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18 September 2014 Last updated at 19:51 ET

Obama hails Congress vote on Syria

President Obama says Congress's backing for his $500m plan to aid moderate Syrian rebels shows the world the US is united against Islamic State.


John CantlieVideo of British hostage released

A new video is released showing a British man, identified as journalist John Cantlie, believed to be held hostage by Islamic State militants.

Terror suspect under arrest in Sydney (18 September 2014)Australia in 'beheading plot' raids

Police stage anti-terror raids in Sydney after intelligence that an Islamic State member instructed extremists to commit random killings in Australia.

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Anti-corruption protesters near Baghdad (file photo)Struggle for Iraq

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Features & Analysis

  • Mohammad Javad Zarif (l) talks to John Kerry (r) in Vienna (14 July 2014)Extra time

    Can final leg of talks clinch deal over Iran's nuclear programme?


  • Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in front of captures IS flag (13/09/14)Inevitable decline?

    Why Islamic State is not the enduring force it appears to be


  • A child on the roof of a ruined buildingAmid the rubble

    What is it like to live in a razed neighbourhood in Gaza?


  • Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in military uniform in April 2013.100 days

    Egyptians' verdicts on President Sisi's benchmark period in office


  • An Israeli settler (left) argues with a Palestinian villager near a settlement outside BethlehemChanging view

    How coverage of Arab-Israeli conflict has shifted


  • Scientists testing camels Under control

    Have Saudis done enough to keep Hajj safe from deadly virus?


  • Portrait of former prisoner at Abu GhraibThe faceless revealed Watch

    Restoring dignity to former prisoners of Iraq's Abu Ghraib


  • IV dripsIn limbo

    Israel's ventilator wards for the dying


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