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October 15, 2014

The joint GCC force will also handle the protection of commercial routes and the Gulf nations' economic interests. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT

The GCC countries are looking into measures to establish a joint naval force capable of defending the security of the Gulf region.

Benghazi has witnessed intense fighting since May. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

Libya’s retired General Khalifa Haftar has announced that his forces are ready to liberate the northeastern city of Benghazi from other armed groups.

Violent clashes continue in Damascus' rural regions. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

Warplanes continue to bomb IS targets in Kobani as fighting continues across Syria.

"We will make our utmost effort to make the best use of the negotiations in these days in Vienna to settle problems,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 have agreed to extend nuclear talks in Vienna.

At least three students were injured in the brawl. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT

Students at Istanbul University have described the terrifying moments when supporters of the Islamic State jihadist group went on the rampage on their campus.

Egypt has witnessed a series of bombings and assassinations since the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

A strong blast ripped through a busy district in central Cairo on Tuesday night, leaving 12 injured.

Iraqi Shia cities have been witnessing deadly bombings over the past few days. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT

At least 21 people have been killed in a bomb attack in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad.

The seven men were found guilty of killing 25 Egyptian soldiers in an ambush last year (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to death after finding them guilty of killing 25 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula last year.

October 14, 2014

A Jewish settler attempted to head-butt the Palestinian woman while other Israelis spat at Arabs from their home windows in Jerusalem (File/AFP)
20:22 GMT

A Palestinian woman is recovering after an Israeli settler attempted to head-butt her outside the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the aid money would be distributed for a variety of projects (File/AFP)
19:39 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $414 million in aid for Palestinians, to be distributed through USAID and UNRWA for various projects.

Student clashes with police have been commonplace since former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013 (File/AFP)
19:01 GMT

Up to 30 students were arrested in Alexandria University following clashes with security forces Tuesday, according to an interior ministry statement.

The attacker is believed to be a Saudi national who was born in the U.S. (File/AFP)
18:46 GMT

An American citizen was shot dead while another injured by an gunman in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Tuesday. The attacker is now being held by security forces.

Wounded Yemeni men await treatment in a hospital following a suicide bombing, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
18:34 GMT

The UN Security Council condemned the latest terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda affiliated militants in Yemen and called on all sides of the government to implement the national partnership agreement.

A statement written in Urdu was released with the names of the six Taliban commanders who swore allegiance to the Islamic State (File/AFP)
18:07 GMT

Six Taliban commanders pledged allegiance to the leader and self-declared Caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in a statement Tuesday.

A total number of four Lebanese soldiers have now defected to join extremist groups (File/AFP)
17:45 GMT

The Islamic State released footage of a Lebanese soldier allegedly defecting to join the militant group. Security forces carried out raids in the soldier's town of Dweir Adawiyeh after the video was released.