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More than 190,000 signatures were collected on an international petition protesting Reyhaneh Jabbari's conviction. Amnesty told the Independent the stay gave supporters hope, but they feared Jabbari may still be executed after the ten day period. (AFP/File)
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International attention spotlighted the country after Iran's Supreme Court upheld a verdict to execute an Iranian woman charged with murder over killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. Now, Reyhaheh Jabbari has been granted a last-minute stay, postponing her execution by ten days.
So far, Syria's Nusra front has executed one Lebanese soldier and threatened another, while IS has killed two more. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT
Following the most recent Lebanese hostage execution by Nusra Front, Qatari mediators touched down on the outskirts of Arsal Tuesday to begin a negotiation process with militants still holding at least 21 security personnel captive.
Since the Arsal clashes and subsequent soldier catpures in August, Lebanese citizens have grown increasingly aggressive toward Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
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Amid heightened tensions after Arsal, armed attacks against Syrian refugees carried out by Lebanese refugees has Human Rights Watch Lebanon worried for what will come next, and urging Lebanese authorities to take action.
Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since June. (AFP/File)
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Kurdish Peshmerga forces are carrying out military operations against Islamic State militants on three different fronts in northern Iraq.
The air strikes in Syria are now in their second week. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
The U.S. carried out air strikes near Syria's border with Turkey overnight in an effort to halt an advance by Islamic State militants.
Civilians captured during the fall of Lydda and Ramle around the time of July 12, 1948 and taken to labour camps. In the July heat they were thirsty and were given a drop of water carried by a child under soldiers’ guard. (Photo: Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society)
11:35 GMT
On Israel's little-known concentration and labor camps in 1948-1955
A quarter of construction in Jerusalem is illegal, according to an Israeli NGO (File/AFP)
10:25 GMT
A group of Israeli settlers occupied 23 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem according to a local information center.
Benjamin Netanyahu compared ISIS to Hamas during his speech at the 69th UN General Assembly, September 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:48 GMT
The U.S. State department disagreed with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's comments during his UN speech about ISIS and Iran.
The U.S. must either stand up to Israel or become merely an observer in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT
The path to peace must be reconfigured in order to establish lasting trust between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Muslim Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government earlier this year. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT
An Egyptian court has confirmed the death sentences of 20 Muslim Brotherhood members.
Turkey has hosted over 1.5 million Syrian refugees since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
08:27 GMT
Turkish officials speaking at the World Economic Forum in Istanbul called on the world the assist the country with the recent influx of Syrian refugees.
Israeli soldiers and friends mourn during the funeral of comrade. [AFP]
07:59 GMT
Three Israeli soldiers who had taken part in Tel Aviv’s recent war on the Gaza Strip have taken their own lives due to psychological problems, a report says.
This is the third such propaganda video released by the Islamic State featuring Mr. Cantlie. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT
Islamic State militants have released a new video featuring British hostage John Cantlie criticizing Obama's military strategy.
The army also diffused explosive devices planted by militants. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
Iraqi soldiers have recaptured over a dozen villages in Diyala province from IS militants.
Pakistani television journalist Faizullah Khan receives sweets following his release by authorities in Afghanistan as he arrives at Torkham on September 29, 2014. Pakistan appealed to Afghan president Hamid Karzai in July 2014 to issue a pardon to a journalist facing a four-year jail term in Afghanistan for "contacting terrorists". Faizullah Khan, a reporter with the private Pakistani TV channel ARY news was arrested in April by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province. (AFP)
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Pakistani television journalist Faizullah Khan receives sweets following his release by authorities in Afghanistan as he arrives at Torkham on September 29, 2014. Pakistan appealed
Moallem expressed concern that the current climate could create a situation where the international community will not exit Syria for decades. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT
In his UN address, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria stands with the international effort to fight the Islamic State militants.
Turkey initially refused to join the US-led coalition, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara's position has changed. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The Turkish government has announced its decision to submit motions to parliament requesting an extended mandate for military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.

September 29, 2014

Netanyahu spoke of Iran, Hamas, and the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
19:17 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN general assembly Monday.
Qassem could face up to three years in jail. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Lebanese lawyers filed a lawsuit against TV host Faisal al-Qassem Monday over his unflattering remarks about the Lebanese army.
Anti-government protests have spread throughout Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
A court in Bahrain has sentenced nine anti-government protesters to life in prison and has revoked their citizenship.
Islamic State militants began their assault on Kobani more than a week ago. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT
The Turkish military has sent tanks and armored vehicles to the Turkish-Syrian border in response to shelling from Islamic State militants.
Israel officially banned the Islamic State and anyone associating with it at the beginning of September.
15:00 GMT
Police say the teacher admitted bringing the materials back to Israel from Jordan.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, during his speech at the World Economic Forum, 28th September, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:01 GMT
Egyptian officials condemned accusations from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the premier's criticism of human rights violations in a back and forth spat between both countries.
Yemeni activists chant anti-Houthi slogans during a rally on Sept. 28 in Sana'a. Hundreds of Yemenis took to the streets demanding the departure of the Shiite rebels. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
14:01 GMT
A UN official said Houthis and their allies are in complete control of Sana'a as violence continued to flare.
A Yemeni boy walks past street art critical of U.S. drone attacks in the country (File/AFP)
13:14 GMT
Three children in Yemen were injured following a U.S. drone strike which killed three Al Qaeda militants in the northern province of Jawf.
The militants are able to enter Lebanon through the porous Lebanese-Syrian border. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The Lebanese army clashed with militants trying to infiltrate Lebanon on Monday.
President Ashraf Ghani prays with the electoral commission's Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani in Kabul, September 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:30 GMT
Afghanistan's new president Ashraf Ghani was sworn in Monday after a longstanding dispute in the country's elections.
Israel has destroyed over 500 buildings in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2013, leaving hundreds of Palestinian families homeless (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT
Israeli forces bulldozed a residential five-story building in Abu Dis at dawn Monday, leaving many Palestinian families homeless.
RAF Tornado GR4's fly on a mission to Iraq on Sept. 27. (AFP/Ministry of Defence)
09:57 GMT
IS fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria.
Lebanese troops deploy across the border town of Arsal, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:56 GMT
Lebanon's army clashed with militants on the outskirts of Arsal, allegedly leaving many soldiers dead or injured in the early hours of Monday morning.
Fourteen suspects were arrested in the seizure. (Image: Dubai Police)
09:39 GMT
Coalition forces seized 5,364 kg of hashish.
Jordan recently joined the likes of France, the U.S. and UK in air striking Islamic State positions in Syria (Image: U.S. Air Force)
09:31 GMT
Jordan's government on Sunday said the security situation in the country was stable amid rumours of jihadi support growing in the towns of Zarqa and Maan.
At least 24 Houthis were injured in the attack, with three people in critical condition (File/AFP)
09:03 GMT
Seven people were killed and dozens injured after a car exploded near a Houthi controlled hospital in Yemen's northeastern province of Mareb.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country needed to take a leading role against IS militants (File/AFP)
08:32 GMT
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country should take a frontline role against Islamic State militants in Syria.
Members of Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group's nerve centre. [AFP]
07:59 GMT
It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives? Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah
A Muslim pilgrim wearing a mask leaves after the esha'a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, on September 28, 2014 as hundreds of thousands of Muslims have poured into the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is mandatory once in a lifetime for all Muslims provided they are physically fit and financially capable. (AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
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A Muslim pilgrim wearing a mask leaves after the esha'a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, on September 28, 2014 as hundreds
The leader of Nusra Front urged American and European citizens to denounce Washington's actions. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
The al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front is threatening reprisals for U.S. air strikes in Syria.
U.S. air strikes are targeting IS militants inside Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The U.S. carried out air strikes in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey.

September 28, 2014

The two jets carried out armed reconnaissance missions but did not conduct air strikes. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
For the first time since Britain's parliament authorized air strikes against Islamic State militants, two RAF jets flew combat missions over Iraq.
Lebanese activists vowed to file a lawsuit against the journalist for his remarks. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT
A group of Lebanese activists held a protest at the offices of al-Jazeera in Beirut over anti-army remarks made by an al-Jazeera journalist over the weekend.
Multiple Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped during clashes on the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
A Lebanese MP announced that the Free Syrian Army has saved multiple Lebanese soldiers from their jihadist kidnappers.
Iraqi FM Ibrahim al-Ja'afari reiterated Iraq's desire to keep foreign troops out of Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Iraq's Foreign Minister once again rejected the idea of foreign troops in Iraq at the U.N. General Assembly.
Parliament leader Agelia Saleh Eissa spoke at the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT
Libya's new parliament held a swearing-in ceremony Sunday.
An F-15E Strike Eagle waits to take off before strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. (AFP PHOTO / US Air Force)
14:15 GMT
An al-Qaeda member expressed condolences for the death of senior operative Mohsin al-Fadhli.
Turkish and Syrian Kurds shout slogans after destroying the border fence into Kobani in neighboring Syria during a demonstration near the Mursitpinar border crossing, in Sanliurfa province, on September 26, 2014. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
12:37 GMT
Protesters in Cizre, near the Turkish border with Syria, threw petrol bombs and firecrackers at security forces.
Missiles are on display during an exhibition on the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, as part of the "Sacred Defense Week" commemorating the 8-year war on Sept. 28 at a park in northern Tehran. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
11:33 GMT
An Iranian general says his forces may attack deep into Iraq if militants approach the country's western border.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
11:06 GMT
PM's comments come after Abbas accuses Israel of "genocide"; Netanyahu's first scheduled engagement on the sidelines of the General Assembly will be with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Negotiation deal may be in the works for Lebanese hostages as PM Salam asks Turkey and Qatar to aid release efforts. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT
Prime Minister Tammam Salam asked Qatar and Turkey to help secure the release of Lebanese hostages, saying Lebanon would support a negotiation deal.
American and Canadian activists have been trying to keep Israeli cargo ships from docking at the ports of Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver. (Image: Zim)
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Protesters in Oakland, California prevented a Zim cargo ship from unloading its goods at the city's port.
International attention was forced back on Bahraini authorities this month following the release of renowned rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja. (AFP/File)
08:47 GMT
Following anti-government protests in 2011, Bahrain's prison population has doubled, boasting at least 2,000 political prisoners and the Arab world's second highest prison population rate per 100,000 people. How did this happen?
Palestinian Suleiman al-Mesmari (R) stands near his camels in front of his destroyed family house after the animals, that had gone missing from the Gaza Strip during the recent bloody 50-day-conflict with Israel, were handed back by the Israeli army, on September 27, 2014 in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli media reported great efforts undertaken by the military to retrieve the expensive animals, with owner Suleiman al-Mesmari saying he had been contacting Israeli authorities on the matter for over a month. On September 25 night a surveillance team along the Gaza border tracked the camels down and troops shepherded them back into Palestinian territory, reuniting them with their Bedouin owners. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
07:11 GMT
Palestinian Suleiman al-Mesmari (R) stands near his camels in front of his destroyed family house after the animals,
A Yemeni supporter of Houthi rebels stands guard during a rally after the anti-government movement seized key state installations on Sept. 26. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
06:55 GMT
Forces with links to Iran and Hezbollah are supporting Houthi rebels to boost their control of Yemen’s capital Sana’a, intelligence sources say.

September 27, 2014

A boy holds a baby as Syrian Kurds, fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State group, cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc on Sept. 27, 2014. (AFP /Bulent Kilic)
17:48 GMT
Air strikes continued against IS targets, Reuters reported.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is wheeled out of an ambulance outside the Maadi military hospital in Cairo on Sept. 27 before boarding a helicopter that transported him to court.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:44 GMT
Cairo Criminal Court said it needed more time to review 160,000 pages of evidence.
Syrians inspect damage following a reported US-led air strike against the headquarters of al-Nusra Front west of Aleppo on Sept. 25. (AFP /Sami Ali)
09:18 GMT
The New York Times reported that U.S. officials are considering a Turkish request for a no-fly zone over parts of Syria.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani speaks during at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2014. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
08:24 GMT
An investigative report says Israel and the UAE are paying millions to lobby U.S. journalists against Qatar.
Candles are lit as hundreds of people pay tribute to mountain-guide Herve Gourdel (poster), who was beheaded by Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group in Algeria, during a gathering in the southeastern city of Nice, on September 26, 2014. Jund al-Khilifa, or "Soldiers of the Caliphate," beheaded the 55-year-old Frenchman after he was abducted on September 21 while hiking in a national park that was once a magnet for tourists but later became a sanctuary for Islamists. (AFP / VALERY HACHE)
08:05 GMT
Candles are lit as hundreds of people pay tribute to mountain-guide Herve Gourdel
People walk past the remains of burnt tents at a Syrian refugee camp in Arsal on Sept. 25, a few hours after a raid by the Lebanese army. (AFP)
07:15 GMT
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt called on the government to stop dithering on the hostage crisis and endorse a swap deal with ISIS and Nusra Front militants.
Prime Minister David Cameron said IS fighters are “psychopathic terrorists who want to kill us”, September 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
British politicians have overwhelmingly voted to launch air strikes alongside the U.S. and France against the Islamic State in Iraq.

September 26, 2014

A large number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are foreign nationals (File/AFP)
17:29 GMT
Nine Japanese citizens have reportedly joined the Islamic State according to an Israeli official, although the information has not yet been verified.
Syrian refugees arrive at the port of Limassol after being rescued close to Cyprus' coast, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:39 GMT
A cruise ship off the coast of Cyprus rescued around 300 Syrian refugees from a fishing boat. The refugees had reportedly spent days at sea before being found on the faulty boat.
Syrian protesters took to the streets of Arsal on Friday to voice anger against Lebanon's army crackdown (Image: The Daily Star)
15:07 GMT
Syrian refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal protested against the army following an ongoing crackdown on Islamist militants.
President Obama met with Egypt's leader, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss a range of issues, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Barack Obama at the UN headquarters Thursday to discuss the Libya crisis and rising IS threat in the region.
Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was executed after posting messages on Facebook, criticizing the Islamic State (Image: Facebook)
12:50 GMT
Militants from the extremist group, the Islamic State, have executed a prominent Iraqi women's rights activist in the city of Mosul.
Palestinian Muslims were previously banned from entering the holy site ahead of the Jewish new year holiday (File/AFP)
10:37 GMT
Israel's security forces on Friday imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers praying in the Al Asqa mosque because of alleged reports of planned demonstrations.
Lebanese Muslims gather near their luggage at Beirut International Airport as they head to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on September 25, 2014. From war-ravaged Iraq to Ebola-hit Nigeria and dozens of other nations, pilgrims are converging on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj, the world’s largest Muslim gathering. Beginning in early October close to two million believers will congregate in an atmosphere of brotherhood to follow the 14-century-old traditions of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. (AFP / ANWAR AMRO)
10:30 GMT
Lebanese Muslims gather near their luggage at Beirut International Airport as they head to perform the annual hajj
Over half of Brits (57 per cent) said they supported bombing Islamic State extremists (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT
The majority of the British public back air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria according to a YouGov poll.
Tourists study a map near an entrance to the Metro in Paris on Sept. 19. (AFP/Joel Saget)
10:00 GMT
U.S. officials said they had no information to support Prime Minister Abadi's claims, Reuters reported.
Stills provided by the U.S. military show the before and after scenario of Islamic State targets in Syria (Image: U.S. Department of Defense)
08:32 GMT
The U.S. military has released footage of air strikes carried out against Islamic State positions in Syria, where the extremist group had control of several oil refineries.

September 25, 2014

Children sit in the rubble of their house in Gaza City on Sept. 25. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
16:17 GMT
The two rival Palestinian factions have reached a unity government agreement for Gaza, according to wire service reports.
An armed Houthi rebel child mans a checkpoint in Sana'a on Sept. 23, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
16:00 GMT
Several Iranian military personnel previously detained in Yemen’s national security headquarters have been released by Houthi rebels who are in control of most of the capital.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24. (AFP/Don Emmert)
15:31 GMT
About 260 Boko Haram militants surrendered Thursday to Nigerian authorities, following the reported death of their leader.
Syrian refugees in Arsal have been at the forefront of clashes between Lebanon's army and militants since last month (File/AFP)
14:31 GMT
Syrian refugees in Arsal reportedly raised the black flag of the extremist group the Islamic State in protest over the Lebanese army's crackdown on a nearby camp.
David Cameron sits with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT
Iran's leader, Hassan Rouhani met British Prime Minister David Cameron at the UN in the first meeting between both nations since the Iranian revolution in 1979.
Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish settlers through the Al Aqsa compound, violating international law (File/AFP)
13:40 GMT
Palestinian worshipers were allowed access to the Al Aqsa mosque following intense clashes with Israeli forces after the holy site was forcibly closed for a Jewish holiday.
UK-based Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary. [Press TV]
12:42 GMT
UK police say they have arrested nine men, reportedly including a Muslim preacher, in a London raid, accusing them of involvement in suspected terror acts.
Lebanese army. [AFP]
12:27 GMT
Lebanon's army has detained about 450 suspected Islamist militants near its border with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Thursday, as it steps up efforts to prevent them from using the frontier town of Arsal as a base.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on September 24, 2014. [AFP]
11:10 GMT
Egypt cancels meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he brands El-Sisi a 'coup leader' during a UN speech; Turkey says no such meeting was planned
Thousands of Syrian Kurds fled the city of Kobani since last week after Islamic State violence (File/AFP)
10:48 GMT
Kurds who fled the Syrian city of Kobani returned from Turkey to fight IS militants following the growing threat of the extremist group.
Egyptian security forces deploy at the site of a bomb attack near a checkpoint outside the foreign ministry headquarters in central Cairo on September 21, 2014. [AFP]
08:18 GMT
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on US President Barack Obama to censure Egypt’s human rights record during his Thursday meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
07:14 GMT
Security Council passes legally binding resolution to tackle surge of foreign terrorist fighters.
Ali Abdi holds up pictures in protest of an imprisoned friend in Iran, while President of Iran Hassan Rouhani speaks with moderator and journalist Fareed Zakaria (not seen) at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City on September 24, 2014. These are Rouhani's first public remarks before his address at the United Nations General Assembly. (Yana Paskova/ AFP)
06:55 GMT
Ali Abdi holds up pictures in protest of an imprisoned friend in Iran, while President of Iran Hassan Rouhani speaks with moderator and journalist Fareed Zakaria
United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
06:49 GMT
David Cameron's speech to the UN General Assembly: British PM warns world leaders of Isis's 'murderous plans to expand its borders' and pledges to take action
Bashar al-Assad and Barack Obama. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
America’s attacks on Isis may help Bashar al-Assad keep his regime alive
French President Francois Hollande. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday confirmed the death of Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was held hostage by Algerian militants linked to Islamic State.

September 24, 2014

Purportedly beheaded by IS militants: A man who identified himself as French tourist Herve Gourdel sits between two masked gunmen in this still taken from a video.
20:55 GMT
ISIL-linked terrorists have released a video purportedly showing the decapitation of a French tourist in response to what the group calls France’s action in Iraq, a report says.
President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
17:52 GMT
President Barack Obama has promised at the United Nations that the US-led military camping against the ISIL Takfiri insurgents will destroy their “network of death.”
Chief Palestinian negotiator Azzam al-Ahmad  of the mainstream Fatah movement shakes hands with Hamas deputy leader Musa Abu Marzouk  in the presence of other members of the delegation at a hotel in Cairo following reconciliation talks on September 24, 2014. [AFP]
16:30 GMT
The Hamas and Fatah movements met in Cairo on Wednesday in an effort to fully implement a reconciliation agreement signed in April, Egyptian officials told Ma'an.
A Syrian Kurdish woman crosses the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on September 23, 2014. [AFP]
14:46 GMT
Military aircraft flying from Turkey have launched a series of aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria.
Israeli police take position during clashes with Palestinian worshippers at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday. [AFP]
13:22 GMT
Israeli forces have once again attacked Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after conducting strike missions against Islamic State group targets (Brian Stephens / Navy Media Content Services / AFP).
12:52 GMT
President Barack Obama said that Arab support for the airstrikes “makes it clear to the world this is not America’s fight alone.”
Relatives of kidnapped soldiers block a road in protest (image courtesy The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir).
11:06 GMT
Protesters blocked main roads with burning tires in an effort to pressure the government to negotiate with their relatives' captors.
Abu Qatada had been deported from the UK to face trail in Jordan (File/AFP)
09:54 GMT
Radical Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada, was acquitted by a Jordan court of planning to carry out attacks against westerners in Amman Wednesday.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zariff (left), met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal to discuss regional affairs with little outcome (File/AFP)
09:30 GMT
A meeting between foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia and Iran to tackle regional developments had no positive outcome, sources said.
A Palestinian protester throws a tear gas canister back at Israeli forces during clashes, September 12, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:05 GMT
Indirect negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli leaders will continue in late October, according to a Hamas official.
Demonstrators hold posters reading "Supporting Herve Gourdel", a French mountain guide who was seized on September 21 evening while trekking in Algeria's rugged, heavily forested Kabylie area, where Al-Qaeda is active (Jean Christophe Magnenet/ AFP).
08:22 GMT
The French government says will do all it can to free hostages, but will not change its position in fighting terrorism.
U.S. Soldiers listen to U.S. President Obama during a visit on September 17, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. The U.S. is expected to announce the deployment of a division headquarters to Iraq in the next few days (Joe Raedele/ Getty Images North America/ AFP).
08:01 GMT
For the first time since the U.S. withdrew from Iraq in 2011 the U.S. Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.
President Obama met with representatives from five Arab nations that joined the US in Syrian airstrikes, as well as Iraq, during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, September 23, 2014 (Saul Loeb/ AFP).
07:20 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama will go before the United Nations General Assembly and seek specific promises of military, financial or humanitarian support from each country against the Islamic State.
Egypt has offered to train Lebanese soldiers to combat terrorism (File Archive/ AFP).
07:04 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has offered to train Lebanese soldiers tp combat terrorism and states that Lebanon is in need of support.
An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location on September 23, 2014 in Lebanon (Al-Manar/ AFP).
06:53 GMT
Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said his group opposed U.S. military intervention in Syria, including airstrikes on IS targets