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November 2, 2014

Hadi al-Bahra's comments came after the Islamic State continues to seize more territory across Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT

President of the Syrian National Coalition, Hadi al-Bahra, admitted moderate rebels "made a lot of mistakes" fighting Bashar al-Assad's forces and IS.

Israeli cops stand near the Dome of the Rock during prayers on Friday, Oct. 31. (AFP Jack Guez)
09:14 GMT

Palestinians allege that Israeli officers executed Mutaz Hijazi, instead of arresting him on suspicion of involvement in the shooting of a right-wing Jewish activist.

During past discussions, Prime Minister Tammam Salam has been outspoken about his rejection of any such prisoner swap deal for Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

In the first sign of progress toward the release of 27 Lebanese soldiers and policemen held by Nusra militants, Qatari mediators were handed a list of names to be considered in a prisoner swap.

Over 180 Palestinian children are currently being held in Israeli prisons according to Military Court Watch (File/AFP)
07:43 GMT

Israel security forces in East Jerusalem attempted to detain a two-year-old for throwing stones along with a nine-year-old for having "colored rocks", which turned out to be sweets.

The UK and US presence in Iraq has been questioned by human rights groups since evidence of torture emerged from the notorious Abu Gharib prison (File/AFP)
06:43 GMT

Allegations have emerged of British soldiers mistreating and killing 30 Iraqi civilians, which will be sent to the International Criminal Court for investigation.

Israeli soldiers stand near the Western Wall, beside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, October 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:29 GMT

The Arab League is due to hold a meeting Sunday to discuss the ongoing tensions in Jerusalem including Israeli "violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque".

Morsi is being tried at a courtroom in the Police Academy in New Cairo. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is set to face trial on Monday, November 3rd on charges of inciting murder during his presidency.

November 1, 2014

The monitoring group estimated that the actual number of those killed from Islamist groups, and IS, including Al-Nusra Front and other Arab and Asian nationals has reached 1,500 since last month. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Saturday that it has documented the killings of around 5,772 people in Syria during clashes between regime forces and the opposition last month.

Anbar Province has been a major stronghold of the IS elements and continues to be largely controlled by the terror group. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

IS militants execute 85 people from the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq's western province of Anbar.

The Peshmerga were prevented from entering Kobani for two days. (AFP/File)
16:18 GMT

Iraqi Kurdish forces who were delayed by Turkey finally arrived in Kobani.

The eight men, arrested in September, were charged with debauchery and offending public morality. (AFP/File)
12:03 GMT

An Egyptian court jailed eight men for three years over a video of what prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding.

In April, Boko Haram made international headlines after abducting over 200 schoolgirls in northeastern Borno State. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT

Boko Haram militants have denied any cease-fire deal with the Nigerian government, saying that the abducted girls have all been married off and would not return again.

So far, militants have released seven Lebanese captives and killed three. (AFP/FIle)
04:00 GMT

A source involved in Qatari-led mediations said Islamist militants holding at least 27 Lebanese soldiers and policeman hostage has given an updated list of demands.

October 31, 2014

The US Navy Seal who reportedly fired the bullet that shot dead Osama Bin Laden will reveal his identity next month during a two-part interview with Fox News about the operation. (AFP/File)
16:23 GMT

The US Navy Seal who reportedly fired the lethal shot to Osama Bin Laden is set to reveal his identity during a televised interview with Fox News in November.

A crowd of Turkish Kurds greet a convoy of Iraqi Peshmerga reinforcements preparing to cross into Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
15:53 GMT

Syrian Kurdish fighters said a group of ten peshmerga fighters trickled into Kobani after crossing the Turkish border Thursday to survey the area and prepare for the arrival of 150 additional fighters awaiting deployment to the besieged town,