October 19, 2014
Sheikh Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death last week.
Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.
The Spanish parliament will reportedly vote on recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.
Shia Houthi rebels continued to advance in the south of Yemen after overrunning the strategic city of Rada on Friday.
October 18, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
Israeli authorities continued to restrict entry to the Al-Aqsa mosque, prompting anger from Hamas chief, Khaled Meshaal.
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 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 Islamic State is allegedly training Iraqi militants to fly captured fighter jets, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
A twin bomb attack outside a mosque in Delta city left at least 11 people injured, according to Egypt's state television.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Thursday Syrian civilians are in danger from Bashar al-Assad's regime, along with Islamic State militants.
Israeli forces shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian teen during a late night raid in a the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya.