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October 20, 2014

Over 500 students have been expelled for protesting. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

Egyptian students have launched a week-long campaign to protest security forces on campuses.

A Kurdish boy and his father watch the fighting in Kobani from across the Turkish border on Oct. 19. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:31 GMT

In a tactical shift, the United States has started dropping small arms and supplies to Kobani's besieged defenders.

Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the IS and that both are “armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.”

Kurdish forces have been battling IS militants in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT

IS casualties are piling up as the battle for Kobani rages on.

Two Palestinian girls were hit by a car of Jewish settler in West Bank, leaving one of them dead.
07:25 GMT

A young Palestinian girl who was struck by an Israeli settler vehicle earlier Sunday has succumbed to her wounds, medics told Ma'an.

Syria has been experiencing a brutal civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

A car bomb in Damascus killed two men and injured a Syrian opposition commander Sunday night.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Abadi to congratulate him on his new government. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Iran Monday after lawmakers approved his choices for the critically important Defense and Interior portfolios.

Thousands of Syrians have fled the town of Kobani due to ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The UN estimates that there are currently 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

October 19, 2014

Bombings have become common place in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:52 GMT

At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 28 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite house of religious mourning in a neighborhood in western Baghdad on Sunday.

Houthi fighters continue to clash with al-Qaeda linked militants around the country. (AFP/File)
16:25 GMT

Security officials said on Sunday that the fighters from the Shia Houthi movement captured the town of Yarim, located about 106 miles south of Sana’a in the province of Ibb.

Some sources claim that over 1,000 Jordanians are currently fighting alongside IS in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT

Hard-line Jordanian Salafists Omar Mahdi Zeidan and Saad Hneity have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria.

Libya has been in a state of upheaval since its former leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed three years ago. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT

In a joint statement issued late Saturday by the governments of the US, UK, Germany, France and Italy, the group threatened sanctions against violent parties in Libya if a ceasefire and negotiation process is not implemented.

Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State extremists in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT

Kurdish forces reportedly recaptured parts of Kobani, the strategically important Syrian border town, over the weekend.

The Houthis captured Tawwal border crossing in Hajjah Province on Saturday. They also took control of Wagha region in the same province. (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT

Shiite Houthi fighters have taken control of a crossing along Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia.

Israeli soldiers pose for a photo in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Oct. 19. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
11:56 GMT

Abbas' statement follows a recent spate of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police.