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August 4, 2014

An injured child awaits treatment in a makeshift hospital following government shelling in Douma, Aug 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:37 GMT

Over 44 people were killed in and around Damascus Sunday after clashes between government forces and rebels, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At least 11 Lebanese soldiers were killed in Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT

The Lebanese army continues to battle militants in Arsal in spillover violence from the war in Syria.

Israel declared a seven-hour ceasefire on Monday after worldwide outrage of another UN school bombing in Gaza (File/AFP)
07:10 GMT

The Gaza death toll continued to rise on the 28th day of Israel's offensive. Over 10,000 people have been injured while the death toll stands at 1,822.

Most Western countries have evacuated their embassies because of the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

More than 20 people have been killed in fighting between two armed groups in Tripoli as they battle for control of the international airport.

Investigators gather evidence at the crash site of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 in Mali's Gossi region, on July 29, 2014. (AFP/Sia Kambou)
05:00 GMT

A Lebanese delegation sent to Mali to investigate the crash of the Air Algerie flight arrived back in Beirut Sunday, saying that efforts to transport the victim’s remains and test DNA samples were far from over.

August 3, 2014

The Palestinian unity government raises hands at the Ismail Haniyeh center before fighting broke out in Gaza. (Said Khatib/AFP)
19:37 GMT

Palestinian factions have agreed on a single list of demands to be discussed in Cairo during talks to end Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip.

A wounded Palestinian child cries while receiving medical care at a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday following an Israeli military strike (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
17:33 GMT

A senior official form the Palestinian resistance movement has called on the United Nations and other international bodies to break their silence on Israeli crimes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Lebanese troops deploy in the border town of Arsal on March 19th after reopening the main road out of town, which had been sealed off by residents of the neighbouring town of Labweh. (AFP)
17:09 GMT

The Nusra Front denied Sunday involvement in the Arsal clashes in east Lebanon, and said detained battalion commander Imad Jomaa was not a member.

State of Iraq and the Levant's al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters driving on a street in the northern Syrian City of Homs. (AFP Photo)
16:44 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has captured two northern Iraqi towns, Zumar and Sinjar, and a nearby oil field after a battle with Kurdish forces

The LAF dismantle a car rigged with explosives in Arsal. (AFP PHOTO).
15:47 GMT

Gen. Jean Kahwagi Sunday said attacks on Arsal were premeditated, refuting claims that the militant attack was driven by the detention of Imad Jomaa.

Palestinians collect human remains from an UNRWA school bombed earlier in the week (File/AFP)
13:29 GMT

Israeli forces hit another UN school in the Gaza Strip killing at least 11 people, according to a spokesman. The school had been sheltering thousands of Palestinian families fleeing Israeli attacks.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (on the phone) on July 25, 2014, from his hotel room in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. [AFP]
12:22 GMT

A recent report shows Israel spied on US Secretary of State John Kerry during failed talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Over 729 people have been killed by the deadly Ebola virus across four countries (File/AFP)
11:09 GMT

The Dubai-based airline, Emirates, suspended all flights to Guinea in West Africa over concerns of the deadly Ebola virus, which killed 729 people.

A Lebanese army tank drives to the entrance of Arsal, near the Syrian border, Aug 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:13 GMT

Eight soldiers from Lebanon's army were killed in overnight clashes with gunmen across the town of Arsal, close to the Syrian border.

Israeli forces bombed Gaza's sole power plant earlier this week, causing mass electricity shortages (File/AFP)
09:44 GMT

Egyptian authorities announced an increase of electricity supplies to Gaza after Israeli forces bombed the Strip's sole power plant earlier in the week.