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June 13, 2014

The Al Qaeda affiliated group was behind a number of killings in Lebanon in recent months (File/AFP)
12:41 GMT

A Syrian refugee was killed while two others were kidnapped in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley by militants from radical group, Al Nusra Front.

In 2013, there was a 70 percent hike in Israeli settlement activity (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT

Israel's government is pushing ahead with plans to build 1,083 settler units in the occupied West Bank, according to the Jerusalem Post, Friday.

ISIL terrorists vowed to overthrow Iraq's capital Baghdad in the coming days (File/AFP)
11:05 GMT

ISIL militants took control of two towns in the Diyala Province late on Thursday, two days after capturing Nineveh.

Around 80 Turkish nationals were kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq (File/AFP)
07:00 GMT

Turkey's finance minister Mehmet Simsek on Thursday said the kidnapped nationals being held in Iraq by militants are a "top priority" for his government.

Extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are believed to be advancing towards Baghdad, late on Thursday (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hundreds of Iraqis have reportedly rushed to join the country's forces against ISIL militants who have advanced towards Baghdad.

June 12, 2014

A Palestinian man lies injured after being caught in clashes in southern Lebanon (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

A military judge in Lebanon sought the death penalty for 31 Palestinians accused of violence during clashes in April.

Iraqi families fleeing violence in Nineveh Province wait at the northern Kurdish border (File/AFP)
18:56 GMT

President Hasan Rouhani said Thursday that Iran would not tolerate violent militant groups stemming in Iraq as over 500,000 people fled Nineveh Province.

Bashar Assad announced a prisoner amnesty after winning Syria's elections (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Thousands of prisoners will allegedly be released in Bashar Assad's announcement of a prisoner amnesty, a pro-government newspaper reported.

Nadim Nuwara, 17, was shot by Israeli snipers at close range as he walked down the street (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Autopsy reports showed that Palestinian teen Nadim Nuwara, who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Nakba Day, was killed by live ammunition.

Iraq is facing intense violence as militants attempt to take over multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The U.S. is preparing to send major arm shipments to Iraq because of recent instability in the country.

Iraq edges closer to chaos as ISIL militants overtake key cities and Iraqi forces flee their posts. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT

Iraq's parliament failed to reach a quorum needed to vote on a request for a state of emergency.

The Syrian government retook control of almost all of Homs in May. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

A car bomb in Homs has killed at least seven people Thursday.

Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts and fled Mosul upon the arrival of ISIL fighters. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Kurdish security forces have seized the city of Kirkuk as militants head towards Baghdad.

Egypt's new president, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, was recently inaugurated after winning 96% of the vote. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

Egypt's new cabinet will meet Monday to discuss implementing President Sisi's initiatives.

Ban Ki-moon said terrorism must not be allowed to succeed in undoing Iraq's democratic process. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to support the Iraqi government in its fight against militants.