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September 1, 2014

Smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra following an explosion during fighting, between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, near the Quneitra border crossing on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:28 GMT

Syrian army forces and rebels battle near border; both sides seek to control Quneitra border crossing; UN peacekeepers held captive by Islamists still missing.

U.S. embassy staff was evacuated in July because of raging violence. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT

A Libyan militia group says it has secured the abandoned U.S. embassy in Tripoli.

Rogers said several US citizens have at least once traveled, participated and trained with the ISIL terrorists. [AFP]
07:29 GMT

A US lawmaker has revealed that there are hundreds of Americans, who have links with ISIL militants and can return to the US with their American passports.

Twenty-two security forces were among the victims. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

An explosion in Iraq's western city of Ramadi has killed at least 37 people.

The 29 army troops were captured by militants during clashes in Arsal earlier this month. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Lebanese political and security figures are mulling the possibility of releasing certain Islamist detainees to secure the release of captured army troops and security personnel.

Home Secretary Theresa May recently said an attack on the UK is "highly likely." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic State militants.

August 31, 2014

The women were reportedly sold for $1,000 each. (AFP/File)
16:54 GMT

Islamic State militants have abducted several dozen female Yazidis and sold them to fellow militants in Syria.

The U.S. and other Western governments delivered aid to Amerli this week. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT

Iraqi forces have broken the siege on the town of Amerli where thousands of civilians have been trapped by Islamic State militants.

Last week an Israeli drone was downed in Iraq. (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT

Israeli forces shot down a drone from Syria on Sunday.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank increased by 70% in 2013. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT

Israeli authorities announced on Sunday the confiscation of around 1,000 acres of private Palestinian land in the West Bank.

The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government. (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT

Giza Criminal Court commuted the death sentences of several leading Muslim Brotherhood figures to life in prison.

Palestinian men stand on a truck loaded with goods from UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, after it entered the Gaza Strip from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing on August 28, 2014 in Rafah in the southern Gaza. [AFP]
11:28 GMT

Jordanian member of parliament Muhammad al-Dawayima arrived in Gaza on Friday bringing with him 250 tons of medicines and medical equipment as humanitarian aid continues to flow in to the devastated Palestinian coastal enclave.

Soldiers Ibrahim Shaaban, Ahmad Ghieh and Wael Darwish were reunited with their families in Arsal Sunday morning. [The Daily Star]
09:44 GMT

The five Lebanese hostages released by the Nusra Front were being reunited with their families Sunday morning, as concerns grow over the fate of the remaining 24 soldiers and policemen being held by Syrian militants.

Cameron spoke after the country's terror threat risk level was raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. [AFP]
09:16 GMT

PM sets out tough new anti-terror measures in response to heightened threat

Palestinian women look at the shattered remains of a building complex that was destroyed by fighting between Hamas Militants and Israel on August 29, 2014. [AFP]
09:06 GMT

It will take 20 years for the war-torn Gaza Strip to be rebuilt, says an international organization engaged in assessment of post-war reconstruction.