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October 20, 2014

 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.

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.

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.