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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.
The UN peacekeepers were released on Thursday, a process Qatar said it played a heavy hand in facilitating. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT
The Qatari government said Thursday it played a role in negotiating the release 45 Un peacekeepers held hostage by Syrian Islamist group Nusra Front for the last two weeks.
Palestinian photographer Osama Silwadi poses for a picture in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 10, 2014. Silwadi, who used to work for international news agencies, was crippled when he was hit by a stray bullet when fellow Palestinian gunmen were shooting in the air during a memorial ceremony for a comrade in October 2006. (AFP /ABBAS MOMANI)
12:20 GMT
Palestinian photographer Osama Silwadi poses for a picture in the West Bank
Syriac leaders say Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea showed willingness to help facilitate host of Iraqi Christians in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT
Syriac leaders met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea hoping to secure a save haven in Lebanon for Iraqi Christians fleeing the Islamic State.
Despite doubts in Parliament, British Prime Minister David Cameron said joining U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is still a possibility for Britain. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT
After Uk Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said earlier this week the UK would not participate in U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, British Prime Minister David Cameron is urging MPs to reconsider.
A delegation of Eastern church patriarchs in Lebanon met with Obama Thursday to discuss safety from the IS for Christians across the Middle East. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama would help shield Lebanon from regional turmoil.
Washington is planning a military campaign against IS extremists in Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
U.S. allies like Britain and Germany have expressed opposition to join America's planned military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria.

September 11, 2014

Kurdish troops are on the front lines of the battle against IS. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
Islamic State militants have kidnapped 20 people from a town in Kirkuk.
Turkey is reluctant to take a stronger role in the coalition against IS militants in fear of aggravating a hostage situation. (AFP/File)
15:12 GMT
The Turkish government said Thursday that it will not allow a U.S.-led coalition to use its air bases to launch attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq.
Nearly three years after the fall of Gaddafi, Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity. (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT
Militants have killed five soldiers in Benghazi as fighting continues across multiple Libyan cities.
The announcement was made hours before U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech about his strategy in Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT
The French government announced Wednesday that it is prepared to join a U.S.-led coalition to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
Lebanese army soldiers drive out of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley near the border with Syria. [AFP]
12:03 GMT
At least four Hezbollah fighters were killed overnight Wednesday during clashes with jihadists on the outskirts of a Lebanese border village in the Bekaa Valley, security sources told The Daily Star Thursday.
Yemeni Shiite Huthi anti-government demonstrators shout slogans during a demonstration near the government headquarters in Sanaa on September 9, 2014. [AFP]
11:44 GMT
Yemen’s revolutionaries reject as baseless a government claim that the two sides have reached an agreement to end the political crisis in the country.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. [AFP]
10:36 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obarma is not determined to crush ISIS terrorists, Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said.
Fijian UN peacekeeper sitting with other UN hostages speaking to the camera at an unknown location saying that they are going be released by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front rebels in the Golan Heights. [AFP]
09:59 GMT
The Nusra Front previously released a video appearing to show the 45 Fijian troops in good condition, at points smiling; Al Jazeera reports they have been released.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. [AFP]
09:30 GMT
Australia considers joining US-led airstrikes in Iraq to prevent the advance of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, according to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Palestinian children collecting paper products to use as fire starters for cooking in Rafah refugee camp southern of Gaza Strip on September 9, 2014. [AFP]
09:12 GMT
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Israel violated the laws of war in the Gaza Strip during its recent offensive against the Palestinian enclave.
Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham rebel brigade named new chiefs on September 10, 2014 after a devastating blast that killed nearly 50 members of its leadership in northeastern Idlib province. [AFP]
08:20 GMT
As John Kerry flies in to Iraq for talks with Middle East leaders, the assassination of Hassan Aboud in Syria could drive more rebel fighters into the arms of Isis
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the US Embassy in Baghdad on September 10, 2014. [AFP]
07:59 GMT
The US secretary of state John Kerry, who is in Baghdad, on Thursday endorsed US president Barack Obama's plan to tackle ISIS terror. Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/international/kerry-endorses-obama-s-speech-against-isis-baghdad-1519374.html
Captain Kwestan Mohammed Ali, instructs how to hold an AK-47 to women Peshmerga recruits, some of whom are volunteers, as they take part in a military training at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on September 10, 2014. [AFP]
07:48 GMT
US to provide immediate military aid to Iraq
Kuwaiti women take a picture as the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (on screen), gives a speech after he was named a Humanitarian Leader by the United Nations (UN) during celebrations in Kuwait city on September 9, 2014. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon conferred the title to the Amir at the UN headquarters in New York. (AFP / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)
07:45 GMT
Kuwaiti women take a picture as the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah
Staffan de Mistura, on his first Damascus visit as the new UN envoy on the Syrian conflict. [AFP]
07:30 GMT
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says fighting terrorism should be an international priority.
US President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. [AFP]
07:18 GMT
Islamic State: Barack Obama unveils 'degrade and ultimately destroy' strategy against Isis, ahead of 9/11 anniversary
Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group  members taking part in a training session at an undisclosed location in Syria. [AFP]
07:08 GMT
American officials say Saudi Arabia has agreed to a request from the US administration to provide bases to train foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.
A screen grab shows an Islamic State fighter speaking before the massacre (Image: Channel 4 News)
05:00 GMT
A new video from the Islamic State has emerged showing the apparent massacre of Bashar al-Assad's 93rd brigade in Raqqa from August.

September 10, 2014

Newly appointed envoy, Staffan de Mistura, is expected to meet with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad Wednesday (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT
The UN's newly appointed Syria envoy is expected to meet with Syrian officials along with Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
An Iraqi policeman stands at the site of a car bombing, which killed 12 people in the New Baghdad district, September 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
19:30 GMT
A series of bomb blasts across Baghdad killed at least 19 people and injured dozens others, security officials confirmed. The bombings happened while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Iraq.
A screen grab from an IS video shows American journalist Steven Sotloff prior to being beheaded (Image: The Independent)
19:00 GMT
Another English accent was identified in the Islamic State murder video of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, according to an audio expert.
Clashes broke out during Israeli raids across the West Bank (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Israeli forces detained six people from across the West Bank overnight Tuesday according to an army spokeswoman and local popular committee sources.
Anger is mounting against American forces after least 14 civilians were killed by the U.S. air strike (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT
At least 14 women and children were killed and 13 others injured by an American air strike in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Kunar.
Some 7,000 prisoners are believed to have went on hunger strike Wednesday (File/AFP)
16:36 GMT
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike in protest to a "mysterious" death of a fellow inmate in an Israeli hospital.
A Libyan solider points at an unexploded mortar shell at a checkpoint close to Tripoli, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Libya's army, lead by rogue General Haftar, called on Islamist militias to disarm, ahead of a renewed assault on the eastern city of Benghazi.
Lebanon's army stepped up security along the country's border with Syria since clashes erupted with Nusra Front and ISIS last month (File/AFP)
14:46 GMT
Providing weapons to Lebanon has been prioritized and delivery should be imminent, the French Ministry said.
A supporter of the Shia Houthi movement wears a banner, which reads "civil disobedience" during a protest, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:05 GMT
Anti-government protests in Yemen continued Wednesday across the country a day after security forces opened fire on demonstrators.
The victim is believed to have been shot during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT
Israeli forces shot and killed a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the al-Amari refugee camp Wednesday, close to Ramallah.
A masked Palestinian militant of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, holds-up his rifle on September 2, 2014 in Gaza city during a rally to celebrate a week after the Egypt-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. [AFP]
12:13 GMT
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Hamas is getting stronger and enjoying majority support among the Palestinian public with repeated bouts of Tel Aviv’s military conflict.
Kerry will urge Abadi to maintain a more inclusive government. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Baghdad Wednesday to hold talks with Iraq's new prime minister.
New laws allow the government to view individuals' browsing history. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
The Turkish government has yet again made moves to censor the internet.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to attend. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT
Saudi Arabia has called a conference on counter-terrorism Thursday in Jeddah.
Israeli border guards aim their guns at Palestinian protesters during clashes following a demonstration against Palestinian land's confiscation. [AFP]
07:31 GMT
An IDF unit sent to arrest a Hamas member in Ramallah encountered violent disturbances when approximately 50 Palestinians hurled rocks, firebombs, and burning tires, the army said.
US pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour as ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, where she will perform at the at Meydan Racecourse on September 10. (AFP/ KARIM SAHIB)
07:08 GMT
US pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour as ArtRave
Egyptians expressed dissatisfaction with ongoing power outages. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT
Egyptians held multiple protests across the country to voice their displeasure over Egypt's economy.
US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014. [AFP]
06:45 GMT
The United States is reluctantly but decisively becoming engaged in the civil wars in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to combat Isis, which calls itself Islamic State.
The Libyan government has lost control of many major cities, including Tripoli. (Photo courtesy of UPI)
06:44 GMT
Libya's parliament, escaping from the militant-occupied capital of Tripoli, has taken refuge abroad a Greek car ferry in Tobruk harbor.
Wounded Syrian men wait for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus on September 9, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
Idlib bombing kills 45 high-ranking militants in Syria

September 9, 2014

Security prisoners in Ofer Prison, Israel. [Al-Tahrir]
16:39 GMT
A Palestinian detainee died in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday, a Palestinian official said.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrives for a meeting of foreign ministers at the headquarters of the Arab League in the Egyptian capital Cairo on September 7, 2014. [AFP]
16:28 GMT
The Palestinian envoy to Egypt says Arab League (AL) member states have supported the Palestinian appeal to the United Nations (UN) to recognize Palestine as an independent state.
Mecca Great Mosque. [AFP]
16:20 GMT
Saudis deny rumors that would allow direct flights from Israel for Haj
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures before a meeting of foreign ministers at the headquarters of the Arab League in the Egyptian capital Cairo on September 7, 2014. [AFP]
13:16 GMT
Abbas wants UN to replace US as leading negotiator in peace talks, aide says.
Israeli naval forces have fired at least three times at Palestinian fishermen since the recent ceasefire, which ended 50 days of fighting (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT
Israeli forces arrested four fishermen off the coast of Gaza Tuesday for allegedly being outside the "permitted fishing zone".
Iran's security forces stand guard along the country's border with Iraq (File/AFP)
12:30 GMT
Iran's security forces allegedly arrested three people under suspicion of attempting to cross into Iraq to join the Islamic State.
A Shia Houthi protester gestures during clashes with riot police in Sanaa, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:24 GMT
Two Yemeni Houthi members have allegedly been killed while trying to storm a government building in Sanaa Tuesday.
Israeli forces have arrested around 7,000 children in the past ten years according to the UN (File/AFP)
10:33 GMT
Two Palestinian minors were arrested by Israeli forces while they were playing outside their house in the central West Bank.
Up to 2,137 Palestinians were killed during Israel's 50-day assault in Gaza (File/AFP)
10:07 GMT
A Palestinian man has died in Gaza from injuries obtained from Israel's assault in the Strip. The 22-year-old was critically wounded after Israeli forces shelled his neighborhood.
Syrians, who are fleeing the violence some from the cities of Idlib or Aleppo, stand next to their belongings in front of the Syrian-Turkish border as they attempt to cross illegally to Turkey on September 7, 2014. Turkish border guards have reportedly stopped a group of Syrians who tried to cross the border, before they confiscated and burnt their belongings. Syria's war began in March 2011 as a peaceful protest movement demanding Assad's ouster, but morphed into a brutal war after the regime unleashed a massive crackdown against dissent. (AFP / ZEIN AL RIFAI)
08:01 GMT
Syrians, who are fleeing the violence some from the cities of Idlib or Aleppo
Haider al-Abadi was officially named Iraq's new prime minister. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT
Iraq's parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi as the country's new prime minister and approved the majority of his cabinet.
Catherine Ashton said she was hopeful about making progress during the next round of talks on September 18 (File/AFP)
07:45 GMT
The EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, was hopeful about making progress in talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
Foreign ministers reconvene during an Arab League meeting in Egypt, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:33 GMT
The Arab League backed Lebanon in the country's ongoing battle with rising terrorism, emphasizing the need to support the army against ISIS and Nusra Front.
Lebanese protesters burn an imitation of the Islamic State flag, which reads in Arabic: "We are coming to burn you" on September 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:17 GMT
Security sources in Lebanon's tense Bekaa Valley denied that there is any linkage between recent kidnappings and IS militants beheading two soldiers.
HRH Prince Hassan with Pope Francis at the Vatican on 4 September 2014 (Osservatore Romano/ AFP).
06:00 GMT
His Royal Highness Prince Hassan of Jordan met Pope Francis late last week and called for the establishment of a new worldwide humanitarian order.
'Jihadi John' the executioner is one of four British jihadis known as the 'Beatles' holding hostages in Syria (AFP/ File Archive)
05:00 GMT
Anti-terror police are set to arrest up to 12 British associates of Islamic State executioner Jihadi John, it has been reported.

September 8, 2014

The seven pro-democracy protesters are hunger striking on the premises of National Council for Human Rights in Cairo (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT
Seven activists, sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison, have started a hunger strike in the premises of a state-appointed rights watchdog.
The first female defendant was sentenced to 15 years, while the other women were found guilty of luring other women to join the group. (Photo for illustrative purposes only: AFP/File Archive).
18:00 GMT
Five women, of whom four Saudis and one Yemeni, are set to be tried by a specialized criminal court for terror-related activities.
Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old of French-Algerian origin (pictured here) was one of the hostage's captors, and is also a suspect in the attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels which killed four people (Benoit Peyrucq/ AFP).
16:08 GMT
A French journalist held hostage in Aleppo has alleged that one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of an attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels.
Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
Syrian refugees in a southern village in Lebanon have been given 48 hours to leave.
Thousands of Iraqis have been forced to flee the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
12:34 GMT
Islamic State militants attacked a town north of Baghdad Monday.
An Israeli border policemen looks on near burning tires lit by Palestinians protesting against the death of a Palestinian teenager, in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in east Jerusalem on September 7, 2014. [AFP]
10:03 GMT
Father of 16-year-old says boy was shot in the head by sponge bullet during riot, police claim teen was shot in leg, fell on head while attempting to flee.
The body of Lebanese soldier, Ali Sayyed, who was also beheaded by Islamic State, is carried by mourners September 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT
The family of a Lebanese soldier who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists appealed for calm in the town of Ansar Sunday, following sectarian violence after his killing.
Thousands of Bosnian Muslim women were raped by Serbs during the Bosnian war. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The international community was slow to respond to the genocide happening in Bosnia in the 90s. Did the world's botched response lead to the rise of Islamic extremism today?
Tensions are high in Lebanon after Islamic State militants beheaded two Lebanese soldiers. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT
The Lebanese government is in touch with Hezbollah to ease tensions after the beheading of a second Lebanese solider at the hands of the Islamic State.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman waits for his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende before a meeting in Jerusalem, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT
Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said it would be unlikely for Tel Aviv to reach its goal of disarming Hamas, despite launching a high-scale assault in July.
Ennahda has chosen not to participate to send a message of cooperation to other political parties. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT
Tunisia's Ennahda movement has decided not to take part in the country's upcoming presidential elections.
Lebanese couples attending a mass wedding pose for a picture in the Roman ruins of Baalkek in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on September 6, 2014. (AFP/STR)
07:31 GMT
Lebanese couples attending a mass wedding pose for a picture in the Roman ruins