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July 11, 2014

Anti-government demonstrators previously protested in Anbar province for months until Baghdad commissioned an operation to oust them from their demonstration site (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT

At least 11 Iraqi police were killed in an offensive near the city of Ramadi Friday.

At least 2,000 Gazans have been made homeless from the strikes (Said Khatib/AFP)
13:30 GMT

Israeli airstrikes left at least 12 more Palestinians in the Gaza Strip dead Friday as the death toll surpasses 100 under Tel Aviv's so-called Operation Protective Edge.

(AFP)
08:54 GMT

The United States moved Thursday to blacklist a group of companies it claimed covertly helped Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement acquire components for surveillance drones.

The ISIS flag flying above norther Iraq. (Photo: AFP)
07:32 GMT

Beddawi, particularly the neighborhood of Mankoubine, has a reputation in the last three years for being a wellspring of Lebanese jihadists.

(Ma'an News Agency)
07:20 GMT

Mahdi Hamad, Suha’s father, said that “nobody called us to evacuate the house and there aren’t any resistance members around it.”

Israel has launched more than 500 strikes on Gaza this week (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The United Arab Emirates pledged Thursday to send at least $25 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza as airstrikes from Israel continue.

July 10, 2014

De Mistura was confirmed by the UN Security Council earlier this week (AFP)
20:58 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon confirmed Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Special Envoy to Syria.

Thousands of residents left Mosul last month before ISIS claimed full control of the city (File Archive/AFP)
20:49 GMT

Sunni militants seized a military base in Iraq's Diyala province Thursday after intense fighting with forces from Baghdad.

UNSMIL was established in 2011 to help Libyan authorities establish a new government after the fall of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

The UN will reduce its staff in Libya over "unspecified security concerns."

Ali Salman, the head of the Al Wefaq opposition party, was arrested this week for meeting with Malinowski (File Archive/AFP)
18:29 GMT

Bahrain's main opposition leader was arrested for meeting with Washington's top diplomat to the country who was expelled earlier this week.

At least 88 Palestinians have died from the Israeli strikes in Gaza over the past few days (Jack Guez/AFP)
17:02 GMT

The UN's top chief called for a ceasefire to the intensifying violence in Gaza Thursday, but Israel's Prime Minister said that a ceasefire is "not on the agenda."

Many Syrians were killed in a chemical attack last August (File Archive/AFP)
16:02 GMT

At least 170,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year civil war according to a new death toll released by an activist group Thursday.

Barzani said earlier this month that measures are being taken for holding a referendum on Kurdistan's future. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

Iraqi Kurds say they will withdraw their ministers from the cabinet and cease participation in the government of Prime Minister Maliki in protest over his remarks.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague still believes that the "current negotiations are the best opportunity we have had in years to resolve this issue" on Iran's nuclear program (AFP/File).
13:06 GMT

British Foreign Secretary William Hague states that significant differences remain in the sixth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran's nuclear program.

A Palestinian child stands by her home, which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
12:28 GMT

Health officials in Gaza have confirmed that a pre-dawn air raid by Israeli forces killed five Palestinian children from the same family in Khan Younis.