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August 20, 2014

U.S. President Obama vowed to step up air strikes against ISIS militants (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

American air strikes continued to hit ISIS targets in northern Iraq Wednesday, an unnamed U.S. official confirmed to AFP.

Smoke rises from the Gaza Strip following an Israeli air strike, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

A Hamas spokesperson warned foreign airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv after truce talks with Israel collapsed.

Peter Greste (left) and Egyptian journalist Baher Mohamed were controversially given seven-year jail sentences for allegedly reporting misinformation during Egypt's unrest (File/AFP)
17:37 GMT

The lawyer for two Al Jazeera journalist appealed their seven-year jail terms in a Cairo court. Both reporters were jailed for allegedly fabricating news reports.

Hoshyar Zebari said ISIS militants are a threat globally, not only in Iraq (File/AFP)
17:11 GMT

Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged the international community to back and support Iraq's ongoing offensive with militant group ISIS.

Palestinian mourners gather at the funeral of two brothers killed by an Israeli air strike in Jabalia, northern Gaza, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:53 GMT

A Palestinian teen along with an 11-year-old boy were killed by Israeli strikes in central Gaza Wednesday. Six others were also injured.

Israeli forces have destroyed at least 27,000 homes in the West Bank since 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (File/AFP)
16:24 GMT

The IDF destroyed eight homes including four, which were over one hundred years old, in the Nablus village of Aqraba, a Palestinian official confirmed.

A file photo shows U.S. photojournalist James Foley in Syria prior to being kidnapped, November 5, 2012 (File/AFP)
15:03 GMT

U.S. photojournalist James Foley, was beheaded by a British national fighting for ISIS, the UK's foreign secretary confirmed Wednesday.

Lebanon's army faced an intense battle with ISIS militants in the border town of Arsal earlier this month (File/AFP)
14:32 GMT

U.S. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa said his government would continue to support the Lebanese army during a meeting with officials Tuesday.

Smoke rises from Gaza City after rockets are fired towards Israel, July 15, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:18 GMT

Four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip Tuesday reached an illegal Israeli settlement west of Ramallah, witnesses reported.

Over 2,000 Palestinians have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
13:23 GMT

At least 20 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the collapse of the ceasefire.

The Kurdish ministers have decided to rejoin the government after Maliki stepped down from his position. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT

Kurdish ministers who had previously suspended their participation in outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government have rejoined the administration.

Abdel-Fattah's decision to go on a hunger strike came after visiting his sick father in the hospital. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT

Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has started a hunger strike in jail.

The UN will begin airlifting aid on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT

The United Nations refugee agency plans to start a major humanitarian aid operation Wednesday to help displaced people in Iraq.

Iraqi forces are currently battling ISIS for control of Tikrit. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT

Fighters from the Islamic State are pushing back against a new government assault on Tikrit.

The ISIS trainer was killed in an operation carried out by Hezbollah forces, depicted below, and the Syrian army (AFP/ File Archive).
07:55 GMT

Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.