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August 20, 2014

Smoke rises from Gaza City after rockets are fired towards Israel, July 15, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:18 GMT

Four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip Tuesday reached an illegal Israeli settlement west of Ramallah, witnesses reported.

Over 2,000 Palestinians have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
13:23 GMT

At least 20 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the collapse of the ceasefire.

The Kurdish ministers have decided to rejoin the government after Maliki stepped down from his position. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT

Kurdish ministers who had previously suspended their participation in outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government have rejoined the administration.

Abdel-Fattah's decision to go on a hunger strike came after visiting his sick father in the hospital. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT

Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has started a hunger strike in jail.

The UN will begin airlifting aid on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT

The United Nations refugee agency plans to start a major humanitarian aid operation Wednesday to help displaced people in Iraq.

Iraqi forces are currently battling ISIS for control of Tikrit. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT

Fighters from the Islamic State are pushing back against a new government assault on Tikrit.

The ISIS trainer was killed in an operation carried out by Hezbollah forces, depicted below, and the Syrian army (AFP/ File Archive).
07:55 GMT

Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

Palestinians counted 35 bombardments in the coastal enclave on Tuesday (AFP/ File Archive).
07:37 GMT

The Israeli army has resumed air strikes in Gaza as attempts to create a permanent truce failed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that there were at least 20,000 non-Syrians among ISIS (AFP/ File Archive).
07:19 GMT

The number of ISIS militants fighting against the Syrian government amounts to more than 50,000, according to a UK-based NGO.

A file photo shows journalist James Foley resting in Sirte, Libya, September 29, 2011 (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT

Missing American photojournalist James Foley, was allegedly beheaded by ISIS militants in a video clip released on YouTube.

August 19, 2014

Palestinian rescue workers search through rubble for the three-year-old child, who was later found dead, August 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
23:58 GMT

Three Palestinians including a toddler were killed and many others injured by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, medical officials said.

460 aid workers were affected by attacks in 2013. (AFP/File)
19:18 GMT

Humanitarian aid workers are being attacked and killed at record rates.

Militants from the Islamic State have been terrorizing Iraqi citizens and taking control of major Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has strongly condemned ISIS in recent statements.

Over 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Israel has launched air strikes against Gaza and recalled its negotiators from Cairo after three Palestinian rockets hit southern Israel.

Iraqi forces are attempting to retake control from Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Iraqi government forces have launched a major operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS militants.