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September 16, 2014

Alan Henning has been held by IS militants since he was captured in December 2013 while delivering aid in Syria (File/AFP)
06:53 GMT

Al-Qaeda allegedly appealed for Islamic State militants to release British aid worker Alan Henning because "he was an innocent aid worker," it has been revealed.

A wounded Syrian child awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital after all of her family was killed in Douma, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:35 GMT

The UNHCR has urged the international community to recognize the rights of millions of undocumented and stateless people.

The conference was co-chaired by French President Francois Hollande and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum. (Photo courtesy of UPI)
05:00 GMT

World leaders from over 30 countries pledged to use "all means necessary" to defeat the Islamic State.

September 15, 2014

Khamenei denounced U.S. claims of targeted airstrikes against IS militants as "lies." (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Iran's Supreme Leader said Monday that Iran will not join an international coalition led by the U.S. to counter Islamic State militants.

Houthis have been holding demonstrations since August. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT

Yemen's Houthis have suspended their ongoing negotiations with the government over alleged interference from foreign parties.

Kerry and Bassil discussed Lebanon's role in combating terrorism in the region. (AFP/File)
15:52 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Paris Monday.

The civilians killed were displaced Iraqis who had fled IS fighters. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

A new report by Human Rights Watch says at least 31 Iraqi civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a school in Tikrit earlier this month.

Prime Minister al-Thinni accused Qatar of sending three military planes loaded with weapons to an airport in Tripoli on Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT

The Libyan Prime Minister has threatened to cut ties with Qatar for interfering in Libya's internal affairs.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a week-long trip to consolidate international support for the campaign against IS. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

Several Arab states have pledged military support, including air strikes, to assist in the international campaign against the Islamic State.

The so-called "Jihadi John" has been featured in Islamic State propaganda videos of beheadings (Image: Screenshot)
12:03 GMT

British security services have reportedly identified the Islamic State militant "Jihadi John", who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines.

Security has been tight since Syria's three-year civil war spilled over to Lebanon (File/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Lebanese authorities have rejected suggestions to collaborate with the Syrian regime to combat Islamic State militants.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani  and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal. [AFP]
11:14 GMT

Arab media reported that the Doha-based Mashaal was considering relocating to Tunisia, Turkey or Malaysia after Muslim Brotherhood leaders expelled from emirate.

French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum  meet at the Elysee palace ahead of an international conference to be held at the French Foreign ministry in Paris on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
09:16 GMT

France has joined Britain in carrying out reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the US campaign against the Takfiri ISIL group.

Mahmoud Abbas is due to hold a meeting with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, on Friday (File/AFP)
09:04 GMT

President Mahmoud Abbas is due to ask France to officially recognise Palestine an independent state in an upcoming meeting this week.

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 11, 2014. [AFP]
08:48 GMT

US President Barack Obama has threatened to wipe out Syria’s air defense system and topple the Syrian government if President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to shoot American planes entering Syrian airspace.