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August 18, 2014

Iran is prone to earthquakes as the country is located on seismic fault lines (File/AFP)
09:49 GMT

A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook three provinces in western Iran, injuring at least 50 people. No fatalities were reported.

Lebanese soldiers stand guard in the streets of Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT

Lebanon's army requested fixed-wing aircrafts from the U.S. to support troops battling extremists in and around the border town of Arsal, an official said.

Three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.
08:24 GMT

Early on Monday morning the IDF destroyed the Hebron area West Bank homes of the suspected murderers of the three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.

Morsi is accused of collaborating with foreign organizations. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT

A Cairo criminal court lifted the media ban on former President Mohamed Morsi's trial.

Palestinian children play amongst the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza City, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT

The humanitarian situation in Gaza has worsened after more than one week of an agreed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Michael Fallon, pictured meeting British forces at the RAF base in Akrotiri, Cyprus this weekend, said the mission had escalated beyond a humanitarian one and could last for months. [RAF]
07:43 GMT

Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict: 150 more special forces on way as minister says mission will take months.

Palestinians walk in the rubble of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
07:13 GMT

Qatar announced on Saturday that it has decided to donate $1,000 to each Palestinian family whose house was destroyed during Operation Protective Edge.

The tension between the Druze and the Bedouin of Swaida dates back to the eruption of violence between the two communities in 2000. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Clashes between Druze and Bedouins in southern Syria killed 15 people.

ISIS militants killed over 700 people from rural Deir al-Zor over the past two weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (File/AFP)
06:55 GMT

Syria's air force continued to carry out dozens of strikes against ISIS militants in Raqqa Sunday, killing 31 extremists and eight civilians.

Palestinians observe the damage of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
05:23 GMT

A Hamas spokesman on Sunday accused Israel of "stalling" in ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a long-term truce in Gaza, stressing that "the ball is in the Israeli occupation's court."

August 17, 2014

An Iraqi Yazidi woman, who fled her home when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, looks at her baby as they rest inside a building under construction where they found refuge on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
17:31 GMT

Up to 3,000 women and girls kidnapped by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq in just a fortnight - and hundreds of men who refuse to convert have been shot dead.

A Syrian fighter jet flies over the northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn. [Press TV]
15:58 GMT

The Syrian army's jet fighters have launched a series of fresh aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria, killing nineteen ISIL militants and injuring tens of others.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands with Yukiya Amano , Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during a meeting in Tehran on August 17, 2014 ahead of an August 25 deadline for Tehran to answer decade-old allegations of past nuclear weapons research.
15:47 GMT

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic's defensive missile capabilities.

Fuad Masoum made the comments in his first major interview since becoming Iraq's head of state on July 24 (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT

Iraq's President Fuad Masoum said his government would make a "series of communications and initiatives" with Saudi Arabia to ensure strong ties with the kingdom.

Both Hamas and Israel said fighting would continue if no permanent ceasefire was reached (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT

Israel's communication minister said that Tel Aviv had not decided about an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Hamas.