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Iraqis hold crossed-out portraits of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a December 2015 demonstration to demand the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Iraq. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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Yildrim criticized Iraq's leadership, saying it was "being provocative" with recent comments and said Ankara will continue to have a presence in Iraq.
The raids, among the most extensive carried out by the Egyptian military in its ongoing campaign against militants in the restive peninsula, followed the gunning down of Brigadier General Adel Ragaei. (AFP/File)
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Pre-dawn strikes on Islamic State-aligned group injured a further 70, destroyed vehicles.
TIOM also estimates that 3,654 migrants died or went missing in this year's Mediterranean crossings. (AFP/File)
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Some 463 migrants and the body of a pregnant woman in her mid-20s arrived in the port of Naples early on Sunday.
Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director of B'Tselem, at a press conference in Tel Aviv, February 05, 2016. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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“For nearly 50 years Palestinians have not had citizenship or rights. Now the coalition chairman, the messenger of the Prime Minister, wants to cancel of the citizenship of those who speak out against this reality.”
Calais Jungle demolition begins as riot police move into migrant camp. (AFP/File)
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Dozens of people could be seen throwing rocks at police in images relayed by French broadcaster BFMTV. The authorities responded with tear gas.
Tribal gunmen loyal to the Houthi movement brandish their weapons in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/File)
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Saudi-led coalition accused the Houthis of violating the ceasefire almost 1,000 times in the last 24 hours by launching mortar and armed attacks along Yemen's border with the kingdom and in several Yemeni provinces.
Iraqi troops on Saturday mounted a major attack to recapture a mostly Christian town near Mosul from Daesh. (AFP/File)
09:03 GMT
Speaking after meeting US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter in Baghdad, al-Abadi denied that any agreement had been reached on a Turkish role in the fight for Iraq's second-largest city.
Egypt's deposed president Morsi sits behind the defendants cage during a court trial in Cairo on November 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
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The defendants were convicted of detaining, torturing and inciting violence against protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace during his tenure in December 2012.
A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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The Russian military announced an 11-hour ceasefire for Thursday to allow civilians, rebel fighters and injured persons to leave the area, promising them safe passage.
An Israeli D9 bulldozer rolls along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
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Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank told Ma'an that Israeli authorities escorted the bulldozers onto lands just a few kilometers south of the illegal Elon Moreh settlement.
The hand of a victim amid the destruction following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammad Huweis)
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A UN panel of experts has accused the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of a deliberate “double tap” airstrike on a funeral gathering in Yemen earlier this month. In a report to the UN Security Council, obtained by IRIN, the panel says that the coalition’s second strike in particular “violated its obligations” under international law and it “did not take effective precautionary measures to minimize harm to civilians, including the first responders” on the scene.
Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner (center) says she is proud to welcome all asylum seekers during a rally on October 22, 2016. (Courtesy photo)
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Thousands across Australia have participated in nationwide rallies in more than 25 cities in support of asylum seekers in the country after recent calls by a lawmaker to enforce a refugee ban.

October 22, 2016

A verdict is not expected before April 2017. (AFP/File)
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The suspect allegedly participated in the abduction on February 17, 2013 and was "involved in guarding the kidnapped victim (a Canadian lawyer) between March and June 2013".
Egyptian army soldiers stand guard outside a polling station during the counting of ballots after the first round of voting for Egypt's parliamentary elections in Giza, Cairo, on October 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Adel Rajaaie, an armored division commander, when he left his home in Obour city.
Syrian refugees walk on their way back to the Syrian city of Jarabulus on September 7, 2016. (AFP/File)
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Many displaced Syrians are heading to the newly-freed, half-shattered town of Jarablus, which has become a symbol of Turkey's intervention in the Syrian war. But it is far from clear what awaits them there, and whether the nascent buffer zone is sustainable.
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a rally on July 31, 2016 in Cologne, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge. (AFP/Oliver Berg)
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Officials said 35 Turkish diplomatic passport holders had formally applied for asylum, but no other details were given about their identities or status of their applications.
Members of Iraqi pro-government forces drive towards the frontline on October 21, 2016 near the village of Tall al-Tibah, some 30 kilometers south of Mosul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Several police buildings were attacked and 18 security force members were killed.
Migrants sit on a boat of Libyan coastguard taking them ashore after they were rescued off the town of Qarabulli. (AFP/File)
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The Germany-based group had been attempting to deliver first-aid supplies to the migrants' boat when a speedboat bearing Libyan coastguard markings arrived on the scene.
Migrants, including many children, have lived at the camp for the last 18 months. They will now be relocated. (AFP/File)
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The French interior ministry said Friday that workers will begin closing the camp on Monday and the process will last for much of the week.

October 21, 2016

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said he will back General Michel Aoun for President. (AFP/File)
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Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Christian politician Michel Aoun, despite being a close ally of Hezbollah.
Palestinian security forces are seen on patrol in the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The PA has faced widespread criticism over the vague circumstances in which Palestinian fugitives have been arrested and killed amid a security crackdown.
Iraqi soldiers and civilians check the damage after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in northern Baghdad's Sadr City, May 17, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al Rubaye)
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A campaign of violence continues in Baghdad, targeting a local market and killing civilians.
Smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 20, 2016 as clashes erupted in an area designated as a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave the embattles city, an AFP journalist said, despite an announced pause in the Syrian army's Russian-backed offensive. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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Russia has told the UN it will stop bombing rebel-held eastern Aleppo for 11 hours a day over the next four days.
Israeli security forces gather at the site where a Palestinian woman attempted to stab an Israeli border police with a knife before being shot dead, near the Zaatara checkpoint, south of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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Rahiq Birawi, 23, became the 234th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the last year.
Syrian boys stand next to an Arab Red Crescent lorry carrying humanitarian aid in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Continued shelling from both sides casts doubt on the 'humanitarian pause' in fighting that was supposed to take place.

October 20, 2016

Lebanese security forces have made a number of arrests of people suspected of planning to carry out attacks in the country. (AFP/File)
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Lebanon's General Security said the cell was made up of eight Syrian nationals planning to carry out attacks in cafes and restaurants throughout the country.
People walk in the main street of the ''Jungle'' migrant camp where all makeshift shops have closed as French Interior Minister said on the eve the demolition of the camp would take place "within days" on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Denis Charlet)
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A group of unaccompanied children between the age of 14 and 17 were sent to England from the Calais refugee camp, causing a furor among British lawmakers who thought some of the migrants might be over the age of 18.
Turkish tanks are seen during a military operation in Jarabulus in northern Syria. (AFP/File)
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Turkey launched an unprecedented military operation in northern Syria on August 24, sending tanks and striking extremist targets along with Kurdish groups seen by the West as an effective force in combatting Daesh.
Iraqi soldiers look on as smoke rises from the Qayyarah area, some 35 miles south of Mosul, on October 19, 2016, as Iraqi forces take part in an operation against Daesh to retake the main city. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
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A Kurdish security source said coalition forces aim to strike Daesh from three sides in the mission to recapture Mosul.
Yemeni fighters from the separatist Southern Movement, loyal to the government forces, arrive for a rally marking the anniversary of the south's revolt against British colonial rule on October 13, 2016, in the southern city of Aden. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
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Yemeni army sources said Houthi rebels were shelling residential areas to the east and west of Taiz.
A Palestinian art student paints as she takes part in a festival marking the World Mental Health Day on October 11, 2016 in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Pumping large numbers of highly educated youth into stagnant, over-saturated job markets only increases the pool of frustrated young people from which extremists draw their recruits.
The Lebanese army is seen on patrol in the border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The shipment was in support of Lebanon's continued fight against Daesh and other militant groups operating in the country and on its border with Syria.
Mass protests hit Egypt earlier this year following a controversial deal transferring two Red Sea islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
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The arrests came amid growing calls on social media for mass demonstrations to protest economic conditions and price hikes.
Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was shot dead in front of a courthouse in Amman last month after sharing a cartoon online that was deemed "insulting to Islam." (AFP/File)
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The main suspect, Riad Abdullah, was charged with four crimes, including premeditated murder and possessing an unlicensed weapon.
Syrian rebel fighters and their families arrive on the outskirts of Idlib, bordering the Hama province, following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, rebel-held neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital, on October 14, 2016. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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Few civilians appear to be leaving Aleppo, too, whether because they are unable to find a safe way out or because they prefer to stay in their homes.
A Syrian Arab Red Crescent lorries are seen in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Both Russia and Syria said they had halted airstrikes around Aleppo ahead of Thursday's eight-hour truce.
An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad on October 17, 2016. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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In a new report, the UN noted a marked increase in child casualties this year, even as overall numbers of civilian casualties fell.
Jewish worshippers perform the annual Cohanim prayer during Sukkot holiday, or the feast of the Tabernacles, at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Gil Cohen-Magen)
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The resolution heavily criticizes Israeli restriction of access to the holy site for Muslim worshippers.

October 19, 2016

The civilian deaths have drawn particular attention since a strike earlier this month that left more than 140 dead at a funeral ceremony. (AFP/File)
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Sounds of powerful explosions were heard following two airstrikes by alliance jets against the facility, in the eastern part of rebel-controlled Sana'a.
Egyptian security forces stand by their armored personnel carriers in North Sinai. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Egyptian air forces and artillery brigade pounded seven militant hideouts on Tuesday, and damaged 16 havens and arms caches used by the insurgents, the military said in a statement late in the day.
The visit began three months after Morocco announced its bid to rejoin to the African Union. (AFP/File)
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This is the first tour by the Moroccan Monarch to East Africa, where Morocco's presence and projection are weak in comparison to West Africa.
Palestinian children wait as they wait to cross with their families into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing on October 16, 2016 in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/Said Khatib)
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Last year the Rafah crossing was closed for 344 days, sealing off the main lifeline for Gazans to the outside world.
Israeli soldiers patrol a street, east of the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP/File)
12:39 GMT
The young Palestinian woman reportedly approached Israeli border guards stationed at the Tappuah junction, using the Israeli term for the area around the checkpoint, and after "ignoring their directives and their calls for her to stop," pulled out a knife. Israeli forces then opened live fire on the young woman and "neutralized" her.
Some have compared Israel's treatment of its Arab residents to South Africa's apartheid regime. (AFP/Rajesh Jantilal)
12:15 GMT
The UN and its member states seem to be obsessed with the idea of "two-states" or a "one-state reality" that they ignore that there are Palestinian lives perpetually oppressed by Israel.
Ghani and Sharif have both committed themselves to renewing the Afghan peace process. (AFP/File)
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It said the meetings were attended by Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, brother of the late Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, and Afghan spy chief Mohammed Masoom Stanikzai.
Yemeni children fill empty jerrycans with water from a donated source amid ongoing widespread disruption of water supplies in an impoverished coastal village on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, on October 18, 2016. (AFP/Stringer)
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The 72-hour truce is due to begin Wednesday night after a meeting held in London on Sunday between John Kerry, Boris Johnson, and UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
A member of Iraqi forces gestures as troops head to the frontline on October 18, 2016 near the town of Qayyarah, south of Mosul, during the operation to recapture the city from Daesh. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:00 GMT
Pockets of armed resistance are slowing Iraqi forces as they make their way to Mosul.
Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani (AFP/File)
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Washington has said it is deeply concerned at the reports and has called for all Americans held in Iran to be freed.
Assad, a former investment banker, was born and raised in London. She was married to Bashar six months after he assumed the presidency in July 2000, following the death of his father Hafez. (AFP/Miguel Medina)
07:00 GMT
It is not the first time that attempts to resolve the Syrian crisis by inducing Bashar al-Assad or his family to seek refuge elsewhere have been revealed.
Displaced Iraqis from the Bajwaniyah village, about 30 kms south of Mosul, who fled fighting in the Mosul area approach security forces on October 18, 2016 after they liberated the village from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
06:00 GMT
The US and EU have pledged aid to support up to 1 million civilians that are expected to flee Mosul as the fight intensifies.
Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
05:00 GMT
Russia's defense minister said the pause in the bombing was to allow fighters and civilians to leave the city.

October 18, 2016

The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to retake the Islamic State (IS) group's hub of Mosul
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Protesters carried Iraqi flags and demanded that the Turks withdraw from Bashiqa base, in line with repeated requests by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Lebanese troops are seen on patrol near the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Lebanese army and Hezbollah have been routing out militants from Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham that are entrenched along the border with Syria.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016. (AFP/Justin Tallis)
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The Houthis have yet to comment and the entry date for the ceasefire has not been specified.
A picture shows on October 14, 2016 the Dome of the Rock, in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's old city. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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The decision came after Mexico's ambassador to UNESCO, who is Jewish, walked out of Thursday's vote in a personal protest against his country's vote in support of the resolution.
An Egyptian member of the armed forces in northern Sinai. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
12:00 GMT
The Egyptian army began a major crackdown against armed groups in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after six Egyptian soldiers were killed by the group.
Storage tanks at the Tawke oil field in Zakho, a Kurdish area 400km north of Baghdad. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
11:29 GMT
“We weren’t getting any of the benefits of the oil we were protecting. The government just took the oil and didn’t work with the local people.”
A fighter loyal to Yemen's exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi walks with crutches in Yemen's second city of Aden on July 30, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The truce will begin on 23:59 local time on Wednesday and continue for 72 hours.
Israeli forces detain a Palestinian boy following clashes in the centre of the West Bank city of Hebron, on June 20, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Among them was a 17-year-old identified as Ahmad H., who told DCIP that he was interrogated twice in the first week of August for one and three hours, during which time he had no parent present or access to legal counsel.
Iraqi refugees arriving in Erbil from Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The rights group has accused paramilitary groups and government forces on one occasion of rounding up thousands of older boys and men who were then tortured, forcibly disappeared or extrajudicially executed.
A protest in Sydney against the treatment of refugees on Nauru. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
In a devastating report released late Monday, Amnesty accused Australia of running an open-air prison on the Pacific island nation, where more than one thousand asylum seekers and refugees have been languishing for the past three years.
Iraqi forces load artillery outside Mosul. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
President Masoud Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan said that Iraq's forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops have cleared some 200 square kilometres of land that were under the control of Islamic State in the first day of the campaign to capture Mosul.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AFP/Oli Scarff)
06:00 GMT
The "humanitarian pause" is intended to allow safe passage for civilians and the withdrawal of "militants" from rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
A Syrian man and his son pray over the grave of a relative at a cemetery. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The family of Khalil al-Wazir said in a statement that the tombs of al-Wazir, also known as Abu Jihad, and Saad Sayil, known as Abu al-Walid were leveled on Sunday.

October 17, 2016

Iraqi soldiers and civilians check the damage after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in northern Baghdad's Sadr City, May 17, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al Rubaye)
16:00 GMT
The targeted procession was part of wider Shia religious events marking Ashura, a commemoration of the death of Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Mohammed.
Even at full capacity, Egyptian and Israeli electricity grids fail to cover the Gaza Strip’s energy needs. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The technicians were doing maintenance work on electricity lines in the eastern suburbs of the town of Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis, when Israeli troops fired at them.
During a military operation launched by the Kurdish peshmerga forces near Mosul, Iraq's second city and the Islamic State group's de facto capital in the country, one Iraqi Kurdish reporter was killed and another wounded in August 2016. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
14:00 GMT
Peshmerga troops are fighting alongside Iraqi security forces to dislodge Daesh extremist militia from Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.
Syrian government forces gather amidst destruction in the largely deserted Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat, north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Scores of people were injured in the attack and civil defense teams were struggling to dig up victims stuck under the debris of collapsed buildings.
Jihadists have mounted a string of deadly operations against security forces since the military ousted Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
A police officer and four soldiers were killed after armed fighters attacked a security patrol in North Sinai on Sunday.
Egyptian journalists take part in a protest outside the Syndicate of Journalists in Cairo on May 3, 2016, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The campaign calls for the release of detained journalists and aims to highlight the deteriorated detention conditions in prisons that threaten the life of journalists.
A Turkish tank heads towards the Syria border as Turkey launched operation "Euphrates Shield" aimed at ridding the area of Daesh extremists. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:38 GMT
Analysts say Turkey can be considered the real source of destabilisation in Syria; therefore, a change in its policy affects any equilibrium there.
783 Gazans were able to leave the coastal enclave via the Rafah border since it opened Saturday morning. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Egypt had opened the crossing going both directions on Saturday for humanitarian cases and “stranded people.”
Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bombing in Baghdad on October 16, 2016. (AFP/File)
09:13 GMT
No immediate reports were available on possible casualties from the Monday explosion.
Lebanese troops frequently launch preemptive strikes against the militant groups to keep them at bay. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Hundreds of militants belonging to Daesh and Jabhat Fatah Al-Sham are holed up on Arsal's outskirts.
US Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The flurry of diplomacy comes weeks after a ceasefire deal in Syria collapsed and Washington suspended cooperation with Moscow over its continued bombing of Aleppo.
Iraqi forces gather at the Qayyarah military base, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul, on October 16, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
06:46 GMT
Mosul, which is located in Nineveh, is the largest city controlled by the Sunni extremist group, with a population of over 2 million before the conflict.
This file photo taken on October 8, 2016 shows a general view of the destruction following reported airstrikes on a funeral hall by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on a building in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
06:00 GMT
Saudi's campaign in Yemen has come under heavy criticism since last week’s airstrike on a funeral gathering in Sanaa.
IDF soldiers are seen on patrol in Hebron. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
B'Tselem issued a statement after Netanyahu accused the group of 'spreading lies' about Israel, saying he would prohibit national service volunteers from working with the group.

October 16, 2016

Syrian refugees look for water at the Rukban camp on the Jordanian border. (AFP/File)
21:13 GMT
The attack targeted the Jaish al-Ashair rebel group at the Rakban camp.
Smoke rises from a building believed to be a Daesh safehouse in Gaziantep, Turkey. (Twitter)
15:00 GMT
At least three officers were killed and seven people injured after the blast.
People walk at the Souda municipality-run refugee camp, on the island of Chios on October 13, 2016. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
14:00 GMT
The group, which was comprised of nationalities from across the Middle East and Asia, also included five Turkish citizens.
Egyptian boys carry clay pots at a workshop in the old city of the capital Cairo. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT
Fighters from the Free Syrian Army cheer and react as they fight against the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of Dabiq, on October 15, 2016. (AFP/Nazeer al-Khatib)
13:00 GMT
The town of Dabiq, also the name of Daesh's magazine, holds great symbolic value to the extremist group.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin-Salman. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
The unorthodox and swift rise of an inexperienced prince in Saudi Arabia has shaken the Saudi monarchy and left an overload of other princes craving for power angry and disgruntled, a report says.
 US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Americans, who were not identified, left Yemen for Oman. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The hostages were freed as part of diplomatic arrangement that included airlifts for the Yemenis injured in a deadly Saudi bombing against a funeral in Sana’a.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces look at a checkpoint held by Daesh militants on June 16, 2014 in Iraq's second city of Mosul. (AFP Photo/Karim Sahib)
11:00 GMT
American howitzers, deployed some 20 kilometers away from Mosul city center, were reportedly hitting Daesh targets.
Officials from the US, Russia, Syria, Egypt, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Jordan and the UN gather to speak during a meeting to revive a ceasefire in Syria, in Lausanne, on October 15, 2016. (AFP/Jean-Christophe Bott)
10:12 GMT
Abdal Ahad Stefo, deputy head of the Istanbul-based National Coalition, told AFP the negotiations "will only lead to wasting more time... and the shedding of more Syrian blood".
A protestor cries after being pepper sprayed as she is arrested by riot policemen on January 18, 2013. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
10:00 GMT
The development comes as Bahrain’s repressive measures prohibit gatherings of more than five people.
A file image released by the US Navy shows a guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) conducting formation exercises with the Cyclone-class patrol crafts USS Tempest (PC 2) and USS Squall (PC 7) on September 10, 2016. (AFP/Navy Visual News Service)
09:00 GMT
The US launched retaliatory strikes against three radar stations in Houthi-controlled areas earlier this week after the ship was twice targeted by missiles apparently fired by the rebels.
A general view of the destruction following airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition airplanes. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The airstrike last Saturday killed a number of prominent political figures, drawing condemnation from the United Nations and prompting the United States to announce a review of its support for the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen's Houthi rebels.
An ISIS flag hangs among electric wires over a street in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, outside the port city of Sidon in southern Lebanon. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The video was published on local media websites and shows Imad Yassine walking unescorted in the camp's Taware neighborhood. Four masked soldiers then startled him, beat him with a baton and dragged him into a shop selling metal sheets.
Militants hit military institutions around North Sinai and in the port town of Suez. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Militancy inside Egypt has seen a significant rise since the military ouster of former president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013, following mass protests against his rule. North Sinai has been at the epicenter of this insurgency.
Iraqi men take part in a self-flagellation procession on the tenth day of the mourning period of Muharram, which marks the day of Ashura on October 24, 2015, in Baghdad's northern district of Kadhimiya. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
05:00 GMT
Over 50 people have been killed in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in a bomb blast among Shia mourners at a religious gathering and a shooting attack in two areas north of the city.

October 15, 2016

Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord. (AFP/File)
16:02 GMT
Libyan militias based in the capital Tripoli have reportedly attempted a coup against UN-sponsored coalition Government of National Accord (GNA) by capturing state buildings and vowing to take over power.
This photo released by police shows Curtis Allen (L) and Gavin Wright who are reported to be part of a militia group called the Crusaders, which first drew the FBI's attention last February.
14:00 GMT
Three men have been arrested and charged in federal court for conspiring to bomb an apartment building that serves as a mosque for many local Somali immigrants in the US state of Kansas.
United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura (C-L) sits facing Syria’s main opposition group during Syrian peace talks at the U.N. Offices in Geneva on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
13:00 GMT
This time Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and Iranian ministers will join the US Secretary of State and his Russian counterpart to include the most powerful backers of Syria's government and rebels.
Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces drive their armored vehicles after they retook an area from Daesh on April 2, 2016 in the village of Al-Mamoura, near Hit, Anbar Province. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The Daesh extremist group has reportedly killed one of its own commanders along with 57 other members in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to suppress a “coup” attempt by them in the face of an imminent military operation by the Iraqi government to liberate the city.
Pictures of a person believed to be Jaber al-Bakr released by German police. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The weekly Welt am Sonntag reported that US intelligence service officials had told their German counterparts that they had intercepted several phone calls between the 22-year-old Syrian refugee and a contact person in the Daesh group in Syria.
The United Nations cultural heritage body UNESCO adopted a resolution on Wednesday condemning Israeli handling of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The resolution was passed after 24 countries voted in its favor, six voted against, and 26 abstained from the vote, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
This undated Handout pictures released on October 8, 2016 by the criminal office of Saxony shows a person believed to be the 22-year-old Syrian named Jaber Al-Bakr suspected of being involved in the found of explosive traces during the search of an apartment in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The death of Jaber al-Bakr, who committed suicide after being arrested in connection to a planned attack in Germany, was described as 'an absolute scandal' by a political scientist.