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August 3, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with Defense Minister (unseen) at the defense ministry in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on August 2, 2014. [AFP]
06:55 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells the White House "not to ever second guess me again" by forcing on Israel a ceasefire with Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

The IDF spokesman on Sunday morning announced the death of  of IDF officer Lt. Hadar Goldin, who fell in battle inthe Gaza Strip on Friday.
06:37 GMT

Family receives official notification of death from IDF; special board decided to declare his death based on medical, halachic considerations and evidence that he died in battle in Gaza.

August 2, 2014

An Israeli artillery fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave on August 2, 2014. [AFP]
18:29 GMT

Israeli media said on Saturday that the Israeli military was unilaterally withdrawing from Gazan urban centers and re-deploying near the border in a move that suggested a limited ground re-occupation of the Gaza Strip for the foreseeable future.

A medic stands among bodies which have been placed hastily in a walk-in vegetable fridge in Rafah, Gaza. Other images are too graphic to publish in full. Hamas admitted today it may have seized - but did not kill - the Israeli soldier whose alleged kidnapping yesterday morning left a 72-hour truce in tatters. [AFP]
18:08 GMT

New photos from Gaza show bloodied bodies piled high in a walk-in vegetable fridge as a fresh wave of violence engulfs the region, where Israel and Hamas have traded furious accusations over who is to blame.

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi looks on as he delivers a speech in Cairo.
13:47 GMT

"Hamas is not interested in an accommodation," official says on condition of anonymity; Fatah delegation set to fly to Cairo for talks; following breakdown of Friday truce, Hamas officials from Gaza will not attend.

Palestinian relatives carry the body of two month old Noor al-Saidy, killed during attacks on the Gaza Strip, during her funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on August 2, 2014. [AFP]
13:39 GMT

Israel has killed more than 150 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the past 24 hours after Tel Aviv falsely claimed that the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, had captured one Israeli soldier.

Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP).
08:10 GMT

Approximately 70 Ethiopians escaped from a detention center in Riyadh, despite the center´s being heavily monitored by surveillance cameras.

Syrian opposition fighters that took part in battles against Syrian government forces in the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood of Aleppo. (AFP)
07:43 GMT

The Lebanese Army Intelligence apprehended seven Syrian nationals while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.

An Israeli soldier keeps watch next to the security fence standing on the Gaza border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/Said Khatib)
07:15 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called for the release of a soldier Israel Defense Forces said was kidnapped by Hamas after a 72-hour cease-fire was broken.

(AFP)
06:59 GMT

Lebanon has handed over DNA samples from relatives of 20 citizens killed in a July 24 Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, a foreign ministry source told Agence France-Presse on Friday.

United States President Barack Obama stated that "we crossed a line...And we have to, as a country, take responsibility for that so hopefully we don't do it again in the future" (AFP/File).
06:44 GMT

A U.S. Senate report on the questioning of terrorist suspects shows techniques were used that were "contrary to our values," President Obama said Friday.

August 1, 2014

Rockets were fired from Lebanon toward Israel last month, breaching a 2006 resolution restricting armed Hezbollah presence in the area. (AFP/File)
19:27 GMT

After being detained last month, Hussein Izzat Atwe will be released with charges of unlicensed weapons and firing rockets at Israel.

While Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki currently controls Iraq in a 'caretaker capacity,' he did not win the Kurdish and Sunni votes needed for new Cabinet. (AFP/File)
18:50 GMT

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari says Maliki is mainly to blame for the country's struggle with ISIS militant invasion.

Only hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped broker a 72-hour ceasefire, both Hamas and Israel resumed fighting.
18:01 GMT

International tensions rise as Israel blames Hamas for breach, continues shelling in southern Gaza, and searches for missing soldier.

The northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been under ISIS control since early July, the group has since driven out Christians and terrorized the city's remaining residents.
16:47 GMT

Local source reports ISIS has ordered gendered classrooms in universities in Mosul, declaring morning and early afternoon hours for female students, and afternoon and evening hours for male.