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September 26, 2014

Stills provided by the U.S. military show the before and after scenario of Islamic State targets in Syria (Image: U.S. Department of Defense)
08:32 GMT

The U.S. military has released footage of air strikes carried out against Islamic State positions in Syria, where the extremist group had control of several oil refineries.

September 25, 2014

Children sit in the rubble of their house in Gaza City on Sept. 25. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
16:17 GMT

The two rival Palestinian factions have reached a unity government agreement for Gaza, according to wire service reports.

An armed Houthi rebel child mans a checkpoint in Sana'a on Sept. 23, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
16:00 GMT

Several Iranian military personnel previously detained in Yemen’s national security headquarters have been released by Houthi rebels who are in control of most of the capital.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24. (AFP/Don Emmert)
15:31 GMT

About 260 Boko Haram militants surrendered Thursday to Nigerian authorities, following the reported death of their leader.

Syrian refugees in Arsal have been at the forefront of clashes between Lebanon's army and militants since last month (File/AFP)
14:31 GMT

Syrian refugees in Arsal reportedly raised the black flag of the extremist group the Islamic State in protest over the Lebanese army's crackdown on a nearby camp.

David Cameron sits with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

Iran's leader, Hassan Rouhani met British Prime Minister David Cameron at the UN in the first meeting between both nations since the Iranian revolution in 1979.

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.