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The army is responding to graffiti threatening Lebanon's Christians. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT
The Lebanese army deployed heavily in the northern city of Tripoli Tuesday morning in response to graffiti that threatened Lebanon's Christians.
Protesters are calling on the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT
Regime forces in Bahrain have once again attacked anti-regime protesters in Bahrain.
The Libyan government has been battling multiple militias since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT
At least 10 soldiers have been killed in clashes between the army and the militias in Libya's Benghazi.
The protesters are demanding the resignation of the government. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT
The Yemeni government has sent an envoy to the northern part of the country for talks with Houthis amid ongoing anti-government protests.
A tribesman loyal to the Huthi Shiite group holds a giant version of the Yemeni flag during a demonstration near the cabinet's headquarters in Sanaa calling for the government to resign on September 1, 2014. In a speech late the previous evening, rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi called on supporters who have been manning armed protest camps in the capital for the past week to continue their campaign to topple the national unity government, from which the rebels are excluded. (AFP/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
07:09 GMT
A tribesman loyal to the Huthi Shiite group holds a giant version of the Yemeni flag
An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory following fighting which has destabilized Libya, requiring the formation of a new government (Mahmud Turkia/ AFP).
06:00 GMT
The country’s interim speaker of parliament, Faraj Bouhashem claimed that the formation of a new Libyan government is imminent.
An IS flag, similar to the one shown, was burnt in Ashrafieh, a predominantly Christian neighborhood in Beirut, on the weekend (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT
Sectarian tensions in Lebanon soared over the weekend after an IS flag was burned in Ashrafieh and churches were graffitied in Tripoli, with local politicians divided over how to react.

September 1, 2014

The Gulf Cooperation Council representatives reportedly reached a major breakthrough toward ending their dispute with Qatar (AFP/ File Archive).
20:20 GMT
Saudi Arabia and other GCC states have reportedly reached a major breakthrough toward ending their dispute with Qatar.
IS´s directive prohibits the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter”, just weeks after IS released a video in which journalist James Foley was beheaded (AFP/ File Archive).
19:00 GMT
The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has issued a directive banning the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter” conducted by the group’s “soldiers” on various fronts, according to a copy of the orders circulating on social media.
Shi´ite militia (pictured below) supported the Iraqi security forces to retake the town of Amerli (Haidar Hamdani/ AFP).
17:00 GMT
Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias entered the northern town of Amerli on Sunday and broke the Islamic State´s two-month siege of the town.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The Foreign Ministry has denied that Zarif suggested that sanctions be lifted in return for Iran supporting anti-IS efforts (Yuri Kadobnov/ AFP).
16:14 GMT
Iran has dismissed reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif demanded that: “all the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear activities should be lifted in return for its help in Iraq” in countering the Islamic State.
Jordanian King Abdullah reaffirmed that his country will continue coordinating Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts with all stakeholders and cited the "pivitol" role the United States is playing (AFP/ File Archive).
15:00 GMT
Jordan´s King Abdullah on Sunday underlined the need to intensify international efforts to resume peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Libya's militias have grown in strength since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:19 GMT
Libya's caretaker government has announced that most ministries and state-run institutions are now out of its control.
A delegation from Arsal will receive the body along with Red Cross officials. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT
Islamic State militants have beheaded a Lebanese soldier in Arsal.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [AFP]
12:40 GMT
'Der Spiegel' reported that the US National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency had carried out "wide-scale spying against Turkey."
Erdogan is convinced a "parallel state" exists in Turkey. (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT
Approximately two dozen police officers were arrested Monday for allegedly planning to overthrow the Turkish government.
The laptop reportedly belonged to an extremist from Tunisia. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT
A laptop formerly owned by Islamic State militants reveals the group's plans to develop and use chemical weapons including the bubonic plague.
US Secretary of State John Kerry  meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
09:47 GMT
According to Palestinian sources, Kerry cancelled his visit to the region due to lack of progress in talks; Palestinian delegation set to travel to Washington Tuesday to present new initiative to Kerry.
At least 24 soldiers from the Lebanese army remain in the hands of militants. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
Hezbollah has allegedly captured three senior commanders from the Nusra Front to exchange for captive soldiers.
Iraqi militia fighters from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Saraya al-Salam , prepare to fire a mortar during heavy clashes with Islamic State  fighters in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province about 88 kilometres south of Kirkuk on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:53 GMT
Jordan handed NATO secret security reports showing expansion of extremists in Iraq, ideas to counter group’s advance towards its territory.
A newly trained Iraqi army could help the region defeat Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT
Sunni muslims must lead the fight against the militants in the Islamic State.
Smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra following an explosion during fighting, between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, near the Quneitra border crossing on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
08:28 GMT
Syrian army forces and rebels battle near border; both sides seek to control Quneitra border crossing; UN peacekeepers held captive by Islamists still missing.
U.S. embassy staff was evacuated in July because of raging violence. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT
A Libyan militia group says it has secured the abandoned U.S. embassy in Tripoli.
Rogers said several US citizens have at least once traveled, participated and trained with the ISIL terrorists. [AFP]
07:29 GMT
A US lawmaker has revealed that there are hundreds of Americans, who have links with ISIL militants and can return to the US with their American passports.
People hold placards and Israeli and Union flags outide the Royal Courts of Justice as Jewish groups rally in London on August 31, 2014, calling for "Zero Tolerance for Anti-Semitism". Jewish groups demonstrated outside the British High Court as latest figures published by the Community Security Trust reported a spike in anti-semitic attacks on people and property in the UK following the lastest outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza. (AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS)
07:09 GMT
People hold placards and Israeli and Union flags outide the Royal Courts of Justice
Twenty-two security forces were among the victims. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT
An explosion in Iraq's western city of Ramadi has killed at least 37 people.
The 29 army troops were captured by militants during clashes in Arsal earlier this month. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT
Lebanese political and security figures are mulling the possibility of releasing certain Islamist detainees to secure the release of captured army troops and security personnel.
Home Secretary Theresa May recently said an attack on the UK is "highly likely." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic State militants.

August 31, 2014

The women were reportedly sold for $1,000 each. (AFP/File)
16:54 GMT
Islamic State militants have abducted several dozen female Yazidis and sold them to fellow militants in Syria.
The U.S. and other Western governments delivered aid to Amerli this week. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT
Iraqi forces have broken the siege on the town of Amerli where thousands of civilians have been trapped by Islamic State militants.
Last week an Israeli drone was downed in Iraq. (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT
Israeli forces shot down a drone from Syria on Sunday.
Israeli settlements in the West Bank increased by 70% in 2013. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT
Israeli authorities announced on Sunday the confiscation of around 1,000 acres of private Palestinian land in the West Bank.
The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government. (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT
Giza Criminal Court commuted the death sentences of several leading Muslim Brotherhood figures to life in prison.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Mosul (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT
America doesn't fully understand what is going on in Iraq. If Vice President Joe Biden did, he would not be advocating for three federal states - Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish in the country.
Palestinian men stand on a truck loaded with goods from UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, after it entered the Gaza Strip from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing on August 28, 2014 in Rafah in the southern Gaza. [AFP]
11:28 GMT
Jordanian member of parliament Muhammad al-Dawayima arrived in Gaza on Friday bringing with him 250 tons of medicines and medical equipment as humanitarian aid continues to flow in to the devastated Palestinian coastal enclave.
Soldiers Ibrahim Shaaban, Ahmad Ghieh and Wael Darwish were reunited with their families in Arsal Sunday morning. [The Daily Star]
09:44 GMT
The five Lebanese hostages released by the Nusra Front were being reunited with their families Sunday morning, as concerns grow over the fate of the remaining 24 soldiers and policemen being held by Syrian militants.
Cameron spoke after the country's terror threat risk level was raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. [AFP]
09:16 GMT
PM sets out tough new anti-terror measures in response to heightened threat
Palestinian women look at the shattered remains of a building complex that was destroyed by fighting between Hamas Militants and Israel on August 29, 2014. [AFP]
09:06 GMT
It will take 20 years for the war-torn Gaza Strip to be rebuilt, says an international organization engaged in assessment of post-war reconstruction.
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters guard a post as they participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State. [AFP]
08:58 GMT
The strikes are meant to thwart Islamic State attacks on the 15,000 residents of the besieged town of Amerli
Philippine Armed Forces public affairs office. [AFP]
08:38 GMT
The Philippines' armed forces chief says peacekeepers on Golan Heights were helped by Israeli and Syrian forces who engaged rebels in seven-hour firefight in what was he called the "greatest escape."
US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. [AFP]
08:20 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Abdullah has warned that the West will be the next target of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists sweeping across Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.
A Bahraini girl holds a placard and flashing "V" sign for victory during a protest in solidarity with jailed Bahraini photographer Ahmed Humaidan in the village of Sitra, south of Manama, on August 30, 2014. Freelance photographer Ahmed Humaidan is among the 29 Shiites who were handed 10-year prison terms for an attack on a police centre in April 2012. (AFP /MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
07:24 GMT
A Bahraini girl holds a placard and flashing "V" sign for victory
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles during a press conference in Tehran on August 30, 2014. [AFP]
07:02 GMT
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will continue nuclear negotiations on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Palestinian women observe damage caused by Israeli air strikes in Beit Hanoun, August 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:45 GMT
The Maldives raised $2 million to supply aid for Gaza after 7 weeks of conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas.
Hamas said Saturday attempts to disarm Palestinians are "worthless" and inconsistent with international law. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Hamas spokespeople said Saturday Israeli attempts to disarm Palestinian resistance groups is "inconsistent with international law" and should not be allowed.

August 30, 2014

Two separate bombings happened Saturday in Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding at least 30. (AFP/File)
18:11 GMT
Iraqi officials reported Saturday two separate bombings in Baghdad which killed at least 13 soldiers.
Forty-four UN peacekeepers were taken hostage earlier this week when armed al-Nusra militants stormed the Golan border amid heavy clashes with government forces.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:54 GMT
Fiji military officials said Saturday the 44 peacekeeper soldiers captured by al-Nusra militants earlier this week have been moved out of UN territory to an unknown location.
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said militants should heed government warning that actions against Lebanese soldiers will threaten Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT
After an IS threat to kill nine captured Lebanese soldiers this week, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk gave an "implicit warning" to militants that actions were threatening more than a million Syrian refugees taking refuge in the country.
Secretary of State John Kerry in a New York Times article detailed an plan to coordinate global forces against IS at the UN's September summit. (AFP/File)
12:09 GMT
After President Obama said earlier this week the U.S. currently has 'no strategy' to combat IS on a regional level, Secretary of State John Kerry said he will seek a 'global coalition' action plan at the UN Security Council's September summit meeting.
Armed police officers hold guns as they stand in Downing Street, in central London on August 29, 2014. British Home Secretary Theresa May said on August 29 the country's terror threat risk level was being raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. (AFP / LEON NEAL)
12:06 GMT
Armed police officers hold guns as they stand in Downing Street, in central London on August 29, 2014.
Nine captive Lebanese soldiers appeared in an IS video Friday pleading for the Lebanese government to agree to the release of jihadi prisoners to avoid IS threats to execute them. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT
A new video released by the IS Friday said the group would kill nine captive Lebanese soldiers in the next three days if the government does not release Islamist prisoners in Roumieh jail.
A Fatah official Wednesday said the PLO plans to take a renewed diplomatic role at the UN Security Council in the wake of Tuesday's ceasefire agreement in Cairo. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
In the wake of a permanent ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian leadership Tuesday, Fatah officials say they plan to take a larger, diplomatic role at the UN Security Council.

August 29, 2014

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Height as they wait to cross into Syria, on August 28, 2014. [AFP]
15:01 GMT
Israeli forces took up positions at Quneitra barely 400 meters from Nusra Front militants who attacked a UN base on the Syrian side of the border and seized the 43 Fijians.
A Dutch member of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) stands on August 29, 2014 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and uses a binocular to watch the Syrian side of the Golan after rebel fighters took over the control of the Quneitra border crossing. Syrian rebels surrounded dozens of defiant Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Friday and demanded they give up their weapons, hours after taking 43 Fijian soldiers hostage, authorities said. Syrian rebels, including fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing at Quneitra on August 27, sparking an exchange of gunfire with Israeli troops. (AFP / JACK GUEZ)
11:58 GMT
A Dutch member of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) stands on August 29, 2014 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and uses a binocular
Syrian families carry belongings in the southern Damascus district of Qadam on August 21, 2014, as they return to their homes after Syrian authorities and rebels agreed a truce on August 18. [AFP]
08:13 GMT
Almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives, according to the UNHCR; Syria operation is largest in UNHCR's history, organization says.
A still image from video taken by a US Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavrvta, which is carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaching Galveston, Texas, July 25, 2014.
07:57 GMT
Tanker with $100 million Iraqi oil goes dark off Texas coast
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:43 GMT
US President Barack Obama says Washington does not have “a strategy yet” to tackle the ISIL group, which is operating in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS claimed it beheaded a Peshmerga fighter in graphic video and threatened 14 others. [Youtube]
07:34 GMT
The ISIL group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in the city of Mosul.
Palestinians celebrate late on August 26, 2014 what they said was a victory by Palestinians in Gaza over Israel following a ceasefire, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. [AFP]
07:16 GMT
Hamas chief says that Israeli 'failure ... proves that the resistance cannot be blockaded' and calls for Palestinian self-determination through an end to the occupation.
Israeli forces destroyed six homes near Jerusalem Thursday, leaving 51 Palestinians homeless. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Fifty-one Palestinians were left homeless Thursday when Israeli authorities destroyed six homes near Jerusalem.

August 28, 2014

More than 100 Palestinians are currently being held at the Cairo airport for trying to travel on expired visas. (AFP/File)
19:09 GMT
More than 100 Palestinians have been detained by Egyptian authorities at the Cairo airport for more than three weeks after attempting to travel on expired visas.
23-year-old American student Aaron Sofer went missing last week while hiking in the Jerusalem Forest. Authorities believe body recovered Thursday is that of Sofer. (AFP/Jack Guez)
18:11 GMT
23-year-old American student Aaron Sofer went missing last week during a hike in the Jerusalem Forest. Authorities announced Thursday the discovery of a body suspected to be that of Sofer.
UN officials reported Thursday the capture of 43 UNDOF peacekeepers after heavy clashes between opposition fighters and Syrian government forces broke out near the Golan Heights border. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
The UN says 43 of its UNDOF peacekeepers were abducted Thursday by masked militants after brutal clashes between various Syrian opposition forces and government soldiers broke out.
Lebanon Education Minister Bou Saab said Thursday the country's clashes with Islamist militants has become a 'state of war.' (AFP/File)
16:31 GMT
Amid renewed Arsal violence, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said Thursday the situation between Lebanon and thousands of Syrian militants who've crossed over from Syria is a 'state of war'.
Sinai militants released a video on Twitter detailing the execution of four Egyptian men charged with spying for Israel. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Sinai militant group Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis said Thursday it depacitated four Egyptian men on charges of 'spying for Israel.'
Two Syrians were issued arrest warrants Thursday in Lebanon on charges of belonging to a terror group and plotting the Arsal attack. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
In what Lebanon claims to be two separate cases, a Lebanese judge issued warrants form two Syrian nationals. The first is alleged ISIS commander Imad Ahmad Jomaa and the second is Ahmad Jomaa. Sources say the two men are not connected.
ISIS militants have made repeated attempts to take the significant Baiji oil refinery from Kurdish control, but have not yet succeeded. They set fire to the smaller Ain Zalah field Thursday before retreating a Kurdish attack. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
Amid a powerful Kurdish offensive, ISIS militants were driven from the Ain Zalah oil field, but not before setting fire to three of the field's wells.
Israeli forces declared the Nablus village of Madama a 'closed military zone' Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT
After Israeli soldiers raided Burin Wednesday, the adjacent Nablus village of Madama was declared a 'closed military zone' and residents were reportedly barred from leaving or entering the village.
An IDF soldier keeps watch along the border with Gaza and Israel (File/AFP)
12:46 GMT
Israel's army fired warning shots near the Gaza Strip Thursday after a crowd of Palestinians hurled rocks at the security fence.
Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. [AFP]
12:11 GMT
The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani. [AFP]
12:05 GMT
Russia has expressed optimism about the prospects of Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks, saying the negotiations are close to fulfilling Iran's demand that all of its inalienable rights as a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) be safeguarded.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
11:07 GMT
Jordanian newspaper says leaders met in Amman; Prime Minister's Office does not comment on report; Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel could potentially want Abbas and his forces in Gaza.
Ousted Morsi detained for another 15 days pending investigation. [AFP]
10:01 GMT
Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is accused of smuggling top secret documents to Qatar via Al-Jazeera TV channel.
Becoming the president meant relinquishing both the prime minister's office and the leadership of the Justice and Development Party. (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT
Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be sworn in Thursday as Turkey's new president.
Israeli police car [AFP]
09:40 GMT
Shin Bet says four Arab citizens known by authorities to be reputed drug dealers were arrested for business ties to narcotics traffickers in Lebanon.
Rebel fighters walk holding their weapons to a position on a front-line in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT
Syria is willing to help Lebanon in its fight against Islamist militants, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said in remarks published Thursday.
A Palestinian waves a national and a Hamas flag as fireworks light up the sky on August 26, 2014 in East Jerusalem as Palestinians celebrate in the streets the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. [AFP]
09:22 GMT
First UN humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Gaza Strip
Palestinians flash the sign of victory wave a national flag as they celebrate in the streets in East Jerusalem the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians on August 26, 2014. [AFP]
09:13 GMT
The Palestinian leadership will pursue diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council in a bid to end Israel's decades-long occupation following a ceasefire deal in Gaza, a senior Fatah official said late Wednesday.
Egypt has been among the largest beneficiaries of U.S. military and economic aid. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is set to visit the U.S. in September to participate in the 69th United Nations General Assembly
Israeli drone that was shot down above the Natanz uranium enrichment site. [AFP]
08:28 GMT
According to the Arab-language Al-Mayadin television network, the Hermes Model drone was shot down near Baghdad Airport, the third Israeli UAV to be intercepted in last week.
Blackwater security guards [Wordpress]
08:09 GMT
A US prosecutor says four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards, who were put on trial in the US months ago over the 2007 killings, shot dead unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children.
Hamas top leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (C) brandishes a weapon during a rally in Gaza City on August 27, 2014, following a deal hailed by Israel and the Islamist movement as 'victory' in the 50-day war. [AFP]
07:51 GMT
Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
The Iraqi forces took control of al-Hamra from ISIS militants. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT
Iraqi army officials say the military has regained control of al-Hamra village.
An Iranian man hands out sweets in a street in Tehran on August 27, 2014 to celebrate the end of the latest war between the Islamist group Hamas and Israel and also show their supports to the Palestinian people. Israel and Palestinians were both quick to claim victory in the Gaza 50-day war, but experts say Hamas has received nothing more than promises while the conflict has aggravated divisions in the Israeli leadership. (AFP / ATTA KENARE)
07:23 GMT
An Iranian man hands out sweets in a street in Tehran on August 27, 2014 to celebrate the end of the latest war
German Chancellor Angela Merkel [AFP]
04:00 GMT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has estimated that at least 400 German citizens are fighting alongside the ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq.
03:27 GMT
Spokesman for rebel group operating in area, says at least six rebels killed in latest fighting near Golan Heights.
A Palestinian man kisses a Hamas militant sniper during a parade by Hamas militants in Shejaiya on August 27, 2014. [AFP]
03:20 GMT
Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of resistance movement Hamas, says Palestinians are the victors of the Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip.
Smoke rises from buildings following an air strike attack early in the morning on August 27, 2014, near military camps in Libya's eastern coastal city of Benghazi. [AFP]
03:10 GMT
A top Libyan official has warned the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that the North African country could descend into a “full-scale civil war” if militias are not disarmed.
Assad formed his new government that consists of 11 new ministers. [AFP]
03:05 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formed a new government less than three months after being re-elected for a third term.

August 27, 2014

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. [AP]
18:21 GMT
New pictures posted on social media show the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing several Syrian government soldiers in the country’s troubled northeast.
A Palestinian family ride on top of a horse cart as they head home with their belongings in the Shejaiya neighborhood on August 27, 2014. [AFP]
17:16 GMT
Israel authorities have begun implementing the terms of a ceasefire agreement that went into effect early Tuesday, officials in Gaza said, as life slowly began returning to normal after 50 days of bombardment on the besieged coastal enclave.
Picture distributed by the Islamic State, showing militants including a commander known as Abu Waheeb. [Mashable]
16:57 GMT
ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.
A group of Palestinian boys, one carrying the national flag, walk past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on August 27, 2014, following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. [AFP]
16:27 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under severe criticism by members of his coalition government, among others, after reaching a ceasefire deal with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
ISIS militants are targeting Shia Turkmen in Amerli. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT
Iraqi fighter jets have targeted several hideouts of ISIS terrorists besieging the town of Amerli.
Heavy fighting is continuing in the surrounding area. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT
Syrian rebels seized control of the Syrian crossing with the Golan Heights Wednesday.
The air strikes were targeting militants hiding out along the border. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on Arsal, Lebanon Wednesday.
Western countries are deeply concerned about the growing number of westerners traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT
At least fifteen Australian citizens were killed fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Lebanon also hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT
There are more than 8,000 Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, according to a new report by Lebanese officials.
Mass poverty and poor living conditions have perhaps contributed to the rise of the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
The best way to stop the Islamic State is to put an end to policies in the Middle East that demean the Arab population and prevent them from achieving their full human potential.
The protests were calling for the end of the al-Khalifa family's rule. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT
Anti-government protesters in Bahrain were met with aggression from police forces.