October 19, 2014
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 forces reportedly recaptured parts of Kobani, the strategically important Syrian border town, over the weekend.
Shiite Houthi fighters have taken control of a crossing along Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia.
Abbas' statement follows a recent spate of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police.
Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has called for putting an end to what he describes as discrimination against Shi'a Muslims in Saudi Arabia.
Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.
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.
Walid Attalah is suspected of orchestrating a recent RPG attack in North Sinai, which killed three policemen and injured seven others.
Sheikh Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death last week.
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.
The Spanish parliament will reportedly vote on recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.
Shia Houthi rebels continued to advance in the south of Yemen after overrunning the strategic city of Rada on Friday.
October 18, 2014
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.
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.
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.