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October 19, 2014

Houthi rebels sit at a barricade following clashes with Yemen's government in Sana'a, September 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Shia Houthi rebels continued to advance in the south of Yemen after overrunning the strategic city of Rada on Friday.

October 18, 2014

Over 1.1 million Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Lebanon (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Lebanon has sharply cut the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland by refusing to let them in.
Between September 16 and midnight on Wednesday a total of 662 people were killed in ground fighting. (File/AFP)
18:54 GMT
Ground fighting alone has killed more than 600 combatants since Islamic State group militants launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago, a monitoring group said Thursday.
British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT
The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.
Three children were among the dead in eight air raids across a Damascus suburb (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT
Syrian regime airstrikes on a suburb of Damascus Friday killed 15 people, activists and a monitoring group said, as fierce clashes raged on several fronts in the country.
French President Francois Hollande looks at a sculpture as he visits the exhibition "Le Maroc Contemporain" (Contemporary Morocco Exhibition) at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris, on October 14, 2014. (AFP)
12:09 GMT
French President Francois Hollande looks at a sculpture as he visits the exhibition
Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police have taken place frequently in Al-Aqsa (File/AFP)
09:45 GMT
Israeli authorities continued to restrict entry to the Al-Aqsa mosque, prompting anger from Hamas chief, Khaled Meshaal.
Officials said the bombs went off in three crowded areas of the Iraqi capital on Friday (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
Over 20 people have been killed in separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad as the army gained major advances against IS terrorists across the country.
Kurdish demonstrators clash with Turkey's security forces outside a university in Ankara, October 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Kurdish protests across Ankara over Turkey's inaction against the Islamic State in the Syrian border town of Kobani has hit 40.

October 17, 2014

The aircrafts are believed to be MiG 21 and MiG 23 models captured from the Syrian military (File/AFP)
13:52 GMT
The Islamic State is allegedly training Iraqi militants to fly captured fighter jets, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
An Egyptian man stands beside the aftermath of a powerful car bomb attack in Cairo (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT
A twin bomb attack outside a mosque in Delta city left at least 11 people injured, according to Egypt's state television.
Visitors look at a first responder Lotus car at the Gitex Technology week in Dubai on October 15, 2014. Dubai Ambulance added the sports Lotus car in addition to the two Ford Mustangs to its fleet & they are fitted with 60 per cent of the medical equipment that you would find in a normal full size ambulance. (AFP/ KARIM SAHIB)
11:15 GMT
Visitors look at a first responder Lotus car at the Gitex Technology week in Dubai on October 15, 2014 .
The UN chief also said IS was a consequence of the Syrian conflict, not a cause (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT
UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Thursday Syrian civilians are in danger from Bashar al-Assad's regime, along with Islamic State militants.
Israeli soldiers take position prior to a night time raid in the West Bank (File/AFP)
10:18 GMT
Israeli forces shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian teen during a late night raid in a the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya.
The PLO are seeking to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council addressing Israeli occupation by the end of this month. (File/AFP)
10:02 GMT
Palestinian officials will ask the UN Security Council to pass a resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation from the 1967 lines.
Department of state spokesperson, Jen Psaki, confirmed that a U.S. official met with the PYD during the weekend. (File/AFP)
08:09 GMT
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that a U.S. official met with the Kurdish group whose fighters are battling IS militants in Kobani Thursday.
ISIS executes two of their own (File/AFP)
06:15 GMT
ISIS may have beheaded two of their own
The Vienna talks are meant to create a draft of a final agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A senior U.S. official said the November 24th deadline on negotiations for Iran's nuclear program would not be extended.

October 16, 2014

Newly appointed Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein referred to IS as the  "antithesis of human rights" (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT
The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, warned of Islamic State atrocities across Iraq and Syria Thursday.
Iraq has faced brutal violence by Islamic State militants in recent months (File/AFP)
18:17 GMT
A UK-based international rights group has warned that minorities in Iraq face ethnic cleansing by Islamic State terrorists.
Medical officials confirmed the deaths of at least 38 people in the attacks (AFP/File)
17:42 GMT
Terrorist attacks killed at least 38 people and wound dozens others across Iraq's capital, Baghdad, Thursday.
Dira square in Riyadh where public executions are sometimes carried out (AFP/File)
16:01 GMT
The prominent Shia cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr has been sentenced to death for allegedly encouraging protests in Saudi Arabia, his family said.
A man holds up mortar shrapnel allegedly fired across the Indo-Pakistan border, October 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
15:48 GMT
Pakistani representatives at the UN called on India to end "unprovoked" firing and shelling in the line of control between both countries, which killed over 12 people.
Yemen claims oil flows through the Marib pipeline. (AFP/FIle)
15:00 GMT
Reuters reports that Yemeni tribesmen attacked the main oil export pipeline on Wednesday, stopping the flow of crude oil.
The Ebola virus has killed over 4,400 people, mostly in western Africa (File/AFP)
14:23 GMT
A passenger from Liberia travelling through Dubai has been put into isolation over fears he may have contracted the Ebola virus, late Wednesday.
Over 100 students were arrested for protesting during the first two days of their academic year, according to a HRW report (File/AFP)
13:50 GMT
Human Rights Watch has condemned the mass arrests of over 100 Egyptian students by security forces in October alone.
The British parliament voted last month to approve air strikes against ISIS in Iraq in September. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT
The UK mobilizes Reaper drones against IS in Iraq.
Israeli soldiers patrol along the border with Lebanon, January 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT
Lebanese officials filed a complaint with the UN Security Council Thursday over an Israeli border attack from earlier in October.
Kurdish crowds watch smoke billowing from the Syrian border town of Kobani in the distance, October 15, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT
American officials have warned the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State despite air strikes and Kurdish resistance.
Up to 201 Palestinian minors are being held in Israeli jails as of August 2014, according to Defence For Children International (File/AFP)
10:59 GMT
Going to school in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron isn't easy for most Palestinian children. After video footage emerged of Israeli soldiers violently arresting minors, will the systematic abuse they face stop?
Haider Al-Abadi's comments came on the same day the U.S. Defense Department named its anti-IS operation "Inherent Resolve" (File/AFP)
10:27 GMT
Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Baghdad was "safe" from Islamic State militants, calling the claims "false rumors".
U.S. manned drone strikes have been criticized in Yemen due to the high number of civilian deaths (File/AFP)
10:02 GMT
A Yemeni man whose brother-in-law and nephew were allegedly killed in a U.S. drone strike controlled from a Berlin army base has filed a lawsuit against Germany for facilitating the incident.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking in parliament (Adem Altan/ AFP).
09:41 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday a unilateral intervention in Syria would do more harm than good as he called for an “all inclusive” effort to resolve the crisis.
Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi. [AFP]
08:42 GMT
The United States would respond favorably to the military needs of the poorly equipped Lebanese Army in its fight against terrorism, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has reportedly said.
A vehicle drives in a deserted road as smoke billows during clashes between soldiers and Islamists who control Benghazi, the country's second biggest city, on October 15, 2014. [AFP]
08:00 GMT
Libya's Operation Dignity and Egyptian officials deny earlier reports that Egypt's warplanes were involved in targeting Islamist sites in Benghazi
US warplanes hit Islamic State jihadists with 18 bombing raids near the Syrian town of Kobane on October 14 and October 15, to support besieged Kurdish militia there, Central Command said. [AFP]
07:43 GMT
A pentagon spokesman says bad weather in Iraq had freed up coalition firepower to attack Kobani targets in Syria.
Kurdish people shout slogans while standing upon a hill opposite the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on October 15, 2014. US warplanes hit Islamic State jihadists with 18 bombing raids near the Syrian town of Kobane on October 14 and October 15, to support besieged Kurdish militia there, Central Command said. The latest raids targeted several IS positions and 16 buildings occupied by the group, the military said. (AFP  / ARIS MESSINIS)
07:10 GMT
Kurdish people shout slogans while standing upon a hill opposite the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab
Members of the US military were reportedly ordered not to report finding several mustard shells, some of which burned unprepared soldiers upon their finding. (AFP/FIle)
04:00 GMT
The US military reportedly concealed the discovery of huge caches of chemical weapons during the operations in the 2003 invasion in Iraq. Now they could be in the hands of Islamic State militants.

October 15, 2014

Chomsky also commented on the U.S.'s part in the rise of ISIS, arguing the extremist group was able to thive amidst the bloody sectarian fires flared by the US's 2003 invasion in Iraq. (AFP/File)
19:37 GMT
Amid a move by the British to symbolically recognize a Palestinian state, American political activist and intellectual Noam Chomsky stressed the important role the U.S. would play in determining the fate of Palestinian statehood.
Kurdish troops battling IS in Kobani say despite airstrikes' new success, barred access to the Turkish border still preventing them from getting weapon replenishments from Kurdish allies in Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:06 GMT
Kurdish troops staving off Islamic State militants in he Syrian border town of Kobani report gains made over the last two days as international airstrike coordination has become better coordinated with PKG troops on the ground.
Clashes between government forces and IS militants broke out close to the Syrian army's last remaining base in the Deir Ezzor province (File/AFP)
15:48 GMT
Government forces clashed with IS militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor Wednesday according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Qassem said Hezbollah has had intelligence on 'takfiri' activities since 2006, but will always prioritize the 'Israeli threat' first. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT
Hezbollah's Deputy Head Naim Qassem said Tuesday that the party was prioritizing threats from Israel above those from 'takfiri' forces in Syria.
Houthi rebels recently took control of Yemen's capital. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT
Sunni militants associated with al-Qaeda engaged in fierce fighting with Shiite rebels in Yemen.
The US announced in September plans to send the Apaches to Egypt to support counter-terrorism efforts. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
Ending a year long freeze on military aid amid unrest, the US sent 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt this week to aid in the anti-IS campaign.
Hundreds of Palestinian children have been injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT
An unexploded Israeli bomb injured three Palestinian children late Tuesday while they were playing close to their home in Hebron.
Lebanon is home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in dire conditions across farmland or empty fields (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama said he would continue to support America's humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
At least 10 Palestinians were injured and four arrested during clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT
At least 10 Palestinians were injured Wednesday in Jerusalem after Israeli police continued with a three-day crackdown on Al Aqsa worshipers.
Reforming the police has been set as one of the objectives of the revolution to ensure Tunisians’ dignity. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Tunisians want to continue progressing but have not yet been able to solve the problem of their overly violent police force.
The Syrian regime has seen several officials' deaths since the revolution began in 2011, most notably in a bomb attack on a high-government meeting in Damascus in 2012 which killed Assad's brother-in-law and three others. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
A Syrian parliamentary member was assassinated Tuesday night when his car came under heavy gunfire while traveling along a central roadway in the Hama province. Reports of his involvement in pro-government militia indicate a targeted attack.
The joint GCC force will also handle the protection of commercial routes and the Gulf nations' economic interests. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT
The GCC countries are looking into measures to establish a joint naval force capable of defending the security of the Gulf region.
Benghazi has witnessed intense fighting since May. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT
Libya’s retired General Khalifa Haftar has announced that his forces are ready to liberate the northeastern city of Benghazi from other armed groups.
Violent clashes continue in Damascus' rural regions. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
Warplanes continue to bomb IS targets in Kobani as fighting continues across Syria.
"We will make our utmost effort to make the best use of the negotiations in these days in Vienna to settle problems,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT
Iran and the P5+1 have agreed to extend nuclear talks in Vienna.
At least three students were injured in the brawl. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT
Students at Istanbul University have described the terrifying moments when supporters of the Islamic State jihadist group went on the rampage on their campus.
sraeli soldiers look at an Evangelical Christian pilgrim from Brazil during the annual Jerusalem Parade on October 14, 2014, attended by thousands, mainly evangelical Christians from all over the world, to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles) and to express solidarity with Israel. (AFP / GALI TIBBON)
08:07 GMT
sraeli soldiers look at an Evangelical Christian pilgrim from Brazil
Egypt has witnessed a series of bombings and assassinations since the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT
A strong blast ripped through a busy district in central Cairo on Tuesday night, leaving 12 injured.
In this photograph taken on October 13, 2014, an Afghan resident uses a wheelbarrow to transport a gas canister in Herat province. 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 / AREF KARIMI)
07:21 GMT
In this photograph taken on October 13, 2014
Iraqi Shia cities have been witnessing deadly bombings over the past few days. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT
At least 21 people have been killed in a bomb attack in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad.
The seven men were found guilty of killing 25 Egyptian soldiers in an ambush last year (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to death after finding them guilty of killing 25 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula last year.

October 14, 2014

A Jewish settler attempted to head-butt the Palestinian woman while other Israelis spat at Arabs from their home windows in Jerusalem (File/AFP)
20:22 GMT
A Palestinian woman is recovering after an Israeli settler attempted to head-butt her outside the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the aid money would be distributed for a variety of projects (File/AFP)
19:39 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $414 million in aid for Palestinians, to be distributed through USAID and UNRWA for various projects.
Student clashes with police have been commonplace since former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013 (File/AFP)
19:01 GMT
Up to 30 students were arrested in Alexandria University following clashes with security forces Tuesday, according to an interior ministry statement.
The attacker is believed to be a Saudi national who was born in the U.S. (File/AFP)
18:46 GMT
An American citizen was shot dead while another injured by an gunman in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Tuesday. The attacker is now being held by security forces.
Wounded Yemeni men await treatment in a hospital following a suicide bombing, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
18:34 GMT
The UN Security Council condemned the latest terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda affiliated militants in Yemen and called on all sides of the government to implement the national partnership agreement.
A statement written in Urdu was released with the names of the six Taliban commanders who swore allegiance to the Islamic State (File/AFP)
18:07 GMT
Six Taliban commanders pledged allegiance to the leader and self-declared Caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in a statement Tuesday.
A total number of four Lebanese soldiers have now defected to join extremist groups (File/AFP)
17:45 GMT
The Islamic State released footage of a Lebanese soldier allegedly defecting to join the militant group. Security forces carried out raids in the soldier's town of Dweir Adawiyeh after the video was released.
Prime Minister David Cameron pictured with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah (File/AFP)
17:23 GMT
Leaders from the Palestinian Liberation Organization urged the UK to officially recognize Palestine following a landmark vote from lower level British politicians to support the state.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian said there is a difference between Muslims and Islamist militants (File/AFP)
16:59 GMT
Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian condemned Muslim extremists and said "our Islam is not terrorist," during a conference Tuesday.
Around 180,000 people are believed to have fled the city of Hit due to IS violence (File/AFP)
16:21 GMT
Islamic State has advanced in Iraq's Anbar province despite setbacks elsewhere after militants seized a military camp in the city of Hit Monday.
British journalist John Cantlie was kidnapped by militants while freelancing in Syria (Image: Screenshot)
16:03 GMT
The sister of kidnapped British hostage John Cantlie has made a heartfelt plea to Islamic State militants to "restart dialogue" with her family in order to secure his release.
British lower level politicians voted to recognize Palestine as a state in a symbolic move Monday (File/AFP)
15:27 GMT
While the Balfour Declaration in 1917 paved way for a Jewish homeland, decades later British lower level politicians voted in a non-binding motion to recognize a Palestinian state. While the has vote passed, will British guilt over history make up for Palestine's conundrum?
Ban met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Jerusalem, Israel and Ramallah, West Bank, and was critical of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.
Turkish soldiers sit in their tank overlooking Kobani on Oct. 11. AFP/Aris Messinis
10:50 GMT
Turkey's attacks on the PKK are the first since a peace process began last year.
Houthi rebels took over the capital of Yemen less than a month ago. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT
Yemeni Houthis took control of the town of Hudeida Tuesday.
The battle for Kobani has raged for a month. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT
IS militants are now reportedly in the center of Syria's Kobani, a strategically important border town.
Locals inspect damage to a Nablus-area mosque after an overnight arson blamed on Israeli settlers. (Image: Rabbis for Human Rights).
09:19 GMT
Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in the Nablus-area village of Aqraba overnight.
Wounded Yemeni men are treated at a hospital after a powerful suicide bomb rocked the capital Sanaa on Oct. 9, 2014, killing at least 47. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:29 GMT
Houthi leaders called on the Saudi government to prosecute TV presenter Khalid al-Gamdi.
A U.S. -led coalition has been carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT
Turkish officials have denied offering to let the U.S. use their air bases for air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq.
US Air Force handout photo shows container delivery system bundles filled with meals ready to eat and fresh water being dropped from a C-130 Hercules during an operational resupply airdrop near the area of Bayji, Iraq. US military aircraft delivered food, water and ammunition to besieged Iraqi troops battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said October 11, as the coalition pursued its air assault in Iraq and Syria. The move marked the first time that coalition aircraft airdropped supplies to Iraqi government forces. In total, 36 bundles containing 7,328 halal meals, 2,065 gallons of water and 16,000 pounds of ammunition were dropped. (AFP / US Air Force)
07:13 GMT
US Air Force handout photo shows container delivery system bundles filled with meals ready to eat
The battle for Kobani is now a month long. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT
Fighting continues in Syria's Kobani after a lull on Sunday.
At least 22 IS militants were allegedly killed according to security sources (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Shelling killed 22 Islamic State militants and wounded at least 40 others, near Baquba.

October 13, 2014

UK backbenchers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a Palestinian state (File/AFP)
23:40 GMT
British backbench politicians voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognizing a Palestinian state following a three-hour debate Monday.
Islamic State militants in desert camouflaged vehicles (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT
Islamic State jihadists have seized an army base in the town of Hit in al-Anbar province.
Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri leaves at the end of a meeting with the French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 7, 2014 (Alain Jocard/ AFP).
19:00 GMT
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will meet Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Rome Monday for talks centering on the nearly 5-month-old presidential deadlock, Future MP Ammar Houri said Sunday.
Following Ahmed Bin Mubarak´s withdrawal due to Houthi opposition, Yemen´s president appointed former oil minister and representative to the UN, Khaled Bahah (above). (AFP/ File Archive)
17:00 GMT
Yemen appointed a new prime minister on Monday.
The market in Amman, which is being removed to make space for a parking lot (AFP/ File Archive).
15:56 GMT
Twenty-six suspects were referred to court over their involvement in riots in downtown Amman on Saturday night
Islamic State militants have allegedly used chemical weapons in the border Syrian town of Kobani more than once (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT
Photographs have emerged of IS militants allegedly using chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where fighting rages on.
Egypt has the highest number of road traffic accidents in the Middle East (File/AFP)
11:41 GMT
At least 30 people were killed and 15 injured in a three-way bus collision early Monday. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has ordered an immediate investigation into the crash.
The U.S. has a unique opportunity to help Palestinians if it would only stand up to Israel. (AFP/File)
10:42 GMT
The U.S. must stand firm on issues like illegal Israeli settlements if it truly wants to help Palestinians.
Although the motion to recognize a Palestinian state would be largely symbolic, it would not affect UK policy (File/AFP)
10:16 GMT
Britain's parliament will debate whether or not to recognize Palestine as an independent state Monday, causing a stir among politicians.
Over 180,000 civilians have fled from the Syrian border town of Kobani in recent weeks (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT
The European Union issued $4.9 million in aid for over 180,000 displaced Syrians who have fled to Turkey after IS violence escalated in Kobani.
French truck driver specialized in transport towards Iraq, Mustapha Kherief, takes part in a parade with his Peter Bilt 500 HP truck (R), on October 11, 2014, during the decorated truck contest on the sidelines of the 30th Truck 24 Hour truck race in the western French city of Le Mans. (AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER)
09:48 GMT
French truck driver specialized in transport towards Iraq, Mustapha Kherief, takes part in a parade with his Peter Bilt 500 HP truck
Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear gas canisters, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians. (AFP/File)
09:46 GMT
Hundreds of Israeli police raided al-Aqsa mosque compound Monday.
At least 115 militants were reportedly killed in the fighting. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT
Intense clashes erupted in Iraq's Anbar Province after IS militants attacked three military bases.
Many of the students were demanding the release of fellow students who have been detained by police. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT
Egypt's higher education minister said all students who protested at universities on Sunday will be expelled by the evening of the same day.
The Turkish government has been criticized for not doing enough to help the citizens of Kobani. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT
Turkey will let a U.S.-led coalition use its bases to battle IS militants in Syria and Iraq.
The Gaza offensive lasted 51 days and killed over 2,000 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Over 30 foreign ministers attended the conference to pledge their monetary support for Gaza.

October 12, 2014

Kurdish forces have been instrumental in the fight against IS extremists in both Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
20:12 GMT
Kurdish forces have stopped the advance of IS fighters in Syria's Kobani Sunday.
Libya has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and various militias since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
At least 21 people have been killed and many others wounded after tribal clashes broke out in the western region of Libya's capital city, Tripoli.
Millions of Syrians have fled the ongoing violence in their country. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Turkey closed the border with Syria on Sunday leaving thousands of people who had fled Kobani stranded in a minefield in no-man’s-land on the border.