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June 22, 2014

Syrian regime fighters battle with rebels in the Qalamoun mountains earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
16:08 GMT

Syrian government forces, with the support of Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, attacked rebel areas in the foothills of the Qalamoun mountains Sunday.

A suicide bomber attacked Lebanon's Baalbek region over the weekend (Joseph Eid/AFP)
14:58 GMT

Lebanon's military intelligence arrested five people in Baalbek yesterday with alleged ties to "planning a major terrorist plot" in the country.

Yemeni protestors gather in the capital Sunday in front of the president's residence in criticism of what they see if the government's failure to contain the growing Houthi rebel advance on Sanaa (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
14:06 GMT

At least 17 police officers were injured during an ambush near Yemen’s capital Sunday in ongoing clashes between Sanaa and the minority Houthi Shiite rebels.

The Golan Heights has been hit relatively frequently by cross-fire from the Syrian conflict (File Archive/AFP)
13:20 GMT

Cross-border fire from the ongoing conflict in Syria left one teenage boy dead in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Sunday.

The demonstrators originally planned to protest outside of the presidential palace, but security forces prevented them from doing so. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT

Egyptian police arrested 22 anti-government protesters in Cairo Sunday.

The Iraqi military is battling ISIL for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:31 GMT

An air strike carried out by the Iraqi military has killed at least 40 ISIL militants in Tikrit.

Frequent bombings in certain parts of Beirut and other Lebanese neighborhoods have caused multiple countries to issue travel advisories. (AFP/File)
10:52 GMT

The UAE has reissued a travel advisory for Lebanon, warning their citizens not to travel to Lebanon in light of recent attacks.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled the violence in Anbar province. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

Militants with the ISIL have seized the town of Rutba in Iraq's Anbar province.

Al-Qaeda militants frequently target Yemeni security forces. (AFP/File)
09:05 GMT

A senior Yemeni army officer was shot dead in front of his home by suspected al-Qaeda militants.

Israel has been repeatedly bombing the Gaza Strip and West Bank since the Israeli teens went missing. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

Two more Palestinians were killed during raids in the West Bank as Israelis continue their search for three missing teens.

Those arrested were originally suspected of being involved in Friday's car bomb. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

Lebanese authorities have released 13 people suspected of having links to terrorist groups and of being involved in the recent car bomb attack.

Kerry is traveling to Europe and the Middle East this week to discuss the recent crisis in Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with newly elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-SIsi on Sunday.

Russia's FM Sergei Lavrov met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud bin Faisal Saturday in Jeddah (SPA/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Saudi's Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal said that his Russian counterpart is ready to support a peaceful transition in Syria Saturday.

June 21, 2014

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with world powers for the next round of nuclear talks on July second (Dieter Nagl/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a report this weekend confirming Tehran's commitment to the interim nuclear deal it signed with world powers late last year.

The Syrian government also launched airstrikes on the city of Aleppo over the weekend (Baraa Al Halabi/AFP)
18:07 GMT

The Syrian government launched an air attack on an eastern Syria town controlled by the jihadist linked ISIS.