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June 26, 2014

Israel's president-elect Reuven Rivlin has been a staunch supporter of illegal settlement construction in the West Bank (AFP)
14:42 GMT

Tel Aviv's so-called "hawkish" president-elect said this week that "he is willing" to meet with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Salwa Bugaighis had been at the forefront of revolutionary demonstrations against Gaddafi's regime in 2011 (Image: vitalvoices.org)
14:23 GMT

Salwa Bugaighis, a prominent woman's rights lawyer, was shot dead in her home by hooded gunmen in Libya, security officials confirmed.

Sanaa's aerial offensive, in cooperation with the U.S drone program in the country, is building anti-government and anti-U.S. sentiment in Yemen nationwide (File Archive/AFP)
13:48 GMT

Gunmen who are allegedly linked with Al Qaeda raided a Yemeni airport Thursday

Over a hundred Palestinians have been injured since Israeli forces launched a wide scale search operation for three missing settlers in the West Bank (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT

A 78-year-old Palestinian woman died from lung failure and a heart attack after Israeli forces raided her home in el-Arrub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

Abu Qatada was found not guilty of plotting terrorist attacks but will continue to be held by Jordanian authorities on separate charges (File/AFP)
12:38 GMT

Radical preacher Abu Qatada has been found not guilty by a Jordan court of terrorism offences, but will remain in custody on separate charges.

The Hatra temple was featured in the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist (Image: Skyscrapercity)
12:05 GMT

A pre-Christian temple has been overrun by ISIS militants in Iraq as Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, issued a warning to the radical Sunni group.

A bomb exploded at the Duroy hotel Wednesday. (AFP/File)
09:14 GMT

A would be suicide bomber is being interrogated in Beirut for his role in the hotel suicide bomb that happened Wednesday.

Over 500,000 people fled Mosul after ISIL violence erupted in the region three weeks ago (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned of food shortages as violence between ISIS and Iraqi forces intensifies.

Wednesday's suicide bombing was the third to hit Lebanon this week (File/AFP)
07:51 GMT

Security officials in Lebanon tightened security across the country after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a hotel to avoid arrest, bringing the total number of bombings to three this week.

Numerous protests at Egypt's universities have led to an increased presence of police forces. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

A new presidential decree mandates that university heads and deans will now be directly appointed by President Sisi.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled to the Kurdish region. (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT

Thousands of Iraqis have fled Christian areas as ISIL militants attack northern Iraq.

Sectarian violence has reduces many parts of Iraq's capital to rubble (File Archive)
06:00 GMT

At least nine people were killed and 20 injured in various attacks near Iraq's capital Wednesday.

Tunisia currently runs under an interim government until elections are held in October (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Tunisia will hold parliamentary elections on October 26.

June 25, 2014

Rogue general Khalifa Haftar has recruited troops to implement his anti-Islamist campaign across Libya, particularly within the eastern part of the country (File Archive)
21:00 GMT

Three Libyan soldiers died Wednesday in clashes with Islamists in the city of Benghazi.

Kerry met with Iraq's leadership earlier this week ahead of his meeting with Riyadh royalty Friday (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
20:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Riyadh Friday to meet with Saudi Arabia's leadership about the developing crisis in Iraq.