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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.

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.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the Islamic State allegations "dirty plots" (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied allegations that his country supported the Islamic State after 49 hostages were freed from the city of Mosul.

While showing support to the fight against IS in Syria, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the U.S. plan to arm rebels supported "terrorist groups." (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

In his speech on Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria stands with any effort to push back the Islamic State, but criticized the U.S. plan to arm moderate rebels, calling them "terrorist groups."

September 30, 2014

The air strikes in Syria are now in their second week. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT

The U.S. carried out air strikes near Syria's border with Turkey overnight in an effort to halt an advance by Islamic State militants.

Turkey has hosted over 1.5 million Syrian refugees since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
08:27 GMT

Turkish officials speaking at the World Economic Forum in Istanbul called on the world the assist the country with the recent influx of Syrian refugees.

Moallem expressed concern that the current climate could create a situation where the international community will not exit Syria for decades. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

In his UN address, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria stands with the international effort to fight the Islamic State militants.

September 29, 2014

Islamic State militants began their assault on Kobani more than a week ago. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT

The Turkish military has sent tanks and armored vehicles to the Turkish-Syrian border in response to shelling from Islamic State militants.

Israel officially banned the Islamic State and anyone associating with it at the beginning of September.
15:00 GMT

Police say the teacher admitted bringing the materials back to Israel from Jordan.

Sulafa Mimar was a hit in her "Lipstick" role last year in Ramadan. (image: Facebook)
10:04 GMT

Rumor has it that Syrian starlet Sulafa Mimar has snatched the leading role in the drama "Nazik Khanom".

RAF Tornado GR4's fly on a mission to Iraq on Sept. 27. (AFP/Ministry of Defence)
09:57 GMT

IS fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria.

Lebanese troops deploy across the border town of Arsal, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:56 GMT

Lebanon's army clashed with militants on the outskirts of Arsal, allegedly leaving many soldiers dead or injured in the early hours of Monday morning.

Jordan recently joined the likes of France, the U.S. and UK in air striking Islamic State positions in Syria (Image: U.S. Air Force)
09:31 GMT

Jordan's government on Sunday said the security situation in the country was stable amid rumours of jihadi support growing in the towns of Zarqa and Maan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country needed to take a leading role against IS militants (File/AFP)
08:32 GMT

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country should take a frontline role against Islamic State militants in Syria.

Members of Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group's nerve centre. [AFP]
07:59 GMT

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives? Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah