July 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:51 GMT

Israeli and Hamas officials are due to resume indirect talks in Cairo next week following an invitation from Egypt to restart negotiations.

Houthi rebels are attempting to gain more territory after taking over the capital but are facing resistance from al-Qaeda. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

A total of 67 Shia fighters have been killed in attacks by al Qaeda as violence rages on in the town of Radaa.

A woman watches smoke rise in the Syrian border town of Kobani following a US air strike, October 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:25 GMT

Clashes between Kurdish fighters and the Islamic State continued in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani late Monday.

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

Iraqis gather outside a Shiite mosque where a suicide bomber detonated explosives, killing at least 11 people, on October 20, 2014 in central Baghdad (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP).
20:00 GMT

Around 18 civilians were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Harisiyye district, while another bomb attack left seven soldiers dead in Zeydan

 Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) shaking hands with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir after a press conference in Cairo on October 19, 2014 (Egyptian Presidency/ AFP).
18:00 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Sunday his country will work with Sudan to support Libya’s military against Islamic militants.