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Egyptian journalists protest what they consider to be an attack on press freedoms inside the country. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Seventeen rights groups in Egypt stated their concern that the proposed anti-terror law will usher in an "indefinite, undeclared state of emergency" within the country.
Tehran has already extended some $4.6 billion in credit to Damascus since the start of the conflict. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Syria's parliament on Tuesday voted to approve a deal with Iran for a line of credit worth $1 billion.

July 7, 2015

The allegations threaten to widen the growing rift between the two Palestinian factions. (AFP/File)
18:29 GMT
Hamas on Tuesday said more than 200 of its members had been detained by the Palestinian Authority, and that most had been tortured.
The number of recruits is far below expectations. (AFP/File)
17:08 GMT
The number of recruits being trained in the US anti-Daesh program is disappointing to say the least.
Wounded men rest in the Sadaka hospital in Aden, the largest city in southern Yemen, on July 5, 2015. Overwhelmed by the flood of sick and injured of a long conflict, Aden hospitals became hospices due to lack of beds and medicine. (AFP/Saleh Obeidi)
17:00 GMT
Since the start of the crisis in Yemen, 1,528 civilians have been killed and more than 3,000 have been injured.
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi march through Cairo on September 6, 2013, wearing the hand logo recently adopted by the group. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)
16:00 GMT
Roughly 430 non-governmental organizations have been dissolved since February.
Jordanian security forces foiled an alleged Iranian terror plot. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
15:58 GMT
Iran is rejecting Jordanian state media reports that a suspect arrested in Jordan for allegedly planning attacks against the kingdom had ties to an Iranian group.
General John Allen is in Ankara to meet with Turkish officials to discuss the fight against Daesh, a source told AFP. (AFP/File)
15:10 GMT
The US special envoy for the coalition against Daesh was in Ankara Tuesday to meet with officials following speculation Turkey was considering a military intervention inside Syria
The wreckage of a burnt vehicle remains in front of burning shops following a bomb blast in central Nigeria (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
According to authorities, the blast was likely carried out by a suicide bomber.
Kurdish fighters are pictured during clashes with fighters from Daesh on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Hasakah on June 30, 2015. (AFP/Uygar Onder Simsek)
14:17 GMT
About 80 Daesh fighters have been killed by Kurdish fighters and intensified coalition airstrikes since Sunday morning, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Federica Mogherini (L), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting at the table at the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held, in Vienna, Austria on July 6, 2015. (AFP/Joe Klamar)
14:00 GMT
The P5+1 countries will continue to meet over the next few days as a last ditch effort to come up with a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
It is unclear if the attack was deliberate or an accident due to expired food. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Nearly 150 Daesh militants sat down for a group Iftar in Mosul when they became ill from poisoned food. So far, 45 have died as a result.
Syrian emergency services personnel carry a wounded man into a make-shift hospital in the Qadi Askar district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 5, 2015. Two alliances of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo, seizing an army barracks in one district but losing ground in others, in some of the fiercest fighting in the city since the conflict began. (AFP/AMC/Zein Al-Rifai)
12:30 GMT
The Nusra Front claimed the suicide attack in western Aleppo. Immediately following the attack, opposition forces claimed to have stormed the district and seized control of a number of buildings.
“This is the first and bloodiest drone strike on Daesh fighters in the area which has killed quite a big number of militants,” officials reported.
11:30 GMT
The US carried out two drone strikes against Daesh targets in eastern Afghanistan as the militants prepared an attack on the Taliban.
Smoke billows following airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on a weapons depot at a military airport, currently controlled by Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels, on July 7, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
10:57 GMT
If confirmed, the number would make Monday Yemen's deadliest day since airstrikes began.
Kuwaiti police cordon off the mosque after the suicide bombing. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT
Three Saudi brothers have been identified as suspects in the Kuwait Shia mosque bombing. One was arrested in Kuwait, the other in Saudi Arabia, and the third remains at large.
Saudi Arabia is "by no means following the tenets laid out by the Prophet Muhammad." (AFP/File)
10:41 GMT
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is only getting worse.
Security personnel check a military ambulance that was attacked by Druze members in the Israeli settlement of Neve Ativ on the Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT
Police said they arrested the suspects in connection with an attack last month on military ambulances transporting wounded Syrians.
A Pakistani worker arranges Seviyan (thin vermicelli) which is used for the preparation of 'sheerkhurma', a traditional sweet dish prepared by the Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan, in a dry room of factory in Rawalpindi. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)
09:52 GMT
A Pakistani worker arranges Seviyan (thin vermicelli) which is used for the preparation of 'sheerkhurma', a traditional sweet dish prepared by the Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan, in a dry room of factory in Rawalpindi. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)
The attack by a Nusra Front member killed at least 25 regime soldiers and allies. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT
The attack by a Nusra Front member killed at least 25 regime soldiers and allies.
Lebanese soldiers try to extinguish flames from burning tires set ablaze by protesters in Beirut, on Jan. 24, 2011. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
08:45 GMT
"The security situation is under control," Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said in reports Tuesday.
Child abductions have totaled 1,420 since Daesh took control of the city over a year ago, an official said Tuesday.
07:45 GMT
Child abductions have totaled 1,420 since Daesh took control of the city over a year ago, an official said Tuesday.
Fighting in Kobani as seen from across the Turkish border. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
Groups claimed one of the perpetrators killed during clashes in Kobani carried an official identification card issued by Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority.
A military investigative judge demanded Monday up to three years in prison for two members of Lebanon's security forces. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A military investigative judge demanded Monday up to three years in prison for two members of Lebanon's security forces.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to sign Egypt's newly-drafted anti-terror law in effect soon. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The draft anti-terrorism law approved by Egypt's cabinet last week includes "dangerous articles" which threaten media and press freedoms.

July 6, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry (3rd L), British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (C) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) sit around the table at the Palais Coburg Hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria on July 6, 2015. (AFP/Carlos Barria)
19:16 GMT
On the day before the extended deadline arrives, Iran pushed to lift the UN arms embargo placed on the country in 2007.
Some of the six arrested were allegedly making plans to join Daesh fighters in Syria. (Twitter)
17:40 GMT
Six Israelis, including four teachers, were arrested for allegedly supporting Daesh.
Media reports said Jordan has banned media from publishing information about an alleged extremist attack in the country. (AFP/File)
16:54 GMT
Media reports said Jordan has banned media from publishing information about an alleged extremist attack in the country.
Kurdish fighters are pictured during clashes with fighters from the Daesh group on the outskirts of Syrian city of Hasakeh on June 30, 2015. (AFP/Uygar Onder Simsek)
15:24 GMT
Daesh fighters launched a large-scale attack on the northern Syrian town of Ayn Issa, near the group's de facto capital Raqqa, on Monday morning. Kurdish sources say clashes are still ongoing.
In the video, the two men say they were paid $400 to send footage of Daesh positions to a person abroad. (YouTube)
14:23 GMT
A Daesh video released on a Facebook account shows the killing of two Syrian activists in Raqqa, allegedly for spying on the groups activities
At least 44 people were killed Sunday when two explosions tore through a mosque and a restaurant in a provincial capital. (Twitter)
14:12 GMT
At least 44 people were killed Sunday when two explosions tore through a mosque and a restaurant in the provincial capital of Jos.
A file picture released on July 1, 2014 by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense shows a Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet recently delivered by Russia sitting at an army base in the capital Baghdad. (Image: Iraqi Ministry of Defense)
14:00 GMT
A technical issue aboard an Iraqi warplane caused a bomb to accidental drop in Baghdad, killing seven people.
A picture taken from the Rafah border of the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt shows smoke billowing in Egypt's North Sinai on July 2, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
13:23 GMT
According to a military report, Egyptian security forces have killed 241 militants between July 1st and 5th in the restive northern Sinai region.
A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 31, 2015 shows Syrian troops in the mountains surrounding the city of Zabadani, some 50 km northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Hezbollah and the Syrian army are advancing on militants from all sides to retake control of Zabadani, the last rebel controlled town in Qalamoun.
Local media in Jordan said the Iranian militant intended to carry out an attack in the kingdom. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Security forces in Jordan arrested a suspected Iranian militant after the man reportedly intended to carry out a terrorist attack in the kingdom.
Dozens of militants were killed, according to a statement by Iraq's Ministry of Defense. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Dozens of Daesh extremists were killed by Iraqi security forces backed by volunteer Shia fighters Sunday.
Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula has been the centre of militant attacks since the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Sixty-three militants were killed by the Egyptian military Sunday after security forces launched airstrikes and a ground operation in the volatile North Sinai.
Palestinian kids sit inside their destroyed family home, which they fitted with 3 portacabins, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighbourhood. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
09:28 GMT
Palestinian kids sit inside their destroyed family home, which they fitted with 3 portacabins, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighbourhood.
At least ten people were killed following the airstrikes, according to Daesh. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Coalition forces hit the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa with at least 16 airstrikes, killing ten people, according to the extremist group.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. (AFP/Getty Images/Timothy A. Clary)
08:30 GMT
Despite claims made by media of an insurgency in the Sinai, Egypt's FM insists that the attacks are simply "criminal and terrorist acts."
A Palestinian protester peeks from behind a wall during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank on July 3, 2015. (AFP/Jafar Ashitiyeh)
08:10 GMT
The Gaza Strip has been void of hope and jobs a year on from Operation Protective Edge, forcing Palestinian youth to risk their lives and run to Israel to find economic opportunity.
Israeli soldiers work from a Gaza Strip watchtower.(AFP/Getty Images/Gali Tibbon)
07:29 GMT
The watchtower is located in eastern part of the Gaza Strip, directly across from a similar structure belonging to the IDF.
Hundreds of Kurds marched in Beirut Sunday to demonstrate against Turkey's accusations against fighters in Kobani. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Hundreds of Kurds marched in Beirut Sunday to demonstrate against Turkey's accusations against fighters in Kobani.
Egyptian security forces arrested the members in separate security sweeps, the Interior Ministry said Sunday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Egyptian security forces arrested the members in separate security sweeps, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

July 5, 2015

An injured Yemeni man is treated at a hospital on July 5, 2015, following shelling by Houthi Shiite rebels and their allies in Aden's loyalist-held Dar Saad suburb. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
18:29 GMT
UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, arrived in Sanaa on Sunday to discuss a UN resolution which calls on Yemen’s Shia Houthi militia to halt all aggression.
Egypt is coming under increased scrutiny for a recent spike in the number of journalists it has arrested. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
An article in Egypt's newly-proposed anti-terror law would imprison journalists for a minimum of two years for publishing news on terrorist attacks that contradicts with official statements.
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement at a press conference outside the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria, July 1, 2015. (AFP/Carlos Barria)
16:36 GMT
John Kerry said negotiators were closer than ever to an Iran nuclear deal but that there was still a lot of work to do.
2,156 Palestinians have been detained by the Israeli military this year. (AFP/File)
15:45 GMT
A report issued Sunday by the PLO said least 23 Palestinians had been killed by the Israeli military since January 1, 2015
The refinery town of Baiji has changed hands several times since it was first seized by Daesh in June 2014. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT
Two Daesh suicide bombs preceded an attack on the the northern Iraqi town of Baiji, home to Iraq's largest oil refinery, forcing army troops and Shiite militia out of the town center.
Hezbollah-affiliated news network Al Manar started covering the events in Zabadani Saturday, although security sources and eye witnesses had revealed that the offensive was launched Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT
Hezbollah fighters allied with the Syrian regime entered the Syrian town of Zabadani, eight kilometers from the border with Lebanon, in a bid to seize the town from opposition forces.
A ferry transporting cars and people crosses the Suez Canal in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. (AFP/File)
13:13 GMT
An Egyptian ferry sank in the Red Sea early on Sunday.
A Kurdish fighter watches smoke billowing in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah on June 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Security forces prevented a second attack, after suicide bombers detonated a vehicle near the plant.
Armed settlers overlook a Palestinian village south of Nablus during confrontations following the setting on fire of Palestinian-owned fields on Jan. 1, 2010. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
12:00 GMT
A group of Israeli settlers threw stones at a car near an ancient tomb in Jerusalem, injuring a woman.
Displaced Iraqi women, who fled their homes in the city of Ramadi after it was seized by jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, cook bread at a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
11:52 GMT
Displaced Iraqi women, who fled their homes in the city of Ramadi after it was seized by jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, cook bread at a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
Ephraim Bracha. (Photo: Emil Salman via Haaretz)
11:00 GMT
The 55-year-old man has served on the police force for more than 30 years.
Fighter jets from the Iraqi air force. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
The self-proclaimed governor for the town of al-Rutbah, along with a number of other militants, were killed in airstrikes in Anbar province.
Tunisian medics carry a woman on a stretcher in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015, following an attack which killed 38 tourists. (AFP/Mohamed Fliss)
10:00 GMT
A female student, who was thought to be romantically involved with the Sousse beach killer, has been arrested by police for suspected links the massacre.
Egyptian soldiers inspect a smuggling tunnel in the divided border town of Rafah, along the border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. (AFP/Getty Images/Mohamed El-Sherbeny)
09:00 GMT
Egypt increased efforts to destroy the smuggling tunnels as part of a security campaign in the northern Sinai region, as militant attacks and violence become alarmingly more frequent.
A Yemeni boy receives kidney dialysis treatment at a hospital in the southern city of Aden on July 3, 2015, after the hospital was able to secure the medicine needed for the dialysis patients from other hospitals in the area. (AFP/Saleh Obeidi)
08:30 GMT
In 102 days, 858 Yemeni civilians have been killed in the city of Aden. A significant part of the death toll is health related, as violence forced two of the largest hospitals to be closed.
Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilization units wave their guns in the town of Baiji north of Tikrit, as they fight alongside Iraqi forces agains tDaesh to try to retake the strategic northern Iraqi town for a second time, on July 2, 2015. Baghdad regained control of Baiji. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:38 GMT
Daesh remains in control of approximately 40 percent of Iraqi territory, including vast oil fields.
A picture taken from the Rafah border of the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt shows an Egyptian armored vehicle patrolling the area on the Egyptian side of the border on July 2, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
07:13 GMT
Six people, including a child, were killed and at least nine were injured in a string of Sinai attacks.
An elderly displaced Iraqi woman, who fled her home in the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Daesh, stands at a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Baghdad, on June 30, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:05 GMT
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabour highlighted that few families return to their homes because of the "the conditions imposed upon them by some entities that attribute themselves to al-Hashd al-Shaabi and the armed forces.”
Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday appointed the new secretary-general, Saeb Erekat, who will replace Yasser Abed Rabbo. Sources claimed the latter had been conspiring with other Palestinian political figures to "undermine" Abbas. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
06:00 GMT
The new secretary-general, Saeb Erekat, will replace Yasser Abed Rabbo, after sources claimed the latter was conspiring with other Palestinian political figures to "undermine" Abbas.
An Iraqi soldier travels away from Mosul after Daesh's takeover of the city in June 2014.  (AFP/Marwan Ibrahim)
05:00 GMT
Iraqi jets flew over Daesh-controlled Mosul over the weekend, dropping pamphlets promising to retake the city from the extremist group.

July 4, 2015

This video screenshot shows a mass public execution of several dozen Syrian government soldiers in the ancient Roman theater of Syria's Palmyra, most likely soon after Daesh's May 21 takeover of the city.  (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT
Daesh released a video Saturday showing a mass public execution of several dozen Syrian government soldiers in the ancient Roman theater of Syria's Palmyra.
Men demonstrate in support of Iran's nuclear program outside the Tehran Research Reactor in the Iranian capital, November 23 2014.  (AFP/Atta Kenare)
17:41 GMT
IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Saturday at Vienna talks that the international nuclear watchdog may issue an Iran nuclear program report by the end of the year.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, dressed in military garb, visited North Sinai Saturday days after a series of deadly Daesh-affiliated attacks targeted security forces in the province. (AFP/Mohamed Abdelmoaty)
17:00 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited North Sinai Saturday days after a series of deadly Daesh-affiliated attacks targeted security forces in the province.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essibsi declared on Saturday a state of emergency one week after 38 foreign tourists were killed at a beach resort in the country's worst-ever terror attack. (AFP/File)
15:41 GMT
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essibsi declared on Saturday a state of emergency one week after 38 foreign tourists were killed at a beach resort in the country's worst-ever terror attack.
Two of the three London schoolgirls who left for Syria in a high-profile case earlier this year have wed Daesh militants, said the families' lawyer.  (British Met Police)
15:12 GMT
Two of the three London schoolgirls who left for Syria in a high-profile case earlier this year have wed Daesh militants, says the families' lawyer.
A rebel Free Syrian Army fighter runs through a street in embattled Aleppo, November 18 2013.  (AFP/Mahmud al-Halabi)
13:57 GMT
A rebel alliance on Saturday has seized a strategic Syrian military barracks in government-held western Aleppo as battles rage for full control of the city.
Children carry supplies handed out by UNICEF outside the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Heavy airstrikes and ground fighting across the country have made it extremely difficult for humanitarian aid to reach Yemen's civilians. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheickh has been discussing with Yemeni factions in recent days a possible humanitarian ceasefire, to last the remainder of Ramadan.
"We have never been closer to a lasting outcome," said Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in a recent YouTube video.  As Tuesday's deadline looms ahead, senior diplomats in Vienna race to reach an Iran nuclear accord.  (AFP/Maxim Malinovsky)
11:52 GMT
As Tuesday's deadline looms ahead, senior diplomats in Vienna race to reach an Iran nuclear accord.
Hezbollah fighters patrol the Qalamoun mountains, along Lebanon's border with Syria, May 20 1015.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:30 GMT
In an ongoing push for control along the Lebanese-Syrian border region, Hezbollah and Syrian army forces launched renewed attacks on the strategic border town Zabadani.
Opposition fighters undergo training in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Watchdog group says at least 31 al-Nusra front members were killed in an explosion while gathering for an iftar meal.
Locals search through the rubble after an airstrike in Sanaa's Old City.  Since late March, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states has been conducting an air campaign against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
10:30 GMT
Militiamen and locals say at least 16 people were killed in fresh Saudi-led airstrikes on Houthi positions in the Yemeni capital.
Gaza men sit in their apartment building, destroyed during the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel.  (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The UNHRC adopted a UN report Friday saying both sides may have committed war crimes in last summer's Gaza war.
Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi demonstrate in Cairo, July 4 2013.  (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)
08:30 GMT
After a turbulent week in Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood supporters accused Egypt security forces on Friday of shooting dead a protestor commemorating Mohamed Morsi's 2013 ouster.
Militants from Daesh's Sinai affiliate, known as Sinai Province, published an online statement Friday claiming responsibility for rockets fired into southern Israel earlier that day.  (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Daesh's Egypt affiliate, known as Sinai Province, published an online statement Friday claiming responsibility for rockets fired into southern Israel earlier that day.
One of the bombs exploded in a commercial street in eastern Baghdad. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
06:00 GMT
Iraqi officials say eight people have been killed and over a dozen others wounded when three bomb attacks hit the capital, Baghdad, and the town of Madain to its southeast.
The rockets landed near Gaza in southern Israel. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Two rockets fired from Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula landed in an open area of Eshkol regional council in southern Israel on Friday. No casualties were reported.

July 3, 2015

"We are used to the sound of explosions but yesterday there were so many. We heard the blasts but because they were coming from everywhere we didn't know where the shells were falling," said one Syrian student of the fighting in Aleppo. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
18:21 GMT
A new Islamist rebel alliance, including Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, was locked in a fierce battle Friday to seize government-held areas of Aleppo, the divided former economic capital.
The UN resolution called for "an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967." (Al Bawaba/File)
16:32 GMT
The UN’s Human Rights Council on Friday stressed the urgency of ending the occupation of Palestinian territory and denounced Israel’s refusal to cooperate with an independent commission on last year’s Gaza conflict.
Saudi police officers stand guard. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
15:27 GMT
At least three police officers have been killed and several others injured in an attack by unidentified armed men against a police station in Saudi Arabia’s western and most populous province of Mecca.
Deadly clashes between Egyptian forces and militants have continued in the aftermath of the attack. (AFP/File)
13:51 GMT
No less than 70 militants were killed in North Sinai by Egyptian security forces over the past 48 hours following a deadly attack by the Islamic State-affiliated Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis on the city of Sheikh Zuwied.
Tripoli residents display a flag at a rally in support of the Libya Dawn militia.  (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
UN mediators and Libyan parties have presented a tentative peace deal to the rival GNC government in Tripoli, hopes for approval in upcoming days.
Syrian-Kurdish refugee children in a camp near Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.  (AFP/Safin Hamed)
11:28 GMT
A UN report released Thursday urged the international community to address the growing problem of Syrian refugee child laborers, many of whom are exploited to support their families.
Opposition fighters from the al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam Brigade undergo training near the al-Turkman mountains in Syria's northern Latakia province.  (AFP/File)
10:24 GMT
Amidst recruitment issues, US military is to send first round of "moderate" trainees into Syria in upcoming weeks.
Syrian government airstrikes bombarded Aleppo late Thursday and into Friday as Islamist rebel groups launched a major offensive to seize full control of the city.  (AFP/File)
09:46 GMT
Syrian government airstrikes bombarded Aleppo late Thursday and into Friday as Islamist rebel groups launched a major offensive to seize full control of the city.
Palestinian youths throw stones as they clash with IDF soldiers at Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem.  (AFP/Abbas Momani)
08:26 GMT
A senior IDF official shot and killed 17-year-old Muhammad al-Kasbeh near Qalandiya checkpoint Friday morning after the teen threw stones at his vehicle.
Iraqi fighters undergo training.Though the majority-Shiite popular mobilization forces have so far been instrumental in Iraq's fight against Daesh, U.S. officials say they've recruited around 6,000 Sunni tribesmen from Anbar province for training.  (AFP/Mohammed Sawf)
07:54 GMT
Though the majority-Shiite popular mobilization forces have so far been instrumental in Iraq's fight against Daesh, U.S. officials say they've recruited 6,000 Sunni tribesmen from Anbar province for training at a base outside Ramadi.
The IDF ordered the closure of Israel's Highway 12 starting Friday morning. (AFP/File)
07:46 GMT
The IDF ordered the closure of Israel's Highway 12 starting Friday morning.
Pentagon officials said the militant, Tarik bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi, had been transporting and supplying weapons for Daesh, as well has helping fighters enter Syria from Turkey.  He was killed June 16 near Syria's border with Iraq.  (AFP/File)
06:46 GMT
Pentagon officials said the militant, Tarik bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi, had been transporting and supplying weapons for Daesh, as well has helping fighters enter Syria from Turkey.
The Syrian regime has been heavily criticized for its use of "barrel bombs," explosive barrels that are dropped from helicopters. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Syrian Ambassador on Thursday rejected a UN report condemning Syria's use of barrel bombs in the conflict.
Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai made the statements an the al-Jazeera news network. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
Officials from the IDF said they had evidence linking Hamas to the Daesh-affiliate group that attacked Egyptian soldiers on Wednesday.

July 2, 2015

Daesh controls one-fifth of Iraq's 10,000 world-renowned historical sites. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT
UNESCO head Irina Bokova met with experts in London to discuss the extent of looting of ancient sites by the Daesh group.
A man walks past a the scene of a bombing after at least 20 people were killed when a young female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a bus station in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on June 22, 2015 (AFP/File)
17:41 GMT
Witnesses told AFP said Boko Haram killed at least 97 in an attack in a northeastern Nigerian village on Wednesday.
Hisham Barakat was dies after a car bomb attack on his convoy in Cairo on Monday. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT
Acting Prosecutor-General Ali Omran has issued a media gag order that will apply to audio, video, and print media, as well as internet sites.
Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was one of 71 journalists killed in the first six months of 2015. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT
War in the Middle East is being blamed for a seven percent rise in the number of journalists killed in the first six months of this year.
Egyptian troops patrol a street in the divided border town of Rafah, along the border with the Gaza Strip, on November 4, 2014. (AFP/File Mohamed el-Sherbeny)
14:00 GMT
Egyptian security forces continued to pound militant targets in the north Sinai region following Wednesday's coordinated attack of checkpoints by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.
A Syrian refugee girl stands in a building in Syrian Kurdish city of Amuda, after running away from clashes between regime forces and the Islamic State group. (AFP/Uygar Onder Simsek)
13:15 GMT
A Syrian refugee girl stands in a building on June 27, 2015 in Syrian Kurdish city of Amuda, after running away from clashes between regime forces and the Islamic State group. (AFP/Uygar Onder Simsek)