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July 24, 2014

A trail of blood is seen in the courtyard of a UN School in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014, after it was hit by an Israeli tank shell. [AFP]
16:34 GMT

A spokesman for the UN's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza Adnan Abu Hasana said on Thursday that they had received no warning before Israeli forces shelled a Beit Hanoun school that was serving as a shelter earlier in the afternoon.

(Photo courtesy of the Royal Court).
14:21 GMT

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein supervised the dispatch of a humanitarian assistance convoy carrying food and medical supplies for Gaza on Wednesday.

Air Algerie lost contact with the plane about an hour after takeoff. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

The missing Air Algerie plane has crashed in Niger.

Two Palestinians were shot dead during protests last week. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT

Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades at demonstrators protesting the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

The flight should have landed 5am Thursday. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

Algeria's national airline says it has lost contact with a passenger plane carrying 116 people.

The three killed are the first fatalities of UNRWA aid workers in Israel's current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT

The U.N. aid agency reported that three of its workers were killed by incoming fire in Gaza.

Over 700 Palestinians have been killed during Israel's offensive. (AFP/File)
11:48 GMT

Israel slammed the UN's recent decision to investigate Israeli war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza.

Israel's Gaza offensive is now in its 17th day. (AFP/File)
10:55 GMT

Brazil has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv over Israel's Gaza offensive.

Iraq's bloodshed is often related to sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT

A shooting and bombing attack on a bus carrying prisoners to Baghdad left 51 prisoners and nine policeman dead.

Israel's Gaza offensive has lasted for 17 days and shows no signs of stopping. (AFP/File)
09:22 GMT

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza has climbed to over 700.

John Kerry insists some progress on the ceasefire was made during his trip. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel with no ceasefire to end Israel's Gaza offensive.

The FAA instituted the ban on Tuesday and extended it on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT

The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine defected from his post in Arsal, and released a video criticizing Hezbollah and assaults on Sunni youth (YouTube).
07:46 GMT

Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine released a YouTube video on Wednesday which stated that he had defected to the al-Nusra Front and criticized the military as a Hezbollah tool.

The Libyan government is struggling to defeat Libya's powerful militias. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

Libya's General National Congress is ready to hand over legislative power to a newly-elected parliament in August.

Based on a power-sharing agreement, the position of president goes to the Kurds. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

The main Kurdish blocs in Iraqi parliament have agreed on the candidacy of Fuad Masum for the next president of Iraq.