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November 4, 2014

Shia Muslims worldwide commemorate Imam Hussein during Ashura. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT

Unidentified gunmen have attacked a gathering of Shia Muslims and killed five mourners commemorating Ashura in Saudi Arabia.

The members of the closed-door session discussed military partnerships and addressing urgent humanitarian needs, among other topics. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

The US State Department announced late Monday that it held an Inaugural Plenary Meeting with 35 Washington-based ambassadors from partner countries to counter ISIL.

Photos released online purportedly show the Islamic State group’s flag hoisted over the Jahar gas field. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

ISIL fighters in Syria report that they have captured a second gas field in Syria.

The day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and is commemorated by Shias as the day when Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, was killed. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

All the entrances to the predominately Shia southern suburbs of Beirut were closed at midnight Monday to help prevent militant attacks against worshippers observing Ashura Tuesday.

British lawmakers voted 524 - 43 for air strikes on ISIL targets in Iraq on September 26. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT

The UK has hit more Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets through airstrikes in Iraq.

The journalist has been detained since last August over participating in a sit-in organizaed by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

After 281 days on hunger strike, American-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Sultan fell into a sugar coma Sunday.

November 3, 2014

A 37-year-old Jordanian allegedly threatened to bomb the Australian Embassy in Amman in a message sent via Facebook. (AFP/File)
19:20 GMT

A 37-year-old Jordanian went on trial Monday for an alleged plot to blow up the Australian Embassy in Amman.

Iraqi government bolsters security measures against feared ISIL attacks as thousands of Shiites flock to the Iraqi province of Anbar for Ashura worship.(AFP/File)
16:46 GMT

ISIL threats in Iraq are on the rise as Shiite pilgrims flock to the shine city of Karbala for Ashura.

The Israeli government's approval of some 300 new settlement homes in east Jerusalem this week comes on the heels of rising tension at al-Aqsa compound. (AFP/File)
16:08 GMT

On the heels of rising tension at al-Aqsa compound, the Israeli government has reportedly approved the construction of some 500 new settlement homes in east Jerusalem, according to a local NGO.

Canada carried out its first series of air strikes against ISIL positions in Iraq (File/AFP)
13:10 GMT

Canada carried out air raids across Fallujah and the west of Baghdad as part of the US-led coalition against ISIL militants.

The growing Houthi influence in the country has pitted the Shia movement against Al-Qaeda, which remains active in Yemen. (AFP/File)
13:06 GMT

Militants from the Shia Houthi group took control of the Jabal Ras area in the western Yemeni province of Al-Hudaydah on Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in Zivotofsky v. Kerry.
13:00 GMT

The long-running dispute centers around whether Jerusalem-born U.S. citizens can have 'Israel' added to their passports.

Shias will gather in city squares Tuesday to commemorate Ashura, the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Mohammad, at the Battle of Karbala in the year 680. (AFP/File)
11:49 GMT

Hermel municipality has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Syrians ahead of Tuesday's Ashura processions.

The 23-year-old was sentenced to 22 months in jail for joining ISIL in Syria (File/AFP)
11:27 GMT

An Israeli court in Haifa jailed a 23-year-old man for 22 months after he joined ISIL in Syria, then came back to Israel after regretting his decision.

The bill needs to be brought to the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and the Knesset (parliament) for approval. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT

The Israeli cabinet has approved a motion that allows a jail sentence of up to 20 years for the Palestinians who throw stones or other objects at Israelis and their vehicles.