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August 12, 2014

Kurdish forces hand out water bottles to displaced Yazidi families in the Iraq-Syria border, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:30 GMT

Peshmerga forces in Iraq made significant gains against terrorist group ISIS after several days of fighting, according to Press TV.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (2nd L) shakes hands with deputy parliamentary speaker, and newly nominated Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi (R) on 11 August 2014 (Iraqi President Office / AFP).
08:12 GMT

Outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the naming of his successor as premier on Monday, charging that it amounted to a violation of Iraq's constitution.

Saad Hariri promised to help reconstruct schools, hospitals and "necessary projects" across Arsal (File/AFP)
08:05 GMT

Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri donated $15 million to help reconstruct the besieged border town of Arsal following heavy clashes between the army and militants.

A Palestinian child carries her belongings out of a UN school in Beit Lahia, August 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT

The UN Human Rights Council appointed a three-member panel, including George Clooney's fiancé Amal Alamuddin, to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.

The plane went down only meters away from a densely populated area (Atta Kenare/ AFP).
06:00 GMT

The two black boxes of an Iranian passenger plane that crashed in the country's capital, Tehran, have been found, according to Iranian officials.

The Mavi Marmara, used as part of a flotilla in May 2010 in an attempt to break the Gaza blockade, however nine Turkish nationals died when Israeli commandos boarded the ship (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT

A pro-Palestinian campaign group in Turkey plans to send aid in a flotilla of ships bound for Gaza, four years after its last attempt to break the Israeli blockade which resulted in 9 Turkish deaths.

August 11, 2014

Russian President Vladamir Putin. Talks will focus on the situation in the Middle East including Gaza, Libya, Iraq and Syria (Alexey Druzhinin /AFP).
20:00 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will travel to Sochi, Russia for two days to meet with President Vladimir Putin.

U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House defending U.S. air strikes on ISIS, explaining that `there is no timetable on operations in Iraq´ (Mandel Ngan /AFP).
18:00 GMT

President Barack Obama came under fire from his opponents in Washington on Sunday as the U.S. launched further air strikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.

Security sources confirmed that 20 suspected jihadists had been arrested due to “security concerns” (AFP/ File Archive).
17:00 GMT

Jordanian security services arrested 20 suspected jihadists with alleged ties to the Islamic State on Sunday.

 Kurdish fighters say they have liberated the Iraqi border towns of Gwer and Makhmur (Ahmad al-Rubaye / AFP).
15:21 GMT

Supported by a third day of US air strikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, Kurdish forces have carried out counterattacks claiming to have retaken two border towns.

A Palestinian woman carries her belongings out of a UN school during the latest 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:28 GMT

At least 250,000 Palestinians have been made homeless by Israel's military attacks in Gaza, according to Press TV.

Iranian rescue personnel inspecting the scene of the plane crash near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on 10 August 2014 (Rouhollah Vahdati / ISNA News Agency / AFP).
13:28 GMT

According to Iranian state media, 10 of the 48 passengers and crew on board the plane that crashed in Tehran on Sunday survived.

Syrian rescue workers search through rubble following reports of a barrel-bomb explosion by government forces, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:57 GMT

Clashes continued in Syria between the militant group Islamic State, tribesmen and government forces causing thousands of people to flee, according to Al Akbar.

Kurdish troops have been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

The U.S. has decided to directly provide weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

Syrian refugees rest on the roadside close to the Lebanon border, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT

Lebanese authorities Monday said they would consider closing the border with Syria to reduce the number of refugees entering the country.