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September 15, 2014

Houthis have been holding demonstrations since August. (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT

Yemen's Houthis have suspended their ongoing negotiations with the government over alleged interference from foreign parties.

Kerry and Bassil discussed Lebanon's role in combating terrorism in the region. (AFP/File)
15:52 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Paris Monday.

The civilians killed were displaced Iraqis who had fled IS fighters. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

A new report by Human Rights Watch says at least 31 Iraqi civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a school in Tikrit earlier this month.

Prime Minister al-Thinni accused Qatar of sending three military planes loaded with weapons to an airport in Tripoli on Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT

The Libyan Prime Minister has threatened to cut ties with Qatar for interfering in Libya's internal affairs.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a week-long trip to consolidate international support for the campaign against IS. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

Several Arab states have pledged military support, including air strikes, to assist in the international campaign against the Islamic State.

The so-called "Jihadi John" has been featured in Islamic State propaganda videos of beheadings (Image: Screenshot)
12:03 GMT

British security services have reportedly identified the Islamic State militant "Jihadi John", who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines.

Security has been tight since Syria's three-year civil war spilled over to Lebanon (File/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Lebanese authorities have rejected suggestions to collaborate with the Syrian regime to combat Islamic State militants.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani  and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal. [AFP]
11:14 GMT

Arab media reported that the Doha-based Mashaal was considering relocating to Tunisia, Turkey or Malaysia after Muslim Brotherhood leaders expelled from emirate.

French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum  meet at the Elysee palace ahead of an international conference to be held at the French Foreign ministry in Paris on September 15, 2014. [AFP]
09:16 GMT

France has joined Britain in carrying out reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the US campaign against the Takfiri ISIL group.

Mahmoud Abbas is due to hold a meeting with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, on Friday (File/AFP)
09:04 GMT

President Mahmoud Abbas is due to ask France to officially recognise Palestine an independent state in an upcoming meeting this week.

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 11, 2014. [AFP]
08:48 GMT

US President Barack Obama has threatened to wipe out Syria’s air defense system and topple the Syrian government if President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to shoot American planes entering Syrian airspace.

Pilgrims performing the Haj (AFP/ File Archive).
08:31 GMT

The Jordanian government has confirmed that it issues temporary passports for Arab-Israeli passport holders to perform the Haj.

French President Francois Hollande and President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Massoud Barzani  review the troops upon Hollande's arrival September 12, 2014 in Erbil.
07:57 GMT

Senior figures from a US-led coalition formed to battle Islamic State (IS) militants will meet in Paris Monday to discuss how to defeat the extremist group that has seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria since launching a June offensive.

Alan Henning (pictured), is being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
07:20 GMT

Concern is mounting for the safety of a second British hostage being held by the same Islamic State militants who beheaded aid worker, David Haines.

Valerie Amos warned of a "very serious" humanitarian crisis while the battle with Islamic State continues (File/AFP)
06:49 GMT

The UNHCR's coordinator Valerie Amos warned that up to one million people fleeing Islamic State violence lacked proper shelter as the humanitarian situation in Iraq worsens.