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September 9, 2014

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
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was held under water until the point of death. [AFP]
07:26 GMT
Al-Qa'ida suspects were brought to the 'point of death' during 'real torture' by CIA.
The ministers agreed to "take all measures to counter terrorism: political, security, and ideological." (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
Arab states agreed Sunday to take the necessary measures and cooperate with international efforts to combat the militants in the Islamic State.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking to Iran's state television before going to hospital to undergo a prostate operation in Tehran on September 8, 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has undergone a successful surgery at a state hospital in Tehran.
A picture shows the remains of the spy device near the village of Adloun, September 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:39 GMT
The funeral of a Hezbollah operative killed while trying to disable an Israeli spy device took place over the weekend.
Yemen's Houthis gathered in an effort to press the Yemeni government to step down. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
At least one protester has been killed in clashes with police.

September 7, 2014

Quneitra has been at the center of violent clashes in recent days. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT
At least 43 people have been killed in clashes between Syrian government forces and Nusra Front militants.
Obama said he does not intend to send U.S. ground troops back to Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:20 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama said he will make an address Wednesday about his plan to fight Islamic State militants.
The Lebanese army has been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants at the border. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT
Two Arsal locals were kidnapped late Saturday night by a relative of one of the eleven soldiers held captive by Islamic State fighters.
Some Arab League ministers said they were considering adopting a resolution on combating the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT
Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby Sunday called for the Islamic State militants to be confronted militarily and politically.
Since May, General Haftar has aligned himself with Libyan special forces. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT
Government forces loyal to Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar have allegedly made advances this week against militias in Benghazi.
Egyptian army [AFP]
11:09 GMT
Egyptian military intelligence on Saturday said that they had discovered what officials called "the biggest explosives workshop and cache" in the Sinai peninsula belonging to the major insurgent group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.
Civilians in Raqqa run for cover from shelling by Syrian forces, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT
Syrian air raids over Raqqa killed 53 people, many of them civilians, while President Assad's campaign against Islamic State militants intensifies.
Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev. [AP]
10:51 GMT
Qatar confirms it has detained two British human rights activists who were probing the working conditions of workers building facilities for the 2022 World Cup.
US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit. [AFP]
10:30 GMT
Turkey denied the US access to a base to launch the rescue attempt due to concerns over its hostages still being held by Islamic State militants in Iraq, says the Wall Street Journal.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talk with an official during their meeting in Cairo. [AFP]
10:07 GMT
A Hamas spokesman on Sunday said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas should stop conducting dialogue through the media, a day after Abbas accused the group of running a "shadow government" in Gaza.
Civilians flee violence in the border town of Arsal as Lebanese forces continue to battle Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:21 GMT
Angry protesters set ablaze tents housing Syrian refugees in Arsal following reports that a second Lebanese soldier was beheaded by the Islamic State.
Libyan fighter jet. [AFP]
08:46 GMT
Libya says a Sudanese military transport plane bound for a Tripoli airport under control of an armed group had entered its airspace, a government statement said on Saturday.
A screen grab from a Nusra Front video shows three captured members of Lebanon's security forces (Image: Daily Star)
08:28 GMT
A second Lebanese soldier from the Bekaa Valley was beheaded by militants from the Islamic State according to a Turkish news agency.
Female members of the PKK prepare for battle in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk (File/AFP)
08:07 GMT
In a rare moment of solidarity, female fighters from the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), joined forces with the Peshmerga to fight IS. Is it true to say, one man's terrorist is another (wo)man's freedom fighter?
Iraq's Haditha Dam
08:06 GMT
US military planes carry out airstrikes againts Islamic State near Iraq's Haditha Dam.
07:46 GMT
Pakistani window cleaners work on the facade of a building in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 6, 2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [AFP]
07:45 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has hinted that he is close to ending his reconciliation agreement with Hamas.
07:39 GMT
Pakistani window cleaners work on the facade of a building in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 6, 2014
Islamic State militants threatened to strike Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha, according to reports (File/AFP)
07:35 GMT
Saudi Arabia tightened security along the borders with Iraq by announcing plans to build a five-layer security fence, amid growing threats for the Islamic State.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron answers questions from the media at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT
David Cameron is preparing a diplomatic charm offensive to build widespread Arab support for Western military action against Islamic State (IS) in both Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi Peshmerga fighters take position at a post near the jihadist-held city of Zumar in Mosul province on September 4, 2014. [AFP]
06:51 GMT
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have strengthened their hold on the town of Makhmour in northern Iraq as they manage to gain more ground in the battle against Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports.
Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
06:41 GMT
Indirect negotiations between Palestinian factions and Israel will continue in two weeks in Cairo, a leading member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday.
Clashes erupted overnight in the Jawb province, north of Sana'a (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Deadly clashes between Houthi rebels and government-backed tribesmen killed at least 40 people in Yemen Saturday.

September 6, 2014

Mohamed Morsi is on trial for a number of charges after he was ousted in July 2013 (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT
Ousted leader Mohamed Morsi was accused on fresh charges of sharing state information with Qatar Saturday, along with nine others.
An image grab from a video released by the Islamic State shows footage of a masked militant with David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
13:39 GMT
The aid agency David Haines was working for when abducted by Islamic State militants has called for his immediate release.
Mahmoud Abbas and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are due to hold talks with the Arab League during the visit (File/AFP)
11:14 GMT
Leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, began a three-day visit in Egypt Saturday where he will meet President Sisi for talks.
Yemen's Houthis have been holding rallies in Sana'a since August 20 in protest to the government's policies (File/AFP)
08:28 GMT
Thousands of Shia Houthis took to the streets of Yemen's capital, Sana'a, to protest against the country's government, according to Press TV.
Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers protest for their release (File/AFP)
08:14 GMT
A Qatari delegation intervened in negotiations to help release Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held by Islamic State and Nusra Front militants.
Deputy Islamic State leader Abu Hajar al-Souri was believed to be killed following an air strike in Mosul Friday (File/AFP)
07:37 GMT
Iraqi forces killed the Islamic State's second in command, Abu Hajar al-Souri, following an air strike in the city of Mosul Friday.
Over 130 Canadians are believed to have joined IS in Iraq and Syria according to Western intelligence (File/AFP)
07:13 GMT
Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper on Friday said that his country would send up to 100 military advisors to assist Iraqi troops, amid increasing threats from the Islamic State.
Thirty Syrian refugees were wounded in Lebanon Friday after clashes broke out in the Tyre refugee camp. (AFP/KHALIL MAZRAAWI)
05:00 GMT
Clashes broke out in Lebanon's Tyre refugee camp Friday for reasons not immediately clear, leaving 30 Syrian refugees wounded.
An Israel soldier launches Elbit Systems Skylark I unmanned aerial drone, which is used for monitoring purposes, near the Quneitra crossing, the only border crossing between the Israeli annexed Golan Heights and Syria in the Golan Heights on September 5, 2014. Israel is closely monitoring the fighting between Syrian troops and Islamist rebels close to the armistice line on the Golan out of fear of a spillover of the internal conflict. (AFP / JACK GUEZ)
04:54 GMT
An Israel soldier launches Elbit Systems Skylark I unmanned aerial drone, which is used for monitoring purposes, near the Quneitra crossing

September 5, 2014

Among other IS-related points raised, President Obama asked for NATO military support for U.S. operations against the group in Iraq. (AFP/ Saul Loeb)
20:15 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama announced Friday key NATO allies had agreed to back and provide military support for U.S. operations in Iraq.
Roadside and car bomb attacks in Baghdad killed 17 Friday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Amid a fresh wave of sectarian violence and while IS militants continued a bloody offensive in the north, two bombs exploded Friday around Baghdad, leaving 17 dead.
After more than $34.5 million worth of damages to water networks in Gaza, the PA has introduced a plan including both rebuilding damaged reservoirs and constructing new treatment and desalination plants. (AFP/Marco Longari)
14:59 GMT
The Palestinian Authority is introducing a three-step plan to tackle the looming water crisis facing Gaza after Israeli airstrikes destroyed $34.5 million worth of the territory's water networks.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar (C) prays inside Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque during his visit to the Al-Aqsa mosques compound, Islam's third holiest site, in the old city of Jerusalem on September 4, 2014. Mezouar is on an official visit to the Palestinian territories. (AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI)
10:43 GMT
Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar (C) prays inside Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque
A Lebanese minister suggested Thursday all Syrian refugees in Lebanon should return home. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
A Lebanese minister said Thursday all Syrian refugees should return to Syrian areas under regime control or in areas where they 'have faith in the Nusra Front.'
A Palestinian minister said 100,000 jobs could be created if Israeli upholds the siege end. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Gaza reconstruction is said to cost $7.8 billion
The new round of talks will be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will resume negotiations over a final deal on Tehran's nuclear energy program in New York on September 18.

September 4, 2014

The Lebanese army has been working to keep Islamic State militants from crossing into Lebanon from Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The Islamic State executed a Lebanese man from Arsal Thursday.
Obama called on NATO leaders to work on building relationships and to promote stability in the region. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for NATO action against the Islamic State militants at a NATO summit in Wales.
Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the recent conflict. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
A UN reports says more than 100,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip remain homeless after Israel's recent Gaza offensive.
What the heck is going on in Jordan's energy sector? (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Accusations of corruption ignited Parliamentary sessions in Jordan last week, as members accused the energy sector of shady business deals, shifty tenders and family favoritism.
The victims were allegedly truck drivers who were kidnapped five months ago. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
A mass grave containing at least two dozen people killed by IS militants was discovered in northern Iraq.
The Sotloff family said Steven wanted to give a voice to those who had none. (AFP/File)
13:53 GMT
The family of Steven Sotloff, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants, called their son "a hero."
Reports had originally stated that Iranian forces had entered Iraq to fight Islamic State militants last month (File/AFP)
13:23 GMT
Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari denied reports that Iranian forces are fighting Islamic State militants in the country.
Qatar has been heavily criticized for its treatment of migrant workers. (AFP/File)
12:51 GMT
Two British human rights workers investigating the plight of migrant workers in Qatar have disappeared.
A combo of images taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows a file picture  of a Syrian flag hoisted on a flagpole. [AFP]
09:53 GMT
The United Nations (UN) Security Council has once again demanded the immediate and unconditional release of 45 abducted UN peacekeepers by anti-Damascus militants.
An Afghan day labourer counts recyclable cans at a scrap yard on the outskirts of Kabul on September 3, 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/SHAH Marai)
09:03 GMT
An Afghan day labourer counts recyclable cans at a scrap yard on the outskirts of Kabul
Lebanese mourners carry the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ali Sayyed draped in his national flag in the village of Qalamun south of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during his funeral procession on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
08:38 GMT
Lebanon bid farewell Wednesday to a slain soldier who was beheaded by militants in a massive, emotional funeral brimming with anguish over his killing.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and US Secretary of State John Kerry. [AFP]
08:29 GMT
Chief PLO negotiator presents John Kerry with plan for establishing an independent Palestinian state within a specific timeline
Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. [AFP]
07:34 GMT
Bilateral US-Iran talks to resume Thursday in Geneva; Steinitz says options under discussion qualify as ‘bad deal.’
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron
07:23 GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed that the ISIL terrorist group will "be squeezed out of existence," as the militants threaten to kill a British hostage.
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:07 GMT
With a coherent response to the crises in Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe still conspicuous by its absence, the leader of the free world is starting to look alarmingly impotent. Can he rise to the challenge?
US President Barack Obama [AFP]
06:30 GMT
Kerry says killers of journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff will be held accountable ‘no matter how long it takes.’
A supporter of the Shiite Huthi movement waves two of his national flags during a demonstration rejecting the presidential overture to replace the government and reduce a disputed fuel price hike in Sanaa on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
06:19 GMT
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has threatened to take firm action against Houthi anti-government protesters.
Supporters of al-Fadila party (aka Islamic Virtue Party) perform the simulation of an execution during a protest to ask for justice for members of the Iraqi forces who were executed by the Islamic State. [AFP]
06:10 GMT
A number of Jordanian lawmakers have called on the government to stay out of any war against ISIL Takfiri militants, who have taken parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.
Gaza-based Fatah leader Faisal Abu Shahla said had already formed a delegation and asked Hamas to do the same in order to take part in meetings outside Palestine. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A Fatah representative announced Wednesday the group invited Hamas to a meeting aimed at a national reconciliation agreement, but have yet to receive a response.

September 3, 2014

Kerry arrived 10 p.m. Wednesday night to begin negotiation talks with the Palestinian delegation. (AFP/Brendan Smialovsky)
20:38 GMT
Palestinian sources said Wednesday night marked the beginning of U.S.-Palestinian negotiations as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian negotiation delegation at 10 p.m. local time.
Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti's announcement of arming Kurds follows that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's earlier this week. (AFP/File)
19:54 GMT
Amid ongoing negotiations between Kurdish forces and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti, Italy could be arming Kurdish peshmerga troops by Sept. 10.
Putin has been accused by Islamic militants of preventing an Islamic state from forming in Chechnya. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT
IS militants released a video via Al-Arabiya TV channel Wednesday threatening action against Vladimir Putin for Russia's close diplomatic ties with Syria's Bashar al-Assad.
Hezbollah-backed Syrian forces say they killed a Nusra Front commander said to be responsible for the 2013 abduction of Syrian nuns. (AFP/File)
16:03 GMT
Syrian troops aided by Hezbollah forces carried out an ambush on a Nusra Front convoy, claiming to have killed a commander responsible for several kidnappings last year, according to a Lebanese security source said Wednesday.
Israeli forces shot Husam al-Din Riyala, 26, in the foot before detaining the Fatah activist Wednesday. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT
After a two-hour stand off Wednesday with Israeli forces in Nablus, a Fatah activist was shot in the foot and detained, according to a security sources.
File photo dated June 02, 2011 courtesy Etienne de Malglaive shows American journalist Steven Sotloff (center with dark helmet) talking to Libyan rebels on Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata. [AFP]
13:32 GMT
Sotloff worked in the past for 'The Jerusalem Report,' filing his last dispatch from Syria about a year ago, shortly before he was taken hostage; he lived in Israel for a short period.
Minister for Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz. [AFP]
12:33 GMT
A high-level Israeli delegation will travel to Washington next week for talks with American officials ahead of the next round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and P5+1.
A lawsuit was filed against Al Jazeera on charges that it violates rules set by the Council of Arab Ministers of Information. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT
Egypt's State Council ruled Wednesday to ban broadcasts of two TV channels - the privately-owned Rabaa channel and the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera - on Egypt's satellite operator NileSat.
An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State  and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014, purportedly shows 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven Sotloff. [AFP]
09:50 GMT
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) released a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff and threatening a British hostage with a similar fate if the US continues air strikes against its forces.
The United States is hesitant to heavily arm the Lebanese military because of pressure from Israel. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT
The Lebanese army not only faces two jihadist groups at its border, but also a major shortage of proper military equipment.
A woman prepares the unveiling of a wall with the names of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s in Shanghai on September 3, 2014. A list naming 13,732 Jewish refugees who took safe haven in China during World War II carved into a 34-meter-long copper wall was unveiled at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. (AFP / JOHANNES EISELE)
08:24 GMT
A woman prepares the unveiling of a wall with the names of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai