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October 29, 2014

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Kobani confirmed the children's release. (AFP/File)
19:40 GMT

Islamic State militants freed 25 Kurdish school children Wednesday.

The Iraqi army, along with Kurdish and tribal forces, have been battling IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT

IS militants have executed at least 46 members of a tribe fighting against the terrorist group in Iraq's Anbar Province.

Millions of Syrians have fled the civil war. (AFP/File)
17:49 GMT

A Syrian army helicopter allegedly dropped two barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in Idlib Wednesday.

Israel recently announced the construction of over 1,000 new settler homes as tensions rise. (AFP/File)
16:03 GMT

The UN Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday over current tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Yemen has been dogged by political turmoil since 2011. (AFP/File)
15:21 GMT

Shiite Houthi militants managed on Wednesday to seize control of the central Yemeni city of Radmah following fierce clashes with local armed tribesmen.

Egypt's universities have witnessed hundreds of protests by students since 2011. (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT

Egyptian police have arrested 34 students following clashes at the country’s universities.

Roughly 1,300 of the fighters are members of IS, while the rest are mainly members of al Nusra Front. (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT

More than 250 Jordanian Jihadi Salafists who joined movements in Syria fighting against the regime of President Bashar Assad have been killed since early 2011.

Two senior Islamic State commanders were allegedly killed by the air strikes (File/AFP)
12:16 GMT

Iraqi fighter jets targeting Islamic State positions in Mosul killed a large number of militants, according to Fars News Agency.

Women mourn at the funeral of a 15-year-old boy who was shot dead by Bahrain's police force during a protest, May 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:57 GMT

Amnesty International condemned a decision by Bahrain's government to deport ten dissidents whose citizenships were revoked in 2012 without a trial.

Islamic State militants are believed to be making up to $3 million a day from seized oil and gas refineries in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
11:02 GMT

The Islamic State attacked an oil and gas field Wednesday, killing at least 30 of the Syrian regime's forces, according to a London-based human rights group.

Jordan's King Abdullah walks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during a visit to the West Bank (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT

Jordan has requested an urgent meeting with the UN Security Council over Israeli plans to build settlement units in Jerusalem and ongoing violence at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Unnamed Islamist websites encouraged attacks against American or international schools across the Middle East (File/AFP)
08:49 GMT

US officials issued strong security warnings for American schools in the Middle East against potential terrorist attacks after an extremist website threatened to target Western educational facilities.

Lebanese boys look at a bullet-riddled Islamist mural in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood on Oct. 28. Three days of fierce fighting between Lebanese forces and armed Islamists killed at least 16 and forced thousands to flee. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
08:17 GMT

A Lebanese military official said that as many as 500 Islamist militants had taken part in the four-day battle against Lebanese security and military forces.

Maryam, a refugee from Syria, smiles as her family talks with reporters in 2013 at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp (Albawaba File Photo/J. Zach Hollo).
07:22 GMT

Jordan's foreign minister said that until a political solution to the Syrian crisis is reached, there is an urgent need for a bigger international response to support host countries, especially Jordan.

Kurds in Turkey celebrate as a convoy of peshmerga fighters cross at the Habur border along the Turkish-Iraqi border with heavy weapons on Oct. 29. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
06:51 GMT

The Kurdish regional government in Iraq has sent its forces to fight alongside the Kurdish groups in Kobani under a special arrangement with Turkey.