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September 18, 2014

Palestinian girls walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli strikes on their way to school in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. [AFP]
12:51 GMT

Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq on Wednesday told Ma'an that indirect ceasefire negotiations between Palestinians and Israel will restart within the next week.

Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids on September 18 detained 15 people and foiled a plot by Islamic State jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings", reportedly including beheading a member of the public on camera. [AFP]
12:13 GMT

Fifteen people were detained following dawn raids at a number of properties in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan last night after intelligence discovered an alleged plan by the Islamic State to publicly execute a random person

At least 15 children were killed under the age of two in northern Syria (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT

A UN administered measles vaccination program was halted following the confirmed death of 15 Syrian children, although the number is believed to be much higher.

Peshmerga troops stand guard in the Kurdish capital of Erbil (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT

Islamic State militants pose no threat to the Kurdish capital of Erbil, according to a Peshmerga official.

Up to 22 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants last month in the border town of Arsal (File/AFP)
09:23 GMT

The U.S. and France will speed up delivery of military aid to Lebanon amid the increasing tension in the border town of Arsal.

Iraqi army vehicles are seen on September 10, 2014 in Barwanah in the Anbar provinc. [AFP]
07:27 GMT

Soldiers of the Iraqi army have managed to push the ISIL Takfiri terrorists back from the Bouhayat region in the western province of Anbar.

Militants are believed to be holding a further 20 Lebanese soldiers captive since violence erupted in Arsal last month (File/AFP)
07:11 GMT

Another Lebanese soldier was kidnapped close to the border town of Arsal by unknown gunmen in two pickup trucks, according to reports.

Edward Snowden [AFP]
06:49 GMT

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has accused the United States of routinely passing private and unedited communications of American citizens to Israel.

Obama spoke to U.S. troops in Tampa, Florida. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday saying he will not deploy U.S. ground troops to Iraq.

September 17, 2014

Obama's administration recently stated they were considering putting troops on the ground in Iraq. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

A new video released by the Islamic State directly threatens U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. with impending war.

Prime Minister Abadi wants the international community to extend the fight to Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's new prime minister said in an interview Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary or welcome in Iraq.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra expressed his willingness to work towards peace in Libya. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Algeria has officially expressed readiness to host negotiations between rival Libyan parties.

Local governments are investigating the incident to find out how the batches were tainted. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

At least 36 children have died after receiving tainted measles vaccines at U.N. clinics.

The United Nations mission in Libya has warned that the security situation is rapidly deteriorating. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

At least nine people have been killed in Libya in heavy fighting between forces loyal to General Haftar and armed militiamen.

The Syrian civil war has displaced millions. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Government air strikes have killed roughly 48 people in Homs province.