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June 21, 2014

Top security official, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, said he narrowly escaped the attack (File/AFP)
09:24 GMT

Security officials in Lebanon are on high alert after a suicide bomber killed one and wounded 33 others on Friday, heightening concern of conflicts in Iraq and Syria spilling over into the country.

Vladimir Putin spoke with his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki via telephone to discuss the security situation (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT

Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, threw his weight behind the Iraqi government's fight against ISIL militants.

Lavrov will meet with Prince Saud Al Faisal in Jeddah Saturday (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Russia's Foreign Minister will meet with Saudi leadership Saturday in Jeddah to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria.

June 20, 2014

ISIS is in control of all but one of the key strategic border towns in the eastern part of Syria (File Archive)
21:00 GMT

Syrian-based affiliates of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) gained control of several key towns on the country's eastern border near Iraq.

Newly-recruited Shiite volunteer militiamen receive training from Iraqi forces in the city of Basra (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least 30 Shiite militiamen were killed in clashes northeast of Baghdad Friday.

It is not just the Houthis who are facing socioeconomic difficulties in Yemen: many locals in Sanaa have been protesting electricity cutoffs over the past few weeks (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Dozens of individuals have been killed over the past two days in ongoing clashes between government troops and Shiite Houthi rebels north of the capital.

An Egyptian court sentenced the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie to death earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

At least two people were killed in east Cairo Friday during a demonstration protesting the conviction of senior leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood earlier this week.

The ongoing nuclear talks between Tehran and the so-called P5+1 will resume on July second next month (File Archive/AFP)
17:25 GMT

Iran and world powers are still searching for common ground on the main issues of the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna says Tehran's Foreign Minister.

Iraqi soldiers were stationed at one of the border crossings earlier this year, but violence has forced many troops to withdraw from their posts (File Archive)
16:02 GMT

At least 34 Iraqi security forces were killed in the border town of Al Qaim Friday.

Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. is ready for "targeted" and "precise" action in Iraq to combat the growing violence in the MENA country (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Tehran said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama lacks a serious will to combat terrorism, and will inevitably as a result, heighten sectarian tensions in Iraq.

Israeli soldiers patrol the streets of Hebron in search of the missing teens Friday (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
14:43 GMT

A top Palestinian official told reporters Friday that Israel is overreacting to the disappearance of three missing Jewish teenagers from a West Bank settlement.

The mother of one of one of the Palestinian teens killed in the Israeli soldier raid weeps Friday (Hazem Bader/AFP)
13:46 GMT

A 22-year-old Palestinian youth was shot dead Friday afternoon, representing the second youth killing at the hands of Israeli soldiers in one day.

At least two people were killed in the car bomb blast Friday (Joseph Eid/AFP)
13:16 GMT

At least two people were killed in a bomb explosion in Lebanon Friday at a checkpoint in the eastern Bekaa valley, security sources reported.

The deadly attack was carried out by "The Islamic Front" in the province of Hama (File/AFP)
12:46 GMT

A car bomb killed at least 34 people and injured 50 others in the Syrian province of Hama early on Friday.

Germany's Foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said every "effort as possible" should be made to meet the July 20 deadline (File/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Germany's foreign minister pushed for talks over the Iranian nuclear program to be reached by the July 20 deadline.