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September 22, 2014

Egyptian security forces. [AFP]
12:22 GMT

IS spokesman praises Sinai terrorists for carrying out "blessed operations against the guards of the Jews, the soldiers of Sisi, the new Pharaoh of Egypt."

Sixteen children were among the dead, following Syrian air strikes across the country (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

Syrian air strikes carried out by the country's army killed at least 42 people in Saraqeb and Ehsim, according to a London-based monitoring group.

Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad will lead the delegation with Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders Monday (File/Getty/AFP)
10:13 GMT

Palestinian leaders left for Egypt Monday to discuss rebuilding the Gaza Strip and securing a permanent ceasefire with Israel.

Syrian Kurds carry their belongings along the border with Turkey near town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province, Sept. 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:41 GMT

Up to 100,000 Syrians fled to Turkey in less than a week to escape Islamic State persecution, according to the head of Turkey's disaster management agency.

Israel's 50-day war in the Gaza Strip left tens of thousands homeless as a result (File/AFP)
08:26 GMT

The UN will monitor reconstruction in Gaza by sending 500 international supervisors to the Strip at the request of a senior Israeli official.

Robert Gates says Obama's IS plan is not realistic. [AFP]
08:18 GMT

Former US secretary of defense Robert Gates says President Barack Obama’s plan to fight and defeat ISIL militants is not realistic and the US military cannot achieve its goals against the group without the help of the “boots on the ground”.

US S Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. [AFP]
07:58 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry met his Iranian counterpart for more than an hour on Sunday and stressed the need to make progress in nuclear negotiations this week on the sidelines of UN meetings.

The security situation in Sanaa has disintegrated amid rising clashes between government and rebel forces. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Sources report Saudi warplanes have been deployed to Yemen at the request of Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.

September 21, 2014

Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa announced his resignation Sunday amid rebel surge in Sanaa (AFP/File)
21:02 GMT

Amid reports of rebel take-over in the capital, Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa resigned Sunday.

While Jordan's remained one of the few stable countries neighboring IS control, many believe extremist sleeper cells could begin to pose a threat inside the country. (AFP/File)
19:45 GMT

Jordanian security officials said on Sunday that they arrested 11 members of the Islamic State for plotting terrorism attacks in the Kingdom.

Despite a ceasefire agreement yesterday, shelling and clashes continued between government forces and Houthi rebels Sunday. (AFP/File)
18:33 GMT

Fierce shelling continued in Sanaa on Sunday as Houthi rebels moved in on a key army base.

The Cairo attack is the second since June to target police forces in the capital since June. (AFP/File)
17:39 GMT

State TV reported Sunday a bomb attack occurred outside the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo, killing two police officers.

Reports indicate the military transport plane crashed due to a sudden technical error during a training exercise. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

A Egyptian military aircraft crashed south of Cairo Sunday, killing six military personnel and injuring another.

A new round of Israeli/Palestinian indirect talks is expected to face challenging demands, negotiations. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT

Egypt-brokered Indirect talks are expected to resume Tuesday between Israel and the Palestinian factions,

Al Hayat newspaper reported Sunday that Qatari officials in change of mediation warned the Lebanese government of Nusra's intent to execute soldiers. (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT

According to a report in Al-Hayat newspaper, Qatari officials told the Lebanese government the Nusra Front planned to begin executing soldiers "one after another" if prisoner release demands were not met.