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October 23, 2014

Palestinian girls play next to their home in Beit Lahia in the northern of Gaza Strip on October 20, 2014. [AFP]
07:52 GMT

A Palestinian child died on Wednesday after he touched an unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from the most recent offensive over the summer, causing it to explode.

The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading of people. [AFP]
07:34 GMT

Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobani against the ISIL say the militants have used chemical weapons.

Universities across Egypt have been witnessing mass protests by angry students in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT

A bomb outside Cairo University injured 10 people.

Former Blackwater employee Dustin Heard (center) leaves the US district court in Washington, January 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT

Four former employees of the US Blackwater security firm were found guilty of crimes related to the shootings of over 30 Iraqis in 2007 where 14 people were killed.

The right-wing Israeli visit is the most recent instance of increasing pressure at East Jerusalme's Al-Aqsa compound this week amid clashes and security presence. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

A group of right-wing Israeli Jews entered Al-Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem Wednesday under heavy security escort, spiking ongoing tensions.

October 22, 2014

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot dead at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday by a man described as being short, overweight and wearing an 'Arabic scarf.' (AFP/File)
22:45 GMT

A gunman shot and killed a Canadian soldier in Ottawa Wednesday, prompting a lockdown of the city's entire downtown area.

Turkey and the United States have been at odds over involvement in Syria's Kobani, where Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State are associated with the PKK, which Turkey identifies as a terror group. (AFP/File)
18:09 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he's 'already said' the Iraqi peshmerga would be allowed to enter Kobani through the Turkish border, but was still opposed to the U.S. plan to provide weapons to the PYD and PKK.

The workers were taken earlier Wednesday by masked assailants, security sources suspected PKK involvement due to heightened Kurdish tensions over Turkish inaction in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
17:39 GMT

The ten electrical workers abducted by masked assailants in southeastern Turkey earlier Wednesday have reportedly been released.

The Lebanese army has received numerous donation pledges in recent months, the largest two coming from Saudi Arabia with pledges' combined total of $4 billion. (AFP/File)
17:10 GMT

The United Kingdom donated $16 million worth of military equipment to the Lebanese army to defend the country's eastern border from jihadist threat.

Militants in the Sinai have staged cross-border attacks in the past, but have not claimed responsibility for today's shootings. (AFP?Said Khatib)
14:11 GMT

IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said in an Twitter statement Wednesday that two IDF soldiers, one male and one female, had been wounded by shots fired from Egypt.

Iraqis gather at the site of a bomb attack on Oct. 21 in the Talbiyah area of Baghdad, where two blasts hit the parking lot of a restaurant. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT

The most recent attacks killed at least 18.

Over 500 British nationals have joined IS in Iraq and Syria, according to the UK's top police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (File/AFP)
12:47 GMT

The UK's Metropolitan Police Service released shocking figures, which state five British citizens are leaving to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria every week.

Over 200 Palestinian children have been detained by Israel since August 2014 according to Defense for Children International (File/AFP)
11:52 GMT

The Palestinian Authority Department of Prisoner's Affairs on Wednesday said dozens of minors were assaulted or beaten while in Israeli custody.

The Islamic State now controls major areas in Iraq including Mosul and Anbar (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT

Iraq's new Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi promised to retake Islamic State controlled areas of the country including the city of Mosul.

Kobani continues to remain under siege by IS militants despite resistance from Kurdish fighters (File/AFP)
10:54 GMT

A Pentagon official Tuesday said the situation in the Syrian border town of Kobani remained "tenuous" despite US air strikes against IS.