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The Gulf Cooperation Council representatives reportedly reached a major breakthrough toward ending their dispute with Qatar (AFP/ File Archive).
20:20 GMT

Saudi Arabia and other GCC states have reportedly reached a major breakthrough toward ending their dispute with Qatar.

IS´s directive prohibits the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter”, just weeks after IS released a video in which journalist James Foley was beheaded (AFP/ File Archive).
19:00 GMT

The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has issued a directive banning the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter” conducted by the group’s “soldiers” on various fronts, according to a copy of the orders circulating on social media.

Shi´ite militia (pictured below) supported the Iraqi security forces to retake the town of Amerli (Haidar Hamdani/ AFP).
17:00 GMT

Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias entered the northern town of Amerli on Sunday and broke the Islamic State´s two-month siege of the town.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The Foreign Ministry has denied that Zarif suggested that sanctions be lifted in return for Iran supporting anti-IS efforts (Yuri Kadobnov/ AFP).
16:14 GMT

Iran has dismissed reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif demanded that: “all the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear activities should be lifted in return for its help in Iraq” in countering the Islamic State.

Jordanian King Abdullah reaffirmed that his country will continue coordinating Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts with all stakeholders and cited the "pivitol" role the United States is playing (AFP/ File Archive).
15:00 GMT

Jordan´s King Abdullah on Sunday underlined the need to intensify international efforts to resume peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Libya's militias have grown in strength since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:19 GMT

Libya's caretaker government has announced that most ministries and state-run institutions are now out of its control.

A delegation from Arsal will receive the body along with Red Cross officials. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

Islamic State militants have beheaded a Lebanese soldier in Arsal.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [AFP]
12:40 GMT

'Der Spiegel' reported that the US National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency had carried out "wide-scale spying against Turkey."

Erdogan is convinced a "parallel state" exists in Turkey. (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT

Approximately two dozen police officers were arrested Monday for allegedly planning to overthrow the Turkish government.

The laptop reportedly belonged to an extremist from Tunisia. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT

A laptop formerly owned by Islamic State militants reveals the group's plans to develop and use chemical weapons including the bubonic plague.

US Secretary of State John Kerry  meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
09:47 GMT

According to Palestinian sources, Kerry cancelled his visit to the region due to lack of progress in talks; Palestinian delegation set to travel to Washington Tuesday to present new initiative to Kerry.

At least 24 soldiers from the Lebanese army remain in the hands of militants. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT

Hezbollah has allegedly captured three senior commanders from the Nusra Front to exchange for captive soldiers.

Iraqi militia fighters from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Saraya al-Salam , prepare to fire a mortar during heavy clashes with Islamic State  fighters in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province about 88 kilometres south of Kirkuk on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:53 GMT

Jordan handed NATO secret security reports showing expansion of extremists in Iraq, ideas to counter group’s advance towards its territory.

Smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra following an explosion during fighting, between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, near the Quneitra border crossing on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:28 GMT

Syrian army forces and rebels battle near border; both sides seek to control Quneitra border crossing; UN peacekeepers held captive by Islamists still missing.

U.S. embassy staff was evacuated in July because of raging violence. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT

A Libyan militia group says it has secured the abandoned U.S. embassy in Tripoli.