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September 25, 2014

Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish settlers through the Al Aqsa compound, violating international law (File/AFP)
13:40 GMT

Palestinian worshipers were allowed access to the Al Aqsa mosque following intense clashes with Israeli forces after the holy site was forcibly closed for a Jewish holiday.

UK-based Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary. [Press TV]
12:42 GMT

UK police say they have arrested nine men, reportedly including a Muslim preacher, in a London raid, accusing them of involvement in suspected terror acts.

Lebanese army. [AFP]
12:27 GMT

Lebanon's army has detained about 450 suspected Islamist militants near its border with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Thursday, as it steps up efforts to prevent them from using the frontier town of Arsal as a base.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on September 24, 2014. [AFP]
11:10 GMT

Egypt cancels meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he brands El-Sisi a 'coup leader' during a UN speech; Turkey says no such meeting was planned

Thousands of Syrian Kurds fled the city of Kobani since last week after Islamic State violence (File/AFP)
10:48 GMT

Kurds who fled the Syrian city of Kobani returned from Turkey to fight IS militants following the growing threat of the extremist group.

Egyptian security forces deploy at the site of a bomb attack near a checkpoint outside the foreign ministry headquarters in central Cairo on September 21, 2014. [AFP]
08:18 GMT

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on US President Barack Obama to censure Egypt’s human rights record during his Thursday meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
07:14 GMT

Security Council passes legally binding resolution to tackle surge of foreign terrorist fighters.

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
06:49 GMT

David Cameron's speech to the UN General Assembly: British PM warns world leaders of Isis's 'murderous plans to expand its borders' and pledges to take action

French President Francois Hollande. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday confirmed the death of Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was held hostage by Algerian militants linked to Islamic State.

September 24, 2014

Purportedly beheaded by IS militants: A man who identified himself as French tourist Herve Gourdel sits between two masked gunmen in this still taken from a video.
20:55 GMT

ISIL-linked terrorists have released a video purportedly showing the decapitation of a French tourist in response to what the group calls France’s action in Iraq, a report says.

President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014 in New York City. [AFP]
17:52 GMT

President Barack Obama has promised at the United Nations that the US-led military camping against the ISIL Takfiri insurgents will destroy their “network of death.”

Chief Palestinian negotiator Azzam al-Ahmad  of the mainstream Fatah movement shakes hands with Hamas deputy leader Musa Abu Marzouk  in the presence of other members of the delegation at a hotel in Cairo following reconciliation talks on September 24, 2014. [AFP]
16:30 GMT

The Hamas and Fatah movements met in Cairo on Wednesday in an effort to fully implement a reconciliation agreement signed in April, Egyptian officials told Ma'an.

A Syrian Kurdish woman crosses the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on September 23, 2014. [AFP]
14:46 GMT

Military aircraft flying from Turkey have launched a series of aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria.

Israeli police take position during clashes with Palestinian worshippers at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday. [AFP]
13:22 GMT

Israeli forces have once again attacked Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after conducting strike missions against Islamic State group targets (Brian Stephens / Navy Media Content Services / AFP).
12:52 GMT

President Barack Obama said that Arab support for the airstrikes “makes it clear to the world this is not America’s fight alone.”