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July 22, 2014

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled Mosul after ISIL threats this week (File/AFP)
12:38 GMT

The UN has denounced ISIL's treatment of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and called on the country's government to do more against the militant group.

"There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable," the left-wing minister told Army Radio. [AFP]
12:08 GMT

Left-wing justice minister says IDF operation in Gaza is "unavoidable"; Kerry meets Egyptian leaders in Cairo in attempt to forge resolution to conflict between Israel, Hamas.

Israeli infantry soldiers patrol near the border with the Gaza Strip on July 22, 2014. [AFP]
11:14 GMT

An Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and presumed dead, local media quoted the Israeli regime as saying on Tuesday, two days after the Islamist Hamas group announced they had captured a soldier during clashes.

A screenshot shows Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a recent video (File/AFP)
11:13 GMT

Thousands have been displaced in Boko Haram raids across Nigeria, while the country's government tried to downplay the crisis.

A member of the Libyan security forces inspects the destruction at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014 after Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by rival fighters. [AFP]
09:38 GMT

Clashes between Libyan army troops and anti-government militia groups in the eastern city of Benghazi have left 16 people dead and 81 injured.

More than 700 Syrians were killed in the past 48 hours with clashes between pro-government forces and ISIS militants (File/AFP)
09:23 GMT

Syrian opposition fighters have expelled ISIS militants from various parts of Damascus after sustaining heavy losses in other parts of the country.

A cellphone captured the moment a Palestinian man lay on the rubble injured, prior to being shot dead by the IDF (Image: ISM)
08:59 GMT

A video of an Israeli sniper shooting, injuring then killing a civilian in the Gaza Strip has went viral as the Palestinian death toll continues to rise.

A Palestinian man looks at copies of the Koran as he inspects the rubble of a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli military strike, on July 22, 2014 in Gaza City. [AFP]
08:24 GMT

Over a dozen Palestinians were killed overnight and early Tuesday as Israeli warplanes and artillery targeted Palestinian homes in Gaza, as the major offensive continued for a 15th day.

Foreign security guards keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in a compound in Kabul on July 22, 2014.  [AFP]
07:20 GMT

Afghan forces have killed at least 38 Taliban militants during operations in different parts of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours.

Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery cannons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian enclave, on July 21, 2014. [AFP]
07:07 GMT

Two IDF soldiers were killed on Monday in clashes with Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip, the IDF announced on Tuesday morning. The number of Israeli military fatalities since the start of the ground operation stands at 27.

A Palestinian man carrying UN-supplied aid. Up to 100,000 Palestinians have been displaced since the start of Israel's offensive in Gaza (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
06:57 GMT

The United Nations sent 115 metric tonnes of aid comprising mattresses, blankets and hygiene kits from Dubai to Amman on Monday for onward distribution to families in Gaza displaced by Israel's military offensive.

 US president says efforts must be made to end fighting, "stop the deaths of innocent civilians." [AFP]
06:49 GMT

Amid rising death toll on both sides, US president says efforts must be made to end fighting, "stop the deaths of innocent civilians."

Palestinian medics from Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital react while body bags with the remain of ten children arrive on July 21, 2014 after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City killed 11 people, including five children. [AFP]
06:31 GMT

Israeli artillery shelling and airstrikes across the Gaza Strip killed 23 Palestinians over only two hours late Monday, bringing the day's death toll to over 100.

The UAE wants Al Jazeera to apologize for allegedly publishing fabricated news that the UAE´s foreign minister offered to pay for Israel´s offensive in Gaza (Shutterstock).
05:00 GMT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash has demanded that news network Al Jazeera apologize for publishing fabricated news that the UAE offered to pay for Israel´s offensive in Gaza.

July 21, 2014

The plan for a new capital city, due to Cairo´s traffic congestion and growing population, was discussed in a cabinet meeting last week (Shutterstock).
19:44 GMT

The Egyptian government is considering a plan to build a new administrative capital city due to Cairo´s traffic congestion and rising population.