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Iraqi Shiites clean the grave of a relative at one of the world's biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf, on July 29, 2014, during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (AFP / HAIDAR HAMDANI)
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Iraqi Shiites clean the grave of a relative at one of the world's biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf
Ongoing clashes between rival militias has made the country increasingly unstable. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
Egypt is doubling the staff on the borders between Libya and Tunisia to help Egyptians safely exit Libya.

July 29, 2014

Libya has been grappling with rising insecurity ever since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT
The Canadian government has pulled its diplomatic mission out of Libya because of the country's "unpredictable security environment."
Egyptian activists delivered LE2.3 million worth of medical aid to Gaza on Friday. (AFP/File)
16:56 GMT
A new shipment of food and medical aid provided by the Egyptian army reached the Rafah border crossing on its way to Gaza.
Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT
More than 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday alone.
Libya's interim government has appealed for international help to put out the fire. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT
Officials in Libya say a huge fire has spread to a second oil tank in Tripoli.
Fuel tanks beside Gaza´s main power plant intensify the resulting fires, sending heavy smoke into the air (Mahmud Hams /AFP).
13:00 GMT
A main power plant in Gaza was struck on Tuesday sending dark clouds of smoke into the air, following a night of heavy attacks from Israel.
Israel Defense Forces on 29 July 2014 firing at one of the 70 Gaza targets struck overnight (David Buimovitch, AFP).
12:10 GMT
The Israel Defence Forces struck over 70 targets in Gaza overnight, including the home and offices of Ismail Heniyeh, head of Hamas's political wing and the al-Aqsa television and radio stations.
A tribute for one of the Lebanese victims of the Air Algerie crash at Ouagadougou Airport in Mali (Sia Kambou /AFP).
11:26 GMT
French authorities have asked for Lebanon's permission to transfer the Lebanese deceased from the Air Algerie plane crash to Paris to conduct DNA testing and compare remains with sample´s taken from victims´ families.
Egyptian security forces killed Faisal Seliman of the armed group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis after he allegedly tried to attack security forces with an explosive device whilst being arrested (File Archive / AFP).
09:59 GMT
The Egyptian Ministry of Homeland Security stated that security forces killed one of the most "dangerous" members of the militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis on Sunday, during an arrest operation.
A Palestinian man in front of a Gaza mosque after it was shelled by the Israel Defence Forces on 29 July 2014. The day before saw at least 26 Palestinians and nine Israeli soldiers killed (Mahmud Hams /AFP).
09:02 GMT
On the start of day 22 of Israel´s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, the day before saw 26 Palestinians killed by Israeli night strikes and nine Israeli soldiers killed in mortar and tunnel attacks.
Whilst Libya has denied that any Egyptians were killed in Sunday´s rocket attack in Tripoli, Egypt has nonetheless advised all its citizens in the area to immediately evacuate (Mahmud Turkia / AFP).
08:09 GMT
Libyan authorities informed the Egyptian foreign Ministry on Monday that despite earlier reports, no Egyptians were killed in the Tripoli rocket attack reported on Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon in Tel Aviv on 28 July 2014. Netanyahu stated that the Gaza offensive may be "long-lasting" (Gil Cohen-Magen /AFP).
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a prolonged offensive in Gaza on Monday, following the deaths of at least five Israeli soldiers the same day.
An Israeli soldier in one of the tunnels that the Israel Defense Force discovered. The Hamas spokesperson, Mushir al-Masri, vowed Hamas would dig more (Jack Guez/ AFP).
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Hamas spokesperson Mushir al-Masri stated that Israel has destroyed "only a fraction" of the organization´s tunnels.
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City early on July 29, 2014. Bloodshed in and around Gaza surged Monday with a strike killing eight Palestinian children and a mortar shell leaving four dead in Israel, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
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Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City early on July 29, 2014. Bloodshed in and around Gaza

July 28, 2014

Empty shells resulting from Israel´s offensive in Gaza. The IDF´s chief spokesperson Brigadier General Motti Almoz said on Monday that the current: "situation is an unlimited truce" (David Buimovitch/ AFP).
20:00 GMT
On Monday the Israel Defense Force declared an "unlimited truce" in Gaza, but reserved the right to attack if fired upon.
Smoke billowing from an oil depot on 28 July 2014 near the Tripoli airport, resulting from some of the most violent clashes since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was overthrown in 2011 (Mahmud Turkia /AFP).
17:06 GMT
The international community is calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya amid growing violence between armed Islamist groups and soldiers loyal to the Libyan government.
A Sheikh leads a prayer on 28 July 2014, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, in the heavily damaged Al-Faruq mosque, in Rafah, Gaza (Said Khatib /AFP).
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The start of Eid al-Fitr has seen reduced fighting in the Gaza strip, following the United Nations Security Council´s call for an immediate ceasefire.
Pope Francis made a desperate plea for peace in Middle Eastern conflicts: 'I ask you with all my heart, stop please.' (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT
In weekly address, Pope Francis makes a desperate call to end Middle East fighting, especially in Gaza and Israel
Crowds rallied in Ttripoli, Lebanon to express solidarity with Sunni prisoners being held during Eid-al-Fitr. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:21 GMT
Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon call for the release of Sunni militants held for fighting related to the Syrian war.
Shiites will celebrate Eid-al-Fitr on Tuesday this year, where Sunnis are celebrating on Monday (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
Sunnis and Shiites will celebrate Eid-al-Fitr one day apart this year.
ISIS militants continued to gain more ground in Syria last week, reportedly capturing the city of Hassakeh as of Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:07 GMT
The Observatory for Human Rights reported ISIS militants have advanced to and captured the city of Hassakeh from government forced on Sunday. According to UN human rights investigators, more Syrian rebel fighters are defecting and pledging allegiance to ISIS.
Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama called for an "immediate, unconditional" ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity nearly three years after the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT
Several countries have advised their nationals in Libya to leave the country immediately amid clashes.
Lebanese and Israeli border (Shutterstock).
05:00 GMT
Amal MP Qassem Hashem said Sunday that rockets being launched from southern Lebanon into Israel were only benefiting the Jewish state and were in fact harming Lebanese border towns.
Australian Labor party representative Tony Burke speaks to Muslims outside the Lakemba Mosque following Eid al-Fitr prayer in western Sydney on July 28, 2014. Thousands of Australian Muslims celebrated their religious Eid al-Fitr festival at the end of Ramadan. (AFP)
04:19 GMT
Australian Labor party representative Tony Burke speaks to Muslims

July 27, 2014

Displaced Palestinian children peak from under a shop door, where their family is taking shelter in Gaza City (AFP)
18:36 GMT
Israel rejected a proposed 24-hour humanitarian truce on Sunday, hours after Hamas said that all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip had agreed to observe it.
(AFP)
18:26 GMT
Newly-released video footage shows the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing at least 50 Syrian government soldiers in the troubled northern Syria.
Hamas soldier (AFP)
17:20 GMT
Al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of Hamas, says Palestinian resistance fighters have killed at least 90 Israeli soldiers over the past 20 days.
Egyptian troops in the border area of the Sinai Peninsula have killed fourteen Islamist militants (AFP/ File Archive).
15:57 GMT
Egyptian troops in the border Sinai Peninsula have killed fourteen Islamist militants and arrested dozens of others on Sunday morning.
Increased fighting between armed groups in Tripoli has caused not just the U.S. embassy to withdraw staff, but UN, Turkish and Saudi diplomats to be pulled out also (Mahmud Turkia / AFP).
14:59 GMT
The United States has withdrawn its embassy staff from Libya following two weeks of increased violence in Tripoli.
The tunnels were found in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT
Egypt has demolished thirteen more tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
 Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
12:51 GMT
An official Lebanese delegation headed on Sunday to Paris en rout to Mali to follow up the probe into the Air Algerie plane that crashed three-days ago and to carry out the necessary procedures to identify the bodies of the Lebanese victims.
Over 1,000 people have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT
Hamas has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in its conflict with Israel.
Intense fighting at Tripoli's airport has led to the cancellation of most international flights. (AFP/File)
11:49 GMT
Over fifty people have been killed in Libya in the past few days as militia rivalries intensify.
Roughly 4,000 fighters have been found in Lebanon's eastern mountain slope. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Hezbollah and Nusra Front fighters continue their battle for control of key areas around the border between Lebanon and Syria.
Al-Qaeda militants frequently target military personnel. (AFP/File)
10:39 GMT
Twelve people were killed Sunday when al-Qaeda militants attacked three military posts.
Erdogan recently called Egypt's president a "tyrant." (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
Egypt has again summoned Ankara's charge d'affaires in protest to recent remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The two Palestinians, who suffered injuries in the head and other parts of their body, were rushed to al-Muqased Hospital in the village of A-Tor to receive medical treatment. [AFP]
09:13 GMT
Two young Palestinians have been hospitalized after being assaulted by a group of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
08:46 GMT
IDF announces resumption of attacks on terror targets in Gaza from the sea, land and air, after rockets are fired from coastal enclave; rocket lands in open area of metropolitan Tel Aviv; Iron Dome intercepts several rockets.
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun has suggested that he would “give up his right” to become Lebanon's next president in return for a new electoral law that better represents Christians (AFP/ File Archive).
08:44 GMT
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun suggested that he would not seek a presidential post if agreement is reached on a new electoral law that better represents Christians.
The shell was reportedly fired by militants targeting the Egyptian military. (AFP/File)
08:40 GMT
Four children were killed and five others injured.
Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked "not for distribution or publication" and it is easy to see why. The Luntz report, officially entitled "The Israel project's 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was leaked almost immediately to Newsweek Online, but its true importance has seldom been appreciated. [AFP]
08:28 GMT
The playbook is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel".
The Israeli army is on heightened alert over possible escalations in the region on the eve of Eid al-Fitr (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP).
08:27 GMT
On early Sunday the Israeli army went on high alert along the border with Lebanon and the Golan Heights following the possibility of conflict escalation ahead of Eid al-Fitr.
Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed while roughly 40 Israelis have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT
Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the Gaza offensive.
A man wearing a teeshirt reading "Iraq, hush killing is taking place" looks at a "Nazarene", a symbol painted on Christian's houses in Iraq to locate them, during a rally on Saint-Jean Square in Lyon, central-eastern France, on July 26, 2014, to protest against the persecution Christians in Iraq by jihadists of the Islamic State (IS). (AFP)
07:34 GMT
A man wearing a teeshirt reading "Iraq, hush killing is taking place" looks at a "Nazarene", a symbol painted on Christian's houses in Iraq to locate them, during a rally on Saint-Jean Square
Veteran journalist Ayman Mohyeldin was pulled out of Gaza by NBC for allegedly being too pro-Palestine (File/AFP)
07:32 GMT
As the death toll mounts in Gaza, tweeters, journalists and celebrities have weighed into the Palestine-Israel conflict with a war of words. But, is there a price to pay if you condemn the IDF on a pro-Israel news organisation?
The Tunisian government is struggling to combat militants in the Chaambi region. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
At least two Tunisian soldiers have been killed and six others wounded in a gun battle with militants near the border with Algeria.
Israeli soldiers sleep during the ceasefire at an army deployment near the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on 26 July 2014. (Gil Cohen-Magen /AFP).
07:10 GMT
The Israeli security cabinet agreed to a United Nation's request to extend a humanitarian ceasefire by 24 hours until midnight Sunday, however Hamas rejected the proposal.

July 26, 2014

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014 (AFP).
18:38 GMT
Latest figures show the death toll from the ongoing Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip has exceeded 1,000 as more bodies are recovered from the rubble.
Photo used for illustrative purposes (Wikimedia Commons).
17:06 GMT
Police said Saturday that they uncovered six drug trafficking networks specialized in smuggling Captagon pills abroad, arresting seven persons involved.
Former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (AFP)
16:52 GMT
Zbigniew Brzezinski’ strong criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza indicates a “fundamental change in policy” by the US government
French soldiers stand by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 24, 2014. (AFP)
16:41 GMT
The United Nations said on Saturday that its experts had located the second black box from the Air Algerie flight that crashed in the West African country of Mali earlier this week.
(Ma'an image)
16:29 GMT
As if struck by an earthquake, vast swathes of the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyya have been reduced to rubble, with unknown numbers of burnt and decaying bodies buried below.
The bodies of Mohammed Udeh, 17, and Musaab Nuwarah, 20, are carried during their funeral procession in Ramallah on Friday (AFP).
16:20 GMT
A large number of Palestinian mourners have held a funeral ceremony for nine Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.
Lebanese Parliament (AFP file photo)
13:19 GMT
Health Minister Wael Abou Faour revealed that discussions are underway over extending the term of parliament for a second time, reported An Nahar daily on Saturday.
A handout photo released on July 25, 2014 by ECPAD shows French soldiers standing by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 24. (AFP)
10:04 GMT
French soldiers standing by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali's Gossi regio
Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld ruled out any links between the men responsible for the murdering of the three teenagers and Hamas, saying they are part of a “lone cell.”
09:55 GMT
After three weeks of Israel’s bloody war on Gaza mainly under the pretext of alleged abduction of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, the Israeli police have acknowledged that the kidnappers were not acting under the orders of the resistance movement.
Rescue workers find the body of a member of al-Najar family, after removing it from under the rubble of their home following an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern of Gaza strip , on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
09:18 GMT
Minutes before a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire went into effect in Gaza on Saturday morning, an Israeli airstrike left at least 20 members of a Palestinian family dead in Khan Younis refugee camp.

July 25, 2014

"Israel has agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire from 7:00 a.m. Saturday," said the US official traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry. [AFP]
23:09 GMT
Hamas and Israel announced late Friday a 12-hour ceasefire to take place beginning Saturday morning, as the day's death toll in the Israeli assault on Gaza topped 65 amid an intense sunset barrage that killed at least 14.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (on the phone) on July 25, 2014, from his hotel room in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. [AFP]
20:31 GMT
Diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms.
The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah gestures on July 25, 2014, during a rare public appearance at a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb. [AFP]
20:23 GMT
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday vowed "all means of support" to the Palestinian resistance in its battle with Israel, saying the latter had failed miserably in the 18-day conflict in Gaza.
Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of slain 36-year-old Israeli reservist Sergeant First Class.  Yair Ashkenazi, who was killed early morning in the northern Palestinian Gaza Strip, during his funeral on July 25, 2014 at the military cemetery in the southern Israeli city of Rehovot. [AFP]
20:16 GMT
The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility on Friday for killing "at least" 10 Israeli soldiers after targeting an Israeli infantry unit with explosives in eastern Beit Hanoun.
Palestinian protesters throw rocks and fireworks at an Israeli guard tower during the funeral of three men on July 25, 2014, in the Beit Omar village, north the West Bank city of Hebron. [AFP]
20:10 GMT
Five Palestinians were killed yesterday as clashes intensified in the West Bank in solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip, while activists asserted that a new uprising against Israeli occupation is taking shape.
Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Natan Cohen, a 23-year-old Israeli army Captain of an armoured brigade who was killed the previous day in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants inside the Gaza Strip, during his funeral on July 23, 2014, in the central town of Modiin, 30 kilometres from Tel Aviv. [AFP]
13:41 GMT
The Israeli army said on Friday that one of its soldiers had been killed in Gaza earlier in the day, bringing the total number of soldiers killed to 33.
Palestinians hold night prayers in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem in support of Palestinians in Gaza July 20, 2014, during Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. [AFP]
13:29 GMT
Clashes broke out in East Jerusalem as Israeli police barred Palestinian men under 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday, the last Friday of Ramadan, a day the holy site is typically packed with worshipers.
At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip clash with Israeli soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, on July 25, 2014. [AFP]
13:19 GMT
A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces late Thursday as over 20,000 marched from a Ramallah-area refugee camp toward Jerusalem in protest against Israel's Gaza offensive, a Ma'an reporter at the scene said.
The rockets are believed to have landed inside Lebanese territory (File/AFP)
09:18 GMT
Unknown assailants fired Katyusha rockets towards Israel in the early hours of Friday morning from the south of Lebanon, according to the National News Agency.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters late Monday in a televised interview that he no longer speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama (File Archive/AFP)
07:57 GMT
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it continues its deadly aggression against the Gaza Strip.
A wounded boy receives treatment at Al-Shifa hospital, in Gaza City (AFP).
07:44 GMT
The death toll from more than two weeks of Israel’s relentless attacks on the Gaza Strip has reached 805.
Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti (R) presents Italian Major General Paolo Serra, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) former head, with a medal during a ceremony of transfer of authority at the UNIFIL headquarters in the southern Lebanese town of Naqura on July 24, 2014. (AFP/ MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
05:08 GMT
Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti (R) presents Italian Major General Paolo Serra

July 24, 2014

Afghan policemen arrive at the site of a Taliban attack at Kabul's airport on July 17, 2014. [AFP]
20:10 GMT
Two US-led forces are killed in southern Afghanistan, raising the death toll of foreign troops in Afghanistan to 3,460.
 Israel's parliament has chosen Reuven Rivlin, a stalwart in the ruling Likud Party, as the country's next president. [AFP]
17:59 GMT
Peres gives final speech as president before Rivilin's swearing in; mayors from South attend ceremony; customary cocktail party was canceled, out of sensitivity to the security situation.
A female Israeli soldier holds her weapon as she takes a rest with her comrades at an army deployment near the Israeli-Gaza border, on July 24, 2014. [AFP]
16:51 GMT
The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades said on Thursday that they had killed eight Israeli soldiers in northeastern Gaza City in what was potentially the deadliest attack on the military since the ground invasion began last week.
A trail of blood is seen in the courtyard of a UN School in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014, after it was hit by an Israeli tank shell. [AFP]
16:34 GMT
A spokesman for the UN's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza Adnan Abu Hasana said on Thursday that they had received no warning before Israeli forces shelled a Beit Hanoun school that was serving as a shelter earlier in the afternoon.
(Photo courtesy of the Royal Court).
14:21 GMT
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein supervised the dispatch of a humanitarian assistance convoy carrying food and medical supplies for Gaza on Wednesday.
Air Algerie lost contact with the plane about an hour after takeoff. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT
The missing Air Algerie plane has crashed in Niger.
Two Palestinians were shot dead during protests last week. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT
Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades at demonstrators protesting the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
The flight should have landed 5am Thursday. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT
Algeria's national airline says it has lost contact with a passenger plane carrying 116 people.
The three killed are the first fatalities of UNRWA aid workers in Israel's current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT
The U.N. aid agency reported that three of its workers were killed by incoming fire in Gaza.
Over 700 Palestinians have been killed during Israel's offensive. (AFP/File)
11:48 GMT
Israel slammed the UN's recent decision to investigate Israeli war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel's Gaza offensive is now in its 17th day. (AFP/File)
10:55 GMT
Brazil has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv over Israel's Gaza offensive.
Iraq's bloodshed is often related to sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
A shooting and bombing attack on a bus carrying prisoners to Baghdad left 51 prisoners and nine policeman dead.
Israel's Gaza offensive has lasted for 17 days and shows no signs of stopping. (AFP/File)
09:22 GMT
The Palestinian death toll in Gaza has climbed to over 700.
John Kerry insists some progress on the ceasefire was made during his trip. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel with no ceasefire to end Israel's Gaza offensive.
Are the Resistance factions pulling the rug from under the feet of the Palestinian Authority? (Thaer Ghanem/ PPO/ AFP)
08:23 GMT
Is the Palestinian Authority too weak, particularly in the face of current atrocities in Gaza, to have the support of the people?
The FAA instituted the ban on Tuesday and extended it on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine defected from his post in Arsal, and released a video criticizing Hezbollah and assaults on Sunni youth (YouTube).
07:46 GMT
Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine released a YouTube video on Wednesday which stated that he had defected to the al-Nusra Front and criticized the military as a Hezbollah tool.
The Libyan government is struggling to defeat Libya's powerful militias. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT
Libya's General National Congress is ready to hand over legislative power to a newly-elected parliament in August.
Bolivia's Bolivar supporters hold a placard reading "Stop the killing in Gaza" during their Copa Libertadores 2014 semifinal first leg football match against Argentina's San Lorenzo at Pedro Bidegain stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 23, 2014. (AFP / Juan Mabromata)
07:36 GMT
Bolivia's Bolivar supporters hold a placard reading "Stop the killing in Gaza"
Based on a power-sharing agreement, the position of president goes to the Kurds. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT
The main Kurdish blocs in Iraqi parliament have agreed on the candidacy of Fuad Masum for the next president of Iraq.
Speaking in Doha, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal held a press conference on Wednesday, stating that:  "we are against any agreement that does not accept our demands" (Karim Jaafar/ al-Watam Doha/ AFP).
07:12 GMT
Speaking in exile from Doha, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal remained defiant that Hamas would not accept a truce unless it included terms to end the blockade on Gaza.
The U.S. banned all U.S. flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that Hamas possesses rockets than can reach Ben Gurion airport.

July 23, 2014

Over 650 Palestinians have died in the offensive. (AFP/File)
21:10 GMT
The UN human rights council will investigate Israel's actions in Gaza.
The 21-year-old was killed during clashes in Jerusalem on Monday. (AFP/File)
19:08 GMT
Thousands of Palestinians attended a mass funeral for a young protester killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank.
The international community is desperately trying to get both sides to agree on a ceasefire. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Fifty-six Palestinians died in Gaza on Wednesday alone.
The offensive in Gaza has killed over 600 Palestinians so far. (AFP/File)
16:49 GMT
Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a speech Wednesday that Egypt will open its borders with Gaza and send aid once both sides agree on a ceasefire.
Lebanon is concerned about spillover violence from Syria. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT
Lebanese troops surveyed the border with Syria to curb the infiltration of gunmen from Syria.
Iraq's parliament recently elected Salim al-Jabouri as speaker of the house. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT
the Iraqi parliament is meeting Wednesday to vote on a new president.
Israeli officials say 29 IDF soldiers have died in Gaza while Hamas claims they have killed over 50 Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT
Two more Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza, raising the number of Israeli soldiers killed to 29.