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June 28, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. (Arnd Wiegmann/AFP)
07:38 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Saudi leaders in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, seeking their support for an inclusive government in Iraq.

Lebanese army vehicles carrying Lebanese soldiers are deployed on the streets of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 2, 2014 in the first stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence in the city. (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP)
07:22 GMT

Tensions have been steadily rising in the northern city of Tripoli ever since the Lebanese Army began implementing its security plan in April, drawing the ire of Islamists who say arrests have been random and unjust.

June 27, 2014

HRW said up to 190 men were executed by ISIS between 11 and 14 June (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Human Rights Watch claimed ISIS massacred at least 190 captives in the Iraqi city of Tikrit after an analysis of satellite images.

Rebels fighter stand on the images of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad (R) and his son present Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Kasab border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia. [AFP]
11:16 GMT

As the White House asked lawmakers to funnel $500 million towards moderate insurgents, Syria’s opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) late Thursday over corruption allegations, Agence France-presse reported.

A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows smoke billowing from sites targeted by Israel Air Force strike in the Gaza Strip, November 16, 2012. [AFP]
10:23 GMT

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were wounded Friday by Israeli tank shells fired in response to the detonation of a border bomb, Palestinian medics and the Israeli army said.

 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an air force pilots’ graduation ceremony at Hatzerim air base in southern Israel June 26, 2014.
10:02 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday to dismantle the Hamas-Fatah unity government after two Hamas activists were identified as main suspects in alleged West Bank kidnapping.

Lebanese authorities clamped down on terrorist cells following a suicide booming in the Duroy Hotel, Beirut on Wednesday (File/AFP)
07:15 GMT

Terrorist groups could easily strike the West, Lebanese security officials warned, following a round of bombings in Beirut this week.

Iraq's army managed to recapture the al-Alam district of Tikrit, while the remainder of the city is still under ISIL control (File/AFP)
07:00 GMT

Military forces recaptured parts of Iraq's Tikrit as the army continues to battle ISIL militants across the country.

Iraqi security officials said all fatalities were civilians (File/AFP)
06:43 GMT

Around 20 people were killed in the town of Kadhimiya, in northern Baghdad after an explosion hit an overcrowded market late on Thursday.

More than 10.8 million Syrian civilians are in need of aid (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

The United Nations Humanitarian Chief accused Damascus leadership of stalling aid deliveries to Syrian civilians in need Thursday.

June 26, 2014

More than 1,000 raids were conducted over the past two weeks in the West Bank in search of the missing youth (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Israel said Thursday that the military has officially identified two Palestinians from Hebron as the main suspects in the teen kidnapping two weeks ago.

Lebanon's parliament has failed to reach a quorum to elect a new president for nearly two months (File Archive)
19:00 GMT

Lebanon's Cabinet approved Thursday to allow the government to work without a president.

Kerry met with his MENA regional counterparts in Paris Thursday to discuss the developing Iraq crisis (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has ordered KSA authorities to "take necessary measures" to defend the Kingdom from terrorism the eve before the Arab leader is set to meet with U.S. officials on Iraq.

Lieberman says that Tel Aviv's interests regionally are converging with moderate Arab nations (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

A top Israeli official said that Tel Aviv is ready to help "moderate" Arab nations that are threatened by developments in Iraq.

Tikrit was captured by ISIS militants earlier this month (File Archive)
15:57 GMT

Baghdad launched an aerial offensive on the city of Tikrit Thursday in an effort to oust militants from the area.