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July 11, 2014

Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon early Friday morning (File Archive)
16:42 GMT

Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon Friday after "suspicious, unknown rockets" were fired from the country's south on the Jewish state, according to reports.

Moroccan leadership is concerned that the country will be the subject to a new wave of terror when ISIS-linked Moroccan fighters return home to the kingdom (Courtesy of Magharebia/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Morocco's government put its security services on high alert due to a reported "serious terror threat."

Syrian refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks (File Archive/AFP)
15:32 GMT

The UN refugee agency criticized Europe Friday for only welcoming a "miniscule" number of Syrians inside its borders despite the fact that refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks.

Erdgoan is expected to win re-election in August (File Archive/AFP)
13:53 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister announced this week that Ankara will not normalize ties with Tel Aviv as long anticipated if the strikes on Gaza continue.

Anti-government demonstrators previously protested in Anbar province for months until Baghdad commissioned an operation to oust them from their demonstration site (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT

At least 11 Iraqi police were killed in an offensive near the city of Ramadi Friday.

At least 2,000 Gazans have been made homeless from the strikes (Said Khatib/AFP)
13:30 GMT

Israeli airstrikes left at least 12 more Palestinians in the Gaza Strip dead Friday as the death toll surpasses 100 under Tel Aviv's so-called Operation Protective Edge.

(AFP)
08:54 GMT

The United States moved Thursday to blacklist a group of companies it claimed covertly helped Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement acquire components for surveillance drones.

The ISIS flag flying above norther Iraq. (Photo: AFP)
07:32 GMT

Beddawi, particularly the neighborhood of Mankoubine, has a reputation in the last three years for being a wellspring of Lebanese jihadists.

(Ma'an News Agency)
07:20 GMT

Mahdi Hamad, Suha’s father, said that “nobody called us to evacuate the house and there aren’t any resistance members around it.”

Israel has launched more than 500 strikes on Gaza this week (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The United Arab Emirates pledged Thursday to send at least $25 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza as airstrikes from Israel continue.

July 10, 2014

De Mistura was confirmed by the UN Security Council earlier this week (AFP)
20:58 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon confirmed Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Special Envoy to Syria.

Thousands of residents left Mosul last month before ISIS claimed full control of the city (File Archive/AFP)
20:49 GMT

Sunni militants seized a military base in Iraq's Diyala province Thursday after intense fighting with forces from Baghdad.

UNSMIL was established in 2011 to help Libyan authorities establish a new government after the fall of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

The UN will reduce its staff in Libya over "unspecified security concerns."

Ali Salman, the head of the Al Wefaq opposition party, was arrested this week for meeting with Malinowski (File Archive/AFP)
18:29 GMT

Bahrain's main opposition leader was arrested for meeting with Washington's top diplomat to the country who was expelled earlier this week.

At least 88 Palestinians have died from the Israeli strikes in Gaza over the past few days (Jack Guez/AFP)
17:02 GMT

The UN's top chief called for a ceasefire to the intensifying violence in Gaza Thursday, but Israel's Prime Minister said that a ceasefire is "not on the agenda."