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July 3, 2014

A Danish ship arrives in southern Italy on July 2, 2014 prior to the transfer and destruction of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons (File/AFP)
10:34 GMT

The Pentagon confirmed the full transfer of Syria's chemical weapons to an American vessel off the Italian coast.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands with member of the UN Security Council in Geneva, November 24, 2013 (File/AFP)
09:54 GMT

Russia remained optimistic about meeting the July 20 deadline with Iran over a nuclear deal with other UN Security Council members.

The rebel groups singled out recent military gains by ISIS in northern Aleppo province, calling them a “threat to the Syrian revolution.”
08:32 GMT

Rebels in the north and east of Syria have vowed to lay down their arms if they don’t receive help to fight Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS, as an offensive by a leading Islamist faction targets the militants in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been arrested since ousted leader Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year (File/AFP)
08:31 GMT

Leader and spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, was arrested in Cairo after Egyptian forces raided his home.

Two journalists were among the injured in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem (File/AFP)
07:50 GMT

At least 170 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli army following the abduction and killing of a 16-year-old boy in East Jerusalem, Wednesday.

Airstrikes between Gaza and southern Israel are quite frequent, but the latest round comes in part as a response to Netanyahu's plan to target Hamas in Gaza (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday evening.

July 2, 2014

The Iraqi government is trying to establish a new government to handle the ongoing crisis, but failure to reach quorum earlier this week has undermined prospects that such will be achieved in the given timeline (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki extended amnesty to Sunni tribes that battled government forces over the last months during a parliamentary session Wednesday.

The Salafist movement gained momentum and expanded its reach in Tunisia under Ennahda leadership following the oust of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

At least four Tunisian soldiers were killed from land mines Wednesday in their offensive on jihadists in the country's northwest region.

Maliki issued a warning to Kurdish leadership Wednesday saying that holding an independence vote "will damage them a lot" (File Archive)
18:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has rejected Kurdish leadership's plan to hold an independence referendum, saying that such a vote would be "unconstitutional."

Ajnad Misr, or the Soldiers of Egypt, claimed responsibility for Monday's bombings, but authorities have arrested members from Ansar Beit Maqdis instead (Mohamed El Shahed/AFP)
17:19 GMT

At least four members of the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Maqdis were arrested by Egyptian authorities Wednesday over this week's palace bombings.However, another militant group, Ajnad Misr, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Tuesday.

Israeli forces have continued to crack down on Palestinians after the missing teens' bodies were found earlier this week (Jafaar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Israeli forces demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli police officer in April. Several were injured in clashes that erupted in response to the demolition.

ISIS declared the establishment of an Islamic State on Sunday (Welayat Salahuddin/AFP)
15:11 GMT

Top leaders among Jordan's jihadist movement denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's declaration of a caliphate earlier this week.

Most of the personnel killed over the past six months are from Yemen's army (File Archive/AFP)
14:04 GMT

At least 374 Yemeni security force personnel have died this year in Sanaa's offensives, including attacks on Al Qaeda, this year.

Syrian rebels have been intensely fighting ISIS in parts of the Aleppo province, as well as in Raqa and Deir Ezzor (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT

Syrian rebels will lay down their arms within the next week if they do not receive support from the exiled opposition to fight against the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

Lebanon's army patrols the streets of Tripoli (File/AFP)
13:16 GMT

Four people were injured Wednesday when an unknown assailant on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade into a coffee shop in Tripoli. One of the wounded is believed to be in critical condition according to sources.