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September 29, 2014

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country needed to take a leading role against IS militants (File/AFP)
08:32 GMT

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country should take a frontline role against Islamic State militants in Syria.

The leader of Nusra Front urged American and European citizens to denounce Washington's actions. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

The al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front is threatening reprisals for U.S. air strikes in Syria.

U.S. air strikes are targeting IS militants inside Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. carried out air strikes in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey.

September 28, 2014

The two jets carried out armed reconnaissance missions but did not conduct air strikes. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

For the first time since Britain's parliament authorized air strikes against Islamic State militants, two RAF jets flew combat missions over Iraq.

Lebanese activists vowed to file a lawsuit against the journalist for his remarks. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT

A group of Lebanese activists held a protest at the offices of al-Jazeera in Beirut over anti-army remarks made by an al-Jazeera journalist over the weekend.

Multiple Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped during clashes on the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

A Lebanese MP announced that the Free Syrian Army has saved multiple Lebanese soldiers from their jihadist kidnappers.

Iraqi FM Ibrahim al-Ja'afari reiterated Iraq's desire to keep foreign troops out of Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Iraq's Foreign Minister once again rejected the idea of foreign troops in Iraq at the U.N. General Assembly.

Parliament leader Agelia Saleh Eissa spoke at the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

Libya's new parliament held a swearing-in ceremony Sunday.

An F-15E Strike Eagle waits to take off before strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. (AFP PHOTO / US Air Force)
14:15 GMT

An al-Qaeda member expressed condolences for the death of senior operative Mohsin al-Fadhli.

Turkish and Syrian Kurds shout slogans after destroying the border fence into Kobani in neighboring Syria during a demonstration near the Mursitpinar border crossing, in Sanliurfa province, on September 26, 2014. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
12:37 GMT

Protesters in Cizre, near the Turkish border with Syria, threw petrol bombs and firecrackers at security forces.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
11:06 GMT

PM's comments come after Abbas accuses Israel of "genocide"; Netanyahu's first scheduled engagement on the sidelines of the General Assembly will be with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Negotiation deal may be in the works for Lebanese hostages as PM Salam asks Turkey and Qatar to aid release efforts. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Prime Minister Tammam Salam asked Qatar and Turkey to help secure the release of Lebanese hostages, saying Lebanon would support a negotiation deal.

American and Canadian activists have been trying to keep Israeli cargo ships from docking at the ports of Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver. (Image: Zim)
08:49 GMT

Protesters in Oakland, California prevented a Zim cargo ship from unloading its goods at the city's port.

A Yemeni supporter of Houthi rebels stands guard during a rally after the anti-government movement seized key state installations on Sept. 26. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
06:55 GMT

Forces with links to Iran and Hezbollah are supporting Houthi rebels to boost their control of Yemen’s capital Sana’a, intelligence sources say.

September 27, 2014

A boy holds a baby as Syrian Kurds, fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State group, cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc on Sept. 27, 2014. (AFP /Bulent Kilic)
17:48 GMT

Air strikes continued against IS targets, Reuters reported.