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September 19, 2014

Syrian Kurds have faced heightened brutality over the last few days during an IS assault that ended in kidnappings and the capture of several Kurdish villages in northern Syria. (AFP/FIle)
11:46 GMT

In a besieged enclave in northern Syria, half a million Kurds have been hit hard by an IS assault, prompting leaders to ask for help, airstrikes from the international community.

France announced Thursday its plan to join U.S-led airstrikes in Iraq, but will stop short of intervening in Syria. (AFP/FIle)
09:46 GMT

France agreed Thursday to support to the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Iraq, but stopped short of Syria, saying they only agreed to activity in Iraq after requests from Baghdad. Meanwhile, the U.S. eyes operations to arm moderate Syrian rebels.

The Lebanese army is accusing Israel of violating UN Resolution 1701 after Israeli intelligence forces ramped up wire tapping activities on the border. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

The Lebanese Army urged UNIFIL forces to look at Israeli wire tapping devices, installed along the Lebanese border, as a violation of Resolution 1701, the resolution that forged a peace agreement and ended the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel.

Clashes between Houthis and government forces have killed 60 people in the last 48 hours. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A truce deal has been reached between Yemen's Houthi fighters and the army.

September 18, 2014

The Syrian civil war has displaced millions of people. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel position near Damascus.

The journalist says he will show the truth about the Islamic State in an upcoming video. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT

The Islamic State has released a new video featuring a captured British journalist.

Peshmerga forces are battling IS militants in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
15:48 GMT

IS militants have reportedly seized control of at least five more Kurdish villages in northern Syria.

Lawmakers demanded the Prime Minister submit a new cabinet with not more than 10 ministers. (AFP/File)
15:26 GMT

The Libyan parliament has rejected the new cabinet of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius  and his Iraq's counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. [AFP]
14:00 GMT

French foreign minister said he would call the militant Islamic group the ‘Daesh cutthroats’

Palestinian girls walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli strikes on their way to school in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. [AFP]
12:51 GMT

Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq on Wednesday told Ma'an that indirect ceasefire negotiations between Palestinians and Israel will restart within the next week.

Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids on September 18 detained 15 people and foiled a plot by Islamic State jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings", reportedly including beheading a member of the public on camera. [AFP]
12:13 GMT

Fifteen people were detained following dawn raids at a number of properties in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan last night after intelligence discovered an alleged plan by the Islamic State to publicly execute a random person

At least 15 children were killed under the age of two in northern Syria (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT

A UN administered measles vaccination program was halted following the confirmed death of 15 Syrian children, although the number is believed to be much higher.

Peshmerga troops stand guard in the Kurdish capital of Erbil (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT

Islamic State militants pose no threat to the Kurdish capital of Erbil, according to a Peshmerga official.

Up to 22 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants last month in the border town of Arsal (File/AFP)
09:23 GMT

The U.S. and France will speed up delivery of military aid to Lebanon amid the increasing tension in the border town of Arsal.

Iraqi army vehicles are seen on September 10, 2014 in Barwanah in the Anbar provinc. [AFP]
07:27 GMT

Soldiers of the Iraqi army have managed to push the ISIL Takfiri terrorists back from the Bouhayat region in the western province of Anbar.