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October 26, 2014

A Tunisian woman holds up an inked finger after voting in the country's first elections in 2011 following the fall of long-time dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

After a lively electoral campaign riddled with political money and fierce debate, the birthplace nation of the Arab Spring opened polling station doors Sunday for fresh parliamentary elections.

Around 200 fighters are preparing to leave for Syria through Turkey (File/AFP)
07:40 GMT

The first batch of Iraq's Peshmerga forces are due to leave for the Syrian border town of Kobani to battle Islamic State militants.

Firefighters extinguish flames from a building during clashes between IS militants and the Lebanese army in Tripoli, October 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:11 GMT

At least 14 people were killed during clashes between IS-inspired militants and Lebanese troops Saturday, according to security sources.

The 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari defends herself in an Iranian court during the first hearing of her trail (File/AFP)
05:27 GMT

The US and Amnesty International slammed Tehran for the execution of a 26-year-old Iranian woman who killed a man for sexually assaulting her.

Abu Faour outlined a raft of travel, surveillance, training and medical measures that collectively form the country’s most serious effort yet of dealing with the potential fallout from the Ebola crisis. (File/AFP)
04:00 GMT

The health minister warned Monday that Lebanon faces an “imminent danger” posed by Ebola due to the country’s expat community in West Africa.

October 25, 2014

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in Tehran on Saturday despite an international campaign calling for clemency. (File/AFP)
20:10 GMT

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in Tehran on Saturday.

"There was foreign assistance for carrying out this operation," al-Sisi, flanked by top army brass, said in a speech on Saturday. (File/AFP)
17:09 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Saturday that "foreign assistance" was behind a deadly bombing that killed several army troops in the Sinai Peninsula one day earlier.

Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

Fresh clashes have erupted between the Lebanese army and militants in the northern city of Tripoli.

Security forces have been battling militants who have killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Mursi last July. (File/AFP)
12:41 GMT

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the IS militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. (File/AFP)
08:02 GMT

Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region has decided to send reinforcement troops to the Syrian city of Kobani next week to aid Kurds fighting against the IS militants.

passengers arriving at airports and those who show symptoms of the disease will be asked if they visited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three West African countries hit hardest by the deadliest Ebola outbreak (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT

Travellers entering Jordan from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be monitored and undergo necessary checkups at the airport, according to the Ministry of Health.

October 24, 2014

At least 27 soldiers were injured in the attack (AFP/ File Archive).
19:00 GMT

At least 10 soldiers were killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday by a car bomb.

Zale Thompson was captured by the station's CCTV moments before attacking the officers. (AFP/File)
18:21 GMT

Four New York City Police Department officers were assaulted at a bus station in the Queens borough of New York City by a man with a hatchet.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi (pictured) is frustrated by Houthi advances which are seen as an attempt by the Shi’ite militia to pressure the government-formation talks (AFP/ File Archive).
17:00 GMT

Yemen’s presidential authority is “frustrated by the actions of the Houthis, due to their refusal to abide by the agreements that have been made in terms of their ongoing operations and occupation of various Yemeni provinces.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper(3rdR) and all Members of Parliament applaud Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms in the House of Commons for his response to the shooter in Parliament in Ottawa on October 23, 2014 (Jason Ransom/ Prime Minister´s Office/ AFP).
15:00 GMT

Ottawa authorities have released CCTV footage and further information on the man suspected of being behind Wednesday’s shooting.