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September 1, 2014

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [AFP]
12:40 GMT

'Der Spiegel' reported that the US National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency had carried out "wide-scale spying against Turkey."

Erdogan is convinced a "parallel state" exists in Turkey. (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT

Approximately two dozen police officers were arrested Monday for allegedly planning to overthrow the Turkish government.

The laptop reportedly belonged to an extremist from Tunisia. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT

A laptop formerly owned by Islamic State militants reveals the group's plans to develop and use chemical weapons including the bubonic plague.

US Secretary of State John Kerry  meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
09:47 GMT

According to Palestinian sources, Kerry cancelled his visit to the region due to lack of progress in talks; Palestinian delegation set to travel to Washington Tuesday to present new initiative to Kerry.

At least 24 soldiers from the Lebanese army remain in the hands of militants. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT

Hezbollah has allegedly captured three senior commanders from the Nusra Front to exchange for captive soldiers.

Iraqi militia fighters from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Saraya al-Salam , prepare to fire a mortar during heavy clashes with Islamic State  fighters in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province about 88 kilometres south of Kirkuk on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:53 GMT

Jordan handed NATO secret security reports showing expansion of extremists in Iraq, ideas to counter group’s advance towards its territory.

Smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra following an explosion during fighting, between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, near the Quneitra border crossing on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:28 GMT

Syrian army forces and rebels battle near border; both sides seek to control Quneitra border crossing; UN peacekeepers held captive by Islamists still missing.

U.S. embassy staff was evacuated in July because of raging violence. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT

A Libyan militia group says it has secured the abandoned U.S. embassy in Tripoli.

Rogers said several US citizens have at least once traveled, participated and trained with the ISIL terrorists. [AFP]
07:29 GMT

A US lawmaker has revealed that there are hundreds of Americans, who have links with ISIL militants and can return to the US with their American passports.

Twenty-two security forces were among the victims. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

An explosion in Iraq's western city of Ramadi has killed at least 37 people.

The 29 army troops were captured by militants during clashes in Arsal earlier this month. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Lebanese political and security figures are mulling the possibility of releasing certain Islamist detainees to secure the release of captured army troops and security personnel.

Home Secretary Theresa May recently said an attack on the UK is "highly likely." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic State militants.

August 31, 2014

The women were reportedly sold for $1,000 each. (AFP/File)
16:54 GMT

Islamic State militants have abducted several dozen female Yazidis and sold them to fellow militants in Syria.

The U.S. and other Western governments delivered aid to Amerli this week. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT

Iraqi forces have broken the siege on the town of Amerli where thousands of civilians have been trapped by Islamic State militants.

Last week an Israeli drone was downed in Iraq. (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT

Israeli forces shot down a drone from Syria on Sunday.