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Islamic State 'beheads second US journalist'

8 hours 57 min ago
Group releases video of Steven Sotloff's purported death, days after mother addressed leader pleading for son's life.

Hamas popularity 'surges after Gaza war'

10 hours 21 min ago
Survey suggests rising support for Hamas, with leader Ismail Haniya preferred as president to incumbent Mahmoud Abbas.

What's behind the spike in Saudi beheadings?

12 hours 40 min ago
In the opening weeks of August, Saudi Arabia carried out more than one execution per day, human rights groups say.

Saudi Arabia 'foils al-Qaeda attack plot'

13 hours 26 min ago
Government says 88 people, including Saudis and Yemenis, held on suspicion of plotting attacks in kingdom and abroad.

Protesters break into Iraq's parliament

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 6:12pm
Family members of missing soldiers abducted by Islamic State angry at government's failure to find relatives.

Yemeni women fight for greater representation

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 5:08pm
Despite a precarious 30 percent quota for women in government, Yemeni activists say women's rights have been sidelined.

In Pictures: Iraqi schools closed to students

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 2:56pm
Children are unable to begin classes as thousands of displaced Iraqis seek shelter in schools across the Kurdish region.

Harsher sentence for held Saudi activist

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 9:34am
Appeals court orders founder of rights group to be jailed for 10 years and be lashed 1,000 times for 'insulting Islam'.

Libyan MP asked to form new government

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 2:13am
Abdullah al-Thinni quit last week as PM but was asked by elected parliament to form government amid ongoing violence.

Israel seizes most West Bank land in 30 years

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 10:42pm
Palestinians and US officials condemn move that will connect West Bank settlements to those in south Jerusalem.

Iran convicts Ahmadinejad's vice president

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 8:47pm
Judge says Mohammad Reza Rahimi, an official under ex-president, has been jailed and fined, but does not reveal charges.

Israel seizes 400 hectares of West Bank land

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 5:13pm
US official describes as "counterproductive" Israeli announcement to appropriate land, said to be largest in 30 years.

Syrians build health care network in Turkey

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 3:37pm
Informal health centres are treating thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey, easing the pressure on local hospitals.

Iraq breaks Islamic State siege of Amerli

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 2:15pm
Government forces mainly composed of peshmerga fighters enter northern town where thousands of civilians were trapped.

Libyan militia storm US embassy in Tripoli

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 1:07pm
Evacuated embassy compound in the capital raided as fighting rages among rival militias in the North African country.

Call for Houthi civil disobedience in Yemen

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 4:33am
Houthi tribal leader urges supporters to escalate ongoing protests, defying appeals by the UN to end hostilities.

Syrian rebels release Lebanese soldiers

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 11:16pm
The Al-Nusra Front frees four soldiers and a police officer kidnapped in Lebanon nearly a month ago.

Iraq's Sunnis ready to fight IS group

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 5:55pm
Tribes in Anbar province say they want military and political support from Baghdad to push back the Islamic State group.

UN soldiers escape siege by Syria rebels

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 3:34pm
Two groups of Filipino peacekeepers escape positions in occupied Golan Heights threatened by rebels from Syria.

Bahrain arrests top human rights activist

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 3:14pm
Maryam al-Khawaja, who campaigns against abuse in Gulf state, charged with insulting king and assault on arrival.

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