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July 20, 2014

Mahmoud Ghozlan, pictured above, is a leading spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood. Three of Ghozlan´s sons have now been arrested (AFP/ File).
09:31 GMT
Yasser Ghozlan, son of the Muslim Brotherhood´s spokesperson, Mahmoud Ghozlan, was arrested on Saturday in Cairo.
Gaza's death toll has surpassed 350, while the UN estimates 80 percent of Palestinians killed were civilians (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT
At least 12 civilians have been killed in a "Gaza City massacre" by Israel's army with hundreds injured, according to medics.
Armed militia groups continue their battle for control of Libya's main airport. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
Militias in Libya's Tripoli resumed their fighting at Libya's main airport Sunday.
Apparently, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was trained boy Mossad and the CIA. Who knows? (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT
From the Malaysian airliner being the reason for World War III to ISIS killing three Israeli teens to divert attention away from Iraq, conspiracy theories are dangerous distractions from the truth.
The convoy of around 600 political activists was stopped at a security checkpoint in North Sinai, around 150 kilometres from the Egyptian crossing of Rafah on the border with Gaza (AFP/ Mohammed Abed).
07:53 GMT
Egyptian security forces on Saturday prevented a humanitarian aid convoy from entering Gaza after checkpoint officers said the participants´ safety could not be assured.
Israeli Arabs and Israeli left wing activists protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on July 19, 2014. [AFP]
07:52 GMT
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in two major Israeli cities to call for an end to the Tel Aviv regime’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip, which has killed dozens of civilians and wounded many more over the recent days.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal in Doha on Sunday to discuss a truce in Gaza.
07:29 GMT
President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khalid Mashaal will meet in Qatar Sunday to discuss a truce in Gaza, on day 13 of an Israeli offensive, an official said.
Greek protesters hold a banner against the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in Crete, in Chania, a village near the NATO naval base of Souda, on July 19, 2014 in Crete. Banner reads : "Keep chemicals away from our sea - send chemical back to the companies that produced them." (AFP / STEFANOS RAPANIS)
07:27 GMT
Greek protesters hold a banner against the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in Crete, in Chania, a village near the NATO naval base of Souda, on July 19, 2014 in Crete. Banner reads : "Keep chemicals away from our sea - send chemical back to the companies that produced them." Greek protesters launched a three-day blockade of the road leading to the NATO naval base of Souda, in Crete, on July 19, reacting against the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the Mediterranean. AFP PHOTO / STEFANOS RAPANIS
Israeli soldiers from thr Golani Infantry Brigade prepare their equipment and weapons near their Armoured Personnel Carrier or APC at an army deployment near the Israeli-Gaza border,on July 19, 2014. [AFP]
07:18 GMT
Staff Sergenat Bania Roval, 20, from the Paratroopers 101st Battalion, was shot dead by a terrorist in a tunnel; 2nd-Lt. Bar Rahav, 21, was killed by a missile defense system's activation in a nearby tank.
Attacks against police and military are commonplace since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
Twenty-one border guards were killed at a military checkpoint in southern Egypt.
The United Nations Children’s Fund has expressed deep concern over Gaza´s death toll, stating that children make up one-third of the civilian casualties (AFP/ File).
07:02 GMT
Palestinian medics say new Israeli bombardments on the besieged population in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Sunday morning have left a dozen people, including two children, dead.
Iraqi Christian children gather inside the Church of the Virgin Mary for prayers in the town of Bartala, east of the northern city of Mosul. (Karim Sahib/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's attacks against Christians and minorities in the Iraqi city of Mosul, calling for peace and for eradicating ISIS and other “oppressive” regimes.

July 19, 2014

A Palestinian looks at the body of a boy killed in an Israeli air strike at a morgue in the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on July 9, 2014. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)
14:57 GMT
Israeli air strikes and shelling killed more than 25 people across Gaza on Saturday, among them children, raising the toll in 12 days of violence to 333, medics said.
Israeli soldiers Photo: Israeli soldiers in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
14:42 GMT
Over 100 British teens have been signed up to fight “shoulder to shoulder” with Israeli forces in brutal attacks on the Gaza Strip, a human rights group warns.
Palestinian men inspect the site of an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 8, 2014 (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
14:30 GMT
Fighters affiliated with Hamas' military wing on Saturday infiltrated the southern Israeli region of Eshkol near Ein HaShlosha through a tunnel and attacked an Israeli army patrol, injuring at least two soldiers in the ensuing firefight.
A Syrian man reacts while standing on the rubble of his house while others look for survivors and bodies in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
14:19 GMT
In a Friday report, Los Angeles Times cited Samir Zaitoun, a commander with Al Tawheed Brigade, a Syrian opposition group, as saying that nearly half the militants in Aleppo, mostly from small groups, have left over the last year.
A woman wrapped in a Palestinian flag gestures near anti-riot police and other protesters prior to the departure of a demonstration, banned by French police, from the Barbes neighborhood in Paris on July 19, 2014 to denounce Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. (AFP)
14:11 GMT
A woman wrapped in a Palestinain flag gestures near anti-riot police
(AFP)
09:04 GMT
The Palestinian Health Ministry says more than 70 of the victims have been children.
Lebanese army personal arrest a man in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. (AFP)
08:47 GMT
Security agencies were able to avert a “terrorist scheme” by Syrian opposition groups to involve Lebanon in a “dangerous sectarian” conflict, As Safir newspaper reported on Saturday.
Catherine Margaret Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, on June 17, 2014. (AFP)
08:15 GMT
Iran and the P5+1 countries decided Friday to extend talks about the Iranian nuclear program for another four months, officials said.
LAF forces in Arsal. (AFP)
07:59 GMT
Residents of the northeastern town of Arsal are growing increasingly worried about their safety as a battle between Hezbollah and members of the Syrian opposition edges ever closer to the town.
Ban Ki Moon's visit to the region was announced Friday during an emergency meeting of the Security Council over the ongoing violence in Gaza (File Archive)
05:00 GMT
The UN's top chief will arrive is set to arrive in the Middle East today in the latest effort to end the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip.

July 18, 2014

Palestinians flee their home to move to a more safer location Friday (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
20:00 GMT
The number of displaced Palestinians from Gaza has almost doubled within the past 24 hours after Israel launched its ground offensive Thursday evening.
Turkish protesters held a massive prayer Friday afternoon in solidarity with the people of Gaza affected by the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Strip (Adem Altan/AFP)
18:46 GMT
Israel announced Friday that it would reduce its diplomatic presence in Turkey saying that Ankara's leadership was inciting protests against Tel Aviv's operations in Gaza.
Iraq's ambassador was told to return to Baghdad Friday for consultations (File Archive)
18:04 GMT
Leadership in Baghdad pulled its ambassador in Jordan Friday,
Jalal Talabani has been receiving medical treatment in Germany for the past 18 months (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
16:58 GMT
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is set to return to Baghdad after spending 18 months in Germany for medical treatment.
More than 260 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge (File Archive/AFP)
16:22 GMT
The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss the ongoing crisis in Gaza, and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has also called for Hamas to immediately accept a second version of the Egyptian ceasefire deal during his meeting with Turkey's leadership in Ankara Friday.
Pope Francis visited the Baptismal site earlier this year during his Middle East tour where he invited Abbas and Peres to attend a joint prayer for peace (File Archive/AFP)
15:41 GMT
The Vatican called on Palestinian and Israeli leadership to implement an immediate ceasefire Friday to end the Gaza conflict.
Libya's main international airport has been reduced to rubble from fighting between Zintan and Misrata militias over the past week alone (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
14:57 GMT
Fresh fighting in Libya's capital was reported Friday despite earlier news that a ceasefire between the warring militias had been reached.
Bahraini women hold pictures of victims during a protest against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014, in the village of Diraz, west of Manama. (AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
14:43 GMT
Bahraini women hold pictures of victims
ISIS frequently conducts public executions in the territories that it controls (File Archive)
14:06 GMT
The United Nations said Friday that at least 5,576 Iraqi civilians have been kill this year thus far as violence continues to envelope the fragile country.
Libya's main airport in Tripoli has been severely damaged from fighting between the Zintan and Misrata militias (STR/AFP)
13:47 GMT
Libyan fighters in the country's capital who have been clashing at the country's main airport have agreed to a ceasefire
A Palestinian man rests on school desks at a UN school near the Gaza border. (AFP)
09:52 GMT
Hundreds of Palestinians in southern Gaza fled their homes Friday as Israeli forces launched ground operations in the besieged enclave.
(AFP)
08:31 GMT
At least twenty-one Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by airstrikes and artillery fire since Israel launched a ground operation late Thursday, medics said.
Israeli soldiers gather in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (AFP)
07:44 GMT
Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal says Israel’s ground invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip is destined to fail.
(Fayez Nureldine/AFP)
07:17 GMT
Four Civil Defense units, backed up by two rescue teams, battled for several hours a fire that ripped through a cluster of makeshift houses built on an empty plot in Al-Mansour Street in Mecca Thursday night.
Militias throughout Libya have been fighting for power and control over the country's territory and resources since the oust of Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Libyan leadership called on the United Nations late Thursday to assist the country's security forces in their effort to restore order in what has the potential to turn into a failed state.

July 17, 2014

Kurds in Syria declared their own autonomous region in November 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Kurds in Syria are now requiring that all of their men serve in their armed forces in the self-declared autonomous region's attempt to fight off jihadist insurgents.
At least eighty percent of those killed from Israeli airstrikes over the past week and a half in Gaza are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Five more children were killed from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Thursday as the civilian death toll climbs yet again under the Tel Aviv offensive.
ISIS controls oil fields in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor as well (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
The Jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized a major gas field in Syria Thursday, leaving at least 23 people dead in the process.
UNRWA schools have been used in recent days as refuge sites for Palestinians fleeing ongoing Israeli strikes in their neighborhoods (File Archive)
17:20 GMT
The UN refugee agency for Palestinians reported Thursday that it found rockets stored in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.
Lebanon has been trying to crack down on outlaws firing rockets into Israel (File Archive)
16:00 GMT
Lebanon filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council Thursday against Israel in response to Tel Aviv's bombardment of Lebanon's southern villages.
Eighty percent of those killed since Israel launched its so-called Operation Protective Edge are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
14:53 GMT
Hamas officials denied the alleged ceasefire deal set for early Friday, saying that talks between themselves and Israel are still ongoing.
Bombs also exploded in Sadr City late Wednesday (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
14:39 GMT
At least 15 militants were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the country's north, and another four civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in the country's capital.
Women mourn the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was kidnapped and burned to death on July 2 (File Archive/AFP)
14:25 GMT
Israel's Justice Ministry reported that prosecutors indicted three Jews Thursday over the kidnapping and murder of the Palestinian teenager who was burned to death this month in what has been described as a "revenge killing."
Libyan security forces have struggled to combat armed militia groups who have grown powerful since Gaddafi's overthrow. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT
Intense fighting at the Libyan airport in Tripoli has left 30 dead.
Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:54 GMT
Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.
At least 230 Palestinians have died in recent airstrikes. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT
Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire that will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday.
An injured Palestinian boy is carried away from the beach after an Israeli strike, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:23 GMT
Israel's government spokesperson Mark Regev said the IDF "does not target civilians" on the same day four children were killed while playing on a Gaza beach.
Israel's Iron Dome system normally intercepts rockets fired from Gaza with a 90% success rate. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
Three rockets landed in Israel's Eshkol region two hours after a temporary five-hour ceasefire was agreed upon by Hamas and Israel.
The UN estimates that 13 percent of the 4.5 million children under the age of five are "acutely malnourished" (File/AFP)
11:38 GMT
Around 40 percent of Yemen's population faces a serious food crisis according to a United Nations report. The UN's sister body UNICEF also said Yemeni children are showing signs of stunting.
The Islamic State has experienced many successes in Iraq in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT
The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.
Israel's army conducted at least 37 raids overnight in Gaza, bringing the Palestinian death toll up to 227 (File/AFP)
11:01 GMT
Eight Palestinians were killed overnight after intensive shelling by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip ahead of a UN brokered "humanitarian" ceasefire.
Various political groups called for the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to be opened permanently (File/AFP)
09:39 GMT
Political groups in Egypt joined forces to support Palestinian resistance against Israel while denouncing a recent truce deal brokered by Cairo between Tel Aviv and Hamas.