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September 16, 2014

The United States has been conducting air strikes against IS militants in Iraq. (AFP/File)
18:47 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee concerning the military strategy to combat the Islamic State.

The U.S. has said it will not work with Assad. (AFP/File)
17:53 GMT

A top Iraqi official met with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday to discuss terrorism in the region.

Armed militias have rapidly gained power since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
16:15 GMT

The United Nations mission in Libya has warned that a rapidly deteriorating security and deepening political divisions have brought Libya to the brink of chaos.

The majority of Iraqi parliament nominees were confirmed last week. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Abadi's nominees for defense minister and interior minister Tuesday.

Millions of Syrians have been forced to flee the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
14:44 GMT

United Nations investigators released a new report Tuesday with more details of atrocities in Syria.

Yemen's Houthis have complained about being marginalized by the government (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Twenty-two people were killed in Yemen after clashes erupted between Houthi rebels and local Sunni tribesmen backed by the government.

Egypt's security forces have clashed more often with militants in recent months , causing tension (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT

Six Egyptian policemen were killed and two injured in the North Sinai after an explosion struck an armoured vehicle.

Young Turks are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State for financial reasons, according to the report (File/AFP)
11:44 GMT

Up to a thousand Turks have joined Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria, according to government officials and media reports.

Nusra Front suffered heavy casualties after clashes with Lebanon's army (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT

Lebanon's army clashed with Nusra Front fighters overnight on the country's border with Syria, killing dozens of militants.

Low approval ratings: Mahmoud Abbas proved unpopular after his reaction to the latest Israeli assault in Gaza (File/AFP)
09:49 GMT

A mere 10 percent of Gazans would vote for Mahmoud Abbas if elections were held, according to a recent poll Tuesday.

There are currently 1.6 million refugees in Lebanon, with 1.2 million registered with the UNHCR (File/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Lebanon will need up to $1 billion to cope with the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country, according to a government official.

Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif left for New York early Tuesday (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT

Mohammad Javad Zarif left for New York Tuesday to participate in a fresh round of negotiations with the world's six powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

Lebanon's army will internally prepare for an renewed assault in the border town of Arsal, after clashes last month (File/AFP)
08:17 GMT

Lebanon will increase security along the border with Syria as part of a global contribution against Islamic State militants, according to an analyst.

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.