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October 19, 2014

Bombings have become common place in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:52 GMT

At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 28 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite house of religious mourning in a neighborhood in western Baghdad on Sunday.

Houthi fighters continue to clash with al-Qaeda linked militants around the country. (AFP/File)
16:25 GMT

Security officials said on Sunday that the fighters from the Shia Houthi movement captured the town of Yarim, located about 106 miles south of Sana’a in the province of Ibb.

Some sources claim that over 1,000 Jordanians are currently fighting alongside IS in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT

Hard-line Jordanian Salafists Omar Mahdi Zeidan and Saad Hneity have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria.

Libya has been in a state of upheaval since its former leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed three years ago. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT

In a joint statement issued late Saturday by the governments of the US, UK, Germany, France and Italy, the group threatened sanctions against violent parties in Libya if a ceasefire and negotiation process is not implemented.

Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State extremists in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT

Kurdish forces reportedly recaptured parts of Kobani, the strategically important Syrian border town, over the weekend.

The Houthis captured Tawwal border crossing in Hajjah Province on Saturday. They also took control of Wagha region in the same province. (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT

Shiite Houthi fighters have taken control of a crossing along Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia.

Israeli soldiers pose for a photo in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Oct. 19. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
11:56 GMT

Abbas' statement follows a recent spate of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police.

Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has been arrested, according to media reports. (Image: Fars News Agency)
11:40 GMT

Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has called for putting an end to what he describes as discrimination against Shi'a Muslims in Saudi Arabia.

An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT

Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.

A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT

Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, a jihadist group based in Sinai, has claimed responsibility for several attacks against Egypt's security forces.
09:20 GMT

Walid Attalah is suspected of orchestrating a recent RPG attack in North Sinai, which killed three policemen and injured seven others.

Yemeni protesters demonstrate outside the Saudi embassy in Sana'a against the death sentence of Shi'a cleric and anti-government protest leader Nimr al-Nimr on Oct. 18. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
08:04 GMT

Sheikh Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death last week.

Newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (left) is a Sunni from Mosul and Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Ghabban (right) is a Shi'ite and member of Prime Minister Abadi's own State of Law coalition (AFP/ File Archive).
08:02 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.

Children wave the Palestinian flag. Support is growing around the world for Palestinian state recognition following the recent 50-day conflict in the Gaza Strip (AFP/File Archive).
07:01 GMT

The Spanish parliament will reportedly vote on recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.

Houthi rebels sit at a barricade following clashes with Yemen's government in Sana'a, September 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Shia Houthi rebels continued to advance in the south of Yemen after overrunning the strategic city of Rada on Friday.