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June 22, 2014

Kerry is traveling to Europe and the Middle East this week to discuss the recent crisis in Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with newly elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-SIsi on Sunday.

Russia's FM Sergei Lavrov met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud bin Faisal Saturday in Jeddah (SPA/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Saudi's Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal said that his Russian counterpart is ready to support a peaceful transition in Syria Saturday.

June 21, 2014

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with world powers for the next round of nuclear talks on July second (Dieter Nagl/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a report this weekend confirming Tehran's commitment to the interim nuclear deal it signed with world powers late last year.

The Syrian government also launched airstrikes on the city of Aleppo over the weekend (Baraa Al Halabi/AFP)
18:07 GMT

The Syrian government launched an air attack on an eastern Syria town controlled by the jihadist linked ISIS.

Egypt labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist group" late last year (File Archive)
16:00 GMT

Global human rights watchdog Amnesty International slammed Egypt Saturday over its decision to sentence more than 180 Muslim Brotherhood members to death.

Israeli soldiers have been deployed to the Palestinian West Bank en masse in search of the three missing Israeli teens who allegedly disappeared from their settlement in Gush Etzion (Abbas Momani/AFP)
14:00 GMT

At least 370 Palestinians have been detained within the past week alone as Israeli forces conduct widespread raids across the West Bank in search for the three missing Israeli teens.

At least 17 militants were killed from infighting in Iraq's city of Kirkuk over the weekend (Karim Sahib/AFP)
13:20 GMT

At least 17 militants were killing in infighting in Iraq's Kirkuk province, and ISIS has captured a key Iraq-Syria border crossing.

The Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie is among those sentenced to death by the Minya court in Egypt (Mohamed El Shahed/AFP)
12:50 GMT

A Minya Criminal Court upheld its ruling from earlier this week which sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, including the group's top leader and Supreme Guide to death.

Robert Serry called for "restraint" as Israel's mass arrest campaign enters the eighth day (File/AFP)
10:01 GMT

The UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, condemned Israel's arrest campaign against Palestinians, in search for three missing teenagers.

While several houses were ransacked, no arrests were made (File/AFP)
09:48 GMT

Clashes erupted in the West Bank city of el-Bireh as Israeli troops raided the city in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Over 500,000 Iraqis were displaced when ISIL overthrew the city of Mosul (File/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Around one million Iraqis have been uprooted from their homes ever since ISIL militants launched attacks in the country, according to UNHCR.

Top security official, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, said he narrowly escaped the attack (File/AFP)
09:24 GMT

Security officials in Lebanon are on high alert after a suicide bomber killed one and wounded 33 others on Friday, heightening concern of conflicts in Iraq and Syria spilling over into the country.

Vladimir Putin spoke with his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki via telephone to discuss the security situation (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT

Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, threw his weight behind the Iraqi government's fight against ISIL militants.

Lavrov will meet with Prince Saud Al Faisal in Jeddah Saturday (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Russia's Foreign Minister will meet with Saudi leadership Saturday in Jeddah to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria.

June 20, 2014

ISIS is in control of all but one of the key strategic border towns in the eastern part of Syria (File Archive)
21:00 GMT

Syrian-based affiliates of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) gained control of several key towns on the country's eastern border near Iraq.