August 12, 2014
Palestinian families continued to return home on the second day of a 72-hour ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas.
Peshmerga forces in Iraq made significant gains against terrorist group ISIS after several days of fighting, according to Press TV.
Outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the naming of his successor as premier on Monday, charging that it amounted to a violation of Iraq's constitution.
Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri donated $15 million to help reconstruct the besieged border town of Arsal following heavy clashes between the army and militants.
The UN Human Rights Council appointed a three-member panel, including George Clooney's fiancé Amal Alamuddin, to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.
The two black boxes of an Iranian passenger plane that crashed in the country's capital, Tehran, have been found, according to Iranian officials.
A pro-Palestinian campaign group in Turkey plans to send aid in a flotilla of ships bound for Gaza, four years after its last attempt to break the Israeli blockade which resulted in 9 Turkish deaths.
August 11, 2014
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will travel to Sochi, Russia for two days to meet with President Vladimir Putin.
President Barack Obama came under fire from his opponents in Washington on Sunday as the U.S. launched further air strikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.
Jordanian security services arrested 20 suspected jihadists with alleged ties to the Islamic State on Sunday.
Supported by a third day of US air strikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, Kurdish forces have carried out counterattacks claiming to have retaken two border towns.
At least 250,000 Palestinians have been made homeless by Israel's military attacks in Gaza, according to Press TV.
According to Iranian state media, 10 of the 48 passengers and crew on board the plane that crashed in Tehran on Sunday survived.
Clashes continued in Syria between the militant group Islamic State, tribesmen and government forces causing thousands of people to flee, according to Al Akbar.
The U.S. has decided to directly provide weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq.