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September 9, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.