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October 8, 2014

Yemenis staged mass protests recently to express their discontentment with the current government. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

Houthi rebels rejected President Hadi's Prime Minister nomination Tuesday.

The blast wounded two Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for planting a bomb near the south Lebanon border Tuesday.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to voice their anger at the Turkish government's failure to protect Syrian Kurds from IS militants in Kobani. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed and dozens injured in pro-Kurdish protests across Turkey.

The claim against Prince Nasser alleges that he was involved in the torture of at least two people in April 2011. (Photo: Bahrain News Agency)
04:00 GMT

Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a frequent visitor to Britain, could face a fresh inquiry by Scotland Yard.

October 7, 2014

Four men were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in a series of raids across London.
17:36 GMT

It is not clear if the alleged offences are linked to Britain or the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Smoke rises from the southwestern area of Kobani following coalition airstrikes on Oct. 7. Fresh airstrikes by the US-led coalition hit positions held by Islamic State jihadists. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
15:06 GMT

The ground attacks in Kobani's streets are centered on the southern section of the city, and are regarded as less intense than Monday's effort to repel IS militants.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani has talks scheduled in Cairo on fighting militant groups in the region (file photo).
14:39 GMT

The development is likely to stoke fears that Libya’s ongoing fragmentation will make it a safe haven for militant groups.

Iran's intelligence chief said 'significant' amounts of explosives had been seized in a bomb plot. (AFP file photo)
14:21 GMT

Iran's intelligence ministry said it had seized explosives in a plot to attack one of its holy cities.

Kurdish demonstrators protest in the hall of the parliament building in The Hague on Oct. 6. The banner reads, in Dutch: "Stop the silent support to Kobani." (AFP/ANP/Valerie Kuypers)
13:42 GMT

About 100 Kurds occupied part of the Dutch parliament building in protest over IS attacks. The protesters left peacefully after talking with lawmakers and police.

Authorities say the assailant rammed an explosive-laden armored vehicle into houses. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

A car bomb has killed at least 17 people and injured 13 others in Iraq's Saladin Province.

IS militants overtook areas of Kobani late Monday. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

Turkey's main Kurdish party has urged all Kurds to hold protest rallies across the country against IS militants and their attacks on Kobani.

Most protests took place on Monday, the anniversary of the October 6 war. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT

Small-scale protests by Morsi supporters took place in Cairo and Alexandria.

Kurdish fighters have been battling IS militants outside Kobani for weeks. (AFP/File)
06:55 GMT

IS militants have entered the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani after weeks of intense fighting.

The Saudi health ministry employed thousands of health workers to make sure pilgrims were protected from two deadly viruses, Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT

Saudi ArabianHealth Minister Adel Fakeih on Monday declared this year's Haj epidemic-free.

October 6, 2014

The Parchin military compound, where the explosion was said to take place on Sunday (AFP/ File Archive).
19:29 GMT

Two people died in an explosion in a nuclear facility near Tehran on Sunday.