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September 4, 2014

The Sotloff family said Steven wanted to give a voice to those who had none. (AFP/File)
13:53 GMT

The family of Steven Sotloff, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants, called their son "a hero."

Reports had originally stated that Iranian forces had entered Iraq to fight Islamic State militants last month (File/AFP)
13:23 GMT

Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari denied reports that Iranian forces are fighting Islamic State militants in the country.

Qatar has been heavily criticized for its treatment of migrant workers. (AFP/File)
12:51 GMT

Two British human rights workers investigating the plight of migrant workers in Qatar have disappeared.

A combo of images taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows a file picture  of a Syrian flag hoisted on a flagpole. [AFP]
09:53 GMT

The United Nations (UN) Security Council has once again demanded the immediate and unconditional release of 45 abducted UN peacekeepers by anti-Damascus militants.

Lebanese mourners carry the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ali Sayyed draped in his national flag in the village of Qalamun south of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during his funeral procession on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
08:38 GMT

Lebanon bid farewell Wednesday to a slain soldier who was beheaded by militants in a massive, emotional funeral brimming with anguish over his killing.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and US Secretary of State John Kerry. [AFP]
08:29 GMT

Chief PLO negotiator presents John Kerry with plan for establishing an independent Palestinian state within a specific timeline

Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. [AFP]
07:34 GMT

Bilateral US-Iran talks to resume Thursday in Geneva; Steinitz says options under discussion qualify as ‘bad deal.’

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron
07:23 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed that the ISIL terrorist group will "be squeezed out of existence," as the militants threaten to kill a British hostage.

US President Barack Obama [AFP]
06:30 GMT

Kerry says killers of journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff will be held accountable ‘no matter how long it takes.’

A supporter of the Shiite Huthi movement waves two of his national flags during a demonstration rejecting the presidential overture to replace the government and reduce a disputed fuel price hike in Sanaa on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
06:19 GMT

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has threatened to take firm action against Houthi anti-government protesters.

Supporters of al-Fadila party (aka Islamic Virtue Party) perform the simulation of an execution during a protest to ask for justice for members of the Iraqi forces who were executed by the Islamic State. [AFP]
06:10 GMT

A number of Jordanian lawmakers have called on the government to stay out of any war against ISIL Takfiri militants, who have taken parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

Gaza-based Fatah leader Faisal Abu Shahla said had already formed a delegation and asked Hamas to do the same in order to take part in meetings outside Palestine. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A Fatah representative announced Wednesday the group invited Hamas to a meeting aimed at a national reconciliation agreement, but have yet to receive a response.

September 3, 2014

Kerry arrived 10 p.m. Wednesday night to begin negotiation talks with the Palestinian delegation. (AFP/Brendan Smialovsky)
20:38 GMT

Palestinian sources said Wednesday night marked the beginning of U.S.-Palestinian negotiations as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian negotiation delegation at 10 p.m. local time.

Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti's announcement of arming Kurds follows that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's earlier this week. (AFP/File)
19:54 GMT

Amid ongoing negotiations between Kurdish forces and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti, Italy could be arming Kurdish peshmerga troops by Sept. 10.

Putin has been accused by Islamic militants of preventing an Islamic state from forming in Chechnya. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT

IS militants released a video via Al-Arabiya TV channel Wednesday threatening action against Vladimir Putin for Russia's close diplomatic ties with Syria's Bashar al-Assad.