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August 16, 2014

Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to Tfail in April. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT

The mayor of Tfail said Saturday that the Syrian army ordered residents to evacuate in 48 hours before the military shells the tiny eastern border village in Lebanon.

Lebanese army tanks deploy in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:07 GMT

French authorities are seeking to provide the Lebanese army with used weapons under a $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Saturday.

ISIL militants have killed at least 500 members of the Izadi ethnic minority of Iraq over the past days. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

Iraq’s Kurdish officials say ISIL Takfiri militants have massacred around 100 members of the Izadi (Yazidi) minority in a village in the north of the country.

Ninety-six Palestinians were released in Jerusalem Friday, part of nearly 600 who have been detained since the start of the conflict. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israel released 96 Palestinian prisoners in Jerusalem Friday who were part of nearly 600 arrested in relation to protests over murdered Palestinian teen, Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

August 15, 2014

Gaza death toll hit 1,980 Friday as serious injuries become fatal. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT

The death toll in Gaza reached 1,980 Friday, which officials attribute to a lack of medical supplies and facilities for the critically wounded.

Witnesses report militants captured the muezzin and shot him in front of his mosque in Rawlawla, Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:15 GMT

Almost a dozen ancient Shiite shrines and mosques were destroyed by Isis militants in western Iraq.

Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam spoke to an Arsal delegate Friday and vowed to find solutions for the depleted town's growing refugee population.
13:48 GMT

After a bloody battle between the Lebanese army and Syrian militants in Arsal, Lebanon PM Salam spoke Friday about rebuilding the town and addressing a growing number of Syrian refugees he said were partially to blame.

The Kerem Shalom crossing is set to open Friday to allow humanitarian aid through. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT

With peace treaties being discussed, Israeli authorities have announced plans to open the Karem Shalom crossing to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza.

Islamic Jihad has reported a reached peace agreement with Israel. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT

The Islamic Jihad has announced a planned truce agreement with Israel at the end of the five-day ceasefire brokered by Egypt. Agreement will include the end of Israeli offensive and the expansion of fishing zone and imports in Gaza.

Amid international pressure, Maliki agreed to step down as PM of Iraq. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT

In a nationally televised address, Maliki agreed to step down as Iraq's PM, and welcomes the newly-nominated Abadi,

The violent clearing of Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda squares is one of the bloodiest incidents in Egypt's modern history. (AFP)
05:00 GMT

At least six were killed Thursday and tens arrested as police suppressed demonstrations organized by Islamists across Egyptian cities to mark the anniversary of last year's mass killings of protesters.

August 14, 2014

Feras Abu Inil, 13, walks past an apartment block in the northern Gaza strip that was all but destroyed in four weeks of clashes between Israel and Hamas, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP)
18:57 GMT

Deputy secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziad al-Nakhaala said on Thursday that a long-term ceasefire that would include the lifting of the siege on Gaza would be announced soon.

US President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to help rescue thousands of civilians besieged by jihadists on an Iraqi mountain, as an MP warned they would not survive much longer. (AFP)
18:33 GMT

Thousands of Izadi Kurds have been killed or displaced since the ISIL terrorists attacked the mountainous Sinjar region in northern Iraq.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-led National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) called for protests on Thursday to commemorate the anniversary of the violent dispersal of the Rabaa and Nahda protest camps last year. (AFP)
15:44 GMT

A supporter of toppled President Mohamed Morsy was killed during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood members and security troops on top of Nahya bridge near Mohandessin district in Giza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks next to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a joint press conference on July 22, 2014 at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. (AFP)
15:10 GMT

Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department.