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September 7, 2014

Civilians flee violence in the border town of Arsal as Lebanese forces continue to battle Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:21 GMT

Angry protesters set ablaze tents housing Syrian refugees in Arsal following reports that a second Lebanese soldier was beheaded by the Islamic State.

Libyan fighter jet. [AFP]
08:46 GMT

Libya says a Sudanese military transport plane bound for a Tripoli airport under control of an armed group had entered its airspace, a government statement said on Saturday.

A screen grab from a Nusra Front video shows three captured members of Lebanon's security forces (Image: Daily Star)
08:28 GMT

A second Lebanese soldier from the Bekaa Valley was beheaded by militants from the Islamic State according to a Turkish news agency.

Iraq's Haditha Dam
08:06 GMT

US military planes carry out airstrikes againts Islamic State near Iraq's Haditha Dam.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [AFP]
07:45 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has hinted that he is close to ending his reconciliation agreement with Hamas.

Islamic State militants threatened to strike Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha, according to reports (File/AFP)
07:35 GMT

Saudi Arabia tightened security along the borders with Iraq by announcing plans to build a five-layer security fence, amid growing threats for the Islamic State.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron answers questions from the media at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT

David Cameron is preparing a diplomatic charm offensive to build widespread Arab support for Western military action against Islamic State (IS) in both Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi Peshmerga fighters take position at a post near the jihadist-held city of Zumar in Mosul province on September 4, 2014. [AFP]
06:51 GMT

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have strengthened their hold on the town of Makhmour in northern Iraq as they manage to gain more ground in the battle against Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports.

Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
06:41 GMT

Indirect negotiations between Palestinian factions and Israel will continue in two weeks in Cairo, a leading member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday.

Clashes erupted overnight in the Jawb province, north of Sana'a (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Deadly clashes between Houthi rebels and government-backed tribesmen killed at least 40 people in Yemen Saturday.

September 6, 2014

Mohamed Morsi is on trial for a number of charges after he was ousted in July 2013 (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Ousted leader Mohamed Morsi was accused on fresh charges of sharing state information with Qatar Saturday, along with nine others.

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.