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September 18, 2014

The Syrian civil war has displaced millions of people. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT
Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel position near Damascus.
The journalist says he will show the truth about the Islamic State in an upcoming video. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT
The Islamic State has released a new video featuring a captured British journalist.
Peshmerga forces are battling IS militants in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
15:48 GMT
IS militants have reportedly seized control of at least five more Kurdish villages in northern Syria.
Lawmakers demanded the Prime Minister submit a new cabinet with not more than 10 ministers. (AFP/File)
15:26 GMT
The Libyan parliament has rejected the new cabinet of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.
French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius  and his Iraq's counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. [AFP]
14:00 GMT
French foreign minister said he would call the militant Islamic group the ‘Daesh cutthroats’
Palestinian girls walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli strikes on their way to school in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. [AFP]
12:51 GMT
Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq on Wednesday told Ma'an that indirect ceasefire negotiations between Palestinians and Israel will restart within the next week.
Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids on September 18 detained 15 people and foiled a plot by Islamic State jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings", reportedly including beheading a member of the public on camera. [AFP]
12:13 GMT
Fifteen people were detained following dawn raids at a number of properties in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan last night after intelligence discovered an alleged plan by the Islamic State to publicly execute a random person
Palestinian Muslim worshipers attend Friday noon prayer beneath the fallen minaret of the al-Susi mosque in Gaza City on September 12,2014 which was hit by Israeli strikes during the latest round of deadly fighting with Hamas militants. [AFP]
11:26 GMT
The dead were buried and the wounded are trying to heal while the rubble of the war on Gaza remains in place. Hundreds of thousands of tons worth of rubble, not to mention the environmental and health hazard they pose, remind the survivors of death every morning. Removing the rubble means finally beginning the process of reconstruction and a return to normal life.
At least 15 children were killed under the age of two in northern Syria (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT
A UN administered measles vaccination program was halted following the confirmed death of 15 Syrian children, although the number is believed to be much higher.
Peshmerga troops stand guard in the Kurdish capital of Erbil (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT
Islamic State militants pose no threat to the Kurdish capital of Erbil, according to a Peshmerga official.
Up to 22 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants last month in the border town of Arsal (File/AFP)
09:23 GMT
The U.S. and France will speed up delivery of military aid to Lebanon amid the increasing tension in the border town of Arsal.
Forensic experts collect evidence from a house in the Guildford area of Sydney on September 18, 2014. Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids detained 15 people and disrupted plans to "commit violent acts", including against random members of the public that reportedly involved a beheading on camera. (AFP / Saeed Khan)
07:28 GMT
Forensic experts collect evidence from a house in the Guildford area of Sydney on September 18, 2014.
Iraqi army vehicles are seen on September 10, 2014 in Barwanah in the Anbar provinc. [AFP]
07:27 GMT
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have managed to push the ISIL Takfiri terrorists back from the Bouhayat region in the western province of Anbar.
Militants are believed to be holding a further 20 Lebanese soldiers captive since violence erupted in Arsal last month (File/AFP)
07:11 GMT
Another Lebanese soldier was kidnapped close to the border town of Arsal by unknown gunmen in two pickup trucks, according to reports.
Edward Snowden [AFP]
06:49 GMT
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has accused the United States of routinely passing private and unedited communications of American citizens to Israel.
Obama spoke to U.S. troops in Tampa, Florida. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday saying he will not deploy U.S. ground troops to Iraq.

September 17, 2014

Obama's administration recently stated they were considering putting troops on the ground in Iraq. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
A new video released by the Islamic State directly threatens U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. with impending war.
Prime Minister Abadi wants the international community to extend the fight to Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Iraq's new prime minister said in an interview Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary or welcome in Iraq.
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra expressed his willingness to work towards peace in Libya. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Algeria has officially expressed readiness to host negotiations between rival Libyan parties.
Local governments are investigating the incident to find out how the batches were tainted. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
At least 36 children have died after receiving tainted measles vaccines at U.N. clinics.
The United Nations mission in Libya has warned that the security situation is rapidly deteriorating. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
At least nine people have been killed in Libya in heavy fighting between forces loyal to General Haftar and armed militiamen.
The Syrian civil war has displaced millions. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT
Government air strikes have killed roughly 48 people in Homs province.
Yemen's Houthis have been staging mass protests in a bid to press President Hadi to step down. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT
At least 65 Houthis have been killed in clashes in northern Yemen.
Twenty-two Lebanese soldiers are being held by Nusra Front militants (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT
Militants from Nusra Front have threatened to kill one of 22 kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, according to a statement on Facebook.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant wearing a headband of "Al-Quds Brigades". [AFP]
11:45 GMT
A public opinion poll published on Tuesday showed that half of the Palestinian public supports an armed intifada against Israel.
Egypt's foreign minister, Sameh Shukri called contents of the EU statement "false charges" (File/AFP)
11:31 GMT
Egyptian officials summoned EU ambassadors over a "negative" statement on human rights and terrorism in the country.
Islamic State terrorists have taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria since June (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT
Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants north of the capital Baghdad, which has been under siege for over two months.
An Iranian Kurdish female member of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) keeps a position in Dibis, some 50 kms northwest of Kirkuk, on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
10:55 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted Iran’s status in the Middle East, saying the Islamic Republic plays an important role in the establishment of regional peace.
Australia's prime minister-elect Tony Abbott. [AFP]
09:45 GMT
Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australian troops in Iraq will not engage in combat operations in the crisis-hit country.
Mufid Elfgeeh is charged with trying to provide material support to ISIS.
08:09 GMT
Rochester, New York, man has been indicted on charges of trying to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group and attempting to murder US soldiers, the US Justice Department said on Tuesday.
An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
07:56 GMT
Islamic State militants are better resourced than any other terrorist group, according to intelligence officials.
Pupils, both Christian and Moslem, take their baccalauréat exams in Bangui on September 16, 2014. Despite the security situation, the examinations are being held in several towns of the country, including those under the control of the ex-Séléka. (AFP / Pacôme PABANDJI)
07:11 GMT
Pupils, both Christian and Moslem, take their baccalauréat exams in Bangui on September 16, 2014.
Palestinian students are seen through a damaged wall standing in a classroom at a government school in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. [AFP]
06:35 GMT
The United Nations (UN) has reached an agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel to rehabilitate the infrastructure in the Gaza Strip destructed in the recent Israeli onslaught on the besieged area.
Lawyers who gained access to Palestinian inmates confirmed signs of torture (File/AFP)
06:23 GMT
Lawyers from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) have confirmed evidence of torture after visiting prisoners in Israeli jails.
The Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in February. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Egyptian authorities have arrested four "terrorist cells" formed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

September 16, 2014

The recent war damaged or destroyed nearly 17,000 houses. (AFP/File)
20:22 GMT
Now that the war has stopped, Gazans must work to rebuild their homes.
The Iraqi army has been battling IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
20:02 GMT
Iraqi troops have launched a major offensive near the town of Jurf al-Sakhar to flush out Islamic State militants.
The United States has been conducting air strikes against IS militants in Iraq. (AFP/File)
18:47 GMT
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee concerning the military strategy to combat the Islamic State.
The U.S. has said it will not work with Assad. (AFP/File)
17:53 GMT
A top Iraqi official met with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday to discuss terrorism in the region.
Armed militias have rapidly gained power since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
16:15 GMT
The United Nations mission in Libya has warned that a rapidly deteriorating security and deepening political divisions have brought Libya to the brink of chaos.
The majority of Iraqi parliament nominees were confirmed last week. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT
Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Abadi's nominees for defense minister and interior minister Tuesday.
Millions of Syrians have been forced to flee the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
14:44 GMT
United Nations investigators released a new report Tuesday with more details of atrocities in Syria.
Yemen's Houthis have complained about being marginalized by the government (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT
Twenty-two people were killed in Yemen after clashes erupted between Houthi rebels and local Sunni tribesmen backed by the government.
Egypt's security forces have clashed more often with militants in recent months , causing tension (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT
Six Egyptian policemen were killed and two injured in the North Sinai after an explosion struck an armoured vehicle.
Young Turks are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State for financial reasons, according to the report (File/AFP)
11:44 GMT
Up to a thousand Turks have joined Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria, according to government officials and media reports.
Nusra Front suffered heavy casualties after clashes with Lebanon's army (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT
Lebanon's army clashed with Nusra Front fighters overnight on the country's border with Syria, killing dozens of militants.
Low approval ratings: Mahmoud Abbas proved unpopular after his reaction to the latest Israeli assault in Gaza (File/AFP)
09:49 GMT
A mere 10 percent of Gazans would vote for Mahmoud Abbas if elections were held, according to a recent poll Tuesday.
There are currently 1.6 million refugees in Lebanon, with 1.2 million registered with the UNHCR (File/AFP)
09:38 GMT
Lebanon will need up to $1 billion to cope with the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country, according to a government official.
Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif left for New York early Tuesday (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT
Mohammad Javad Zarif left for New York Tuesday to participate in a fresh round of negotiations with the world's six powers over Tehran's nuclear program.
Lebanon's army will internally prepare for an renewed assault in the border town of Arsal, after clashes last month (File/AFP)
08:17 GMT
Lebanon will increase security along the border with Syria as part of a global contribution against Islamic State militants, according to an analyst.
An Afghan confectionery worker makes traditional sweets at a factory in Ghazni province on September 14, 2014. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. AFP PHOTO/ Rahmatullah Alizadah
07:12 GMT
An Afghan confectionery worker makes traditional sweets at a factory in Ghazni province on September 14, 2014.
Alan Henning has been held by IS militants since he was captured in December 2013 while delivering aid in Syria (File/AFP)
06:53 GMT
Al-Qaeda allegedly appealed for Islamic State militants to release British aid worker Alan Henning because "he was an innocent aid worker," it has been revealed.
A wounded Syrian child awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital after all of her family was killed in Douma, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:35 GMT
The UNHCR has urged the international community to recognize the rights of millions of undocumented and stateless people.
The conference was co-chaired by French President Francois Hollande and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum. (Photo courtesy of UPI)
05:00 GMT
World leaders from over 30 countries pledged to use "all means necessary" to defeat the Islamic State.

September 15, 2014

Khamenei denounced U.S. claims of targeted airstrikes against IS militants as "lies." (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Iran's Supreme Leader said Monday that Iran will not join an international coalition led by the U.S. to counter Islamic State militants.
Houthis have been holding demonstrations since August. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT
Yemen's Houthis have suspended their ongoing negotiations with the government over alleged interference from foreign parties.
Kerry and Bassil discussed Lebanon's role in combating terrorism in the region. (AFP/File)
15:52 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Paris Monday.
The civilians killed were displaced Iraqis who had fled IS fighters. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT
A new report by Human Rights Watch says at least 31 Iraqi civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a school in Tikrit earlier this month.
Prime Minister al-Thinni accused Qatar of sending three military planes loaded with weapons to an airport in Tripoli on Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT
The Libyan Prime Minister has threatened to cut ties with Qatar for interfering in Libya's internal affairs.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a week-long trip to consolidate international support for the campaign against IS. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT
Several Arab states have pledged military support, including air strikes, to assist in the international campaign against the Islamic State.
The so-called "Jihadi John" has been featured in Islamic State propaganda videos of beheadings (Image: Screenshot)
12:03 GMT
British security services have reportedly identified the Islamic State militant "Jihadi John", who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines.
Security has been tight since Syria's three-year civil war spilled over to Lebanon (File/AFP)
11:14 GMT
Lebanese authorities have rejected suggestions to collaborate with the Syrian regime to combat Islamic State militants.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani  and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal. [AFP]
11:14 GMT
Arab media reported that the Doha-based Mashaal was considering relocating to Tunisia, Turkey or Malaysia after Muslim Brotherhood leaders expelled from emirate.
French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum  meet at the Elysee palace ahead of an international conference to be held at the French Foreign ministry in Paris on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
09:16 GMT
France has joined Britain in carrying out reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the US campaign against the Takfiri ISIL group.
Mahmoud Abbas is due to hold a meeting with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, on Friday (File/AFP)
09:04 GMT
President Mahmoud Abbas is due to ask France to officially recognise Palestine an independent state in an upcoming meeting this week.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 11, 2014. [AFP]
08:48 GMT
US President Barack Obama has threatened to wipe out Syria’s air defense system and topple the Syrian government if President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to shoot American planes entering Syrian airspace.
Pilgrims performing the Haj (AFP/ File Archive).
08:31 GMT
The Jordanian government has confirmed that it issues temporary passports for Arab-Israeli passport holders to perform the Haj.
French President Francois Hollande and President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Massoud Barzani  review the troops upon Hollande's arrival September 12, 2014 in Erbil.
07:57 GMT
Senior figures from a US-led coalition formed to battle Islamic State (IS) militants will meet in Paris Monday to discuss how to defeat the extremist group that has seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria since launching a June offensive.
Members of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces pose in front of an Islamic State (IS) flag which they took from IS fighters at a military post. [AFP]
07:41 GMT
In Iraq the Iranian controlled Shia militias, which used to specialise in killing American troops, have relieved the Shia town of Amerli, long besieged by Isis
Alan Henning (pictured), is being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
07:20 GMT
Concern is mounting for the safety of a second British hostage being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded aid worker, David Haines.
Anti-war activists hold placards during a rally denouncing US' air strike on Syria and Iraq, near the US embassy in Seoul on September 15, 2014. "All bases are covered" in a US-led multinational coalition against the Islamic State, John Kerry said, as Washington rallies diplomatic and public support to smash the jihadists. (AFP / JUNG YEON-JE)
07:08 GMT
Anti-war activists hold placards during a rally denouncing US' air strike on Syria and Iraq, near the US embassy
Valerie Amos warned of a "very serious" humanitarian crisis while the battle with Islamic State continues (File/AFP)
06:49 GMT
The UNHCR's coordinator Valerie Amos warned that up to one million people fleeing Islamic State violence lacked proper shelter as the humanitarian situation in Iraq worsens.

September 14, 2014

The symbol of  Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which Egypt classified as a terrorist organization in April (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT
An Egyptian police offensive in Suez governorate resulted in the death of seven members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis militant group.
The prime minister called an emergency meeting late on Saturday night, following the video of Haines being released (AFP/ File Archive).
18:00 GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement condemning the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, as an “act of pure evil”.
Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat has demanded the renewal of Interpol’s red notices against Brotherhood members residing in Qatar and Turkey (AFP/ File Archive).
17:00 GMT
Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat called on Interpol to arrest fleeing members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who are living in Qatar or Turkey.
Resistance bloc member Nawwaf Musawi called on political members to "delay our political disputes" in the fight against terrorism (AFP/ File Archive).
15:41 GMT
Hezbollah called for unifying Lebanese politics as one to stand against terrorism.
The figures also include 230 French citizens who intend on joining the Islamic State (File/HO/AFP)
13:04 GMT
Up to 930 French citizens are believed to have ties to the Islamic State according to the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.
U.S. Secretary John Kerry meets with Sisi in the presidential palace, September 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:43 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said the international coalition needs to combat all terrorist groups, not only IS, during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Up to 500 Britons are believed to be fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Image: Screenshot)
12:06 GMT
Leading groups have called on David Cameron to rename the Islamic State in order to halt the radicalisation of British Muslims. Does the "un-Islamic State" sound better?
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement Sunday (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed that 600 soldiers would be sent to Iraq via the UAE to fight Islamic State militants alongside the U.S.-led coalition.
Israeli warships have fired at Palestinian fisherman every day since the recent ceasefire between Hamas and the Jewish state was signed, according to a Gaza union (File/AFP)
09:50 GMT
Israeli forces fired on Palestinian fishermen off Gaza City's coast early Sunday, according to the Union of Gaza Fishermen.
Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali [AFP]
09:27 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry says the kingdom plans to reopen its embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad once the situation improves in Iraq.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Queen Alia Airport on September 10, 2014 in Amman. [AFP]
08:00 GMT
Several opposition groups in Jordan have warned the government against participating in a US-led international coalition aimed at defeating the ISIL Takfiri militants.
US Secretary of State John Kerry  listens during a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on September 13, 2014 at the Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel in the capital Cairo. [AFP]
07:45 GMT
Top US diplomat stresses that Egypt is a key partner in fighting Islamist militancy in the region.
A police convoy escorts French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche to the Brussels Court in the Justice Palace in Brussels, on September 12, 2014. Nemmouche is the alleged shooter in the May 24, 2014 shooting at Jewish Museum of Belgium that killed at least four people. (AFP /Emmmanuel Dunand)
07:07 GMT
A police convoy escorts French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche to the Brussels Court in the Justice Palace in Brussels, on September 12, 2014.
Palestinians sit under a makeshift tent they set up amid the rubble of their house which was destroyed by Israeli strikes during the summer's fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip on September 13, 2014 in Khan Yuni. [AFP]
06:53 GMT
Israeli suspicions that Hamas terrorists were operating near schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency did not justify the attacks against such facilities during this summer’s Gaza war, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Thursday.
The Islamic State now controls large swathes of Syria's northern territory (Image: Screenshot)
06:37 GMT
Islamic State militants destroyed dozens of Sufi shrines in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, according to a British-based human rights group.
Tactics are outlined before the Raqqa attack. [Channel 4]
06:29 GMT
The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) have strengthened their presence along the Iraqi border on Sunday as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly inched towards Jordanian territory.
Mr Haines had been working with an NGO in Syria when abducted in March 2013 (File/AFP)
06:20 GMT
IS released a video showing the alleged beheading of captured aid worker David Haines. British Prime Minister David Cameron described the murder as "pure evil".
Omani officials announced Saturday the nation's readiness to take part in the U.S.-led coalition against militants from the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Oman announced Saturday its plans for involvement in the U.S. led campaign against the Islamic State.

September 13, 2014

The border town of Arsal has seen a heightened level of violence in recent weeks, as clashes between armed opposition groups, Lebanese security personal and Syrian refugees end in bloodshed and abductions. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
A security source in Arsal said a Lebanese man was taken by gunmen in the Arsal Saturday morning, continuing a long string of violent attacks in the embattled border town.
A group of 15 journalists released a statement Saturday saying they would start a sit-in at the Press Syndicate and hunger strike until Monday. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Several Egyptian journalists launched a hunger strike Saturday in protest of the country's new protest law, which bans protests from occurring without prior police authorization.
IS militants in a Damascus suburb signed a non-agression truce with several armed opposition groups deemed as moderates, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT
Days after U.S. President Obama unveiled a plan to battle IS that consisted of the U.S. arming moderate Syrian rebels, several groups of presumably moderate opposition groups have reportedly signed a non-aggression truce with militants from the Islamic State in a Damascus suburb.
Relations have been tense between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leaders, and Abbas' failure to include Hamas representatives in the ICC decision could make things worse. (AFP/File)
12:47 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud reportedly blocked at attempt at prosecution in the International Criminal Court for Israeli war crimes committed during the Gaza siege that began in July.
Lebanon's FM Gebran Bassil said Kerry's stance on Iranian involvement should be reconsidered, and that Lebanon would not be part of an "international axis against another international axis." (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
Amid comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Iran's support of the Assad regime made its involvement in the anti-IS alliance inappropriate, Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said a global alliance against the group must work with all countries, including Iran.
Syrian government forces took hold of the town of Helfaya Friday, a central town known for frequent shifts between government and rebel control. (AFP/File)
08:40 GMT
Syrian troops captured the central town of Helfaya Friday after clashes. The Hama-province town is a key location for the regime because of large number of Christian and Alawite communities living in the area, many of whom have started to fear an insurgency from Sunni extremist fighters among the rebels.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has continuously dismissed claims of a plot to set up a Palestinian state in the Sinai Peninsula, an idea the media picked up after a conversation between Abbas and Egyptian President Abd al-Sisi. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Amid international media accusations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denies plotting a Palestinian state in the the Sinai Peninsula with Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi.
A young Filipino Muslim flashes the peace sign in support of the passage of a law giving autonomy to minority Muslims, during a rally near the Malacanang Palace in Manila on September 10, 2014, to coincide with the handing over of the draft of the basic law at a ceremony at the palace. Philippine President Benigno Aquino sent to parliament on September 10, a proposed law to grant autonomy to minority Muslims, taking a crucial step in his bid to end one of Asia's longest rebellions. (AFP / TED ALJIBE)
04:45 GMT
A young Filipino Muslim flashes the peace sign in support of the passage of a law

September 12, 2014

Lebanese troops will receive arms and other military equipment from Washington to help fight the looming threat of insurgency by the IS. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
U.S. ambassador David Hale said Friday the U.S. would provide weapons and other equipment needed to help fend off threats Islamic State insurgency in Lebanon.
Kerry met with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Jeddah Thursday, where he garnered wide support for U.S.-led campaign against IS militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
14:54 GMT
During a meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Thursday in Jeddah, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry found support among more than 10 Arab nations for the U.S.-led campaign against the IS.