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July 8, 2014

Jordan's armed forces are between 150,000 and 200,000 (File Archive)
15:22 GMT

Jordan officially launched a recruitment drive Tuesday in an effort to boost its ranks to combat the jihadist militant threat from neighboring Iraq.

Bomb attacks in Iraq's capital have left civilians wounded or dead almost daily over the past year (File Archvie/AFP)
13:51 GMT

At least eight people were killed north of Iraq's capital Tuesday as Baghdad officials attempt to counter the jihadist offensive sweeping the country.

A Palestinian man examines damage to his car in an Israeli "price tag" attack (File/AFP)
12:24 GMT

Two Palestinian men were killed after an Israeli settler ran them over in what is believed to be another revenge attack.

The Iraqi army has been battling ISIL and other Sunni militants for control of multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT

The Iraqi military is building fortifications near Baghdad in preparation for an ISIL advance.

British citizens were recently pictured in a propaganda video by terrorist group ISIL (File/AFP)
11:00 GMT

Muslim leaders in the UK called for unity and urged British citizens not to travel to Iraq and Syria and join terrorist groups such as ISIL.

As Egypt's new president, Sisi is tasked with fixing Egypt's ailing economy. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi donated 500,000 Egyptian pounds to a bank account opened to receive donations for the ailing economy.

Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.

A Yemeni soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Sanaa (File/AFP)
09:02 GMT

Heavy clashes between Shia Houthi rebels and Sunni tribesmen backed by government forces erupted in northern Yemen.

Muhammed Abu Khdeir's body was found badly burned in the outskirts of Jerusalem (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT

The family murdered Palestinian teen, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, said on Monday they "refused to welcome" condolences from the former Israeli president, Shimon Peres, for their son.

There are an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon (File/AFP)
07:34 GMT

Forty-five thousand Syrian refugees were removed from the UNHCR's registry and verification program in Lebanon because they "failed to keep in contact", according to a spokesperson.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have risen over the killing of three Jewish teens and one Palestinian teen. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT

Israel is calling up its reservist forces as tensions with Palestinians increase.

Sources say the Gaza International Airport was heavily bombed. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israeli fighter jets are launching a series of new airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

July 7, 2014

A recent cut in energy subsidies has caused fuel prices to rise. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT

The Egyptian army will send buses to the streets to help transport civilians.

Egyptian subsidies are being cut in an effort to help the Egyptian economy. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has defended cuts to Egyptian subsidies.

The session is set to focus on the government formation process. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Iraq's new parliament delayed a key session scheduled for Tuesday.