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August 13, 2014

Mubarak was overthrown in a popular uprising in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:04 GMT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived in court Wednesday to attend his trail on murder charges.

Up to 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's assault on Gaza, most of them civilians (File/AFP)
11:50 GMT

Five people including two journalists were killed after an unexploded Israeli missile blew up in the northern Gaza Strip. Six others were also critically injured.

Haidar Al-Abadi is widely expected to unify Iraq's Kurds, Shia and Sunni groups (File/AFP)
10:47 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah congratulated Haider Al-Abadi on becoming the next prime minister of Iraq, expressing hope that Sunnis, Shia and Kurds would be unified.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the advances in Aleppo were partly a result of the decision by the Islamist Dawud Brigade to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
10:45 GMT

Militants from the Islamic State have taken control of a string of villages in Syria's Aleppo province.

A total of 69 Palestinians were arrested across East Jerusalem and the West Bank, early Wednesday (File/AFP)
09:40 GMT

Israeli forces arrested 57 Palestinians in overnight raids across East Jerusalem, while 12 were arrested in the West Bank, an official confirmed.

Abadi was picked by Iraq's Shia bloc on Monday. (AFP/File)
09:24 GMT

A bomb exploded near the house of Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi.

Mourners hold the Palestinian flag at Mohammad Abu Khdeir's funeral in East Jerusalem, July 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:26 GMT

A settler who set fire to and killed Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdeir, allegedly confessed to murdering the boy, which was aired on Israel TV Monday.

Lawmakers are seeking to to overcome confrontation between between two armed factions. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

Libya's new parliament agreed that the next president would be elected by popular vote.

US Air Force Capts. step to their aircraft for an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2014. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. [AFP]
07:08 GMT

Despite the presence of thousands of American troops in Iraq, US President Barack Obama has approved the deployment of 130 more “military advisers” to northern Iraq.

Palestinian children wounded by Israeli air strikes in the al-Shati refugee camp lie on hospital stretchers, August 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:56 GMT

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), will next month begin investigating Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip after a panel was appointed Monday.

Palestinian women mourn the death of a relative killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza (File/AFP)
05:42 GMT

Up to 1,951 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza as a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continued for the third day, while mediation talks resume in Egypt.

Maliki has yet to step down despite calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi says current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will continue to play a role in Iraq's newly formed government.

August 12, 2014

Libya struggles with rising insecurity. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

The police chief in Libya's Tripoli was gunned down Tuesday.

Thousands of Yazidis remain stranded in the Sinjar mountains after fleeing militants. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT

A helicopter delivering aid crashed Tuesday in Iraq's Sinjar mountains.

Abadi was nominated for the position of Prime Minister, but current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has yet to step down. (AFP/File)
18:13 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi received the approval and support of both the U.S. and Iran after his nomination.