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June 11, 2014

The banking crisis started last Wednesday with Hamas-affiliated police officers preventing PA employees from collecting their wages (AFP/ File).
13:06 GMT

Banks in the Gaza Strip are reopening following the stalemate over salaries for Hamas employees of the former Gaza government.

Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as militants captured Mosul (File/AFP)
12:27 GMT

Iraqi forces backed by tribal residents retook parts of Kirkuk in a battle with militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in Deir al-Zor killed over 634 people since April 30 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT

Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's offensive in the oil-rich Deir al-Zor province killed at least 634 people and displaced over 130,000 others.

Abdel Fattah is accused of protesting illegally. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

A Cairo court sentenced prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in prison for protesting illegally.

Robert Ford said cooperating with Assad "would not benefit American security." (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT

U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford, urged for "moderate opposition fighters" in Syria to be armed accordingly, while he said America will not engage with Bashar al-Assad.

A group of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons have been hunger striking for the past 48 days. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

Palestinian prisoners who are hunger striking remain steadfast in their mission. A statement released by the hunger strikers says they will continue "until victory or martyrdom."

Violence in Iraq has caused hundreds of thousands to flee. (AFP/FIle)
09:39 GMT

Hundreds of thousands flee Mosul after jihadist militants seize city.

Anti-government demonstrations have swept the country since 2011. (AFP/File)
08:07 GMT

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep concern over the Bahraini government's crackdown on political dissidents.

Iran and the U.S. have held multiple talks in Geneva to discuss Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

The U.S. and Iran have finished their two-day nuclear talks in Geneva.

The Libyan government has been unable to control powerful militias causing chaos across the country. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has agreed to a truce during Libya's upcoming election.

ISIL has carried out numerous bombings and shootings inside Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Militants of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and parts of the northern province of Kirkuk.

An astounding 99.3% of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed in some form. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Multiple sexual harassment cases have caused Egyptians to plan an anti-sexual harassment protest on Saturday.

June 10, 2014

Sexual assaults in Tahrir Square are incredibly common. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has asked Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim to combat the country's sexual assault crisis.

Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki called for a state of emergency after terrorists took control of Nineveh province, Tuesday (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Two bombs exploded close to a funeral in the Iraqi city of Baquba, killing 20 and injuring several others, security officials say.

People fleeing Nineveh province wait to enter the Kurdish controlled parts of northern Iraq (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Nouri al-Maliki has asked Iraq's parliament to declare a state of emergency after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levent took control of Nineveh province.