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July 23, 2014

European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton following the meeting on Tuesday at which EU foreign ministers finalized their statement on Hamas and Israel (Thierry Charlier/ AFP).
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European Union foreign ministers issued a statement condemning Hamas's firing of rockets and use of civilians as human shields. The statement also condemned Israel's killing of civilians and recognized Israel's right to self-defense.

"Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself," the Maryland Democratic senator said in a statement.
07:42 GMT

US Democrats in the Senate have included $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile system in a bill amid Tel Aviv’s attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

According to U.S State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the notice to ground American flights to Israel "was issued to protect American citizens and American carriers" (Eric Thayer / Getty Images North America/ AFP)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has justified the American ban on US-Israel flights to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu based on safety concerns, but stated that the FAA would review the order within a day.

Twenty-two border guards were killed in Egypt last Saturday by unknown militants (File Archive/AFP)
06:00 GMT

Egypt's military has discovered more details on the attack last Saturday that left 33 of its border guards dead in the al-Wadi al-Gedid governorate.

Baghdad has been shelling Fallujah in an attempt to oust ISIS from controlling the Anbar city (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

At least 19 people were killed from Iraqi government airstrikes on the militant-held city of Fallujah over the past two days.

July 22, 2014

Doha's top leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Jeddah Tuesday (File Archive)
19:53 GMT

Qatar's top leader arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday in a rare visit since a major rift developed between Doha and Riyadh earlier this year.

UNRWA is hosting more than 100,000 Palestinians who have been displaced from their homes over the past two weeks (File Archive/AFP)
19:10 GMT

Israeli airstrikes targeted a school run by the United Nations refugee agency that was providing shelter to displaced Palestinians in Gaza Tuesday.

Delta Airlines was the first carrier to announce Tuesday that it had suspended all of its flights to Israel indefinitely (Karen Bleier/AFP)
18:37 GMT

Flights on several major U.S. carriers have been canceled to Israel indefinitely over security concerns.

More than 600 Palestinians have been killed in two weeks alone (Marco Longari/AFP)
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At least 46 Palestinians were killed under Israel's Operation Protective Edge Tuesday as violence enters its 15th day. More than 600 people have been killed since July eighth.

Damascus has tried to reclaim the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area repeatedly over the past year (File Archive/AFP)
16:55 GMT

Syria's capital of Damascus witnessed what has been described as some of the "fiercest fighting in months."

Turkish police are stationed at one of the country's border crossings with Syria (File Archive/AFP)
15:30 GMT

Clashes at an army outpost on the Syria-Turkey border left at least eight people dead Tuesday.

Hadi al-Bahra was supposed to succeed Ahmad Jarba in the role of president of the coalition (File Archive/AFP)
15:16 GMT

Syria's main opposition coalition announced Tuesday that it has voted to force out its interim government,.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been particularly upbeat about the possibility of success in ongoing nuclear talks (File Archive/AFP)
15:03 GMT

Iranian President Hannas Rouhani expressed optimism this week that Tehran and the P5+! will be able to reach a comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear program

The EU has included anyone linked or related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on its sanctions list (File Archive/AFP)
14:57 GMT

The European Union has voted to expand sanctions on Damascus over its "violent repression" of civilians.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters late Monday in a televised interview that he no longer speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama (File Archive/AFP)
14:47 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister told reporters Tuesday that Ankara has cut off communication with Washington's top leader due to the White House's inaction on the ongoing conflicts in Gaza and Syria.