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October 1, 2014

The air strikes are an effort to assist Kurdish troops in northwest Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT

The British Royal Air Force has begun air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

At least 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen are still being held hostage by militants. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

Nusra Front militants have handed over one abducted Lebanese soldier Tuesday night after talks with a Qatari negotiating team.

While showing support to the fight against IS in Syria, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the U.S. plan to arm rebels supported "terrorist groups." (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

In his speech on Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria stands with any effort to push back the Islamic State, but criticized the U.S. plan to arm moderate rebels, calling them "terrorist groups."

September 30, 2014

Saudi Arabia has pledged monthly donations to the Palestinian Authority for the months of July, August and September. (AFP.File)
18:52 GMT

Part of a 3-month pledge of $20 million each month, the Saudi Fund for Development transferred $60 million to the Palestinian Authority Tuesday.

More than 190,000 signatures were collected on an international petition protesting Reyhaneh Jabbari's conviction. Amnesty told the Independent the stay gave supporters hope, but they feared Jabbari may still be executed after the ten day period. (AFP/File)
17:01 GMT

International attention spotlighted the country after Iran's Supreme Court upheld a verdict to execute an Iranian woman charged with murder over killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. Now, Reyhaheh Jabbari has been granted a last-minute stay, postponing her execution by ten days.

So far, Syria's Nusra front has executed one Lebanese soldier and threatened another, while IS has killed two more. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT

Following the most recent Lebanese hostage execution by Nusra Front, Qatari mediators touched down on the outskirts of Arsal Tuesday to begin a negotiation process with militants still holding at least 21 security personnel captive.

Since the Arsal clashes and subsequent soldier catpures in August, Lebanese citizens have grown increasingly aggressive toward Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT

Amid heightened tensions after Arsal, armed attacks against Syrian refugees carried out by Lebanese refugees has Human Rights Watch Lebanon worried for what will come next, and urging Lebanese authorities to take action.

Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since June. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are carrying out military operations against Islamic State militants on three different fronts in northern Iraq.

The air strikes in Syria are now in their second week. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT

The U.S. carried out air strikes near Syria's border with Turkey overnight in an effort to halt an advance by Islamic State militants.

A quarter of construction in Jerusalem is illegal, according to an Israeli NGO (File/AFP)
10:25 GMT

A group of Israeli settlers occupied 23 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem according to a local information center.

Benjamin Netanyahu compared ISIS to Hamas during his speech at the 69th UN General Assembly, September 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:48 GMT

The U.S. State department disagreed with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's comments during his UN speech about ISIS and Iran.

The Muslim Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government earlier this year. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

An Egyptian court has confirmed the death sentences of 20 Muslim Brotherhood members.

Turkey has hosted over 1.5 million Syrian refugees since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
08:27 GMT

Turkish officials speaking at the World Economic Forum in Istanbul called on the world the assist the country with the recent influx of Syrian refugees.

Israeli soldiers and friends mourn during the funeral of comrade. [AFP]
07:59 GMT

Three Israeli soldiers who had taken part in Tel Aviv’s recent war on the Gaza Strip have taken their own lives due to psychological problems, a report says.

This is the third such propaganda video released by the Islamic State featuring Mr. Cantlie. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT

Islamic State militants have released a new video featuring British hostage John Cantlie criticizing Obama's military strategy.