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August 27, 2014

Picture distributed by the Islamic State, showing militants including a commander known as Abu Waheeb. [Mashable]
16:57 GMT

ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.

A group of Palestinian boys, one carrying the national flag, walk past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on August 27, 2014, following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. [AFP]
16:27 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under severe criticism by members of his coalition government, among others, after reaching a ceasefire deal with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

ISIS militants are targeting Shia Turkmen in Amerli. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT

Iraqi fighter jets have targeted several hideouts of ISIS terrorists besieging the town of Amerli.

Heavy fighting is continuing in the surrounding area. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT

Syrian rebels seized control of the Syrian crossing with the Golan Heights Wednesday.

The air strikes were targeting militants hiding out along the border. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on Arsal, Lebanon Wednesday.

Western countries are deeply concerned about the growing number of westerners traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT

At least fifteen Australian citizens were killed fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Lebanon also hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT

There are more than 8,000 Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, according to a new report by Lebanese officials.

The protests were calling for the end of the al-Khalifa family's rule. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT

Anti-government protesters in Bahrain were met with aggression from police forces.

Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the recent conflict. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

Palestinians across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip celebrated Tuesday night as the long-term truce went into effect, ending 50 days of violence.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian was in Jeddah for talks with Saudi government officials. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Saudi and Iranian officials met for talks for first time since Hassan Rouhani was elected president in an effort to thaw relations between the two countries.

Ongoing violence in Anbar province has forced thousands of Iraqis to flee. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

Militants with the Islamic State executed roughly 80 people in Fallujah.

Kurdish forces have been fiercely battling Islamic State militants since June. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Seven governments have pledged to provide weapons to Kurdish forces battling ISIS in Iraq.

August 26, 2014

The Yazidis are one of many groups targeted by ISIS. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay says ISIS has committed crimes against humanity by killing hundreds of Shia Iraqis.

ISIS is also demanding the release of neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT

A 26-year-old American woman is reportedly being held captive by Islamic State militants in Syria who are demanding $6.6 million random for her release.

Abbas thanked Egyptian, Qatari, and American efforts in cementing the agreement. (AFP/File)
17:47 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions. It went into effect at 7pm Tuesday.