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The doctor responsible for "testing" the patient is “100 percent sure that it is not an Ebola case. (File/AFP)
20:12 GMT
Patient tested at Rafik Hariri hospital tested negative for Ebola, but the hospital conducted a drill causing confusion.
Life in the “School of Jihad”, where children under the age of 10 are encouraged to fire AK47 rifles and acclimatised to the horrors of war. (File/AFP)
18:36 GMT
IS footage about the disturbing education of boys within their territories recently surfaced.
Rafik Hariri University Hospital, where a patient showing symptoms of Ebola is being tested. (File/AFP)
14:27 GMT
A patient showing multiple symptoms of Ebola is being tested at Beirut's Rafik Hariri University Hospital for the virus.
A bomb aimed at policemen stationed outside of Cairo University went off, injuring six police and five civilians. (File/AFP)
13:38 GMT
Militant group Anjad Misr claimed responsibility for a blast at Cairo University on Wednesday.
Tunisia has recently increased security in preparation for upcoming elections. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT
Tunisian police exchanged gunfire with a group of armed men near the capital Thursday.
Several Lebanese soldiers defected to IS and Nusra Front in recent weeks, causing concern in the army (File/AFP)
12:19 GMT
Lebanon's army on Thursday vowed to tackle terrorists trying to use the country as a "safe haven" for launching attacks.
Onlookers in Turkey watch smoke rise from the distance in the Syrian border town of Kobani, October 22, 2014 (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
Clashes continued between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani Thursday, bringing the total death toll up to 533 people since the US-led coalition launched air strikes in the region.
Lebanese officials had announced a sharp cap on Syrian refugee intakes this week (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT
The UNHCR representative for Lebanon insisted the country's borders are still open to Syrian refugees days after officials announced a cap on those fleeing the Assad conflict.
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. [AFP]
10:12 GMT
Billionaire Saudi businessman Alwaleed bin Talal has admitted to the kingdom’s support for the IS terrorists who fight against the Iraqi and Syrian governments.
French President Francois Hollande walks with Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud before a meeting in Paris, September 1, 2014 (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Defense, Prince Salman, said the military would continue to protect Islam's holiest sites from potential attacks.
Canadian security forces walk close to the National War Museum, where a soldier was shot dead, October 22, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT
Canadian security forces continued to search for gunmen following an attack on the country's parliament in Ottawa, which killed one soldier.
Israeli policemen stand guard at the scene after a car rammed a group of pedestrians at the Ammunition Hill tram stop, which lies on the seamline between west and occupied east Jerusalem, injuring nine on October 22, 2014. [AFP]
09:32 GMT
A Palestinian suspect who rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday died early Thursday after being shot by Israeli police.
Libya has been engulfed in violence since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT
Renewed clashes in Benghazi have killed at least 11 people.
President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. [AFP]
08:07 GMT
The sources also told the newspaper that the PA leadership is prepared to return to the negotiations with Israel but not according to "old mechanisms.
Palestinian girls play next to their home in Beit Lahia in the northern of Gaza Strip on October 20, 2014. [AFP]
07:52 GMT
A Palestinian child died on Wednesday after he touched an unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from the most recent offensive over the summer, causing it to explode.
An Ottawa police officer stands guard in Elgin Street, following reports of multiple shootings, which left one man dead, October 22, 2014 (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is a Canadian Muslim convert who fatally shot a soldier Thursday, but who is this privately educated man and why was he thirsty to kill?
The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading of people. [AFP]
07:34 GMT
Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobani against the ISIL say the militants have used chemical weapons.
Universities across Egypt have been witnessing mass protests by angry students in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT
A bomb outside Cairo University injured 10 people.
Ultra-orthodox Jewish mourners carry the body of three-month-old baby Chaya Zissel Braun during her funeral in Jerusalem on October 23, 2014 after she was killed in what Israeli police called a "hit-and-run terror attack" when a Palestinian driver rammed a group of pedestrians. Nine others were injured in the attack. Abed Abdelrahman Shaludeh, 21, was shot and wounded by police as he tried to flee the scene. He later died of his injuries. (AFP)
07:27 GMT
Ultra-orthodox Jewish mourners carry the body of three-month-old baby Chaya Zissel Braun during her funeral in Jerusalem on October 23, 2014 after she was killed in what Israeli police called
Former Blackwater employee Dustin Heard (center) leaves the US district court in Washington, January 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT
Four former employees of the US Blackwater security firm were found guilty of crimes related to the shootings of over 30 Iraqis in 2007 where 14 people were killed.
The right-wing Israeli visit is the most recent instance of increasing pressure at East Jerusalme's Al-Aqsa compound this week amid clashes and security presence. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
A group of right-wing Israeli Jews entered Al-Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem Wednesday under heavy security escort, spiking ongoing tensions.

October 22, 2014

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot dead at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday by a man described as being short, overweight and wearing an 'Arabic scarf.' (AFP/File)
22:45 GMT
A gunman shot and killed a Canadian soldier in Ottawa Wednesday, prompting a lockdown of the city's entire downtown area.
During his time in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has led a paradoxical campaign about Islam. (AFP/File)
21:59 GMT
When his fans hail him as the new Ataturk, they're ignoring some key details about Egypt's al-Sisi
Turkey and the United States have been at odds over involvement in Syria's Kobani, where Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State are associated with the PKK, which Turkey identifies as a terror group. (AFP/File)
18:09 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he's 'already said' the Iraqi peshmerga would be allowed to enter Kobani through the Turkish border, but was still opposed to the U.S. plan to provide weapons to the PYD and PKK.
The workers were taken earlier Wednesday by masked assailants, security sources suspected PKK involvement due to heightened Kurdish tensions over Turkish inaction in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
17:39 GMT
The ten electrical workers abducted by masked assailants in southeastern Turkey earlier Wednesday have reportedly been released.
The Lebanese army has received numerous donation pledges in recent months, the largest two coming from Saudi Arabia with pledges' combined total of $4 billion. (AFP/File)
17:10 GMT
The United Kingdom donated $16 million worth of military equipment to the Lebanese army to defend the country's eastern border from jihadist threat.
Militants in the Sinai have staged cross-border attacks in the past, but have not claimed responsibility for today's shootings. (AFP?Said Khatib)
14:11 GMT
IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said in an Twitter statement Wednesday that two IDF soldiers, one male and one female, had been wounded by shots fired from Egypt.
Iraqis gather at the site of a bomb attack on Oct. 21 in the Talbiyah area of Baghdad, where two blasts hit the parking lot of a restaurant. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT
The most recent attacks killed at least 18.
Over 500 British nationals have joined IS in Iraq and Syria, according to the UK's top police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (File/AFP)
12:47 GMT
The UK's Metropolitan Police Service released shocking figures, which state five British citizens are leaving to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria every week.
Over 200 Palestinian children have been detained by Israel since August 2014 according to Defense for Children International (File/AFP)
11:52 GMT
The Palestinian Authority Department of Prisoner's Affairs on Wednesday said dozens of minors were assaulted or beaten while in Israeli custody.
The Islamic State now controls major areas in Iraq including Mosul and Anbar (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT
Iraq's new Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi promised to retake Islamic State controlled areas of the country including the city of Mosul.
Kobani continues to remain under siege by IS militants despite resistance from Kurdish fighters (File/AFP)
10:54 GMT
A Pentagon official Tuesday said the situation in the Syrian border town of Kobani remained "tenuous" despite US air strikes against IS.
The accused terror cell members had planned to attack U.S. forces in Kuwait (U.S. Central Command file photo).
10:18 GMT
The individuals had planned to attack U.S. military personnel in Qatar and Kuwait.
A fighter from the Fajr Libya group fires his weapon during clashes in the hill village of Kikla, southwest of Tripoli on Oct. 21.The internationally recognised Libyan government called for a civil disobedience campaign in Tripoli until its forces retake the capital from militias who seized it. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
08:34 GMT
Libya’s internationally recognized government says its forces are getting ready to recapture the capital from militias.
Israeli forces recently imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers entering the Al Aqsa Mosque, in order for Jewish settlers to access the site (File/AFP)
08:18 GMT
Jordan's representative to the UN Security Council, Dina Kawar, said Israel is "determined" to provoke Palestinians by imposing restrictions on worshipers entering Islam's third most holiest site, Al Asqa Mosque.
A Tunisian man walks past election posters in the Tunis suburb of Ariana on Oct. 21. Tunisians vote on Oct. 26 for their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
08:14 GMT
Islamist party Ennahda is still projected to do well, but the other big contender this time around is Nidaa Tounes, a broad-based secularist party.
Syria has struggled with an ongoing civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
The Syrian air force carried out over 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours.
A French Army pilot getting down a Rafale fighter jet, initially equiped with 4 laser guided bombs GBU-12, parked at Al-Dhafra base in the United Arab Emirates after returning from a mission over Iraq. French jets carried out on October 19, 2014 an air strike against two pick up trucks in the region of Tikrit, successfully destroying their target using 3 laser-guided bombs GBU-12, as part of the "Chammal" operation. France has increased its equipment on October 1, 2014 with 3 more Rafale up to 9 Rafale fighter jets, also mobilizing one c135 refueling aircraft and an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol airplane, along with a warship deployed to the Persian Gulf to boost the fight against Islamic State in Iraq. (AFP / ECPAD)
07:35 GMT
A French Army pilot getting down a Rafale fighter jet, initially equiped with 4 laser guided bombs GBU-12
The strategic town of al-Sab, which is situated to the west of Baghdad and also borders Baghdad Intentional Airport, is now fully under the control of the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT
Iraqi soldiers have pushed IS militants out of al-Sab, a strategic town near Baghdad.
The Islamic State is  made up of foreign fighters from dozens of countires (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT
Three US teenagers hoping to join the Islamic State were caught by FBI agents in Germany and sent back home to Denver where they were reunited with their families.
The UN chief also praised Turkey for providing Gaza with a temporary power plant after much the area's power grid was destroyed in the most recent conflict with Israel. (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said there was no chance of long term stability without Israel properly addressing the occupied territories.

October 21, 2014

An emergency department of an Istanbul hospital was quarantined after a patient suspected of having MERS was treated there. (File/AP)
17:30 GMT
The Turkish Ministry of Health has stepped up its MERS screening process after being the latest country in which the MERS virus has been fatal.
359 structures have been destroyed in the West Bank this year according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Israeli officers evicted the residents of 3 houses in Jerusalem and demolished them leaving 23 Palestinians homeless.
Paramedics carry the bodies of those killed, following a fierce gun battle between security forces and militants in the village of Arab Sharkas, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:33 GMT
An Egyptian court handed down death sentences to seven men found guilty of terrorism offenses Tuesday following a raid in March where two military officers were killed.
Private security guards check student IDs as they enter their universities. (File/AFP)
12:58 GMT
Egypt bolstered private security at universities due to increased anti-government protests at the start of the academic year.
At least 1.13 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN in Lebanon (File/AFP)
12:55 GMT
Lebanon's Social Affair Minister said no more Syrian refugees would be allowed in the country following the mass influx of people fleeing the neighboring conflict.
Syria's death toll has risen to 190,000 people since the war began over three years ago (File/AFP)
11:53 GMT
The EU on Tuesday added a total of 16 Syrians including 12 ministers to a new sanctions list due to the continuing war by Assad's regime.
King Abdullah speaks during the UN General Assembly, September 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:11 GMT
King Abdullah of Jordan said "there is no grey area" in battling terrorism and warned against IS militants creating a civil war in Islam.
Chomsky believes an alternative to U.S. airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria would be appealing to the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT
Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on the rise of the Islamic State, the most recent Gaza offensive, and US policy in the region.
Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat. [AFP]
10:10 GMT
Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that if the US vetoed the Palestinian UN resolution for a timetable to end the Israeli occupation, Palestine would apply for membership to 522 international organizations and statutes.
Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT
British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.
General Haftar has pledged to bring stability to Libya. (AFP/File)
09:07 GMT
Libya's parliament has announced a formal alliance with former General Khalifa Haftar.
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas sits with the Egyptian premier Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, July 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:51 GMT
Israeli and Hamas officials are due to resume indirect talks in Cairo next week following an invitation from Egypt to restart negotiations.
Houthi rebels are attempting to gain more territory after taking over the capital but are facing resistance from al-Qaeda. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT
A total of 67 Shia fighters have been killed in attacks by al Qaeda as violence rages on in the town of Radaa.
A visitor looks at artifacts on display during the official reopening of the Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria on October 19, 2014. The museum in Alexandria reopened on October 19, after a three-year closure due to security reason. (AFP / TAREK ABDEL HAMID)
07:25 GMT
A visitor looks at artifacts on display during the official reopening of the Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria on October 19, 2014.
A woman watches smoke rise in the Syrian border town of Kobani following a US air strike, October 13, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:25 GMT
Clashes between Kurdish fighters and the Islamic State continued in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani late Monday.
A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
05:00 GMT
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

Iraqis gather outside a Shiite mosque where a suicide bomber detonated explosives, killing at least 11 people, on October 20, 2014 in central Baghdad (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP).
20:00 GMT
Around 18 civilians were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Harisiyye district, while another bomb attack left seven soldiers dead in Zeydan
 Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) shaking hands with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir after a press conference in Cairo on October 19, 2014 (Egyptian Presidency/ AFP).
18:00 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Sunday his country will work with Sudan to support Libya’s military against Islamic militants.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu referred to Turkey's ‘solution process’, an effort launched early last year by the Turkish government to secure an end to the decades-long conflict with the outlawed Kurdish separatist terror group, the PKK (AFP/File Archive).
16:00 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has characterized the Kurdish solution process as "national, domestic and unique. As it is a product of the sons of this land, it must be protected against external influences."
Yemen´s parliament, in which the Houthi movement is seeking to secure the defense, interior and finance portfolios (AFP/File Archive).
14:16 GMT
The Houthi movement is pushing to secure the defense, interior and finance portfolios in Yemen’s new cabinet, reported on Sunday.
Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since they began taking over large areas of Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT
Turkey announced Monday that it is now helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border with Syria.
Yemen has experienced intense turmoil since the overthrow of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
At least 20 Houthi fighters were killed in a bombardment by al-Qaeda militants in Rada'a.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said: the time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment. [AFP]
11:13 GMT
Rivlin was speaking at the opening session of a conference entitled "From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the Other," on the escalation of tensions between Jews and Arabs.
A Palestinian flag flies above Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood. (AFP file photo)
10:47 GMT
Shortly after news of the controversial move was announced, President Reuven Rivlin criticized the development as surreptitious and potentially unsanctioned.
Over 500 students have been expelled for protesting. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
Egyptian students have launched a week-long campaign to protest security forces on campuses.
IS has gained tremendous wealth from smuggling oil. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
Iraq's illegal oil business is booming and allowing IS to flourish.
A Kurdish boy and his father watch the fighting in Kobani from across the Turkish border on Oct. 19. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:31 GMT
In a tactical shift, the United States has started dropping small arms and supplies to Kobani's besieged defenders.
Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT
An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the IS and that both are “armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.”
Kurdish forces have been battling IS militants in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
IS casualties are piling up as the battle for Kobani rages on.
Two Palestinian girls were hit by a car of Jewish settler in West Bank, leaving one of them dead.
07:25 GMT
A young Palestinian girl who was struck by an Israeli settler vehicle earlier Sunday has succumbed to her wounds, medics told Ma'an.
Syria has been experiencing a brutal civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT
A car bomb in Damascus killed two men and injured a Syrian opposition commander Sunday night.
A Palestinian girl walks on a street of destroyed buildings in al-Tufah, in the east of Gaza City on October 19, 2014. The Palestinian government has unveiled a 76-page reconstruction plan for Gaza, calling for $4 billion to rebuild the war-battered territory, with the largest amount going to build housing for some 100,000 left homeless. (AFP / MAHMUD HAMS)
07:01 GMT
A Palestinian girl walks on a street of destroyed buildings in al-Tufah, in the east of Gaza City on October 19, 2014. The Palestinian government has unveiled a 76-page reconstruction plan for Gaza,
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Abadi to congratulate him on his new government. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Iran Monday after lawmakers approved his choices for the critically important Defense and Interior portfolios.
Thousands of Syrians have fled the town of Kobani due to ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The UN estimates that there are currently 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

October 19, 2014

Bombings have become common place in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:52 GMT
At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 28 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite house of religious mourning in a neighborhood in western Baghdad on Sunday.
Houthi fighters continue to clash with al-Qaeda linked militants around the country. (AFP/File)
16:25 GMT
Security officials said on Sunday that the fighters from the Shia Houthi movement captured the town of Yarim, located about 106 miles south of Sana’a in the province of Ibb.
Some sources claim that over 1,000 Jordanians are currently fighting alongside IS in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT
Hard-line Jordanian Salafists Omar Mahdi Zeidan and Saad Hneity have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria.
Libya has been in a state of upheaval since its former leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed three years ago. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT
In a joint statement issued late Saturday by the governments of the US, UK, Germany, France and Italy, the group threatened sanctions against violent parties in Libya if a ceasefire and negotiation process is not implemented.
Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State extremists in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT
Kurdish forces reportedly recaptured parts of Kobani, the strategically important Syrian border town, over the weekend.
The Houthis captured Tawwal border crossing in Hajjah Province on Saturday. They also took control of Wagha region in the same province. (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT
Shiite Houthi fighters have taken control of a crossing along Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia.
Israeli soldiers pose for a photo in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Oct. 19. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
11:56 GMT
Abbas' statement follows a recent spate of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police.
Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has been arrested, according to media reports. (Image: Fars News Agency)
11:40 GMT
Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has called for putting an end to what he describes as discrimination against Shi'a Muslims in Saudi Arabia.
An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT
Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.
A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT
Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, a jihadist group based in Sinai, has claimed responsibility for several attacks against Egypt's security forces.
09:20 GMT
Walid Attalah is suspected of orchestrating a recent RPG attack in North Sinai, which killed three policemen and injured seven others.
Haditha, home to a strategic dam, has been under assault for months, Iraqi forces say.
08:28 GMT
By controlling Hīt, ISIS has effectively severed the main road linking Haditha to Ramadi. Supplies have been cut off completely from Haditha, with local officials warning foodstuffs could run out soon.
Yemeni protesters demonstrate outside the Saudi embassy in Sana'a against the death sentence of Shi'a cleric and anti-government protest leader Nimr al-Nimr on Oct. 18. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
08:04 GMT
Sheikh Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death last week.
Newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (left) is a Sunni from Mosul and Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Ghabban (right) is a Shi'ite and member of Prime Minister Abadi's own State of Law coalition (AFP/ File Archive).
08:02 GMT
Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.
Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab, from the Turkish border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on October 18, 2014. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Western diplomats have repeatedly made clear they want to see the key NATO member play a key role in the coalition against the militants, who are battling for the Syrian town Kobane just a few kilometers from Turkey. (AFP / ARIS MESSINIS)
07:30 GMT
Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab
Children wave the Palestinian flag. Support is growing around the world for Palestinian state recognition following the recent 50-day conflict in the Gaza Strip (AFP/File Archive).
07:01 GMT
The Spanish parliament will reportedly vote on recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.
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.