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October 18, 2014

Over 1.1 million Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Lebanon (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Lebanon has sharply cut the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland by refusing to let them in.

Between September 16 and midnight on Wednesday a total of 662 people were killed in ground fighting. (File/AFP)
18:54 GMT

Ground fighting alone has killed more than 600 combatants since Islamic State group militants launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago, a monitoring group said Thursday.

British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.

Three children were among the dead in eight air raids across a Damascus suburb (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

Syrian regime airstrikes on a suburb of Damascus Friday killed 15 people, activists and a monitoring group said, as fierce clashes raged on several fronts in the country.

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police have taken place frequently in Al-Aqsa (File/AFP)
09:45 GMT

Israeli authorities continued to restrict entry to the Al-Aqsa mosque, prompting anger from Hamas chief, Khaled Meshaal.

Officials said the bombs went off in three crowded areas of the Iraqi capital on Friday (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT

Over 20 people have been killed in separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad as the army gained major advances against IS terrorists across the country.

Kurdish demonstrators clash with Turkey's security forces outside a university in Ankara, October 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Kurdish protests across Ankara over Turkey's inaction against the Islamic State in the Syrian border town of Kobani has hit 40.

October 17, 2014

The aircrafts are believed to be MiG 21 and MiG 23 models captured from the Syrian military (File/AFP)
13:52 GMT

The Islamic State is allegedly training Iraqi militants to fly captured fighter jets, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

An Egyptian man stands beside the aftermath of a powerful car bomb attack in Cairo (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT

A twin bomb attack outside a mosque in Delta city left at least 11 people injured, according to Egypt's state television.

The UN chief also said IS was a consequence of the Syrian conflict, not a cause (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Thursday Syrian civilians are in danger from Bashar al-Assad's regime, along with Islamic State militants.

Israeli soldiers take position prior to a night time raid in the West Bank (File/AFP)
10:18 GMT

Israeli forces shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian teen during a late night raid in a the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya.

The PLO are seeking to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council addressing Israeli occupation by the end of this month. (File/AFP)
10:02 GMT

Palestinian officials will ask the UN Security Council to pass a resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation from the 1967 lines.

Department of state spokesperson, Jen Psaki, confirmed that a U.S. official met with the PYD during the weekend. (File/AFP)
08:09 GMT

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that a U.S. official met with the Kurdish group whose fighters are battling IS militants in Kobani Thursday.

The Vienna talks are meant to create a draft of a final agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A senior U.S. official said the November 24th deadline on negotiations for Iran's nuclear program would not be extended.

October 16, 2014

Iraq has faced brutal violence by Islamic State militants in recent months (File/AFP)
18:17 GMT

A UK-based international rights group has warned that minorities in Iraq face ethnic cleansing by Islamic State terrorists.