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August 11, 2014

Smoke billows from a petrol depot, which was set ablaze following clashes between rival rebel groups near Tripoli's airport (File/AFP)
07:42 GMT

Clashes between rival militias in Libya's capital continued on Sunday while the UN attempted to broker a ceasefire between both sides.

A medic carries an injured Palestinian child into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:19 GMT

Hospitals in Gaza are lacking supplies and struggling to cope with the high number of Palestinian casualties injured by Israeli air strikes, according to Press TV.

The decision came after an increase in violence following U.S. air strikes. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

The U.S. State Department has relocated some of its staff members from the Kurdish city of Irbil and Baghdad.

The mother and the sisters of Mohammed Khalil al-Anati, a 11-year-old Palestinian who was reportedly shot dead by Israeli soldiers, mourn during his funeral on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
06:22 GMT

A 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt went into effect at midnight Monday, hours after Israeli bombings killed four Palestinians and armed groups fired rockets toward Israel.

Newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Ermine wave at supporters from the balcony of the AKP party headquarters during the celebrations of his victory in the presidential election vote in Ankara on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
05:12 GMT

Outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will witness “a new era” during his tenure as the new president of the country.

August 10, 2014

Demonstrators take part in a pro-Yazidi rally on August 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. [AFP]
17:25 GMT

Militants in north-western Iraq have buried women and children alive during their offensive against the Yazidi ethnic minority, according to Iraq’s minister for human rights.

A Palestinian man mourns over the body of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by an Israeli military strike during his burial ceremony at a mosque in the town of Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip early on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
17:15 GMT

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire on Sunday, according to AFP.

Thousands more remain trapped atop the mountain. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT

Kurdish forces aided thousands of Yazidis in fleeing Mount Sinjar Sunday.

Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinians in the West Bank, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:11 GMT

A 11-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being shot by Israeli forces while he played in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv on August 10, 2014. Israel will not return to talks to end the conflict in Gaza while Palestinian militants continue cross-border rocket attacks, Netanyahu said. [AFP]
13:00 GMT

Operation Protective Edge will continue until quiet is returned, and Israel will not negotiate under fire, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Tel Aviv.

Roughly 300 Yazidi women were kidnapped as slaves. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Militants of the Islamic State have killed at least 500 Yazidis and buried them in mass graves.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech where he outlined a plan for military action, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Barack Obama said U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Iraq would be a "long-term project" following the aftermath of thousands of ethnic Yazidis fleeing violence in the north-western Sinjar mountain range.

Iran's security forces stand beside wreckage of the plane near Tehran's Mehrabad airport, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:31 GMT

An Iranian plane crashed Sunday near the country's capital, Tehran, killing at least 40 people including several children.

A Syrian refugee sits in the back of a pick-up truck as it drives through the Bekaa Valley, Aug 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:07 GMT

Refugees who spent two nights stranded in their trucks with minimal supplies were finally allowed back into Syria, the country's ambassador to Lebanon confirmed.

Palestinian boys sift through rubble from a mosque after an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat, Aug 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:30 GMT

Three Palestinians were killed overnight including a 13-year-old girl following Israeli raids over Rafah and Khan Younis.