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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.
More than 5,000 Yazidi women have been captured by the Islamic State (File/AFP)
08:49 GMT
Two teenagers who escaped from Islamic State militants described their ordeal while in captivity. While 5,000 Yazidi women remain missing, what happens to them when they're kidnapped?
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a meeting with members of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 1, 2014. [AFP]
08:23 GMT
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he had submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council in New York on the two-state solution.
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.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man swings a chicken over other men's heads during the Kaparot ceremony at a religious neighborhood in Jerusalem on October 1, 2014. The Jewish ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, which will start this year on October 3 at sunset. (AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA)
06:59 GMT
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man swings a chicken over other men's heads during the Kaparot ceremony at a religious
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.
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.
Issawi served as minister of finance under Maliki between 2010 and 2013 before being charged with corruption (file photo).
10:42 GMT
“Serious steps” are being taken to clear an exiled Iraqi politician of terror charges as a prelude to his nomination as minister of defense, say sources close to Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.
Abbas accused Israel of committing "genocide" against the Palestinians during his UN speech. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to join the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the event that his efforts at the UN Security Council to set a timetable forcing the withdrawal of Israel to the pre-1967 lines should fail.
Along with his visual aid, Netanyahu didn't have much to go by during the annual UN General Assembly (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said some absurd things in the past but when he compared Iran and Hamas to ISIS, it was a sign that he is out of touch.
In his first year as president, Hassan Rouhani has shown he is a skillful navigator in Iran's rough political seas. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
08:57 GMT
In his first year as Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani has proved himself a capable operator, carrying forward an agenda of renewed diplomacy and tighter economic management. His domestic opponents, however, are far from impressed and far from defeated.
Terrorists seized Gourdel while he was hiking in a national park in eastern Algeria. (AFP/File)
08:49 GMT
Algerian officials say they have identified suspects in the abduction and decapitation of French tourist Herve Gourdel.
A Nigerian Hajj pilgrim is screened for Ebola in Mecca (File/AFP)
08:46 GMT
Saudi authorities took precautionary measures against countries widely affected by the Ebola virus to prevent a breakout at the annual Hajj.
A rebel from Libya Dawn flashes a V for victory sign close to Tripoli's airport, August 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:33 GMT
A major militia group known as "Libya Dawn", rejected UN calls for an immediate ceasefire and demanded the disarmament of other rival groups instead.
The Kurdish victory is one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing IS fighters. (AFP/File)
07:59 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish troops drove IS fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria Tuesday.
The air strikes are an effort to assist Kurdish troops in northwest Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
The British Royal Air Force has begun air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
An Egyptian journalist holds portraits of her detained colleagues Mahmud Abu Zied (R), also known as Shawkan, and Ahmad Gamal (L) during a protest to demand their release on September 30, 2014 in front of their syndicate in Cairo. Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, political unrest has reached unprecedented levels in Egypt, with more than 1,400 people killed and at least 15,000 jailed in a government crackdown. (AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED)
07:09 GMT
An Egyptian journalist holds portraits of her detained colleagues Mahmud Abu Zied (R), also known as Shawkan, and Ahmad Gama
At least 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen are still being held hostage by militants. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT
Nusra Front militants have handed over one abducted Lebanese soldier Tuesday night after talks with a Qatari negotiating team.
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

Saudi Arabia has pledged monthly donations to the Palestinian Authority for the months of July, August and September. (AFP.File)
18:52 GMT
Part of a 3-month pledge of $20 million each month, the Saudi Fund for Development transferred $60 million to the Palestinian Authority Tuesday.
More than 190,000 signatures were collected on an international petition protesting Reyhaneh Jabbari's conviction. Amnesty told the Independent the stay gave supporters hope, but they feared Jabbari may still be executed after the ten day period. (AFP/File)
17:01 GMT
International attention spotlighted the country after Iran's Supreme Court upheld a verdict to execute an Iranian woman charged with murder over killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. Now, Reyhaheh Jabbari has been granted a last-minute stay, postponing her execution by ten days.
So far, Syria's Nusra front has executed one Lebanese soldier and threatened another, while IS has killed two more. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT
Following the most recent Lebanese hostage execution by Nusra Front, Qatari mediators touched down on the outskirts of Arsal Tuesday to begin a negotiation process with militants still holding at least 21 security personnel captive.
Since the Arsal clashes and subsequent soldier catpures in August, Lebanese citizens have grown increasingly aggressive toward Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
Amid heightened tensions after Arsal, armed attacks against Syrian refugees carried out by Lebanese refugees has Human Rights Watch Lebanon worried for what will come next, and urging Lebanese authorities to take action.
Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since June. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT
Kurdish Peshmerga forces are carrying out military operations against Islamic State militants on three different fronts in northern Iraq.
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.
Civilians captured during the fall of Lydda and Ramle around the time of July 12, 1948 and taken to labour camps. In the July heat they were thirsty and were given a drop of water carried by a child under soldiers’ guard. (Photo: Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society)
11:35 GMT
On Israel's little-known concentration and labor camps in 1948-1955
A quarter of construction in Jerusalem is illegal, according to an Israeli NGO (File/AFP)
10:25 GMT
A group of Israeli settlers occupied 23 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem according to a local information center.
Benjamin Netanyahu compared ISIS to Hamas during his speech at the 69th UN General Assembly, September 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:48 GMT
The U.S. State department disagreed with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's comments during his UN speech about ISIS and Iran.
The U.S. must either stand up to Israel or become merely an observer in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT
The path to peace must be reconfigured in order to establish lasting trust between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Muslim Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government earlier this year. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT
An Egyptian court has confirmed the death sentences of 20 Muslim Brotherhood members.
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.
Israeli soldiers and friends mourn during the funeral of comrade. [AFP]
07:59 GMT
Three Israeli soldiers who had taken part in Tel Aviv’s recent war on the Gaza Strip have taken their own lives due to psychological problems, a report says.
This is the third such propaganda video released by the Islamic State featuring Mr. Cantlie. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT
Islamic State militants have released a new video featuring British hostage John Cantlie criticizing Obama's military strategy.
The army also diffused explosive devices planted by militants. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
Iraqi soldiers have recaptured over a dozen villages in Diyala province from IS militants.
Pakistani television journalist Faizullah Khan receives sweets following his release by authorities in Afghanistan as he arrives at Torkham on September 29, 2014. Pakistan appealed to Afghan president Hamid Karzai in July 2014 to issue a pardon to a journalist facing a four-year jail term in Afghanistan for "contacting terrorists". Faizullah Khan, a reporter with the private Pakistani TV channel ARY news was arrested in April by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province. (AFP)
07:14 GMT
Pakistani television journalist Faizullah Khan receives sweets following his release by authorities in Afghanistan as he arrives at Torkham on September 29, 2014. Pakistan appealed
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.
Turkey initially refused to join the US-led coalition, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara's position has changed. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The Turkish government has announced its decision to submit motions to parliament requesting an extended mandate for military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.

September 29, 2014

Netanyahu spoke of Iran, Hamas, and the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
19:17 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN general assembly Monday.
Qassem could face up to three years in jail. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Lebanese lawyers filed a lawsuit against TV host Faisal al-Qassem Monday over his unflattering remarks about the Lebanese army.
Anti-government protests have spread throughout Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
A court in Bahrain has sentenced nine anti-government protesters to life in prison and has revoked their citizenship.
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.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, during his speech at the World Economic Forum, 28th September, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:01 GMT
Egyptian officials condemned accusations from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the premier's criticism of human rights violations in a back and forth spat between both countries.
Yemeni activists chant anti-Houthi slogans during a rally on Sept. 28 in Sana'a. Hundreds of Yemenis took to the streets demanding the departure of the Shiite rebels. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
14:01 GMT
A UN official said Houthis and their allies are in complete control of Sana'a as violence continued to flare.
A Yemeni boy walks past street art critical of U.S. drone attacks in the country (File/AFP)
13:14 GMT
Three children in Yemen were injured following a U.S. drone strike which killed three Al Qaeda militants in the northern province of Jawf.
The militants are able to enter Lebanon through the porous Lebanese-Syrian border. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The Lebanese army clashed with militants trying to infiltrate Lebanon on Monday.
President Ashraf Ghani prays with the electoral commission's Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani in Kabul, September 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:30 GMT
Afghanistan's new president Ashraf Ghani was sworn in Monday after a longstanding dispute in the country's elections.
Israel has destroyed over 500 buildings in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2013, leaving hundreds of Palestinian families homeless (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT
Israeli forces bulldozed a residential five-story building in Abu Dis at dawn Monday, leaving many Palestinian families homeless.
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.
Fourteen suspects were arrested in the seizure. (Image: Dubai Police)
09:39 GMT
Coalition forces seized 5,364 kg of hashish.
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.
At least 24 Houthis were injured in the attack, with three people in critical condition (File/AFP)
09:03 GMT
Seven people were killed and dozens injured after a car exploded near a Houthi controlled hospital in Yemen's northeastern province of Mareb.
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
A Muslim pilgrim wearing a mask leaves after the esha'a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, on September 28, 2014 as hundreds of thousands of Muslims have poured into the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is mandatory once in a lifetime for all Muslims provided they are physically fit and financially capable. (AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
07:27 GMT
A Muslim pilgrim wearing a mask leaves after the esha'a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, on September 28, 2014 as hundreds
The leader of Nusra Front urged American and European citizens to denounce Washington's actions. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
The al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front is threatening reprisals for U.S. air strikes in Syria.
U.S. air strikes are targeting IS militants inside Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The U.S. carried out air strikes in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey.

September 28, 2014

The two jets carried out armed reconnaissance missions but did not conduct air strikes. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
For the first time since Britain's parliament authorized air strikes against Islamic State militants, two RAF jets flew combat missions over Iraq.
Lebanese activists vowed to file a lawsuit against the journalist for his remarks. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT
A group of Lebanese activists held a protest at the offices of al-Jazeera in Beirut over anti-army remarks made by an al-Jazeera journalist over the weekend.
Multiple Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped during clashes on the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
A Lebanese MP announced that the Free Syrian Army has saved multiple Lebanese soldiers from their jihadist kidnappers.
Iraqi FM Ibrahim al-Ja'afari reiterated Iraq's desire to keep foreign troops out of Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Iraq's Foreign Minister once again rejected the idea of foreign troops in Iraq at the U.N. General Assembly.
Parliament leader Agelia Saleh Eissa spoke at the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT
Libya's new parliament held a swearing-in ceremony Sunday.
An F-15E Strike Eagle waits to take off before strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. (AFP PHOTO / US Air Force)
14:15 GMT
An al-Qaeda member expressed condolences for the death of senior operative Mohsin al-Fadhli.
Turkish and Syrian Kurds shout slogans after destroying the border fence into Kobani in neighboring Syria during a demonstration near the Mursitpinar border crossing, in Sanliurfa province, on September 26, 2014. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
12:37 GMT
Protesters in Cizre, near the Turkish border with Syria, threw petrol bombs and firecrackers at security forces.
Missiles are on display during an exhibition on the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, as part of the "Sacred Defense Week" commemorating the 8-year war on Sept. 28 at a park in northern Tehran. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
11:33 GMT
An Iranian general says his forces may attack deep into Iraq if militants approach the country's western border.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
11:06 GMT
PM's comments come after Abbas accuses Israel of "genocide"; Netanyahu's first scheduled engagement on the sidelines of the General Assembly will be with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Negotiation deal may be in the works for Lebanese hostages as PM Salam asks Turkey and Qatar to aid release efforts. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT
Prime Minister Tammam Salam asked Qatar and Turkey to help secure the release of Lebanese hostages, saying Lebanon would support a negotiation deal.
American and Canadian activists have been trying to keep Israeli cargo ships from docking at the ports of Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver. (Image: Zim)
08:49 GMT
Protesters in Oakland, California prevented a Zim cargo ship from unloading its goods at the city's port.
International attention was forced back on Bahraini authorities this month following the release of renowned rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja. (AFP/File)
08:47 GMT
Following anti-government protests in 2011, Bahrain's prison population has doubled, boasting at least 2,000 political prisoners and the Arab world's second highest prison population rate per 100,000 people. How did this happen?
Palestinian Suleiman al-Mesmari (R) stands near his camels in front of his destroyed family house after the animals, that had gone missing from the Gaza Strip during the recent bloody 50-day-conflict with Israel, were handed back by the Israeli army, on September 27, 2014 in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli media reported great efforts undertaken by the military to retrieve the expensive animals, with owner Suleiman al-Mesmari saying he had been contacting Israeli authorities on the matter for over a month. On September 25 night a surveillance team along the Gaza border tracked the camels down and troops shepherded them back into Palestinian territory, reuniting them with their Bedouin owners. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
07:11 GMT
Palestinian Suleiman al-Mesmari (R) stands near his camels in front of his destroyed family house after the animals,
A Yemeni supporter of Houthi rebels stands guard during a rally after the anti-government movement seized key state installations on Sept. 26. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
06:55 GMT
Forces with links to Iran and Hezbollah are supporting Houthi rebels to boost their control of Yemen’s capital Sana’a, intelligence sources say.

September 27, 2014

A boy holds a baby as Syrian Kurds, fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State group, cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc on Sept. 27, 2014. (AFP /Bulent Kilic)
17:48 GMT
Air strikes continued against IS targets, Reuters reported.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is wheeled out of an ambulance outside the Maadi military hospital in Cairo on Sept. 27 before boarding a helicopter that transported him to court.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:44 GMT
Cairo Criminal Court said it needed more time to review 160,000 pages of evidence.
Syrians inspect damage following a reported US-led air strike against the headquarters of al-Nusra Front west of Aleppo on Sept. 25. (AFP /Sami Ali)
09:18 GMT
The New York Times reported that U.S. officials are considering a Turkish request for a no-fly zone over parts of Syria.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani speaks during at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2014. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
08:24 GMT
An investigative report says Israel and the UAE are paying millions to lobby U.S. journalists against Qatar.
Candles are lit as hundreds of people pay tribute to mountain-guide Herve Gourdel (poster), who was beheaded by Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group in Algeria, during a gathering in the southeastern city of Nice, on September 26, 2014. Jund al-Khilifa, or "Soldiers of the Caliphate," beheaded the 55-year-old Frenchman after he was abducted on September 21 while hiking in a national park that was once a magnet for tourists but later became a sanctuary for Islamists. (AFP / VALERY HACHE)
08:05 GMT
Candles are lit as hundreds of people pay tribute to mountain-guide Herve Gourdel
People walk past the remains of burnt tents at a Syrian refugee camp in Arsal on Sept. 25, a few hours after a raid by the Lebanese army. (AFP)
07:15 GMT
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt called on the government to stop dithering on the hostage crisis and endorse a swap deal with ISIS and Nusra Front militants.
Prime Minister David Cameron said IS fighters are “psychopathic terrorists who want to kill us”, September 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
British politicians have overwhelmingly voted to launch air strikes alongside the U.S. and France against the Islamic State in Iraq.

September 26, 2014

A large number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are foreign nationals (File/AFP)
17:29 GMT
Nine Japanese citizens have reportedly joined the Islamic State according to an Israeli official, although the information has not yet been verified.
Syrian refugees arrive at the port of Limassol after being rescued close to Cyprus' coast, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:39 GMT
A cruise ship off the coast of Cyprus rescued around 300 Syrian refugees from a fishing boat. The refugees had reportedly spent days at sea before being found on the faulty boat.
Syrian protesters took to the streets of Arsal on Friday to voice anger against Lebanon's army crackdown (Image: The Daily Star)
15:07 GMT
Syrian refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal protested against the army following an ongoing crackdown on Islamist militants.
President Obama met with Egypt's leader, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss a range of issues, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Barack Obama at the UN headquarters Thursday to discuss the Libya crisis and rising IS threat in the region.
Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was executed after posting messages on Facebook, criticizing the Islamic State (Image: Facebook)
12:50 GMT
Militants from the extremist group, the Islamic State, have executed a prominent Iraqi women's rights activist in the city of Mosul.
Palestinian Muslims were previously banned from entering the holy site ahead of the Jewish new year holiday (File/AFP)
10:37 GMT
Israel's security forces on Friday imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers praying in the Al Asqa mosque because of alleged reports of planned demonstrations.
Lebanese Muslims gather near their luggage at Beirut International Airport as they head to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on September 25, 2014. From war-ravaged Iraq to Ebola-hit Nigeria and dozens of other nations, pilgrims are converging on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj, the world’s largest Muslim gathering. Beginning in early October close to two million believers will congregate in an atmosphere of brotherhood to follow the 14-century-old traditions of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. (AFP / ANWAR AMRO)
10:30 GMT
Lebanese Muslims gather near their luggage at Beirut International Airport as they head to perform the annual hajj
Over half of Brits (57 per cent) said they supported bombing Islamic State extremists (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT
The majority of the British public back air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria according to a YouGov poll.
Tourists study a map near an entrance to the Metro in Paris on Sept. 19. (AFP/Joel Saget)
10:00 GMT
U.S. officials said they had no information to support Prime Minister Abadi's claims, Reuters reported.