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October 13, 2014

The Gaza offensive lasted 51 days and killed over 2,000 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Over 30 foreign ministers attended the conference to pledge their monetary support for Gaza.

October 12, 2014

Kurdish forces have been instrumental in the fight against IS extremists in both Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
20:12 GMT

Kurdish forces have stopped the advance of IS fighters in Syria's Kobani Sunday.

Libya has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and various militias since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

At least 21 people have been killed and many others wounded after tribal clashes broke out in the western region of Libya's capital city, Tripoli.

Millions of Syrians have fled the ongoing violence in their country. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Turkey closed the border with Syria on Sunday leaving thousands of people who had fled Kobani stranded in a minefield in no-man’s-land on the border.

There are an estimated 3,000 Tunisians fighting in Syria. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa has announced that his country has arrested some 1,500 militants as part of efforts to secure its transition to democracy.

The students protesting voiced their anger over the university's current leadership. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters at Cairo's Azhar University Sunday for the second day in a row.

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out the use of U.S. forces on the ground. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT

Officials in Iraq's Anbar province are calling for the U.S. to send ground troops into Iraq to help battle Islamic State militants.

Kurdish forces fighting IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT

A series of bomb attacks has left at least 26 people dead in Iraq, amid the deadly violence that rages on across the country.

Kurds across Europe and the Middle East have grown increasingly frustrated with international inaction in Kobani, sparking widespread, sometimes violent protests. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

Protesters mostly hailing from the Kurdish region in Syria took to the streets in Beirut Sunday to protest international handling of Kobani, particularly in Turkey, where the borders have been closed and government authorities have ignored UN urges to intervene in the border town.

As the fight inches closer to the Turkish border, the US urges Turkey to act while Kurdish forces urge the US to send more air power. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani requested heightened airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition. Despite strong defense, Kurdish fighters warn failed weapon requests and inaction from the Turkish government could mean the fall of Kobani to IS control.

A Pakistani Air Force F16 fighter jet. [AFP]
10:55 GMT

At least 21 militants have been killed in Pakistan Air Force’s airstrikes on their hideouts in the country’s volatile northwestern tribal areas.

Members of national delegations, regional and international organizations met in Cairo for the Gaza conference led dually by Egypt and Norway to discuss the future of the territory and what should come next. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi opened the Gaza aid conference but highlighting the importance of new generations in Israel and Palestine in solving the problems facing the war-torn territory.

The Turbo Commander light aircraft went down in the Sabzpoushan mountainous area in Zahedan.
09:56 GMT

An aircraft belonging to Iranian police forces has reportedly crashed in the southeastern city of Zahedan, leaving all seven people onboard dead.

News of the soldier's defection first surfaced in a video late Saturday, in which he says his decision is the result of Lebanon's 'mass detention of Sunnis.' (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT

A third Lebanese soldier has reportedly defected to join IS ranks, adding to a feared surge of defectors following the recent IS and Nusra call for Sunni soldiers to leave posts and join extremist ranks.

Pro-kurdish demonstrators holding a giant flag as they gather on October 11, 2014 in Duesseldorf, north-western Germany, during a rally in solidarity with Kurds trapped in the northern Syrian city of Kobane. [AFP]
09:13 GMT

Thousands of Kurds in Britain and across Europe protest against the ISIS attack on Kobane as Turkey stubbornly refuses to help the besieged town.