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July 13, 2014

Iraq's parliament must quickly pick a new speaker of parliament, president, and prime minister. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

Iraq's parliamentary session Sunday ended after 30 minutes and without progress.

At least seven Algerian soldiers were killed Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
13:34 GMT

At least three Algerian soldiers and their four auxiliaries were killed by roadside bombs Sunday.

Over 100 Palestinians have died in Israel's recent air strikes on Gaza. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

Pope Francis calls for peace in Gaza as Israel continues air strikes.

Over 1000 Palestinians have been injured since the Israeli offensive began in Gaza (File/AFP)
12:00 GMT

Medical workers in Gaza struggled to cope with the high number of civilian casualties caused by Israeli air strikes in recent days as the Palestinian death toll topped 151 people.

Israeli security looks on as Palestinian Muslim worshipers (unseen) perform traditional Friday noon prayers along a street outside the Old City in East Jerusalem, on July 11, 2014, on the second Friday of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. [AFP]
11:49 GMT

Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on Sunday and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers, witnesses told Ma'an.

Rebel groups who were involved in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi have refused to lay down their arms and continue to harass civilians and government officials. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT

Intense fighting has erupted in Libya's Tripoli.

At the moment, Libyan officials are not aware of the demands of the oil port guards. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT

Protesters in Libya have shut down the national oil port of Brega, days after the government celebrated its reopening.

The UN estimates that 77 percent of Palestinian fatalities have been civilians (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT

The UN on Saturday called for a ceasefire between Tel Aviv and Hamas as an Israeli cabinet minister said the army was ready for a ground invasion.

Members of Iraq's security forces stand guard in Baghdad, April 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:49 GMT

Gunmen killed at least 33 people including 29 women in a Baghdad housing complex Saturday. Police said the motive of the shootings still remained unclear.

Lebanese Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has urged protesters to open the roads they blocked throughout the week against Lebanese Army threats to do so by force (AFP/File).
07:33 GMT

Lebanon's Minister for Justice, Ashraf Rifi has urged Bab al-Tabbaneh residents in Tripoli to show self-restraint, claiming local political and security forces have manipulated their protests for personal political gains.

A Gazan woman holds an injured child in Rafah's al-Najar hospital, July 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:28 GMT

Over 21 Palestinians were killed after fresh Israeli air strikes in Gaza late Saturday, bringing the death toll to 151, with at least 1000 people injured.

Iranian officials hope Kerry's presence will help solve remaining differences. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna to join the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on as he speaks during a press conference at the defense ministry in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on July 11, 2014. [AFP]
00:57 GMT

Netanyahu: We can’t allow Gaza in Judea and Samaria; we are weighing all possibilities and are prepared for all possibilities.

July 12, 2014

A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza strip into Israel, on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:48 GMT

Three rockets fired from south Lebanon hit northern Israel, triggering retaliatory artillery fire on the Lebanese border village of Zebqin, a security source told The Daily Star Saturday.

Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:22 GMT

Northern Gazans are being removed from northern Gaza and other areas from which rockets are being fired senior army source says; source adds that Hamas psychological warfare shows that it has been pushed into a corner.