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September 6, 2014

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.

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.

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.