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July 15, 2014

Kerry held talks with Zarif for two consecutive days. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to save the flailing nuclear talks.

Speaker Nabih Berri says that "the followed mechanism doesn't interpret the constitution and the jurisdictions of the government amid the presidential vacuum" (AFP/File).
08:30 GMT

Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker, Nabih Berri has stated that the cabinet mechanism adopted to manage work during the presidential vacuum actually paralyzes cabinet.

A man waves the Palestinian flag during a protest in New York, July 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:58 GMT

Protesters across the world held rallies to condemn Israel's deadly attacks across the Gaza Strip as the death toll hit 190.

According to the ceasefire, Israel and Gaza must end hostilities as of 9 a.m. Tuesday. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

Israel's security cabinet accepted on Tuesday morning the ceasefire proposed by Egypt.

Israel's shelling was a response to rockets fried at Israel from south Lebanon Monday. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT

Israel shelled southern Lebanon early Tuesday morning. No casualties were reported.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called a security cabinet meeting early Tuesday morning and was expected to encourage members to accept Egypt's ceasefire proposal (AFP/ File).
07:16 GMT

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, convened the security cabinet on early Tuesday morning to discuss Egypt's proposed ceasefire agreement to end Israeli-Palestinian hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

Abdullah al-Muallami, Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the UN said that "The Security Council statement on Israel’s attack on the Gazans was not up to the expectations of its members" (AFP/ File).
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia has criticized the United Nations Security Council for failing to meet member expectations in both its statement on, and action to prevent, Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

July 14, 2014

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, for a second day to discuss Iran's nuclear program (AFP/ File).
19:00 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have held a second meeting to discuss Tehran's nuclear program on the sidelines of nuclear talks between Israel and six world powers.

The Cairo Appeals Court for Urgent Cases abrogated the ban issued in May by a lower court and said there is no evidence that the banned members were involved in corruption (AFP/ File).
18:00 GMT

An Egyptian court has lifted the ban on members of former president Hosni Mubarak's political party from running for parliament, as there was no constitutional stipulation requiring this.

31 Hezbollah fighters were wounded, while the resistance party captured 14 fighters from the Nusra Front and Islamic Battalion (AFP/ File).
16:03 GMT

Seven Hezbollah and 32 Syrian rebels died, whilst 50 were wounded in clashes on the Syria-Lebanon border that occurred on Saturday and Sunday.

Investigations are underway in coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon to “identify the perpetrators and arrest them” (AFP/ File).
15:08 GMT

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has described the firing of rockets from Southern Lebanon into northern Israel on Sunday night a “serious violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.”

16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir was burned alive. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

Israel has charged three Jewish individuals with the kidnapping and killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian.

Hamas says it has carried out at least one drone surveillance mission that went undetected by Israelis. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

Hamas announced Monday that it has carried out a successful drone surveillance mission over Tel Aviv.

Shiite fighters in Baghdad are preparing for an ISIL advance. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT

Militants from ISIL have taken partial control of the town of Dhuluiyah, just 80 kilometers north of Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT

A car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 4 civilians and wounded 12 others Monday.