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October 22, 2014

The workers were taken earlier Wednesday by masked assailants, security sources suspected PKK involvement due to heightened Kurdish tensions over Turkish inaction in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
17:39 GMT

The ten electrical workers abducted by masked assailants in southeastern Turkey earlier Wednesday have reportedly been released.

The Lebanese army has received numerous donation pledges in recent months, the largest two coming from Saudi Arabia with pledges' combined total of $4 billion. (AFP/File)
17:10 GMT

The United Kingdom donated $16 million worth of military equipment to the Lebanese army to defend the country's eastern border from jihadist threat.

Militants in the Sinai have staged cross-border attacks in the past, but have not claimed responsibility for today's shootings. (AFP?Said Khatib)
14:11 GMT

IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said in an Twitter statement Wednesday that two IDF soldiers, one male and one female, had been wounded by shots fired from Egypt.

Iraqis gather at the site of a bomb attack on Oct. 21 in the Talbiyah area of Baghdad, where two blasts hit the parking lot of a restaurant. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT

The most recent attacks killed at least 18.

Over 500 British nationals have joined IS in Iraq and Syria, according to the UK's top police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (File/AFP)
12:47 GMT

The UK's Metropolitan Police Service released shocking figures, which state five British citizens are leaving to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria every week.

Over 200 Palestinian children have been detained by Israel since August 2014 according to Defense for Children International (File/AFP)
11:52 GMT

The Palestinian Authority Department of Prisoner's Affairs on Wednesday said dozens of minors were assaulted or beaten while in Israeli custody.

The Islamic State now controls major areas in Iraq including Mosul and Anbar (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT

Iraq's new Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi promised to retake Islamic State controlled areas of the country including the city of Mosul.

Kobani continues to remain under siege by IS militants despite resistance from Kurdish fighters (File/AFP)
10:54 GMT

A Pentagon official Tuesday said the situation in the Syrian border town of Kobani remained "tenuous" despite US air strikes against IS.

The accused terror cell members had planned to attack U.S. forces in Kuwait (U.S. Central Command file photo).
10:18 GMT

The individuals had planned to attack U.S. military personnel in Qatar and Kuwait.

A fighter from the Fajr Libya group fires his weapon during clashes in the hill village of Kikla, southwest of Tripoli on Oct. 21.The internationally recognised Libyan government called for a civil disobedience campaign in Tripoli until its forces retake the capital from militias who seized it. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
08:34 GMT

Libya’s internationally recognized government says its forces are getting ready to recapture the capital from militias.

Israeli forces recently imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers entering the Al Aqsa Mosque, in order for Jewish settlers to access the site (File/AFP)
08:18 GMT

Jordan's representative to the UN Security Council, Dina Kawar, said Israel is "determined" to provoke Palestinians by imposing restrictions on worshipers entering Islam's third most holiest site, Al Asqa Mosque.

A Tunisian man walks past election posters in the Tunis suburb of Ariana on Oct. 21. Tunisians vote on Oct. 26 for their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
08:14 GMT

Islamist party Ennahda is still projected to do well, but the other big contender this time around is Nidaa Tounes, a broad-based secularist party.

Syria has struggled with an ongoing civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

The Syrian air force carried out over 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours.

The strategic town of al-Sab, which is situated to the west of Baghdad and also borders Baghdad Intentional Airport, is now fully under the control of the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Iraqi soldiers have pushed IS militants out of al-Sab, a strategic town near Baghdad.

The Islamic State is  made up of foreign fighters from dozens of countires (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT

Three US teenagers hoping to join the Islamic State were caught by FBI agents in Germany and sent back home to Denver where they were reunited with their families.