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September 5, 2014

Among other IS-related points raised, President Obama asked for NATO military support for U.S. operations against the group in Iraq. (AFP/ Saul Loeb)
20:15 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Friday key NATO allies had agreed to back and provide military support for U.S. operations in Iraq.

Roadside and car bomb attacks in Baghdad killed 17 Friday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Amid a fresh wave of sectarian violence and while IS militants continued a bloody offensive in the north, two bombs exploded Friday around Baghdad, leaving 17 dead.

After more than $34.5 million worth of damages to water networks in Gaza, the PA has introduced a plan including both rebuilding damaged reservoirs and constructing new treatment and desalination plants. (AFP/Marco Longari)
14:59 GMT

The Palestinian Authority is introducing a three-step plan to tackle the looming water crisis facing Gaza after Israeli airstrikes destroyed $34.5 million worth of the territory's water networks.

A Lebanese minister suggested Thursday all Syrian refugees in Lebanon should return home. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

A Lebanese minister said Thursday all Syrian refugees should return to Syrian areas under regime control or in areas where they 'have faith in the Nusra Front.'

A Palestinian minister said 100,000 jobs could be created if Israeli upholds the siege end. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT

Gaza reconstruction is said to cost $7.8 billion

The new round of talks will be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will resume negotiations over a final deal on Tehran's nuclear energy program in New York on September 18.

September 4, 2014

The Lebanese army has been working to keep Islamic State militants from crossing into Lebanon from Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

The Islamic State executed a Lebanese man from Arsal Thursday.

Obama called on NATO leaders to work on building relationships and to promote stability in the region. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for NATO action against the Islamic State militants at a NATO summit in Wales.

Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the recent conflict. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

A UN reports says more than 100,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip remain homeless after Israel's recent Gaza offensive.

The victims were allegedly truck drivers who were kidnapped five months ago. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

A mass grave containing at least two dozen people killed by IS militants was discovered in northern Iraq.

The Sotloff family said Steven wanted to give a voice to those who had none. (AFP/File)
13:53 GMT

The family of Steven Sotloff, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants, called their son "a hero."

Reports had originally stated that Iranian forces had entered Iraq to fight Islamic State militants last month (File/AFP)
13:23 GMT

Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari denied reports that Iranian forces are fighting Islamic State militants in the country.

Qatar has been heavily criticized for its treatment of migrant workers. (AFP/File)
12:51 GMT

Two British human rights workers investigating the plight of migrant workers in Qatar have disappeared.

A combo of images taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows a file picture  of a Syrian flag hoisted on a flagpole. [AFP]
09:53 GMT

The United Nations (UN) Security Council has once again demanded the immediate and unconditional release of 45 abducted UN peacekeepers by anti-Damascus militants.

Lebanese mourners carry the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ali Sayyed draped in his national flag in the village of Qalamun south of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during his funeral procession on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
08:38 GMT

Lebanon bid farewell Wednesday to a slain soldier who was beheaded by militants in a massive, emotional funeral brimming with anguish over his killing.