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July 17, 2014

Militant group ISIL has been engaged in a deadly battle with Iraq's forces and other splinter groups (File/AFP)
08:25 GMT

A Saudi "mufti" who joined militant group ISIL has been killed by Iraq's armed forces during an air raid in Tikrit, according to a news site.

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry on the so-called swearing-in ceremony of Syrian regime's President Bashar Assad” (AFP/ File).
08:12 GMT

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea ridiculed Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday following Assad's swearing-in ceremony as president.

Over 1,600 people have been injured since the conflict began ten days ago. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT

The death toll in the besieged Gaza Strip has reached 227.

A view from southern Israel into Gaza during the ceasefire (Menahem Kahana/ AFP).
07:24 GMT

Israel on Wednesday agreed to temporarily halt its assault on Gaza to come into effect on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Two Palestinians and a Lebanese man were arrested in connection with rocket attacks towards Israel (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT

Palestinian factions are not interested in drawing Lebanon into the current Israel-Gaza conflict, a senior Hamas official said Wednesday.

Libya's capital airport has been under attack for the past four days (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Rocket fire targeted Libya's main international airport for a fourth straight day Wednesday.

July 16, 2014

Relatives of the four boys - all from the same family, mourn during the funeral in Gaza City, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
23:12 GMT

Four Palestinian boys were killed while they played football on the beach by Israeli shelling from naval boats in a horrific strike witnessed by AFP journalists.

De Mistura previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Syria's newly appointed UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura will meet with the Security Council Friday in the latest effort to end the ongoing conflict.

Approximately 300,000 refugees in Turkey live in the country's border camps (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Turkey may force Syrian refugees to leave the country's city centers in Ankara's latest move to "deal" with the influx of refugees in the country.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was officially sworn in for a third term in office Wednesday despite highly disputed polls (SANA/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least four people were killed and 22 wounded from an attack on Syria's capital following the inauguration ceremony of President Bashar Al Assad Wednesday.

More than 1550 people have been injured from strikes on Gaza within the past nine days (AFP)
16:12 GMT

Hamas officially rejected a proposed ceasefire deal with Israel Wednesday as the death toll surpassed 200.

More than 250 cases of sexual harassment were recorded in less than two years, including sexual assaults en masse in the capital's Tahrir Square (File Archive)
15:44 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced nine men to lengthy jail terms Wednesday for assaulting women, representing the longest sentences since Cairo authorities criminalized sexual harassment.

Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri made the proposal in exchange for forming a cabinet that ensures the interests of his movement (AFP/ File).
14:17 GMT

Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri proposed a two year presidential term for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in return for forming a cabinet that meets the interests of Hariri's party.

President Assad was re-elected on June 3 in an election that was widely disputed by the international community. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term.

A soldier examines the remains of a rocket fired from Israel into the south of Lebanon, December 29, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:16 GMT

Lebanese security forces clamped down on rocket attacks into Israel after the Jewish state retaliated with heavy artillery shelling in the south of the country.