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September 28, 2014

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.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is wheeled out of an ambulance outside the Maadi military hospital in Cairo on Sept. 27 before boarding a helicopter that transported him to court.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:44 GMT

Cairo Criminal Court said it needed more time to review 160,000 pages of evidence.

Syrians inspect damage following a reported US-led air strike against the headquarters of al-Nusra Front west of Aleppo on Sept. 25. (AFP /Sami Ali)
09:18 GMT

The New York Times reported that U.S. officials are considering a Turkish request for a no-fly zone over parts of Syria.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani speaks during at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2014. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
08:24 GMT

An investigative report says Israel and the UAE are paying millions to lobby U.S. journalists against Qatar.

People walk past the remains of burnt tents at a Syrian refugee camp in Arsal on Sept. 25, a few hours after a raid by the Lebanese army. (AFP)
07:15 GMT

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt called on the government to stop dithering on the hostage crisis and endorse a swap deal with ISIS and Nusra Front militants.

Prime Minister David Cameron said IS fighters are “psychopathic terrorists who want to kill us”, September 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

British politicians have overwhelmingly voted to launch air strikes alongside the U.S. and France against the Islamic State in Iraq.

September 26, 2014

A large number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are foreign nationals (File/AFP)
17:29 GMT

Nine Japanese citizens have reportedly joined the Islamic State according to an Israeli official, although the information has not yet been verified.

Syrian refugees arrive at the port of Limassol after being rescued close to Cyprus' coast, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:39 GMT

A cruise ship off the coast of Cyprus rescued around 300 Syrian refugees from a fishing boat. The refugees had reportedly spent days at sea before being found on the faulty boat.

Syrian protesters took to the streets of Arsal on Friday to voice anger against Lebanon's army crackdown (Image: The Daily Star)
15:07 GMT

Syrian refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal protested against the army following an ongoing crackdown on Islamist militants.

President Obama met with Egypt's leader, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss a range of issues, September 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Barack Obama at the UN headquarters Thursday to discuss the Libya crisis and rising IS threat in the region.

Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was executed after posting messages on Facebook, criticizing the Islamic State (Image: Facebook)
12:50 GMT

Militants from the extremist group, the Islamic State, have executed a prominent Iraqi women's rights activist in the city of Mosul.