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July 7, 2014

Six Palestinian fighters were buried under debris after an air strike, a Hamas spokesman said (File/AFP)
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Israeli air raids killed nine Palestinian fighters and injured at least five civilians across the besieged Gaza Strip overnight.
Tariq Abu Khder, a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly beaten during police custody, is hugged by his mother following a hearing at Jerusalem Magistrates Court on July 6, 2014. Tariq, who was arrested in Shuafat during violent clashes between stonethrowers & Israeli riot police. (AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI)
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Tariq Abu Khder (C), a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly
MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, causing anger across Kuwait (File/AFP)
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Protesters on Sunday clashed with police following the arrest of a leading opposition figure. MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, sparking unauthorized demonstrations.
Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader & former MP Mussallam al-Barrak wave flags during a demonstration to ask for his release on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander & insults to the supreme judicial council. (AFP / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)
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Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak
Abbas reminded the public that 16 children and women were killed within the past two weeks at the hands of Israeli forces in his commentary Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on the UN Sunday to form an international committee to investigate Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians.

July 6, 2014

Many army units have joined Haftar's offensive on Islamists in Libya, despite opposition from Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
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Libya's central government called for an end to fighting in the country's eastern city of Benghazi Sunday.
Tarek Abu Khdeir was filmed being beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem this week (Courtesy of Ma'an News Agency)
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The Palestinian-American teenager who was brutally beaten by Israeli police and arrested without charges in Jerusalem was sentenced to house arrest for nine days ahead of his trial.


Maliki last week vowed to "never give up" on serving an unprecedented third term as the country's premier, despite growing criticism from both opposition and allies of his leadership (File Archive/AFP)
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Iranian leadership told the media Sunday that while it backs Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's bid to continue as the country's premier, Tehran is also ready to support "any candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament."
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did invite Saudi's Foreign Minister to visit Tehran in his commentary.
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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.
Ahmad Jarba has served as president of the coalition for a year, the maximum term allowed by the group (File Archive/AFP)
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Syria's opposition group will meet this week in Istanbul to elect a new president.
ISIS now controls most of Syria's oil fields as well as the country's eastern territories (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
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At least 30,000 people were forced to leave their homes in eastern Syrian by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) Saturday.
Before and after images of the 15-year-old teen show the brutality of the Israeli police officers, who were filmed beating the teen (Image: Twitter)
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The U.S. has voiced concern after a 15-year-old American-Palestinian was filmed being severely beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem. The teen has now been released from Israeli custody and is under house arrest.
Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, said Peshmerga forces will not give up Kirkuk (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT
Kurds in Iraq will press ahead with a referendum to have an independent state despite refusal from Nouri al-Maliki to accept any proposals.
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian young man during clashes with Palestinians protesting against the murder of a Palestinian teenager on July 6, 2014 in the West Bank village of Al-Ram, adjacent to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.[AFP]
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Suspicions mounting that crime was carried out for nationalistic reasons, according to Israeli media reports; a gag order remains in place on the details of the investigation.
Shia rebels were bombed by Yemen's air force after the ceasefire between the two expired (File/AFP)
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Yemen's air force raided Shia Houthi positions in Amran, 30 miles northwest of the country's capital Sana'a on Saturday, reportedly causing a number of casualties.
Lebanese soldiers stand beside the aftermath of a bombing in Bekaa Valley in December 2013 (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's Internal Security Forces believe that radical Sunni militant group ISIS will strike the country with a series of attacks, according to a leaked report.
Tariq Abu Khdeir's family said he has been denied medical treatment while in Israeli custody (Image: Twitter)
10:29 GMT
Graphic video footage of masked Israeli forces beating a Palestinian-American teenager, then detaining him in Jerusalem has emerged, causing widespread condemnation.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on July 6, 2014 at his Jerusalem office. [AFP]
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Premier held urgent security consultations Saturday that ended with only an anemic statement to the press.
A pro-Morsi supporter holds up a picture of the ousted leader in Cairo University, June 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Clashes in the Nile Delta province left five people including three policemen injured late on Saturday. Two of the victims were wounded during a demonstration for ousted president, Mohammad Morsi.
Self-proclaimed caliph of Muslims, Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, called on people of the Islamic faith worldwide to obey him (File/AFP)
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ISIS won't be resting anytime soon, not even for Ramadan. As its operations will no doubt increase during the holy month, the world needs to open its eyes and take this militant group seriously.
Egypt's security forces cracked down further on Muslim Brotherhood protesters following their calls for a "day of rage" on July 3, the first anniversary of Mohamed Morsi's ousting (File/AFP)
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Leading spokesman for Egypt's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy was charged with a number of offences including obstructing the constitution and joining a banned organization.
Israeli settlers have increased "revenge attacks" against Palestinians after three Jewish teens were killed in the West Bank (File/AFP)
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Hardline Jewish settlers attacked a Christian cleric while he was traveling from Bethlehem to his church in the village of Aboud.
Collective punishment: Human rights groups have criticized Israel's use of force against Palestinians in the West Bank, since the teens went missing (File/AFP)
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Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian man from Hebron in connection with the killing of three settlers - a charge his family denies.
ISIL militants destroyed several Shia mosques and holy shrines on Saturday, sparking widespread condemnation (File/AFP)
07:56 GMT
ISIL militants executed at least ten people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, activists say.
An Iraqi man cleans the pavement after a car exploded outside a restaurant in the southern city of Basra on July 5, 2014. Militants led by the jihadist Islamic State group overran large swathes of Iraq in an offensive that began June 9, alarming world leaders and displacing hundreds of thousands. (AFP /HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI)
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An Iraqi man cleans the pavement after a car exploded outside a restaurant
Regime barrel bomb attacks targeted the city of Aleppo daily in late 2013 and early this year (File Archive/AFP)
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Violence throughout Syria left dozens more killed Saturday.

July 5, 2014

Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of criticism in terms of Manama's human rights violations against opposition activists (File Archive/AFP)
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At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack,At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack.
Bouteflika has made very few public appearances since strokes left him hospitalized in France last summer (File Archive/AFP)
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made his first public appearance Saturday since he was sworn in for his fourth term as head of state in April.
ISIS has been in control of Syria's city of Raqqa since the beginning of this year (File Archive/AFP)
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The jihadist leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) released a statement Saturday ordering all Muslims to obey him.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Baalbek area suffered through a harsh winter this year (File Archive/AFP)
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Lebanese Cabinet members announced this week that there is a chance that Lebanon will establish refugee camps for Syrian refugees, in a move that is considered somewhat unprecedented in the country.
Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani called on the Kurdish Regional Government to set a date for an independence referendum earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
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Too many coincidences seem to indicate that Ankara is backing Kurdistan's bid for independence in many more ways than may be immediately realized.
16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir was killed in his neighborhood in Arab east Jerusalem this week, heightening already critical tensions between Israelis and Palestinians following the discovery of the missing Israeli teens' bodies in Hebron last week (AFP)
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Tel Aviv doctors who conducted the autopsy of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir found Saturday that his cause of death was from burns. The teen's death has sparked a renewed and heightened round of tension between Israelis and Palestinians, particularly in Jerusalem where the teen was killed earlier this week.
Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets this week in protest of the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi this time last year (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
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An Egyptian court convicted and sentenced to life 37 more Muslim Brotherhood members Saturday for "inciting violence" last year during clashes following former president Mohammed Morsi's oust from power in 2013.
Lebanon's parliament has failed to elect a president since May, forcing the country into a political leadership vacuum (File Archive)
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Lebanese MPs expressed skepticism Saturday that a new president would lead Lebanon any time soon.
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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.
A Syrian girl carries food she collected from tables after Turkish people break their fasting on July 4, 2014, at Taksim square, during the holy month of Ramadan in Istanbul. Muslim believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset. (AFP / OZAN KOSE)
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A Syrian girl carries food she collected from tables after Turkish people break
Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
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Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a government building in Saudi Arabia Saturday after being surrounded by security forces, Al-Arabiya reported.
Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem. (AFP/THOMAS COEX)
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At least 20 Palestinians were reported injured on Friday in clashes following the funeral of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, medics said.
Kuwaitis took to the streets after an opposition figure was detained for "insulting" the government earlier this week (Kuwaiti Interior Ministry/AFP)
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Kuwait's Interior Ministry released a statement Friday saying that the government will firmly confront all forms of rioting and incitement following this week's rise in public protests in the capital.

July 4, 2014

Pro-Morsi supporters took to the streets Thursday and Friday to mark the oust of the former Islamist president's oust (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
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At least one teenager was killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters Friday.
Maliki at one point pledged to not run for a third term (File Archive/AFP)
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Iraq's Prime Minister reiterated his staunch determination to remain in power for a third term Friday despite growing pressures to resign.
Steinitz's statement of support comes days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to "support" and "safeguard" Jordan from Islamist militant forces if need be (File Archive)
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A top Israeli official told reporters Friday that Tel Aviv is ready to help Jordan fight off any Islamist insurgents from its neighbor Iraq if requested.
Israeli police told reporters that "thousands" of officers were deployed to East Jerusalem ahead of the teen's funeral in Shufat Friday (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
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At least 20 people were reportedly injured in clashes in Jerusalem after Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir's funeral was held Friday.
At least 374 Yemeni forces have been killed during the first half of 2014 in Sanaa's offensives on AQAP, Shiite Houthi rebels and southern separatists (File Archive)
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Armed gunmen from Yemen killed a Saudi security official Friday.
ISIS also remains in control of the city of Raqqa located in north central Syria (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
15:02 GMT
Jihadists in Syria now control all of the country's main oil and gas fields.
Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:35 GMT
At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.
Egyptian riot policemen douse burning tyres thrown by supporters of Muslim Brotherhood movement during their rally to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2014 in Cairo's Ain Shams district. [AFP]
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A bomb detonated on Friday in Egypt’s Fayoum governorate killing three, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.
Mohammed Abu Khudair (Facebook)
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Mohammed Abu Khudair, 17-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat, was killed this morning after being kidnapped in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem.
An Israeli soldier stands guard at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, to reach the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City for traditional Friday prayers, the first of Islam's holy month of Ramadan on July 4, 2014. [AFP]
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Extra officers have been placed at potential flashpoints, such as on roadways and at hitchhiking spots.
Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP)
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Syrian warplanes carried out at least three airstrikes on the outskirts of Arsal in east Lebanon Friday, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three family members
Palestinian women make their way through the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah & Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, to reach the al-Aqsa mosque for traditional Friday prayers. Israeli authority has forbidden access to Al-Aqsa mosque to muslim men under 50 years & for muslim women under 40. (AFP / MUSA AL SHAER)
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Palestinian women make their way through the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah
Abu Obeida, the official spokesperson of the Palestinian militant group Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, give a press conference on July 3, 2014 in Gaza City. [AFP]
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Hamas called Thursday upon all Palestinians to engage in “the revolution of Shufat” with every possible tool in their power to aid the resistance.
A picture taken on July 3, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod shows an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells. [AFP]
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Iron dome intercepts one rocket while two fall in open fields near Sderot following barrage of rocket-fire the day before; PM, security forces warn of impending IDF action if rockets do not stop.
The scene of the bombing North Lebanon's Hermel earlier this year (AFP)
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The Army carried out another raid in the northern village of Fnaydeq Thursday, confiscating explosives in light of confessions made by a terror suspect.
Pro-Morsi supporters took to Egypt's streets Thursday marking the first anniversary of the former Islamist president's oust (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
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At least seven people have died thus far in a bomb blast on an Alexandra train late Wednesday.

July 3, 2014

General Martin Dempsey also emphasized that a military campaign needs to be accompanied by willingness from Baghdad to reach out to minority groups in the country (File Archive)
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Washington's top military officer told reporters Thursday that Iraqi forces will need help to regain the territory that they have lost over the past month in the Sunni militant offensive.
ISIS announced this week that the group established an Islamic Caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria (File Archive)
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When analyzing the impact of the ISIS declaration of the caliphate, one must consider the circumstances surrounding the announcement, says one expert.
Thousands gathered Wednesday evening in Kuwait city demanding for Barrak's release (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
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Kuwaiti forces used teargas and stun grenades Thursday to dismantle an opposition demonstration.
Barzani blames the current crisis in Iraq as the handiwork of Iraq's PM Maliki (File Archive/AFP)
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Kurdish president Massoud Barzani called on MPs Thursday to set a date for the autonomous region's independence vote despite Iraqi leadership's discouragement earlier this week.
Egyptian officials conducted a massive crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters in Kerdasa last year (File Archive/AFP)
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At least two people have died from the bomb attack that struck Egypt's Kerdasa region Thursday on the first year anniversary of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's oust.
At least 374 Yemeni armed forces members have been killed in the first half of 2014 (File Archive)
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At least two people were killed and three wounded in an attack on a government complex in Yemen's Baida province Thursday.
Al Qaeda-linked Nusra fighters were allegedly in control of the oil field before ISIS seized it Thursday (File Archive/AFP)
13:56 GMT
The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has allegedly taken over control of Syria's largest oil field.
ISIS militants seized the truck drivers in Mosul earlier this month (File Archive)
13:41 GMT
At least 30 Turkish truck drivers who were being held by jihadis in Iraq were released this week.
The Muslim Brotherhood called for a "day of anger," one year on from the ousting of Mohamed Morsi (File/AFP)
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Egypt's security forces cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood protesters on the year anniversary of their leader's ousting from government.
Tension amounts in the Middle East as 30,000 Saudi troops were deployed to the country's border with Iraq (Image: Middle East Monitor)
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said all necessary measures were being taken against "terrorist threats" on Thursday while 30,000 soldiers were deployed to the borders with Iraq.
Conley had met the Tunisian militant over the Internet and had joined a military career exploration program in order to learn US military tactics and train ISIL militants in those tactics. [AFP]
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A woman in the US state of Colorado faces federal charges of trying to aid terrorist militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
A Danish ship arrives in southern Italy on July 2, 2014 prior to the transfer and destruction of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons (File/AFP)
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The Pentagon confirmed the full transfer of Syria's chemical weapons to an American vessel off the Italian coast.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands with member of the UN Security Council in Geneva, November 24, 2013 (File/AFP)
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Russia remained optimistic about meeting the July 20 deadline with Iran over a nuclear deal with other UN Security Council members.
The rebel groups singled out recent military gains by ISIS in northern Aleppo province, calling them a “threat to the Syrian revolution.”
08:32 GMT
Rebels in the north and east of Syria have vowed to lay down their arms if they don’t receive help to fight Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS, as an offensive by a leading Islamist faction targets the militants in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.
Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been arrested since ousted leader Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year (File/AFP)
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Leader and spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, was arrested in Cairo after Egyptian forces raided his home.
Women hold a banner reading "Swept away by Cancer" as they demonstrate against the transfer of chemical weapons, on July 2, 2014 at the port of Gioia Tauro, southern Italy. (AFP / MARIO LAPORTA)
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Women hold a banner reading "Swept away by Cancer"
Two journalists were among the injured in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem (File/AFP)
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At least 170 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli army following the abduction and killing of a 16-year-old boy in East Jerusalem, Wednesday.
Airstrikes between Gaza and southern Israel are quite frequent, but the latest round comes in part as a response to Netanyahu's plan to target Hamas in Gaza (File Archive)
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Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday evening.

July 2, 2014

The Iraqi government is trying to establish a new government to handle the ongoing crisis, but failure to reach quorum earlier this week has undermined prospects that such will be achieved in the given timeline (File Archive)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki extended amnesty to Sunni tribes that battled government forces over the last months during a parliamentary session Wednesday.
The Salafist movement gained momentum and expanded its reach in Tunisia under Ennahda leadership following the oust of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (File Archive/AFP)
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At least four Tunisian soldiers were killed from land mines Wednesday in their offensive on jihadists in the country's northwest region.
Maliki issued a warning to Kurdish leadership Wednesday saying that holding an independence vote "will damage them a lot" (File Archive)
18:00 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has rejected Kurdish leadership's plan to hold an independence referendum, saying that such a vote would be "unconstitutional."
Ajnad Misr, or the Soldiers of Egypt, claimed responsibility for Monday's bombings, but authorities have arrested members from Ansar Beit Maqdis instead (Mohamed El Shahed/AFP)
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At least four members of the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Maqdis were arrested by Egyptian authorities Wednesday over this week's palace bombings.However, another militant group, Ajnad Misr, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Tuesday.
Israeli forces have continued to crack down on Palestinians after the missing teens' bodies were found earlier this week (Jafaar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
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Israeli forces demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli police officer in April. Several were injured in clashes that erupted in response to the demolition.
ISIS declared the establishment of an Islamic State on Sunday (Welayat Salahuddin/AFP)
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Top leaders among Jordan's jihadist movement denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's declaration of a caliphate earlier this week.
Most of the personnel killed over the past six months are from Yemen's army (File Archive/AFP)
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At least 374 Yemeni security force personnel have died this year in Sanaa's offensives, including attacks on Al Qaeda, this year.
Syrian rebels have been intensely fighting ISIS in parts of the Aleppo province, as well as in Raqa and Deir Ezzor (File Archive/AFP)
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Syrian rebels will lay down their arms within the next week if they do not receive support from the exiled opposition to fight against the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
Lebanon's army patrols the streets of Tripoli (File/AFP)
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Four people were injured Wednesday when an unknown assailant on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade into a coffee shop in Tripoli. One of the wounded is believed to be in critical condition according to sources.
Friends and relatives gather around graves of the three Israeli teens in the Israeli town of Modiin (File/AFP)
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It's unforgivable what happened to the three Israeli teenagers killed by Palestinians. But acting in the name of revenge to a Palestinian teenager this morning is equally deplorable.
The Iraqi army launched a major offensive against ISIL militants in recent weeks after the extremist group took over Mosul (File/AFP)
11:57 GMT
Dozens of ISIL militants were killed in an air raid over the northern city of Mosul, according to the Iraqi army.
Three journalists were also injured by Israeli forces in the Shufat neighborhood of East Jerusalem (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT
Dozens of Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces in East Jerusalem following the kidnap and killing of a 16-year-old boy.
Israeli policemen search the area after a body of a Palestinian youth was found in Jerusalem's forest area on July 2, 2014. [AFP]
11:25 GMT
In the public statement the Prime Minister called on all sides not to take the law into their own hands and noted that Israel is a nation of laws and everyone must act according to the law.
Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank city of Hebron on July 2, 2014. Israel is weighing how it will strike back at Hamas militants it holds responsible for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers who were laid to rest in an emotional farewell. [AFP]
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Military spokesman says demolition of West Bank house belonging to Ziad Awad, who was released in Schalit deal, was intended to serve as deterrent to terrorists.
KSA, the UAE and Kuwait are strong allies of Egypt's president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait released 152 Egyptian prisoners as a goodwill gesture for Ramadan.
Masoud Barzani's statement comes days after Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu backed an independent Kurdish state (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT
President of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, Masoud Barzani, said on Tuesday that a Kurdish referendum will take place "in a matter of months."
Iraqi motorists queue for fuel following the country's recent violence (File/AFP)
09:11 GMT
Russia called on the UN Security Council to bar crude oil sales by terrorist groups including the the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
Young Syrian-Kurdish refugees play in the children zone, recently erected by United Arab Emirate's Red Crescent, on June 22, 2014, at the Qushtapa refugee camp, 15 kilometers South of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. [AFP]
08:42 GMT
The UN children’s agency and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have called for the release of more than 100 Kurdish schoolboy and girls abducted by Takfiri militants in Syria late May.
Children stand in Rashidiyeh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
Amnesty International slammed Lebanon after a leaked document instructed airlines no to bring Palestinian refugees from Syria to Lebanon.
Palestinian women mourn as they watch the funeral procession of Yusuf Abu Zagher, 18, during his funeral in the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern Israeli occupied West Bank on July 1, 2014. [AFP]
08:24 GMT
Israeli police found the body of a teenager in the Jerusalem area on Wednesday after it was reported that a Palestinian youth had been kidnapped in the city’s east, sparking speculation of a revenge attack for the murder of three Israeli teens
Lebanon's security forces dismantled three terror cells this week after a wave of suicide attacks (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
Both Hezbollah and Lebanese security forces prepared to coordinate against any potential ISIS attack, a senior security source said, Tuesday.
Israeli forces launched a wide scale operation across Gaza and the West Bank after the bodies of three missing settlers were found (File/AFP)
07:34 GMT
Palestinians held the funeral of a 20-year-old man who was shot dead during a raid in the Jenin refugee camp Tuesday.
Israeli PM Netanyahu delivers a speech next to the bodies of Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Ifrach, as he attends their funeral on July 1, 2014 in the cemetery of Modiin. (AFP / BAZ RATNER)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
This will be the sixth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 since the preliminary nuclear deal was reached late last year (File Archive)
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The sixth round of nuclear talks between Tehran and the so-called P5+1 are set to resume Wednesday.

July 1, 2014

Shin Bet has also arrested hundreds of alleged Hamas activists in Netanyahu's offensive on the Palestinian group (File Archive)
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Israel's Prime Minister confirmed Tuesday that Tel Aviv is planning to target Hamas in Gaza in response to the recent kidnapping and deaths of the three Israeli teens in the West Bank.
The MV Cape Ray will be used to destroy what are considered Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons (Mario Tosti/AFP)
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The American MV Cape Ray arrived in Italy's Gioia Tauro port Tuesday to aid in the destruction of at least 1,300 tons of chemical weapons from Syria.
An Egyptian police officer looks over the damage caused by Monday's bomb attacks (Mohamed Al Shahed/AFP)
19:20 GMT
An Egyptian militant group claimed responsibility Tuesday for Monday's bombings at the Ittihadiya palace.