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October 19, 2014

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.

Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has been arrested, according to media reports. (Image: Fars News Agency)
11:40 GMT

Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has called for putting an end to what he describes as discrimination against Shi'a Muslims in Saudi Arabia.

An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT

Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.

A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT

Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, a jihadist group based in Sinai, has claimed responsibility for several attacks against Egypt's security forces.
09:20 GMT

Walid Attalah is suspected of orchestrating a recent RPG attack in North Sinai, which killed three policemen and injured seven others.

Yemeni protesters demonstrate outside the Saudi embassy in Sana'a against the death sentence of Shi'a cleric and anti-government protest leader Nimr al-Nimr on Oct. 18. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
08:04 GMT

Sheikh Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death last week.

Newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (left) is a Sunni from Mosul and Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Ghabban (right) is a Shi'ite and member of Prime Minister Abadi's own State of Law coalition (AFP/ File Archive).
08:02 GMT

Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.

Children wave the Palestinian flag. Support is growing around the world for Palestinian state recognition following the recent 50-day conflict in the Gaza Strip (AFP/File Archive).
07:01 GMT

The Spanish parliament will reportedly vote on recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.

Houthi rebels sit at a barricade following clashes with Yemen's government in Sana'a, September 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Shia Houthi rebels continued to advance in the south of Yemen after overrunning the strategic city of Rada on Friday.

October 18, 2014

Over 1.1 million Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Lebanon (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Lebanon has sharply cut the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland by refusing to let them in.

Between September 16 and midnight on Wednesday a total of 662 people were killed in ground fighting. (File/AFP)
18:54 GMT

Ground fighting alone has killed more than 600 combatants since Islamic State group militants launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago, a monitoring group said Thursday.

British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.