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October 12, 2014

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.

Raad al-Azzawi's TV station was also attacked last year, when a militia group raided and detonated two suicide bombs, killing several journalists and the station's chief news editor. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

The Islamic State reportedly publicly executed a local Iraqi cameraman in northern Iraq on Friday, highlighting the dangers faced by both international and local media workers in Syria and Iraq.

Palestinian children sit on the window of a partially destroyed building in al-Tufah, east of Gaza City on October 11, 2014, ahead of a donors conference in Cairo. [AFP]
08:41 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo early on Sunday for a conference seeking to raise billions of dollars in aid donations to rebuild the Gaza Strip, which was left devastated after a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

Earlier this week, IS and Nusra militants called on Sunni soldiers to defect from their posts and join extremist ranks in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

After defecting from the Lebanese Army and joining the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front, a Lebanse man remains with the militant group as his family pleads for his return.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy sits in a Cairo courtroom (AFP file photo).
04:00 GMT

Several Muslim Brotherhood figures were given sentences of up to 15 years on charges of torturing an opponent protester.

October 11, 2014

At least 38 people were killed Saturday night in Shi'a areas of Baghdad. (Image: Shutterstock)
20:40 GMT

Media reports said that the blasts occurred within minutes of one another.

Mourners in Suruc, Turkey bury Kurdish fighters killed battling IS jihadists for control of Kobani on Oct. 11. 
(AFP/Aris Messinis)
17:12 GMT

Outgunned by the more heavily armed IS attackers, Kurdish defenders were facing IS advances from two directions.

Displaced foreigners stream into Tunisia from Libya in August (AFP file photo).
14:00 GMT

Increased violence among rival groups in Libya has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 287,000 people.