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The Tripoli airport has been a long-sought after control post for rival militias. On Saturday, Islamist group Fajr Libya announced it has seized total control. (AFP/File)
20:11 GMT
Libyan Islamist militant group Fajr Libya announced Saturday its seizure of the Tripoli airport from rival nationalist militia groups.
Hamas officials sparked Palestinian Authority outrage Saturday after executing more than 20 Palestinians for allegedly conspiring with Israel. (AFP/File)
17:18 GMT
The Palestinian Authority on Saturday condemned the killings of more than 20 Palestinians charged with conspiring with Israel.
Palestinians launched a campaign against Italy's planned military exercises with Israel. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
Palestinians launched a campaign to pressure Italy to boycott planned military exercises with Israel.
Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. would help Iraq form a new federal system. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Amid new sectarian violence, Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. is prepared to help Iraq decentralize with a federal system.
Tensions boiled over Friday when Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
New government talks are strained after Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
The member of Chile's Parliament Hugo Gutierrez (2-L), next to members of the Palestinian Federation of Chile & relatives of victims of bombings in Gaza, arrives to the Justice Center of Chile in Santiago, on August 22, 2014, to present a complaint against the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, citing the principle of universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity, committed in Palestine. (AFP)
09:33 GMT
The member of Chile's Parliament Hugo Gutierrez (2-L), next to members of the Palestinian
Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has faced criticism over waiting too long to send army forces into Arsal to defend against charging militants. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT
Amid criticism about military handling of the Arsal battle with Syrian militants earlier in August, Lebanese army COmmader Gen. Jean Kahwagi refutes claims he used the battle for political gains.
A media watchdog in Gaza reported Israeli forces have committed 73 violations of media freedom and Palestinian parties three since the Gaza siege began. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT
A media watchdog says the Gaza siege has had the worst month in history for media freedom and safety, with attacks on journalists widespread in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and throughout Gaza.
Fresh violence erupted in Baghdad when Shiites militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Amid international qualms over how to handle ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Iraqi Shiite militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad Friday, killing more than 70 people.

August 22, 2014

A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke rising from the remains of a mortar fired by Palestinian militants into Israel on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
19:40 GMT
A four-year-old Israeli child was killed after mortar fire struck two cars in Sdot Negev region of southern Israel on Friday afternoon.
Supporters of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement gather during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus to support people in the Gaza Strip on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
18:06 GMT
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said that the Palestinians would not accept anything less than an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, as Israeli forces continued to attack the besieged enclave.
An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah. [AFP]
13:39 GMT
Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has deplored as a “savage crime” the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL terrorist in a recently released video.
Al-Ray News Agency, affiliated with Hamas, reported that 11 Palestinians were killed on Friday. [AFP]
10:21 GMT
Eleven Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Friday for allegedly collaborating with Israel.
Spent bullet shells litter the ground as a member of the Islamist-linked militia of Misrata walks past following three days of battles in the area of Tripoli's International airport, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:25 GMT
Heavy fighting has once again broken out between rival militants around the international airport in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, forcing locals to flee their homes.
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel  and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:15 GMT
The Islamic State (Isis) presents a greater threat to the US than al-Qa’ida and must be defeated, the Pentagon has said.
A relatives of senior Hamas commander Raed al-Atar, one of three senior Hamas commanders killed in an Israeli military strike, mourns during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:05 GMT
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says more than 370,000 Palestinian children are in need of immediate psycho-social first aid amid the Israeli regime’s onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian grieves over the body of one of three men killed at a local cemetery following an Israeli military strike on Gaza City, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
08:46 GMT
Airstrikes killed four Palestinians in Gaza early Friday as Israel's military assault on the besieged enclave continued.
Malaysian Muslim and family members offer special prayers for the remains of co-pilot Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi (L) and flight attendant Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh (R), the Malaysians who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in Ukraine at a mosque in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur. (AFP / MOHD RASFAN)
08:23 GMT
Malaysian Muslim and family members offer special prayers for the remains of co-pilot Ahmad
President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan announced Tuesday new plans to introduce harsher punishments for terrorism charges. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
United Arab Emirates announced Thursday a harsher set of anti-terrorism laws amid global fears of Islamic extremism.

August 21, 2014

A Hamas-affiliated website claimed to have executed three people suspected of collaborating with Israel in the airstrike mission that killed three senior Hamas leaders. (AFP/SaidKhatib)
20:11 GMT
Hamas carried out three executions and seven arrests on allegations of conspiring with Israel.
Eric Holden announced Thursday the U.S. will launch a criminal investigation into the death of James Foley. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the U.S. will launch a criminal investigation in the death of James Foley, and will continue to conduct military action in Iraq.
In its fourth year, the Syrian conflict has displaced more than 9 million Syrians and killed at least 180,000 people since March 2011. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
16:10 GMT
In a recent toll using data collected from sources on the group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports more than 180,000 conflict-related deaths in Syria since March 2011.
Lebanon's general strike aims to freeze government processes as the country remains deadlocked between election boycotts and delays. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT
Amid frustration with public sector salaries, Lebanon prepares for a general strike Thursday.
Despite accusations from Israel, Hamas has repeatedly sidestepped taking responsibility for the abduction of three Jewish teens in June. Wednesday marked Hamas' first public announcement of responsibility. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT
For the first time, Senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri said Wednesday that Qassam, Hamas' military wing, was responsible for the abduction and ultimate deaths of the three Israeli teens taken in June.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Azzam al-Ahmed, talks to the press in Cairo, August 12, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:49 GMT
Cairo-mediated talks with Israel have been suspended temporarily but could resume shortly, a Palestinian negotiator said Thursday.
Palestinian supporters of the Islamist Hamas movement shout slogans during a demonstration in support of the Hamas delegates who are due to take part in the talks that resumed in Cairo on August 17, 2014 in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip. [AFP]
13:45 GMT
Islamic Jihad leader and member of Palestinian delegation says that Israel pulled out of Cairo negotiations - despite Palestinian factions agreeing on Egypt-brokered truce
Attacks by Sinai-based militants have increased dramatically since the ouster of Morsi, with attacks primarily targeting Egyptian security forces. [Press TV]
13:31 GMT
4 militants killed as Egypt's troops press on with daily offensives in Sinai
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the assassination of the men was “an Israeli crime,” that will not "weaken the resistance or break the Palestinian people's determination". [AFP]
13:18 GMT
Hamas vowed on Thursday that Israel "will pay the price" for killing three commanders of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the Islamist movement's military wing.
One million people have been displaced by ISIS violence in Iraq since June, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT
Thousands of refugees are in need of food, water and emergency supplies in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, officials said.
Islamic State militants released a video earlier this week of U.S. photojournalist James Foley being beheaded (Image: Screenshot)
12:27 GMT
American officials at the Pentagon have revealed information about a failed attempt to rescue U.S. hostages including James Foley, from IS terrorists in Syria.
A Palestinian man reacts over the bodies of three boys killed in an Israeli military strike, during their funeral at a mosque in Gaza City on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
12:02 GMT
More than 40 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip over the past two days, taking the death toll from Israel’s war against the Palestinian enclave to over 2,065.
Violence has flared again following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiations. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT
The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades fired a home-made rocket at Israel's Ben Gurion airport Thursday.
A Palestinian man reacts to the news of his child being killed following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, August 21, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:57 GMT
Israeli forces killed four Palestinians after targeting a cemetery during funeral processions in Sheikh al-Radwan district, health officials confirmed.
Patriarch Beshara Rai said Iraq's Christians should stick to their roots and remain in Iraq, despite ISIS violence (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT
Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai urged the international community to help protect Iraq's Christians, during a visit to the Kurdish capital of Irbil.
Palestinians gather around the bodies of three children from the Al-Rifi family upon their arrival at Gaza city's Al-Shifa hospital on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:36 GMT
An Israeli airstrike killed five Palestinians, including three children, in Gaza City on Thursday, a medical official said.
Jordan's draft resolution called for a durable ceasefire between Israel and Gaza (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT
Jordan urged the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Militants from the Islamic State took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT
Interpol is urging the international community to conduct a coordinated effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.
Palestinians carry the body of  a Hamas commander's wife following an Israeli air strike, which killed two members of his family, Auguest 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:00 GMT
Hamas's deputy leader Musa Abu-Marzuq accused Israel of firing the first shot after the breakdown of a fragile ceasefire Tuesday.
Israeli Occupation Forces order PFLP leader Khalida Jarrar to be deported to Jericho. [PNN]
08:55 GMT
The Palestine Liberation Organization on Wednesday condemned the Israeli order to exile Palestinian member of parliament Khalida Jarrar from her home in Ramallah, as further details emerged of deportation order she received in a pre-dawn raid earlier in the day.
EU worried over rising terrorism in Mideast. [AFP]
08:18 GMT
A Romanian official says threats emanating from terrorism and extremism in the Middle East are a source of concern for the European Union (EU), of which his country is a member.
Over 2,000 Palestinians have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT
Hamas says three of their senior military leaders have been killed in recent Israeli air strikes.
Relatives of seven-month-old Ali Deif, the son of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif, hold his body in a mosque during his funeral at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on August 20, 2014. [AFP]
07:47 GMT
Egypt's foreign ministry expresses 'deep regret' over resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip and calls on both sides to build on past truce efforts
Relatives mourn in Gaza's al-Shifa hospital after their loved ones are brought from the morgue, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:40 GMT
The British government will continue to provide Israel with arms despite earlier signs that it would halt weapons sales licenses amid the high Gaza death toll.
The founder of the April 6 Youth Movement and fellow members have launched a new campaign against their detention. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT
A number of jailed Egyptian activists decided to go on an open-ended hunger strike to protest their detention.
ISIS extremists have grown stronger and more powerful in recent weeks across Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT
Round-the-clock news coverage of ISIS brutality makes one thing clear; this extremist group needs to be stopped. With the beheading of a U.S. journalist to add to that list, will Obama notice?
Iraqi women, who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, sit with children at the Bahrka camp, 10 km west of Arbil in the autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 20, 2014. The UN refugee agency said it had launched a huge operation to bring desperately needed aid to half a million Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels. (AFP)
06:58 GMT
Iraqi women, who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, sit with children at the Bahrka camp
US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 20, 2014. [AFP]
06:56 GMT
President Obama says US will continue to fight Islamic State, following murder of American journalist
A Bahraini Shiite protester reacts as she is detained by riot police during an anti-government demonstration in the center of the capital Manama on September 21, 2012. [AFP]
06:43 GMT
Regime forces in Bahrain have launched a new crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in the Persian Gulf country.
Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. [AFP]
06:31 GMT
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has issued a new report, confirming Iran’s commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with six world powers last year.
A protester holds up a picture of the Shia movement's leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:29 GMT
Thousands of Yemen's Houthi Shias staged an anti-government protest in the country's capital, Sana'a, giving leaders until Friday to resign.
Smoke rises from buildings following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on August 20, 2014. [AFP]
06:22 GMT
The United Nations Security Council has called on Israelis and Palestinians to resume negotiations to reach a deal on a long-term truce.
Relatives of Mohammed Deif's seven-month-old son mourn during the baby's funeral in the northern Gaza Strip, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Hamas officials categorically denied Tel Aviv claims that the group's top military commander, Mohammed Deif, was killed by an Israeli air strike, where his wife and seven-month-old son died.

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.