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08:10 GMT

Approximately 70 Ethiopians escaped from a detention center in Riyadh, despite the center´s being heavily monitored by surveillance cameras.

Syrian opposition fighters that took part in battles against Syrian government forces in the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood of Aleppo. (AFP)
07:43 GMT

The Lebanese Army Intelligence apprehended seven Syrian nationals while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.

An Israeli soldier keeps watch next to the security fence standing on the Gaza border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/Said Khatib)
07:15 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called for the release of a soldier Israel Defense Forces said was kidnapped by Hamas after a 72-hour cease-fire was broken.

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06:59 GMT

Lebanon has handed over DNA samples from relatives of 20 citizens killed in a July 24 Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, a foreign ministry source told Agence France-Presse on Friday.

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06:44 GMT

A U.S. Senate report on the questioning of terrorist suspects shows techniques were used that were "contrary to our values," President Obama said Friday.

August 1, 2014

Rockets were fired from Lebanon toward Israel last month, breaching a 2006 resolution restricting armed Hezbollah presence in the area. (AFP/File)
19:27 GMT

After being detained last month, Hussein Izzat Atwe will be released with charges of unlicensed weapons and firing rockets at Israel.

While Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki currently controls Iraq in a 'caretaker capacity,' he did not win the Kurdish and Sunni votes needed for new Cabinet. (AFP/File)
18:50 GMT

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari says Maliki is mainly to blame for the country's struggle with ISIS militant invasion.

Only hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped broker a 72-hour ceasefire, both Hamas and Israel resumed fighting.
18:01 GMT

International tensions rise as Israel blames Hamas for breach, continues shelling in southern Gaza, and searches for missing soldier.

The northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been under ISIS control since early July, the group has since driven out Christians and terrorized the city's remaining residents.
16:47 GMT

Local source reports ISIS has ordered gendered classrooms in universities in Mosul, declaring morning and early afternoon hours for female students, and afternoon and evening hours for male.

Hours after it began, a 72-hour ceasefire falls apart in Gaza. (AFP/Mohammad Abed)
16:04 GMT

After a 72-hour ceasefire disintegrates hours after starting, Hamas and Israel disagree on which side breached first. While Israel says Hamas killed two soldiers and abducted another after the ceasefire began, Hamas claims both incidents occurred while sides were still fighting.

Claiming 729 lives so far, many fear the current Ebola crisis in West Africa could spread worldwide.
14:59 GMT

In an attempt to prevent the possible spread of the rising Ebola virus into Lebanon, the country's Labor Ministry said work permits from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia will be halted, and symptom examinations will be conducted at the Beirut airport upon passenger arrival.

Authorities in Lebanon are conducting investigations into six militants thought to be part of ISIS and the Nursra Front. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT

Lebanese authorities have arrested a woman with an explosive belt in Al-Ayrounieh, Lebanon, and continue to investigate six suspected members of ISIS and Nusra Front.

The IDF says destroying the series of tunnels from Gaza into Israel is a priority regardless of the stance of a ceasefire, the missing soldier is believed to have been taken during one such tunnel mission. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
13:39 GMT

Amid a crumbling ceasefire, Israeli soldier goes missing during an IDF mission to destroy tunnel pathways from Gaza to Israel.

Over 1,600 Iraqis were killed in July alone. (AFP/File)
12:29 GMT

At least ten people were killed in multiple bombings around Baghdad Friday.

A 72-hour ceasefire was recently brokered but reportedly broken by Israel after a few hours. (AFP/File)
10:48 GMT

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has invited Palestinian authorities and Israeli authorities to Cairo for truce talks.