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October 23, 2014

Rafik Hariri University Hospital, where a patient showing symptoms of Ebola is being tested. (File/AFP)
14:27 GMT

A patient showing multiple symptoms of Ebola is being tested at Beirut's Rafik Hariri University Hospital for the virus.

A bomb aimed at policemen stationed outside of Cairo University went off, injuring six police and five civilians. (File/AFP)
13:38 GMT

Militant group Anjad Misr claimed responsibility for a blast at Cairo University on Wednesday.

Tunisia has recently increased security in preparation for upcoming elections. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

Tunisian police exchanged gunfire with a group of armed men near the capital Thursday.

Several Lebanese soldiers defected to IS and Nusra Front in recent weeks, causing concern in the army (File/AFP)
12:19 GMT

Lebanon's army on Thursday vowed to tackle terrorists trying to use the country as a "safe haven" for launching attacks.

Onlookers in Turkey watch smoke rise from the distance in the Syrian border town of Kobani, October 22, 2014 (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Clashes continued between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani Thursday, bringing the total death toll up to 533 people since the US-led coalition launched air strikes in the region.

Lebanese officials had announced a sharp cap on Syrian refugee intakes this week (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

The UNHCR representative for Lebanon insisted the country's borders are still open to Syrian refugees days after officials announced a cap on those fleeing the Assad conflict.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. [AFP]
10:12 GMT

Billionaire Saudi businessman Alwaleed bin Talal has admitted to the kingdom’s support for the IS terrorists who fight against the Iraqi and Syrian governments.

French President Francois Hollande walks with Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud before a meeting in Paris, September 1, 2014 (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Defense, Prince Salman, said the military would continue to protect Islam's holiest sites from potential attacks.

Canadian security forces walk close to the National War Museum, where a soldier was shot dead, October 22, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT

Canadian security forces continued to search for gunmen following an attack on the country's parliament in Ottawa, which killed one soldier.

Israeli policemen stand guard at the scene after a car rammed a group of pedestrians at the Ammunition Hill tram stop, which lies on the seamline between west and occupied east Jerusalem, injuring nine on October 22, 2014. [AFP]
09:32 GMT

A Palestinian suspect who rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday died early Thursday after being shot by Israeli police.

Libya has been engulfed in violence since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT

Renewed clashes in Benghazi have killed at least 11 people.

President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. [AFP]
08:07 GMT

The sources also told the newspaper that the PA leadership is prepared to return to the negotiations with Israel but not according to "old mechanisms.

Palestinian girls play next to their home in Beit Lahia in the northern of Gaza Strip on October 20, 2014. [AFP]
07:52 GMT

A Palestinian child died on Wednesday after he touched an unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from the most recent offensive over the summer, causing it to explode.

The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading of people. [AFP]
07:34 GMT

Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobani against the ISIL say the militants have used chemical weapons.

Universities across Egypt have been witnessing mass protests by angry students in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT

A bomb outside Cairo University injured 10 people.