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August 17, 2014

Chief Palestinian negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmad said he was "optimistic" about reaching a long-term peace agreement with Israel (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT

Palestinian and Israeli delegations are due to resume negotiations Sunday for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, according to AFP.

A boy walks passed street art critical of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT

At least ten suspected militants were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes over eastern and southern parts of Yemen, a local official confirmed.

Libya is grappling with rising insecurity since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in Tripoli.

Many of the victims were beheaded by ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT

ISIS extremists in Syria executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat tribe, while 1,800 people remain missing, according to a British-based monitoring group.

Palestinian patients in the hospital after the building was shelled by the IDF. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Dozens of families who fled their homes during the Israeli offensive on Gaza took refuge in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, and informal tent communities have sprung up amid houses now reduced to rubble.

August 16, 2014

The two militia groups played a key role in the uprising that toppled the country’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP)
21:46 GMT

Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in the Libyan capital of Tripoli shortly after the new UN envoy announced plans to visit the country soon for ceasefire negotiations.

The head of the Al-Wafd Party El-Sayed Al-Badawi, who last year traveled to Sudan to discuss the situation in Egypt with high ranking officials. (AFP File Photo)
18:20 GMT

A number of political parties that came into being after the 2011 revolution have said that they are in serious negotiations to join the electoral alliance led by the country's oldest liberal party, the Wafd Party.

Palestinian delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
17:50 GMT

Sources in the Islamic Jihad and Hamas indicated that the Egyptian proposal does not meet the current demands of the Palestinian people and that therefore it is highly unlikely they will accept it.

An LAF tank outside Arsal. (AFP)
14:22 GMT

Lebanese PM Tammam Salam reassured relatives of kidnapped soldiers and police officers Saturday that the state was exerting all efforts possible to secure the release of their loved ones.

Afghan police officers stand guard at an Army checkpoint in December 2013, shortly before the US withdrawal. (AFP)
14:07 GMT

At least three Afghan policemen have been killed when US-led foreign forces launched an airstrike in Afghanistan’s northern province of Parwan.

Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to Tfail in April. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT

The mayor of Tfail said Saturday that the Syrian army ordered residents to evacuate in 48 hours before the military shells the tiny eastern border village in Lebanon.

Lebanese army tanks deploy in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:07 GMT

French authorities are seeking to provide the Lebanese army with used weapons under a $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Saturday.

ISIL militants have killed at least 500 members of the Izadi ethnic minority of Iraq over the past days. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

Iraq’s Kurdish officials say ISIL Takfiri militants have massacred around 100 members of the Izadi (Yazidi) minority in a village in the north of the country.

Ninety-six Palestinians were released in Jerusalem Friday, part of nearly 600 who have been detained since the start of the conflict. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israel released 96 Palestinian prisoners in Jerusalem Friday who were part of nearly 600 arrested in relation to protests over murdered Palestinian teen, Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

August 15, 2014

Gaza death toll hit 1,980 Friday as serious injuries become fatal. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT

The death toll in Gaza reached 1,980 Friday, which officials attribute to a lack of medical supplies and facilities for the critically wounded.