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September 18, 2014

Up to 22 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants last month in the border town of Arsal (File/AFP)
09:23 GMT

The U.S. and France will speed up delivery of military aid to Lebanon amid the increasing tension in the border town of Arsal.

Iraqi army vehicles are seen on September 10, 2014 in Barwanah in the Anbar provinc. [AFP]
07:27 GMT

Soldiers of the Iraqi army have managed to push the ISIL Takfiri terrorists back from the Bouhayat region in the western province of Anbar.

Militants are believed to be holding a further 20 Lebanese soldiers captive since violence erupted in Arsal last month (File/AFP)
07:11 GMT

Another Lebanese soldier was kidnapped close to the border town of Arsal by unknown gunmen in two pickup trucks, according to reports.

Edward Snowden [AFP]
06:49 GMT

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has accused the United States of routinely passing private and unedited communications of American citizens to Israel.

Obama spoke to U.S. troops in Tampa, Florida. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday saying he will not deploy U.S. ground troops to Iraq.

September 17, 2014

Obama's administration recently stated they were considering putting troops on the ground in Iraq. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

A new video released by the Islamic State directly threatens U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. with impending war.

Prime Minister Abadi wants the international community to extend the fight to Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's new prime minister said in an interview Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary or welcome in Iraq.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra expressed his willingness to work towards peace in Libya. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Algeria has officially expressed readiness to host negotiations between rival Libyan parties.

Local governments are investigating the incident to find out how the batches were tainted. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

At least 36 children have died after receiving tainted measles vaccines at U.N. clinics.

The United Nations mission in Libya has warned that the security situation is rapidly deteriorating. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

At least nine people have been killed in Libya in heavy fighting between forces loyal to General Haftar and armed militiamen.

The Syrian civil war has displaced millions. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Government air strikes have killed roughly 48 people in Homs province.

Yemen's Houthis have been staging mass protests in a bid to press President Hadi to step down. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT

At least 65 Houthis have been killed in clashes in northern Yemen.

Twenty-two Lebanese soldiers are being held by Nusra Front militants (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Militants from Nusra Front have threatened to kill one of 22 kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, according to a statement on Facebook.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant wearing a headband of "Al-Quds Brigades". [AFP]
11:45 GMT

A public opinion poll published on Tuesday showed that half of the Palestinian public supports an armed intifada against Israel.

Egypt's foreign minister, Sameh Shukri called contents of the EU statement "false charges" (File/AFP)
11:31 GMT

Egyptian officials summoned EU ambassadors over a "negative" statement on human rights and terrorism in the country.