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June 8, 2014

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers unexpectedly stormed the East Jerusalem village while the wedding took place (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

One person was injured on Friday when Israeli stun grenades hit a wedding celebration in East Jerusalem, a spokesman said.

June 7, 2014

The fighting brought the death toll up to 59 in Mosul, making it another bloody day in Iraq (File/AFP)
19:26 GMT

Over 59 people were killed in clashes between militants and Iraqi security forces Saturday.

Dozens of students are believed to have been held hostage by the ISIL militant group (File/AFP)
15:34 GMT

Iraqi security forces attacked militants in a university after the gunmen stormed the campus, holding staff and students hostage.

Hezbollah's leader called the recent Syrian elections "historic" and said no political solution could be reached without President Assad (File/AFP)
15:08 GMT

Hasan Nasrallah said during a speech Friday that Lebanon shouldn't rely on Saudi-Iranian talks to solve the election of a new president.

The UN estimates that 480,000 Iraqis have been made homeless by ongoing violence in Anbar (File/AFP)
13:10 GMT

The UN has voiced concern over 480,000 people, forced to leave their homes in Iraq's Anbar province where clashes between tribesmen and militants have displaced thousands.

Ten out of a total of 48 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT

An Egyptian criminal court handed down 10 death sentences to pro-Morsi supporters, accused of inciting violence.

An estimated 7,500 Syrian women are believed to have been raped, according to the Syrian National Coalition (File/AFP)
11:11 GMT

Syrian opposition members believe over 7,500 women were raped in the continuing three-year conflict.

Around 125 Palestinian inmates are believed to have been on hunger strike over the past six months to protest conditions in Israeli prisons (File/AFP)
07:00 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the deteriorating health of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike for over a month in Israeli prisons.

Infighting between Al-Nusra Front and ISIS militants in Syria caused further bloodshed across the country (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Syrian branch of militant group ISIS has reportedly made gains towards Iraq, where they could unite with their counterparts across the border in the troubled Anbar province.

June 6, 2014

Palestinians strongly criticized the announcement, calling it "disgraceful" (File/AFP)
16:14 GMT

Australia's government announced Thursday that it would not refer to Jerusalem as occupied, describing the word as "judgmental language." Palestinian officials criticized the move.

Adly Mansour approved a number of laws on Thursday including a new anti-sexual harassment law (File/AFP)
15:47 GMT

Interim President Adly Mansour signed a set of legislative measurers as he prepared to leave office Thursday.

At least seven people were killed in 37 others injured in the blasts (File/AFP)
13:35 GMT

Two bomb blasts killed at least seven people and injured 37 others in the northern Iraqi village of Tahrawa, police sources confirmed.

Palestinian fishermen look on at an Israeli police vessel beside the Rafah shore in Gaza (File/AFP)
11:40 GMT

Israel's navy forces opened fire at fishing boats off the coast of Gaza, Friday.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won 96.91 percent of Egypt's votes when results were announced on Tuesday (File/AFP)
11:12 GMT

An American delegation will attend Egypt's presidential ceremony for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo, a U.S. diplomat confirmed.

Bashar al-Assad's army is expected to make further gains, after his victory in the re-election this week (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT

Bashar al-Assad's army regained control of a town close to Damascus Friday, according to SANA news agency.