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August 20, 2014

U.S. President Obama vowed to step up air strikes against ISIS militants (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT
American air strikes continued to hit ISIS targets in northern Iraq Wednesday, an unnamed U.S. official confirmed to AFP.
Smoke rises from the Gaza Strip following an Israeli air strike, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT
A Hamas spokesperson warned foreign airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv after truce talks with Israel collapsed.
Peter Greste (left) and Egyptian journalist Baher Mohamed were controversially given seven-year jail sentences for allegedly reporting misinformation during Egypt's unrest (File/AFP)
17:37 GMT
The lawyer for two Al Jazeera journalist appealed their seven-year jail terms in a Cairo court. Both reporters were jailed for allegedly fabricating news reports.
Hoshyar Zebari said ISIS militants are a threat globally, not only in Iraq (File/AFP)
17:11 GMT
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged the international community to back and support Iraq's ongoing offensive with militant group ISIS.
Palestinian mourners gather at the funeral of two brothers killed by an Israeli air strike in Jabalia, northern Gaza, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:53 GMT
A Palestinian teen along with an 11-year-old boy were killed by Israeli strikes in central Gaza Wednesday. Six others were also injured.
Israeli forces have destroyed at least 27,000 homes in the West Bank since 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (File/AFP)
16:24 GMT
The IDF destroyed eight homes including four, which were over one hundred years old, in the Nablus village of Aqraba, a Palestinian official confirmed.
A file photo shows U.S. photojournalist James Foley in Syria prior to being kidnapped, November 5, 2012 (File/AFP)
15:03 GMT
U.S. photojournalist James Foley, was beheaded by a British national fighting for ISIS, the UK's foreign secretary confirmed Wednesday.
Lebanon's army faced an intense battle with ISIS militants in the border town of Arsal earlier this month (File/AFP)
14:32 GMT
U.S. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa said his government would continue to support the Lebanese army during a meeting with officials Tuesday.
Smoke rises from Gaza City after rockets are fired towards Israel, July 15, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:18 GMT
Four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip Tuesday reached an illegal Israeli settlement west of Ramallah, witnesses reported.
We can't bracket the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS in the same category (Image: The Independent)
13:47 GMT
Western governments freely branded Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, the same category as radical Sunni group ISIS. They're definitely not the same.
Over 2,000 Palestinians have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
13:23 GMT
At least 20 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the collapse of the ceasefire.
The Kurdish ministers have decided to rejoin the government after Maliki stepped down from his position. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Kurdish ministers who had previously suspended their participation in outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government have rejoined the administration.
Abdel-Fattah's decision to go on a hunger strike came after visiting his sick father in the hospital. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT
Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has started a hunger strike in jail.
The UN will begin airlifting aid on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT
The United Nations refugee agency plans to start a major humanitarian aid operation Wednesday to help displaced people in Iraq.
Iraqi forces are currently battling ISIS for control of Tikrit. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT
Fighters from the Islamic State are pushing back against a new government assault on Tikrit.
The ISIS trainer was killed in an operation carried out by Hezbollah forces, depicted below, and the Syrian army (AFP/ File Archive).
07:55 GMT
Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.
Palestinians counted 35 bombardments in the coastal enclave on Tuesday (AFP/ File Archive).
07:37 GMT
The Israeli army has resumed air strikes in Gaza as attempts to create a permanent truce failed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that there were at least 20,000 non-Syrians among ISIS (AFP/ File Archive).
07:19 GMT
The number of ISIS militants fighting against the Syrian government amounts to more than 50,000, according to a UK-based NGO.
Supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri lining up to reach the parliament during their anti-government march in Islamabad. Tens of thousands of protesters marched to the parliament on August 20 in a bid to depose the prime minister, as the nation's powerful military called for talks to resolve the week-long political drama. (AFP)
06:52 GMT
This photo taken on August 19, 2014 shows supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri lining
A file photo shows journalist James Foley resting in Sirte, Libya, September 29, 2011 (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT
Missing American photojournalist James Foley, was allegedly beheaded by ISIS militants in a video clip released on YouTube.

August 19, 2014

Palestinian rescue workers search through rubble for the three-year-old child, who was later found dead, August 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
23:58 GMT
Three Palestinians including a toddler were killed and many others injured by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, medical officials said.
460 aid workers were affected by attacks in 2013. (AFP/File)
19:18 GMT
Humanitarian aid workers are being attacked and killed at record rates.
Militants from the Islamic State have been terrorizing Iraqi citizens and taking control of major Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has strongly condemned ISIS in recent statements.
Over 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Israel has launched air strikes against Gaza and recalled its negotiators from Cairo after three Palestinian rockets hit southern Israel.
Iraqi forces are attempting to retake control from Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces have launched a major operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS militants.
Kurdish forces are providing Yazidis with food, aid, uniforms, and weapons. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT
Hundreds of Yazidis are in training with Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State militants.
Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 and subsequently imprisoned (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT
An Egyptian court adjourned the trial of former leader Mohamed Morsi along with some 130 Muslim Brotherhood members till August 23.
Security forces destroyed several "terrorist hideouts" used to launch attacks in Sinai (File/AFP)
12:58 GMT
Egypt's security forces killed two militants and arrested seven others in the northern Sinai, the country's state news agency reported.
Rival militias have battled for control of Tripoli's airport since July 13. (AFP/File)
12:39 GMT
Forces loyal to retired General Khalifa Haftar have claimed responsibility for recent air strikes in Tripoli.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled ISIS violence in recent weeks (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT
A group of international scholars called for more protection of Iraqi Christians following the advance of ISIS militants in the country's north, causing thousands to flee.
Demonstrators had gathered outside a cemetery where Turkish police attempted to remove the statue of a Kurdish rebel who founded the PKK (File/AFP)
11:43 GMT
A Kurdish protester was killed and two others injured Tuesday during clashes with Turkey's security forces in Diyarbakir province.
Ibrahim Halawa, 18, from Firhouse, a suburb of Dublin, was arrested in August 2013 along with his three sisters after they were caught up in a military siege of a mosque in Cairo while his family was on holiday in the country. [Facebook]
10:37 GMT
Tony Blair has been urged to intervene in the case of an Irish teenager who has been imprisoned without trial in Egypt for a year and is now facing the death penalty in a mass trial, which has been described as a “mockery of a court process”.
The Ark Futura, a Danish-chartered cargo vessel which is assisting in the effort to extract Syrian chemical weapons from the country (File/AFP)
10:26 GMT
The Pentagon says a specially-equipped US ship has completed the neutralization of all the 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons components.
Azzam al-Ahmad, who heads the Palestinian delegation during the Cairo talks, attends a meeting of the Palestinian leadership chaired by president Mahmud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
09:07 GMT
Ceasefire talks are at risk of collapse given Israel's refusal to make concessions, members of the Palestinian delegation to Cairo said late Monday.
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pictured with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speak during a press conference in Ankara, February 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:00 GMT
Turkish authorities summoned the German ambassador over allegations of spying. Germany's secret service, BND, is believed to have targeted Turkey since 2009.
We need to take a different approach to ISIS. Fighter jets will not make them go away (File/AFP)
07:44 GMT
When Vice News released a recent documentary of rare access to ISIS members, it was more than just European men abandoning their happy families back home to fight their extremist jihad.
The ban applies to all US-registered planes, commercial operators and FAA-licensed pilots. [FAA Website]
07:26 GMT
The United States has announced that Syrian airspace in not safe for American airlines due to the ongoing conflict in the country.
A Syrian refugee child eats food which her mother collects from rubbishbins on August 18, 2014, at Eminonu in Istanbul. Turkey's relief agency said on August 15 it was time for the world to start "sharing the burden" of the 1.2 million Syrian refugees it is hosting, after tensions between Turks and refugees again turned violent. (AFP / BULENT KILIC)
07:24 GMT
A Syrian refugee child eats food which her mother collects from
Palestinians flee their destroyed neighbourhood to take shelter in a United Nations school for the night in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. [AFP]
07:15 GMT
A senior UN official says the Gaza Strip has suffered an “unprecedented amount of destruction” as a result of Israel’s offensive against the coastal enclave, calling for an end to the Israeli siege of Gaza.
US President Barack Obama applauds retiring ABC reporter Ann Compton as he speaks about the US involvement in Iraq. [AFP]
06:58 GMT
Barack Obama has insisted that the US has made a “major step forward” after American air strikes assisted Kurdish and Iraqi forces in driving back the Islamic State from one of Iraq’s key dams.
Thousands of Syrians have been displaced since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
06:52 GMT
Australia's government has been taking steps to deport refugees fleeing Syrian violence, according to a letter and emails obtained by Britain's Guardian newspaper.
Pope Francis has stated military intervention in Iraq is justified to prevent extremists' 'unjust aggression'. [AFP]
06:46 GMT
Using force against Iraq extremists is justified says Pope: Francis backs military action to stop persecution of Christians by Islamist fanatics.
Palestinians flee their destroyed neighbourhood to head to a United Nations school to take refuge for the night in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. [AFP]
06:32 GMT
Palestinians and Israelis have agreed to extend a five-day ceasefire for one more day and continue their talks for a lasting truce.
A dishevelled Haruna Yukawa, who has allegedly been kidnapped by ISIS (YouTube).
06:00 GMT
Japan's government is investigating a video posted online depicting a Japanese man apparently kidnapped by ISIS militants.
Disease and poor access to food and water is making many UNWRA emergency shelters not fit for habitation (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT
Poor access to food and water and various diseases are making Unite Nation shelters in Gaza no longer habitable.

August 18, 2014

The captives  were distributed amongst militant groups from the Nusra Front as well as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT
The Lebanese government on Monday received a list of demands from the militants who have held members of the Army and Internal Security Forces captive since the eruption of Arsal clashes.
MORE than 900 cases of sectarian incitement have been documented in Bahrain’s mosques over the past 12 months (Adam Jan/ AFP).
18:00 GMT
MORE than 900 cases of sectarian incitement have been documented in Bahrain’s mosques and ma’atams within 12 months.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal (AFP/ File Archive).
16:00 GMT
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss strengthening bilateral relations.
During the protest the crowd chanted: “from Ferguson to Palestine, police brutality is a crime.” (Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images North America/ AFP).
14:19 GMT
"Block the Boat" activists claim to have prevented a Zim cargo ship from unloading Israeli goods on North America's West Coast.
The Assad regime continued air strikes that it began Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT
The Syrian air force carried out air strikes against ISIS militants in the province of Raqqa Monday.
Lebanon currently hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, making up 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT
Lebanese authorities tightened controls on Syrian refugees in Bsharri after a wave of violence between militants and the army across Arsal earlier this month.
King Abdullah's donation was in response to a proposal made by the World Food Program (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT
King Abdullah donated an additional $1 million for Palestinian families in the West Bank, which would benefit up to 81,000 people.
Kuwait´s parliament, where Member for Parliament Abdul Hameed Dashti said he would call for a debate about misbehaving Kuwaitis abroad (Yasser al-Zayya, AFP).
13:09 GMT
Two Kuwaiti parliament members have demanded that the passport of any Kuwaiti who tarnishes the country’s image and reputation abroad should be revoked.
Militants from the Islamic State are threatening the stability of Iraqi Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
11:26 GMT
As the Islamic State spreads across Iraq and threatens the region, prejudice against Arabs is on the rise in Kurdistan.
An Israeli soldier applies camouflage to his face close to the border with Gaza, July 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:15 GMT
Israel has positioned troops along the Gaza border as a five-day ceasefire brokered by Egypt is due to end late Monday.
Egypt's security forces are often targeted ever since Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT
An Egyptian police officer was shot dead Monday in the Nile Delta when an armed group attacked a security checkpoint.
A Syrian boy walks through the remains of a refugee camp that was burnt during clashes with militants in Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:23 GMT
Militants freed two Lebanese soldiers who were kidnapped during clashes between extremists and the army in the border town of Arsal.
Police have yet to identify the attackers. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
Armed men attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince Monday.
Iran is prone to earthquakes as the country is located on seismic fault lines (File/AFP)
09:49 GMT
A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook three provinces in western Iran, injuring at least 50 people. No fatalities were reported.
Lebanese soldiers stand guard in the streets of Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT
Lebanon's army requested fixed-wing aircrafts from the U.S. to support troops battling extremists in and around the border town of Arsal, an official said.
Three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.
08:24 GMT
Early on Monday morning the IDF destroyed the Hebron area West Bank homes of the suspected murderers of the three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.
Morsi is accused of collaborating with foreign organizations. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT
A Cairo criminal court lifted the media ban on former President Mohamed Morsi's trial.
Palestinian children play amongst the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza City, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
The humanitarian situation in Gaza has worsened after more than one week of an agreed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Michael Fallon, pictured meeting British forces at the RAF base in Akrotiri, Cyprus this weekend, said the mission had escalated beyond a humanitarian one and could last for months. [RAF]
07:43 GMT
Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict: 150 more special forces on way as minister says mission will take months.
Palestinians walk in the rubble of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
07:13 GMT
Qatar announced on Saturday that it has decided to donate $1,000 to each Palestinian family whose house was destroyed during Operation Protective Edge.
The tension between the Druze and the Bedouin of Swaida dates back to the eruption of violence between the two communities in 2000. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT
Clashes between Druze and Bedouins in southern Syria killed 15 people.
Models take part in the "Miss Bikini" event, part of "World Next Top Model 2014", at the Publicity beach resort in the Lebanese coastal city of Byblos on August 17, 2014. (AFP / ANWAR AMRO)
07:05 GMT
Models take part in the "Miss Bikini" event, part of "World Next Top Model 2014
ISIS militants killed over 700 people from rural Deir al-Zor over the past two weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (File/AFP)
06:55 GMT
Syria's air force continued to carry out dozens of strikes against ISIS militants in Raqqa Sunday, killing 31 extremists and eight civilians.
Palestinians observe the damage of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
05:23 GMT
A Hamas spokesman on Sunday accused Israel of "stalling" in ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a long-term truce in Gaza, stressing that "the ball is in the Israeli occupation's court."

August 17, 2014

An Iraqi Yazidi woman, who fled her home when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, looks at her baby as they rest inside a building under construction where they found refuge on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
17:31 GMT
Up to 3,000 women and girls kidnapped by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq in just a fortnight - and hundreds of men who refuse to convert have been shot dead.
A Syrian fighter jet flies over the northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn. [Press TV]
15:58 GMT
The Syrian army's jet fighters have launched a series of fresh aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria, killing nineteen ISIL militants and injuring tens of others.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands with Yukiya Amano , Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during a meeting in Tehran on August 17, 2014 ahead of an August 25 deadline for Tehran to answer decade-old allegations of past nuclear weapons research.
15:47 GMT
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic's defensive missile capabilities.
Fuad Masoum made the comments in his first major interview since becoming Iraq's head of state on July 24 (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT
Iraq's President Fuad Masoum said his government would make a "series of communications and initiatives" with Saudi Arabia to ensure strong ties with the kingdom.
Both Hamas and Israel said fighting would continue if no permanent ceasefire was reached (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT
Israel's communication minister said that Tel Aviv had not decided about an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Hamas.
David Cameron promised to “support the building blocks of democracy” a part of a long-term solution for Iraq (File/AFP)
12:50 GMT
Prime Minister David Cameron said militant group ISIS could "reach the streets of Britain" and promised swifter action against the extremist group in Iraq.
Countries with tense relations, like the U.S. and Iran, are recognizing the need to work together in combatting the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The rise of the Islamic State and their terrifying ideology is bringing together enemies from all sides of the spectrum.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position to monitor the region from Bashiqa, close to Mosul, August 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT
Kurdish Peshmergas backed by U.S. air strikes launched a major operation to retake control of Iraq's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic State militants.
The IAEA director general is set to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Ali Akbar Salehi. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran for talks about Iran's nuclear program.
Gaza's sole power plant was bombed by Israeli forces on July 29, causing widespread electricity shortages (File/AFP)
10:05 GMT
Only six hours of electricity per day remained in most of Gaza as shortages continued following Israeli shelling of the Strip's sole power plant two weeks ago.
Thousands of people stand and protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London, August 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:34 GMT
The UK government faces a potential lawsuit over its continued arms sales to Israel as speculation continues that British-made weapons may have been used to commit war crimes in Gaza.
Chief Palestinian negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmad said he was "optimistic" about reaching a long-term peace agreement with Israel (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT
Palestinian and Israeli delegations are due to resume negotiations Sunday for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, according to AFP.
A boy walks passed street art critical of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT
At least ten suspected militants were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes over eastern and southern parts of Yemen, a local official confirmed.
Libya is grappling with rising insecurity since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT
Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in Tripoli.
Many of the victims were beheaded by ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT
ISIS extremists in Syria executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat tribe, while 1,800 people remain missing, according to a British-based monitoring group.
A New York Branch of the Arab Bank is viewed on East 52nd Street August 14, 2014 in New York. Arab Bank turned a blind eye to helping terrorists, a lawyer for victims of attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories told jurors as a trial opened in a decade-old suit against Jordan’s largest bank. (AFP)
07:07 GMT
A New York Branch of the Arab Bank is viewed on East 52nd Street August 14, 2014 in New York.
Palestinian patients in the hospital after the building was shelled by the IDF. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Dozens of families who fled their homes during the Israeli offensive on Gaza took refuge in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, and informal tent communities have sprung up amid houses now reduced to rubble.

August 16, 2014

The two militia groups played a key role in the uprising that toppled the country’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP)
21:46 GMT
Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in the Libyan capital of Tripoli shortly after the new UN envoy announced plans to visit the country soon for ceasefire negotiations.
The head of the Al-Wafd Party El-Sayed Al-Badawi, who last year traveled to Sudan to discuss the situation in Egypt with high ranking officials. (AFP File Photo)
18:20 GMT
A number of political parties that came into being after the 2011 revolution have said that they are in serious negotiations to join the electoral alliance led by the country's oldest liberal party, the Wafd Party.
Palestinian delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
17:50 GMT
Sources in the Islamic Jihad and Hamas indicated that the Egyptian proposal does not meet the current demands of the Palestinian people and that therefore it is highly unlikely they will accept it.
An LAF tank outside Arsal. (AFP)
14:22 GMT
Lebanese PM Tammam Salam reassured relatives of kidnapped soldiers and police officers Saturday that the state was exerting all efforts possible to secure the release of their loved ones.
Afghan police officers stand guard at an Army checkpoint in December 2013, shortly before the US withdrawal. (AFP)
14:07 GMT
At least three Afghan policemen have been killed when US-led foreign forces launched an airstrike in Afghanistan’s northern province of Parwan.
Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to Tfail in April. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT
The mayor of Tfail said Saturday that the Syrian army ordered residents to evacuate in 48 hours before the military shells the tiny eastern border village in Lebanon.
A Lion & lioness look on from inside their cage at the Bisan City tourist village zoo, in Beit Hanun on August 14, 2014. The zoo, part of Al-Bisan City, was built by the Hamas government in 2008 as a tourist village, but is now far from relaxing, with the wire of its enclosures twisted and crushed after the strikes, debris and dead animals strewn around, and the remains of militant rocket launchers lying nearby. (AFP)
09:25 GMT
A Lion (R) and lioness look on from inside their cage at the Bisan City tourist village zoo
Lebanese army tanks deploy in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:07 GMT
French authorities are seeking to provide the Lebanese army with used weapons under a $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Saturday.
ISIL militants have killed at least 500 members of the Izadi ethnic minority of Iraq over the past days. (AFP)
07:47 GMT
Iraq’s Kurdish officials say ISIL Takfiri militants have massacred around 100 members of the Izadi (Yazidi) minority in a village in the north of the country.
Ninety-six Palestinians were released in Jerusalem Friday, part of nearly 600 who have been detained since the start of the conflict. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israel released 96 Palestinian prisoners in Jerusalem Friday who were part of nearly 600 arrested in relation to protests over murdered Palestinian teen, Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

August 15, 2014

Gaza death toll hit 1,980 Friday as serious injuries become fatal. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT
The death toll in Gaza reached 1,980 Friday, which officials attribute to a lack of medical supplies and facilities for the critically wounded.
Witnesses report militants captured the muezzin and shot him in front of his mosque in Rawlawla, Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:15 GMT
Almost a dozen ancient Shiite shrines and mosques were destroyed by Isis militants in western Iraq.
Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam spoke to an Arsal delegate Friday and vowed to find solutions for the depleted town's growing refugee population.
13:48 GMT
After a bloody battle between the Lebanese army and Syrian militants in Arsal, Lebanon PM Salam spoke Friday about rebuilding the town and addressing a growing number of Syrian refugees he said were partially to blame.
The Kerem Shalom crossing is set to open Friday to allow humanitarian aid through. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT
With peace treaties being discussed, Israeli authorities have announced plans to open the Karem Shalom crossing to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza.