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July 16, 2014

Relatives of the four boys - all from the same family, mourn during the funeral in Gaza City, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
23:12 GMT

Four Palestinian boys were killed while they played football on the beach by Israeli shelling from naval boats in a horrific strike witnessed by AFP journalists.

De Mistura previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Syria's newly appointed UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura will meet with the Security Council Friday in the latest effort to end the ongoing conflict.

Approximately 300,000 refugees in Turkey live in the country's border camps (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Turkey may force Syrian refugees to leave the country's city centers in Ankara's latest move to "deal" with the influx of refugees in the country.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was officially sworn in for a third term in office Wednesday despite highly disputed polls (SANA/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least four people were killed and 22 wounded from an attack on Syria's capital following the inauguration ceremony of President Bashar Al Assad Wednesday.

More than 1550 people have been injured from strikes on Gaza within the past nine days (AFP)
16:12 GMT

Hamas officially rejected a proposed ceasefire deal with Israel Wednesday as the death toll surpassed 200.

More than 250 cases of sexual harassment were recorded in less than two years, including sexual assaults en masse in the capital's Tahrir Square (File Archive)
15:44 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced nine men to lengthy jail terms Wednesday for assaulting women, representing the longest sentences since Cairo authorities criminalized sexual harassment.

Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri made the proposal in exchange for forming a cabinet that ensures the interests of his movement (AFP/ File).
14:17 GMT

Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri proposed a two year presidential term for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in return for forming a cabinet that meets the interests of Hariri's party.

President Assad was re-elected on June 3 in an election that was widely disputed by the international community. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term.

A soldier examines the remains of a rocket fired from Israel into the south of Lebanon, December 29, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:16 GMT

Lebanese security forces clamped down on rocket attacks into Israel after the Jewish state retaliated with heavy artillery shelling in the south of the country.

Fired Defense Minister Danny Danon responded defiantly  by saying that he would not come in line with “the spirit of leftist feebleness of the prime minister” (Photo courtesy of Flickr).
09:57 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Tuesday following criticism from Danon and others for accepting the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

The blast took place in Baghdad's Sadr City. (AFP/File)
09:53 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed in two car bombs in Baghdad.

Iraqi forces have been battling Sunni insurgents since June. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT

Iraqi forces withdrew from Tikrit after a failed attempt to retake the city from Islamic State militants.

Libyan officials expressed fear that militants could try to take over the country's capital, Tripoli (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT

Libyan militants in Iraq and Syria are returning back home to fight a breakaway militia group led by rogue ex-general, Khalifa Haftar, security officials say.

ISIL militants are believed to have killed a leader of rival group, al-Nusra Front in the east of Syria (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Rival militant groups continued to clash in Dayr al-Zawr, eastern Syria on Tuesday. ISIL fighters pushed out al-Nusra Front members, along with other armed groups.

The number of fatalities has now exceeded the number of deaths during the 2012 conflict. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT

The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has now reached over 200.