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October 14, 2014

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian said there is a difference between Muslims and Islamist militants (File/AFP)
16:59 GMT

Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian condemned Muslim extremists and said "our Islam is not terrorist," during a conference Tuesday.

Around 180,000 people are believed to have fled the city of Hit due to IS violence (File/AFP)
16:21 GMT

Islamic State has advanced in Iraq's Anbar province despite setbacks elsewhere after militants seized a military camp in the city of Hit Monday.

British journalist John Cantlie was kidnapped by militants while freelancing in Syria (Image: Screenshot)
16:03 GMT

The sister of kidnapped British hostage John Cantlie has made a heartfelt plea to Islamic State militants to "restart dialogue" with her family in order to secure his release.

Ban met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Jerusalem, Israel and Ramallah, West Bank, and was critical of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.

Turkish soldiers sit in their tank overlooking Kobani on Oct. 11. AFP/Aris Messinis
10:50 GMT

Turkey's attacks on the PKK are the first since a peace process began last year.

Houthi rebels took over the capital of Yemen less than a month ago. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT

Yemeni Houthis took control of the town of Hudeida Tuesday.

The battle for Kobani has raged for a month. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

IS militants are now reportedly in the center of Syria's Kobani, a strategically important border town.

Locals inspect damage to a Nablus-area mosque after an overnight arson blamed on Israeli settlers. (Image: Rabbis for Human Rights).
09:19 GMT

Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in the Nablus-area village of Aqraba overnight.

Wounded Yemeni men are treated at a hospital after a powerful suicide bomb rocked the capital Sanaa on Oct. 9, 2014, killing at least 47. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:29 GMT

Houthi leaders called on the Saudi government to prosecute TV presenter Khalid al-Gamdi.

A U.S. -led coalition has been carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT

Turkish officials have denied offering to let the U.S. use their air bases for air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq.

The battle for Kobani is now a month long. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Fighting continues in Syria's Kobani after a lull on Sunday.

At least 22 IS militants were allegedly killed according to security sources (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Shelling killed 22 Islamic State militants and wounded at least 40 others, near Baquba.

October 13, 2014

UK backbenchers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a Palestinian state (File/AFP)
23:40 GMT

British backbench politicians voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognizing a Palestinian state following a three-hour debate Monday.

Islamic State militants in desert camouflaged vehicles (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT

Islamic State jihadists have seized an army base in the town of Hit in al-Anbar province.

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri leaves at the end of a meeting with the French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 7, 2014 (Alain Jocard/ AFP).
19:00 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will meet Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Rome Monday for talks centering on the nearly 5-month-old presidential deadlock, Future MP Ammar Houri said Sunday.