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Egypt opens Rafah crossing to stranded Palestinians bound for Gaza (27.11.2014)

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday for the first time in a month to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip, border officials said.

Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State (23.11.2014)

Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.

Isis has enough weapons to carry on fighting for two years, UN warns (18.11.2014)

A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns that the militant group known as the Islamic State (Isis) possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war for Syria and Iraq for up to two years.

Study: Terror attacks up in 2013, Iraq the biggest victim (18.11.2014)

A new report says nearly 18,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 2013, some 60 percent more than the year before. The Global Terrorism Index, published on November 18 by the London-based Institute for Economics and Peace, said there were 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013.

Sinai buffer zone no solution to militancy in Egypt - Amnesty (12.11.2014)

Egypt's plan to create a security buffer zone along its border with Gaza is not a solution to growing militancy in the Sinai region as it does not address the roots of the problem, the head of Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Australian special forces get Iraq clearance (11.11.2014)

Australian special forces are finally moving into Iraq more than a month after arriving in the Middle East. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the 200 troops would be helping Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State (IS).

US troops sent into Iraq's Anbar (11.11.2014)

The US has deployed 50 troops to an air base in Iraq's troubled Anbar province to help in the fight against Islamic State (IS). … The deployment is the first time US troops have been sent to Anbar since US air strikes against IS began in August. US forces left Iraq in 2011, but President Barack...

UN chief names retired Dutch general to head Gaza war inquiry (10.11.2014)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday named a retired Dutch general to head an inquiry into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of U.N. sites to store weapons.

UN envoy expresses regret over Parliament term extension, stalled elections (06.11.2014)

The United Nations envoy for Lebanon said today that the vote in Lebanon’s Parliament yesterday to extend its mandate until 2017 had spared the country a “further serious vacuum,” but, regretfully, elections had been postponed again amid mounting political insecurity.