Iraqi Kurds have made gains against "Islamic State" militants at a strategic crossing on the Syrian border. Elsewhere, the jihadists are said to have advanced closer to the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobani.
Young Americans are opting out of the US military and joining foreign forces. The Israeli army recruited over 100 Americans during the war against Hamas, while others are being lured to join extremist groups.
Iran has announced it will provide Shiite-ally Lebanon with military aid. Sunni extremists from Syria recently launched a large-scale incursion on a Lebanese border town, raising fears of what the future may hold.
This week, the Turkish government intends to introduce legislation in parliament that would allow a possible deployment of the army in neighboring Syria. The step represents a U-turn in Ankara - and it has Kurds worried.
A rebel field hospital has been attacked in Yemen, northeast of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The attack coincided with a demonstration in the capital against its occupation by Shiite militants.
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US Central Command has released footage of airstrikes against suspected "Islamic State" targets near the border town of Ayn al-Arab, more commonly called Kobane or Kobani by Kurdish locals, in Syria.
An extremist group linked to al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the US embassy in Yemen. The incident comes after Washington urged US citizens to leave the Gulf country.
US aircraft have again hit "Islamic State" targets in Syria, the fifth night of airstrikes over Syria. This follows the UK's decision to join the aerial campaign against the Sunni fighters in Iraq, but not in Syria.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told the UN General Assembly that there is "no meaning or value" in Middle East peace talks, unless they aim to carve out a Palestinian state without Israeli occupation.
Germany's Foreign Minister has said after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program must be solved once and for all. A resolution, he said, "has never been so close."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has kicked off day two of the UN General Assembly with a promise to carry out nuclear talks "in good faith" with Western powers - which he blamed for "blunders" in the Middle East.
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed on the return of their unity government in Gaza. It follows two days of talks in Cairo.
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