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October 29, 2014

Jordan's King Abdullah walks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during a visit to the West Bank (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT

Jordan has requested an urgent meeting with the UN Security Council over Israeli plans to build settlement units in Jerusalem and ongoing violence at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Unnamed Islamist websites encouraged attacks against American or international schools across the Middle East (File/AFP)
08:49 GMT

US officials issued strong security warnings for American schools in the Middle East against potential terrorist attacks after an extremist website threatened to target Western educational facilities.

Lebanese boys look at a bullet-riddled Islamist mural in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood on Oct. 28. Three days of fierce fighting between Lebanese forces and armed Islamists killed at least 16 and forced thousands to flee. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
08:17 GMT

A Lebanese military official said that as many as 500 Islamist militants had taken part in the four-day battle against Lebanese security and military forces.

Maryam, a refugee from Syria, smiles as her family talks with reporters in 2013 at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp (Albawaba File Photo/J. Zach Hollo).
07:22 GMT

Jordan's foreign minister said that until a political solution to the Syrian crisis is reached, there is an urgent need for a bigger international response to support host countries, especially Jordan.

Kurds in Turkey celebrate as a convoy of peshmerga fighters cross at the Habur border along the Turkish-Iraqi border with heavy weapons on Oct. 29. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
06:51 GMT

The Kurdish regional government in Iraq has sent its forces to fight alongside the Kurdish groups in Kobani under a special arrangement with Turkey.

The US has donated up to $3 billion in humanitarian aid for displaced Syrians since March, 2011 (File/AFP)
06:01 GMT

US authorities said they would donate an additional $10 million in humanitarian aid through the UN for Syrian refugees.

The father of Jaffar Deghayes holds up a photo of his other son Abdullah, who was also killed fighting in Syria (Image: The Independent)
05:30 GMT

A 17-year-old British Muslim was killed fighting Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria five months after his brother joined the militant group al-Nusra Front and also died.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the Turkish town of Emerak, close to the country's Mediterranean coastline (File/AFP)
04:00 GMT

Dozens of miners remained trapped after flooding inside a coal mine caused it to collapse in the Turkish town of Emerek.

October 28, 2014

Israel's defence minister Moshe Ya'alon introduced new rules banning Palestinians from travelling on Israeli buses (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem likened the country's bus ban for Palestinians to apartheid after a directive was issued to prevent them using Israeli bus lines in the occupied West Bank.

UN officials warned that an "Immense" humanitarian crisis was unfolding in Iraq (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Around 5.2 million Iraqis are in dire need of humanitarian assistance from the international community this winter, the UN warned.

Fighting ended between Lebanon's army and militants in the port city of Tripoli where over 42 people were killed (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanon's army arrested 83 suspected militants during a widespread clampdown in northern Lebanon Tuesday after 42 people were killed during clashes in Tripoli.

Lebanon is now home to over 1.5 million Syrian refugees fleeing the neighboring conflict (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister Tamman Salam on Tuesday called on the international community to fund the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments come after Israel announced the plans for 1,060 settlement units in East Jerusalem (File/AFP)
14:35 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Israel's announcement to build over 1,000 new illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem following US criticism.

Egypt will create a 20-meter channel along the border with Gaza as a security precaution (File/AFP)
13:34 GMT

Egyptian authorities announced plans to create a buffer zone along the border with Gaza following a suicide bombing that killed 30 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

Abu Mohammad al Maqdisi was arrested by Jordanian security forces Monday (Image: YouTube screenshot)
13:12 GMT

A high-profile al Qaeda scholar was arrested by Jordanian authorities Monday for distributing terrorist material on the internet.