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October 15, 2014

Kurdish troops battling IS in Kobani say despite airstrikes' new success, barred access to the Turkish border still preventing them from getting weapon replenishments from Kurdish allies in Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:06 GMT

Kurdish troops staving off Islamic State militants in he Syrian border town of Kobani report gains made over the last two days as international airstrike coordination has become better coordinated with PKG troops on the ground.

Clashes between government forces and IS militants broke out close to the Syrian army's last remaining base in the Deir Ezzor province (File/AFP)
15:48 GMT

Government forces clashed with IS militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor Wednesday according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Qassem said Hezbollah has had intelligence on 'takfiri' activities since 2006, but will always prioritize the 'Israeli threat' first. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT

Hezbollah's Deputy Head Naim Qassem said Tuesday that the party was prioritizing threats from Israel above those from 'takfiri' forces in Syria.

Houthi rebels recently took control of Yemen's capital. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT

Sunni militants associated with al-Qaeda engaged in fierce fighting with Shiite rebels in Yemen.

The US announced in September plans to send the Apaches to Egypt to support counter-terrorism efforts. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Ending a year long freeze on military aid amid unrest, the US sent 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt this week to aid in the anti-IS campaign.

Hundreds of Palestinian children have been injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT

An unexploded Israeli bomb injured three Palestinian children late Tuesday while they were playing close to their home in Hebron.

Lebanon is home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in dire conditions across farmland or empty fields (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said he would continue to support America's humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

At least 10 Palestinians were injured and four arrested during clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT

At least 10 Palestinians were injured Wednesday in Jerusalem after Israeli police continued with a three-day crackdown on Al Aqsa worshipers.

The Syrian regime has seen several officials' deaths since the revolution began in 2011, most notably in a bomb attack on a high-government meeting in Damascus in 2012 which killed Assad's brother-in-law and three others. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT

A Syrian parliamentary member was assassinated Tuesday night when his car came under heavy gunfire while traveling along a central roadway in the Hama province. Reports of his involvement in pro-government militia indicate a targeted attack.

The joint GCC force will also handle the protection of commercial routes and the Gulf nations' economic interests. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT

The GCC countries are looking into measures to establish a joint naval force capable of defending the security of the Gulf region.

Benghazi has witnessed intense fighting since May. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

Libya’s retired General Khalifa Haftar has announced that his forces are ready to liberate the northeastern city of Benghazi from other armed groups.

Violent clashes continue in Damascus' rural regions. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

Warplanes continue to bomb IS targets in Kobani as fighting continues across Syria.

"We will make our utmost effort to make the best use of the negotiations in these days in Vienna to settle problems,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 have agreed to extend nuclear talks in Vienna.

At least three students were injured in the brawl. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT

Students at Istanbul University have described the terrifying moments when supporters of the Islamic State jihadist group went on the rampage on their campus.

Egypt has witnessed a series of bombings and assassinations since the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

A strong blast ripped through a busy district in central Cairo on Tuesday night, leaving 12 injured.