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September 26, 2014

A large number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are foreign nationals (File/AFP)
17:29 GMT

Nine Japanese citizens have reportedly joined the Islamic State according to an Israeli official, although the information has not yet been verified.

Syrian refugees arrive at the port of Limassol after being rescued close to Cyprus' coast, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:39 GMT

A cruise ship off the coast of Cyprus rescued around 300 Syrian refugees from a fishing boat. The refugees had reportedly spent days at sea before being found on the faulty boat.

Syrian protesters took to the streets of Arsal on Friday to voice anger against Lebanon's army crackdown (Image: The Daily Star)
15:07 GMT

Syrian refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal protested against the army following an ongoing crackdown on Islamist militants.

President Obama met with Egypt's leader, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss a range of issues, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Barack Obama at the UN headquarters Thursday to discuss the Libya crisis and rising IS threat in the region.

Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was executed after posting messages on Facebook, criticizing the Islamic State (Image: Facebook)
12:50 GMT

Militants from the extremist group, the Islamic State, have executed a prominent Iraqi women's rights activist in the city of Mosul.

Palestinian Muslims were previously banned from entering the holy site ahead of the Jewish new year holiday (File/AFP)
10:37 GMT

Israel's security forces on Friday imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers praying in the Al Asqa mosque because of alleged reports of planned demonstrations.

Over half of Brits (57 per cent) said they supported bombing Islamic State extremists (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT

The majority of the British public back air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria according to a YouGov poll.

Tourists study a map near an entrance to the Metro in Paris on Sept. 19. (AFP/Joel Saget)
10:00 GMT

U.S. officials said they had no information to support Prime Minister Abadi's claims, Reuters reported.

Stills provided by the U.S. military show the before and after scenario of Islamic State targets in Syria (Image: U.S. Department of Defense)
08:32 GMT

The U.S. military has released footage of air strikes carried out against Islamic State positions in Syria, where the extremist group had control of several oil refineries.

September 25, 2014

Children sit in the rubble of their house in Gaza City on Sept. 25. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
16:17 GMT

The two rival Palestinian factions have reached a unity government agreement for Gaza, according to wire service reports.

An armed Houthi rebel child mans a checkpoint in Sana'a on Sept. 23, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
16:00 GMT

Several Iranian military personnel previously detained in Yemen’s national security headquarters have been released by Houthi rebels who are in control of most of the capital.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24. (AFP/Don Emmert)
15:31 GMT

About 260 Boko Haram militants surrendered Thursday to Nigerian authorities, following the reported death of their leader.

Syrian refugees in Arsal have been at the forefront of clashes between Lebanon's army and militants since last month (File/AFP)
14:31 GMT

Syrian refugees in Arsal reportedly raised the black flag of the extremist group the Islamic State in protest over the Lebanese army's crackdown on a nearby camp.

David Cameron sits with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

Iran's leader, Hassan Rouhani met British Prime Minister David Cameron at the UN in the first meeting between both nations since the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish settlers through the Al Aqsa compound, violating international law (File/AFP)
13:40 GMT

Palestinian worshipers were allowed access to the Al Aqsa mosque following intense clashes with Israeli forces after the holy site was forcibly closed for a Jewish holiday.