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June 18, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the country should unite against terrorism (File/AFP)
12:22 GMT

Iraq's political leaders called for national unity against ISIS extremists during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.

Israeli forces arrested dozens in retaliation to three settlers who disappeared in the West Bank (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Some 50 Palestinians who were originally released as part of a deal in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange were rearrested by Israeli forces on Wednesday.

The British embassy in Tehran was closed in 2011 after Iranian protesters stormed the building (File/AFP)
11:32 GMT

Iran welcomed the British government's decision to reopen an embassy in Tehran in a move seen to improve ties between both countries.

The 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi left 4 Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (AFP/File)
11:20 GMT

The man who helped plan the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi will face at least three federal criminal charges.

ISIS is believed to be advancing towards Iraq's capital Baghdad (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

ISIS militants attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery in Baiji, reportedly capturing 75 percent of the plant and killing five soldiers.

Rebel fighting in Deraa has increased in recent months. (AFP/File)
10:34 GMT

An airstrike by a Syrian helicopter killed at least 12 people in a refugee camp near the Jordanian border Wednesday.

Three Israeli teens recently went missing in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
09:13 GMT

Israel will begin providing West Bank settlers with transportation in an effort to prevent future kidnappings.

ISIL recently captured the Iraqi city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT

ISIL militants kidnapped nearly 60 people, including a group of Turkish construction workers, near the town of Dor.

The Iraqi army is battling militant group ISIL for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT

A series of bombings in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad killed at least 17 people and left dozens injured.

Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini expressed concern that Lebanon and the Middle East could become a "hub of terror." (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT

Over 40 countries vowed to help Lebanon combat terrorism during a conference in Rome.

Egypt's membership to the AU was on freeze during former president Mohammed Morsi's rule, but the AU has cited the country's success in electing Sisi and ratifying a new constitution as signs that it is ready to again be part of the AU (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Egypt was re-admitted to the African Union Tuesday.

June 17, 2014

Iraqi PM Maliki dismissed the top officials saying that they abandoned their "professional and military duties" (Iraqi Prime Minister's Office/AFP)
21:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister fired the country's top security forces Tuesday as bombs and violence enveloped the country for another day.

Jihadist group ISIL took over control of Iraq's city of Mosul last week (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Iraq's government blamed Saudi Arabia this week for the escalation of violence and bloodshed within its borders.

Houthis protested against Sanaa's federation plan earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Yemen's air force attacked Shiite rebels in the country's northern region Tuesday in response to the collapse of the short-lived truce between the Houthi minority and Sanaa.

Four people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in the 2012 attack (File Archive)
18:36 GMT

Washington announced Tuesday that the U.S. has captured the primary suspect of the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi that left the ambassador and three others dead