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February 23, 2015

Hundreds of Palestinians had to be evacuated from their homes following severe flooding in the Gaza Valley Sunday. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT
Israeli authorities Monday rejected claims by Gaza's government that it caused severe flooding in the Strip by releasing storm water from dams.
A French Navy fighter jet is pulled across the Charles de Gaulle carrier, en route to the Gulf, February 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT
France dispatched a fighter jet towards Iraq Monday to launch further airstrikes against Daesh targets as part of the US-led coalition.
A Yemeni reads a local newspaper whose front page shows President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Yemen's Western-backed president Hadi, who resigned last month under pressure from the Shiite Huthi militia, escaped house arrest and fled the capital to friendly territory on February 21, labeling as a coup the grab for power by the militia that had held him. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT
Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has demanded that the UN-sponsored peace talks currently being held in the capital, Sana’a, be transferred to a different location for safety reasons.
Syrian Civil Defense workers carry an 80-year-old woman after freeing her from under the rubble of her home, where she spent several hours, following a reported air strike. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT
According to an opposition group, nine civilians were killed when bombs struck Zalak village near the Syrian-Turkish border.
Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside the Egyptian embassy, a few hours after it was shut down, on February 23, 2015. Egypt's is the latest foreign mission to shut down over security fears after the Shia Houthi militia takeover. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:04 GMT
The Egyptian diplomatic mission in Yemen returned to Cairo in the early hours on Monday.
US Central Command chief General Lloyd Austin. (AFP/Getty Images)
09:44 GMT
In a meeting with the Iraqi defense minister, US Central Command chief General Lloyd Austin claimed the US has killed approximately 8,500 Daesh militants throughout the ongoing airstrikes.
Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Egyptian courts have sentenced Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison for protesting and other charges.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
Mohamed Hemish discusses why Palestinians should no longer look at Erdogan as a champion of democracy in the Middle East.
The weapons are currently in route to Lebanon, after having been delayed for over a year. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
After a one year delay, $1 billion worth of weapons purchased through a Saudi Grant agreement with France will soon arrive in Lebanon.
Libyan supporters of "Fajr Libya" (Libya Dawn), a mainly-Islamist alliance, take part in a protest in Tripoli's central Martyr's Square. (AFP/File)
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The militias, which have been controlling Tripoli since 2014, lauded efforts made by a western Libya council of tribal dignitaries to hammer out a truce among warring groups in the western cities of Zintan and Misurata.
Israeli forces raided the camp late Sunday, injuring a number of Palestinians. (AFP/File)
06:36 GMT
Seven Palestinians were injured by live bullets during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem late Sunday.
Israel's defense ministry said Sunday the $2.82 billion deal will help boost the country's economy. (AFP/File)
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Israel's defense ministry said Sunday the $2.82 billion deal will help boost the country's economy.
Airlines called for more flights to Beirut on Sunday in response to increased passenger demand. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
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Airlines called for more flights to Beirut on Sunday in response to increased passenger demand.

February 22, 2015

The kidnappings come a day after Daesh burned to death 50 civilians in Hit. (AFP/File)
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Daesh has captured 23 people in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin
Australia's prime minister is clamping down on extremists, but Muslims say they're the scapegoat. (AFP/Peter Parks)
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Australia's prime minister is clamping down on extremists, but Muslims say they're the scapegoat.
The suspect is an 18-year-old Palestinian who was "illegal in Israel" and taken in for questioning Sunday. (AFP/File)
18:44 GMT
The suspect is an 18-year-old Palestinian who was "illegal in Israel" and taken in for questioning Sunday.
The deadliest attack was near the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
Multiple bombings in Iraq have killed 12 people and wounded many more, the Associated Press has reported.
Daesh militants are now prepared to sell bodies of Kurds that they have killed. (AFP)
17:00 GMT
Daesh has reportedly said it will deliver the bodies of dead Kurdish fighters in return for payment, according to a German newspaper.
Israel has withheld tax revenues for the PA since it joined the International Criminal Court last month. (AFP/File)
15:48 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to cut security ties with Israel if the country continues to withhold tax revenues, the Associated Press has reported.
Turkish forces are evacuating their soldiers Sunday after a ground mission to relocate a tomb in Syria. (AFP/File)
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Turkish forces are evacuating their soldiers Sunday after a ground mission to relocate a tomb in Syria.
An image made available by Islamist media propaganda outlet Welayat Tarablos on February 18, 2015, allegedly shows members of the Islamic State militant group parading in a street in the Libyan city of Sirte.(AFP/File)
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Militants associated with Daesh have claimed responsibility for both the attack against the Iranian embassy earlier today, as well as rocket-fire against an airport this past weekend.
Daesh says that European fighters only make up a small number of its group. (AFP)
14:56 GMT
The number of Daesh (ISIS) fighters from Europe is drying up since European states have introduced tighter restrictions on would-be fighters traveling to Iraq and Syria, Reuters has reported.
Earlier this year the Algerian embassy was also attacked in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
Two bombs have exploded outside the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, causing minimum damage to the empty building.
A dressed-up man parades during the annual festival of Zamboin in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, this festival marks the beginning of the Christian fasting season ahead of Easter. (AFP/ Ibrahim Chalhoub)
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A dressed-up man parades during the annual festival of Zambo, that marks the beginning of lent, the Christian fasting season ahead of Easter
Palestinian men make their way by horse and cart through a flooded street during heavy rains in Gaza City on November 27, 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:22 GMT
Israeli authorities have opened numerous dams following recent heavy rain, causing hundreds of Palestinians to flee from flooding in the Gaza Valley.
The three Britons were last spotted on CCTV leaving London's Gatwick airport for Turkey. (Image: London Metropolitan Police)
11:21 GMT
Three schoolgirls from the UK who allegedly fled their homes to join Daesh have crossed into Syria, according to a report from the Telegraph.
An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off during a display for foreign media. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Israeli fighter jets have have entered Lebanon’s airspace, flying at low altitudes over several areas.
Smoke billows after a US air strike near the Mosul dam. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
09:42 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the US-led international coalition responded to a Daesh attack in Iraq, killing 27 militants.
Joakim Medin photographed in Kobane. (Photo: Facebook)
09:27 GMT
Joakim Medin, a freelance journalist from Sweden, was released by Syrian forces after having been near the Turkish border.
Former Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi photographed in 2013. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)
09:14 GMT
In his first public comments since resignation, former Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi reasserted his authority in a statement to Al-Jazeera news.
Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT
Daesh released a new video which presumably shows 21 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in cages being paraded through packed streets in the embattled Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
Gulf countries are allegedly funding Daesh so the militant group won't carry out operations in their lands. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
The West has been trying to stop private donors from funding Daesh militants with little impact on the extremist group. Is there any other way the Kurds, Iraqi army and the US-led coalition can take them down?
Daesh had been closing in on the tomb of Suleyman Shah. (Photo: Google +)
07:30 GMT
Successful operation overnight with tanks and troops brings back the body of Suleyman Shah in Turkey's only exclave, Turkish prime minister and army confirm.
There are been numerous attacks on Egypt's security forces by the group in recent months. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Egypt’s Ansar Bait al-Maqdis militant group has dismissed media reports that it has pledged allegiance to Daesh, whose members are currently wreaking havoc in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
The UN had attempted to broker a ceasefire between rebels and Bashar al-Assad's troops last week in the besieged city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
05:51 GMT
At least four people were killed and 20 injured in the Syrian city of Aleppo hours after another blast killed four in Qardahain.
Baghdad's former mayor was sacked and will be replaced by Zekra Al Wash. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Baghdad has named its first female mayor, a government spokesman said Saturday. AFP reported that Zekra Al Wash, a civil engineer and director general of the ministry of higher education, is the first woman to be given such a post in Iraq.

February 21, 2015

It's the first time that a rocket has hit the center of Qardaha since fighting started in 2011. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
Four people were killed in in President Assad's town of Qardaha on Saturday, a monitoring group has said.
The French prime minister made the comments at a gathering in Madrid. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT
Jihadists in Libya pose a direct threat to Europe, according to France's prime minister who was speaking at a gathering in Madrid.
Jordanian children make a snowman in the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT
Jordanian children make a snowman in the Jordanian capital Amman
Daesh also burned to death at least 45 people in al-Baghdadi last week. (AFP)
14:15 GMT
Daesh militants have reportedly burned to death 50 civilians in Iraq’s violence-plagued western province of al-Anbar, in a brutal execution similar to the one previously carried out on a Jordanian pilot.
The killings happened in the Syrian village of Rityan, north of Aleppo. (AFP)
13:36 GMT
Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in northern Syria this week as government forces executed the families of five five reported rebels, AFP reported.
There has been ongoing fighting in the oil-rich country for the past four years. (AFP)
13:01 GMT
Rockets have been fired at Libya's Labraq airport from the Daesh-controlled city of Derna, Reuters has reported.
Hadi is reportedly leaving for the southern city of Aden, though more details have not yet emerged. (AFP/FIle)
09:47 GMT
Resigned Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi left his home in the capital Sanaa Saturday, apparently released from house arrest placed on the leader by Houthi militants in late January.
The fire was contained and clean up is underway, but it's believed to have been partially stirred by high winds ripping through the buildings highest pitches. (Image:YouTube)
07:20 GMT
Hundreds were evacuated from there homes in Dubai's Torch tower as civil defense workers attempted to quell billowing flames from one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.
The unidentified missing journalist had planned to enter a Daesh-controlled area of Syria. (AFP/File)
05:50 GMT
A Swedish journalist who was planning to enter a Daesh-controlled area in Syria has been out-of-touch for four days.
The commission has not revealed whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is on the list or not. (AFP/File)
04:39 GMT
A UN commission has drafted lists of those who have committed war crimes in Syria's civil war. The list is now ready to be published.

February 20, 2015

According to the militants, the three suicide bombings in Qubba on Friday were in response to Egyptian airstrikes on Derna, pictured above. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
Militants fighting for Daesh claimed responsibility for 3 car bombs that killed over 40 people in Libya on Friday. The militants noted that the attacks were in response to Egypt's airstrikes on Derna
Police suspect the girls intend to join Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
16:10 GMT
Three British teenagers are missing from their UK homes. They flew to Istanbul on Tuesday and are believed to be en route to Syria.
Ethnic Turkmens in Iraq prepared to fight against Daesh in October. (AFP/Marwan Ibrahim)
15:30 GMT
Hundreds of ethnic Turkmens, a minority in Iraq, are now in the hands of Daesh, a report said Thursday.
International Atomic Energy Agency officials inspect the Natanz nuclear facility. According to the latest report, Iran has stopped enriching the IR-5 centrifuge located at the facility. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
A International Atomic Energy Agency report shows that Iran has ended nuclear centrifuge testing and has fulfilled its obligations under the interim nuclear deal signed in November 2013.
Mosul is the largest city under Daesh control. The militant group captured the city in June 2014. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
Iraqi and Kurdish forces are preparing to take on Daesh in the city of Mosul in April-May, according to a U.S. official.
Intelligence sources told media Friday that an assassination attempt on the Turkish leader's daughter was well planned. (AFP/Daniel Garcia)
14:23 GMT
Intelligence sources told media Friday that an assassination attempt on the Turkish leader's daughter was well planned.
Donors pledged billions to help rebuild Gaza at a conference in Cairo in October, but many of those donations have not been fulfilled. (AFP/File)
14:03 GMT
UN Under Secretary for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman urged donors to fulfill pledges for Gaza. He warned of the "increasingly worrisome" situation that could lead to an escalation of clonflict.
The explosions targeted government officials who met at the hotel Friday. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
The explosions targeted government officials who met at the hotel Friday.
Somalia's ministers were attacked by jihadist group al-Shabaab Friday. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT
Somalia's ministers were attacked at a hotel by jihadist group al-Shabaab Friday.
Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels took control of 19 villages in al-Raqqa, a province east of Aleppo.  (AFP/File)
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As international leaders hold talks on the Syria conflict, Kurdish and rebel forces gained control of 19 villages in Raqqa on Thursday.
The explosions appeared to be in retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes on nearby Derna, an official said Friday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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The explosions appeared to be in retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes on nearby Derna, an official said Friday.
Ten people died and eight were injured in a fire in Abu Dhabi on Friday. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT
Ten people died and eight were injured in a fire in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Iraqi officials said the aid offered by UN organizations isn't enough. (AFP/Younis al-Bayati)
12:00 GMT
Iraqi officials said the aid offered by UN organizations isn't enough.
Car bombs exploded in the city of Qubbah on Friday. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT
Car bombs exploded in the city of Qubbah on Friday.
Opposing parties agreed Friday on a council that would help guide Yemen out of a political crisis.  (AFP/File)
10:47 GMT
Opposing parties agreed Friday on a council that would help guide Yemen out of a political crisis.
Qatar achieved a breakthrough in its negotiations with al-Nusra Front, a report said Friday. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT
Qatar achieved a breakthrough in its negotiations with al-Nusra Front, a report said Friday.
Lebanon's former prime minister said Thursday the strategy should be restricted to the Lebanese Army and security forces. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT
Lebanon's former prime minister said Thursday the strategy should be restricted to the Lebanese Army and security forces.
A rocket attack by militants in Aleppo resulted in casualties Thursday. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT
A rocket attack by militants in Aleppo resulted in casualties Thursday.
The recent murder of a 20-year-old female student prompted a media platform Thursday. (AFP/Adem Altan)
08:52 GMT
The recent murder of a 20-year-old female student prompted a media platform Thursday.
The Muslim Brotherhood announced earlier this week it had fired six of its senior leaders. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT
The Muslim Brotherhood announced earlier this week it had fired six of its senior leaders.
The demonstrator spent a month in a coma after an anti-government demonstration in January. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
08:02 GMT
The demonstrator spent a month in a coma after an anti-government demonstration in January.
An emergency team and operation room will be working around the clock this weekend. (Screenshot: Twitter)
07:46 GMT
An emergency team and operation room will be working around the clock this weekend.
The deadly conflict in Sudan has killed 300,000 people and internally displaced two million, the UN said Thursday. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
The deadly conflict in Sudan has killed 300,000 people and internally displaced two million, the UN said Thursday.
Khamenei threatened Thursday to respond to Europe's weapon sanctions by withholding gas supplies. (AFP/File)
06:01 GMT
Khamenei threatened Thursday to respond to Europe's weapon sanctions by withholding gas supplies.
The US secretary of state said Thursday the US will hold summits in its efforts to fight extremist groups. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The US secretary of state said Thursday the US will hold summits in its efforts to fight extremist groups.

February 19, 2015

The US will be training 5,000 Syrian soldiers a year in its fight against Daesh and the Syrian regime. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
19:56 GMT
The US will be training 5,000 Syrian soldiers a year in its fight against Daesh and the Syrian regime.
Snowfall in Lebanon Thursday blocked roads and isolated villages, prompting schools to close down over the weekend. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT
Snowfall in Lebanon Thursday blocked roads and isolated villages, prompting schools to close down over the weekend.
Turkey consistently ranks one of the lowest for international press freedom indexes. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Turkey consistently ranks one of the lowest for international press freedom indexes.
The Daesh threat has led to a mass Egyptian exodus from Libya, an official said Thursday. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
The Daesh threat has led to a mass Egyptian exodus from Libya, an official said Thursday.
A top military commander was fired Wednesday when he failed to convince other factions to join the Houthi movement. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
A top military commander was fired Wednesday when he failed to convince other factions to join the Houthi movement.
A US university banned Iranian students looking to study engineering in the US. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
16:56 GMT
University of Massachusetts Amherst lifts controversial policy banning Iranian students from engineering programs.
The US president called for action against extremism Thursday, stating there is no clash of civilizations. (AFP/File)
16:18 GMT
The US president called for action against extremism Thursday, stating there is no clash of civilizations.
Two-day meetings in Saudi's capital Thursday sought to bolster the Iraqi army against Daesh. (AFP/File)
15:25 GMT
Two-day meetings in Saudi's capital Thursday sought to bolster the Iraqi army against Daesh.
The Syrian government has been holding detainees without charge or due process, the UN said Thursday. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT
The Syrian government has been holding detainees without charge or due process, the UN said Thursday.
There have been 897 confirmed MERS cases in Saudi Arabia since the coronavirus was first detected in June 2012. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT
There have been 897 confirmed MERS cases in Saudi Arabia since the coronavirus was first detected in June 2012.
Rescue teams search for survivors after heavy bombings in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The president of the Syrian coalition agreed to the UN "freeze plan" to halt the violence in Aleppo for six weeks.
The Afghan Taliban told sources talk with the US would begin on Thursday. (AFP/Paul J. Richards)
13:24 GMT
Official denies US will hold talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar.
Egypt's assistant foreign minister denied the story that ten more Egyptians were kidnapped in Tripoli Thursday, a scare following Daesh's mass execution of Egyptian Christians in Libya. (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
Egypt's assistant foreign minister denied the story that ten more Egyptians were kidnapped Thursday.
UNHCR reports there are more than 400,000 school-aged Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT
Three Syrian children burned to death when a tent caught fire in a refugee camp of northern Lebanon.
Men carry the body of a pro-regime fighter on February 18, 2015 at a morgue in the rebel held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a day after he was allegedly killed in fierce clashes with rebel fighters in a northern countryside of the city. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT
Rebels have reportedly captured 32 government soldiers from ongoing battles in the villages of Ratian and Hardatnein in Aleppo.
Lebanese forces have increased security operations in the border region of Bekaa Valley amid growing militancy across the country. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT
Officers from Lebanon's counter-terrorism bureau arrested a Daesh suspect in Beirut Thursday, according to a security source.
The United States embassy in Ankara could be a potential target. (AFP/File)
12:02 GMT
Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has warned about possible attacks by Daesh against foreign embassies in the country.
Palestinian children stand during a relief operation in Syria's besieged Yarmouk refugee camp, February 24, 2014. (AFP/SANA)
11:13 GMT
Up to 18,000 Palestinians remain trapped in Syria's besieged Yarmouk camp with no food or adequate heating, UNRWA said.
Previous attempts to resolve issues between the US and the Taliban have failed. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Taliban representatives from Afghanistan will hold peace talks with US officials in Qatar Friday, a spokesman from the group announced.
UN envoy Mohamed Alhakim claimed Daesh militants harvested organs to finance the extremist group. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
Daesh militants in Iraq denied harvesting organs following allegations from the country's UN ambassador Mohamed Alhakim who said bodies were being allegedly found with surgical incisions.
Egyptian troops check IDs at a checkpoint. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT
Unknown assailants opened fire at a check point in the Egyptian city of Suez, killing one police officer and injuring another.
Roumieh prison was originally built to hold about 1,500 inmates, but is now there are upwards of 3,700 people detained there. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
09:04 GMT
The police officers were fired after participating in the smuggling of contraband, including drugs, into Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison.
Italian demonstrators hold a banner reading "Free Palestine" during a rally against the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip in downtown Rome on July 11, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:03 GMT
A group of lawmakers in Italy has presented a motion to support Palestine as an independent state ahead of a vote in the Italian parliament.
The training program will begin by March or April. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT
The US identified 1,200 potential recruits from Syria's moderate rebel groups for the train-and-equip program to aid in the fight against Daesh.
"Classified negotiating details stay behind closed doors," the US State Department said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
"Classified negotiating details stay behind closed doors," the US State Department said Wednesday.
Egyptian forces could launch a ground operation in Libya to rescue its citizens, according to sources. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
After the brutal killings of 21 Coptic Christians by Daesh in Libya, Egypt responded swiftly. Along with battling militants in the Sinai, do Egyptian security forces have enough on their plate?
A Syrian rebel runs through a street in Aleppo during clashes with government troops. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Syrian rebels continued to clash with Bashar al-Assad's army in the besieged city of Aleppo, despite efforts by the UN to broker a ceasefire for humanitarian purposes.
A group of Israeli soldiers take rest from their post near the border with Gaza. (AFP/File)
06:13 GMT
The IDF late Wednesday opened fire on Palestinian farmers close to the border with Israel, forcing the men to flee the area in fear of being killed or injured.
Egypt launched a wide-scale military operation Libya after 20 of its nationals were beheaded by Daesh. (AFP/File)
05:56 GMT
Qatar's Foreign Ministry recalled its ambassador from Egypt days after Cairo launched a military operation against Daesh targets in Libya.