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June 12, 2014

Iraq is facing intense violence as militants attempt to take over multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The U.S. is preparing to send major arm shipments to Iraq because of recent instability in the country.

Iraq edges closer to chaos as ISIL militants overtake key cities and Iraqi forces flee their posts. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT

Iraq's parliament failed to reach a quorum needed to vote on a request for a state of emergency.

The Syrian government retook control of almost all of Homs in May. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

A car bomb in Homs has killed at least seven people Thursday.

Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts and fled Mosul upon the arrival of ISIL fighters. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Kurdish security forces have seized the city of Kirkuk as militants head towards Baghdad.

Egypt's new president, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, was recently inaugurated after winning 96% of the vote. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

Egypt's new cabinet will meet Monday to discuss implementing President Sisi's initiatives.

Ban Ki-moon said terrorism must not be allowed to succeed in undoing Iraq's democratic process. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to support the Iraqi government in its fight against militants.

Checkpoints are a frequent target in Libya. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

Two army officials have been killed in a suicide attack at an army checkpoint.

Members of the ISIL recently took over the city of Mosul in Iraq and are continuing their siege. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

Turkey's foreign minister says Turkey will retaliate if any Turkish national recently abducted by militants in Iraq are harmed.

Nearly 500,000 people have fled the recent violence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

The ISIL continues to advance in Iraq, recently taking the city of Tikrit. A spokesman for the organization has instructed the militants to march towards Baghdad.

Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad says that Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun was “patriotic, non confessional and believes in the resistance" (AFP/ File).
05:00 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad has voiced his support for Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun amidst Lebanon´s ongoing presidential vaccum following Michel Suleiman´s departure from the position on May 25.

June 11, 2014

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that "there can be a few hundred centrifuges, but the Iranians want thousands" (AFP/ File).
20:00 GMT

France´s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says that Iran must maintain access to only a few hundred centrifuges to overcome the impasse in nuclear talks between Iran, Germany and UN Security Council permanent member states.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has held an emergency meeting with the Undersecretary of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT) and Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay to discuss the situation (AFP/ File).
19:00 GMT

Militants have seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, taking 48 people to a militant base.

Palestinian teens Mohammad Abu Thaher and Nadim Nuwara were shot dead by Israeli snipers as they walked down the street (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

The body of a 17-year-old teen who was shot dead by Israeli snipers while he walked down the street on Nakba Day will be exhumed for investigation.

Muqtada al-Sadr said in a statement that he was ready to create "peace units" to defend holy sites (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Prominent Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, called for a formation of a new force to help defend religious sites from militants in Iraq, Wednesday.

Bashar Assad said there is a need for "dialogue" to obtain peace in Syria (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Bashar Assad urged Syrians to support the country's government and insisted that people "trust the state and its president".