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August 18, 2014

Models take part in the "Miss Bikini" event, part of "World Next Top Model 2014", at the Publicity beach resort in the Lebanese coastal city of Byblos on August 17, 2014. (AFP / ANWAR AMRO)
07:05 GMT
Models take part in the "Miss Bikini" event, part of "World Next Top Model 2014
ISIS militants killed over 700 people from rural Deir al-Zor over the past two weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (File/AFP)
06:55 GMT
Syria's air force continued to carry out dozens of strikes against ISIS militants in Raqqa Sunday, killing 31 extremists and eight civilians.
Palestinians observe the damage of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
05:23 GMT
A Hamas spokesman on Sunday accused Israel of "stalling" in ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a long-term truce in Gaza, stressing that "the ball is in the Israeli occupation's court."

August 17, 2014

An Iraqi Yazidi woman, who fled her home when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, looks at her baby as they rest inside a building under construction where they found refuge on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
17:31 GMT
Up to 3,000 women and girls kidnapped by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq in just a fortnight - and hundreds of men who refuse to convert have been shot dead.
A Syrian fighter jet flies over the northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn. [Press TV]
15:58 GMT
The Syrian army's jet fighters have launched a series of fresh aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria, killing nineteen ISIL militants and injuring tens of others.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands with Yukiya Amano , Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during a meeting in Tehran on August 17, 2014 ahead of an August 25 deadline for Tehran to answer decade-old allegations of past nuclear weapons research.
15:47 GMT
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic's defensive missile capabilities.
Fuad Masoum made the comments in his first major interview since becoming Iraq's head of state on July 24 (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT
Iraq's President Fuad Masoum said his government would make a "series of communications and initiatives" with Saudi Arabia to ensure strong ties with the kingdom.
Both Hamas and Israel said fighting would continue if no permanent ceasefire was reached (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT
Israel's communication minister said that Tel Aviv had not decided about an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Hamas.
David Cameron promised to “support the building blocks of democracy” a part of a long-term solution for Iraq (File/AFP)
12:50 GMT
Prime Minister David Cameron said militant group ISIS could "reach the streets of Britain" and promised swifter action against the extremist group in Iraq.
Countries with tense relations, like the U.S. and Iran, are recognizing the need to work together in combatting the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The rise of the Islamic State and their terrifying ideology is bringing together enemies from all sides of the spectrum.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position to monitor the region from Bashiqa, close to Mosul, August 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT
Kurdish Peshmergas backed by U.S. air strikes launched a major operation to retake control of Iraq's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic State militants.
The IAEA director general is set to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Ali Akbar Salehi. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran for talks about Iran's nuclear program.
Gaza's sole power plant was bombed by Israeli forces on July 29, causing widespread electricity shortages (File/AFP)
10:05 GMT
Only six hours of electricity per day remained in most of Gaza as shortages continued following Israeli shelling of the Strip's sole power plant two weeks ago.
Thousands of people stand and protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London, August 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:34 GMT
The UK government faces a potential lawsuit over its continued arms sales to Israel as speculation continues that British-made weapons may have been used to commit war crimes in Gaza.
Chief Palestinian negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmad said he was "optimistic" about reaching a long-term peace agreement with Israel (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT
Palestinian and Israeli delegations are due to resume negotiations Sunday for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, according to AFP.
A boy walks passed street art critical of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT
At least ten suspected militants were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes over eastern and southern parts of Yemen, a local official confirmed.
Libya is grappling with rising insecurity since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT
Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in Tripoli.
Many of the victims were beheaded by ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT
ISIS extremists in Syria executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat tribe, while 1,800 people remain missing, according to a British-based monitoring group.
A New York Branch of the Arab Bank is viewed on East 52nd Street August 14, 2014 in New York. Arab Bank turned a blind eye to helping terrorists, a lawyer for victims of attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories told jurors as a trial opened in a decade-old suit against Jordan’s largest bank. (AFP)
07:07 GMT
A New York Branch of the Arab Bank is viewed on East 52nd Street August 14, 2014 in New York.
Palestinian patients in the hospital after the building was shelled by the IDF. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Dozens of families who fled their homes during the Israeli offensive on Gaza took refuge in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, and informal tent communities have sprung up amid houses now reduced to rubble.

August 16, 2014

The two militia groups played a key role in the uprising that toppled the country’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP)
21:46 GMT
Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in the Libyan capital of Tripoli shortly after the new UN envoy announced plans to visit the country soon for ceasefire negotiations.
The head of the Al-Wafd Party El-Sayed Al-Badawi, who last year traveled to Sudan to discuss the situation in Egypt with high ranking officials. (AFP File Photo)
18:20 GMT
A number of political parties that came into being after the 2011 revolution have said that they are in serious negotiations to join the electoral alliance led by the country's oldest liberal party, the Wafd Party.
Palestinian delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
17:50 GMT
Sources in the Islamic Jihad and Hamas indicated that the Egyptian proposal does not meet the current demands of the Palestinian people and that therefore it is highly unlikely they will accept it.
An LAF tank outside Arsal. (AFP)
14:22 GMT
Lebanese PM Tammam Salam reassured relatives of kidnapped soldiers and police officers Saturday that the state was exerting all efforts possible to secure the release of their loved ones.
Afghan police officers stand guard at an Army checkpoint in December 2013, shortly before the US withdrawal. (AFP)
14:07 GMT
At least three Afghan policemen have been killed when US-led foreign forces launched an airstrike in Afghanistan’s northern province of Parwan.
Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to Tfail in April. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT
The mayor of Tfail said Saturday that the Syrian army ordered residents to evacuate in 48 hours before the military shells the tiny eastern border village in Lebanon.
A Lion & lioness look on from inside their cage at the Bisan City tourist village zoo, in Beit Hanun on August 14, 2014. The zoo, part of Al-Bisan City, was built by the Hamas government in 2008 as a tourist village, but is now far from relaxing, with the wire of its enclosures twisted and crushed after the strikes, debris and dead animals strewn around, and the remains of militant rocket launchers lying nearby. (AFP)
09:25 GMT
A Lion (R) and lioness look on from inside their cage at the Bisan City tourist village zoo
Lebanese army tanks deploy in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:07 GMT
French authorities are seeking to provide the Lebanese army with used weapons under a $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Saturday.
ISIL militants have killed at least 500 members of the Izadi ethnic minority of Iraq over the past days. (AFP)
07:47 GMT
Iraq’s Kurdish officials say ISIL Takfiri militants have massacred around 100 members of the Izadi (Yazidi) minority in a village in the north of the country.
Ninety-six Palestinians were released in Jerusalem Friday, part of nearly 600 who have been detained since the start of the conflict. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israel released 96 Palestinian prisoners in Jerusalem Friday who were part of nearly 600 arrested in relation to protests over murdered Palestinian teen, Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

August 15, 2014

Gaza death toll hit 1,980 Friday as serious injuries become fatal. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT
The death toll in Gaza reached 1,980 Friday, which officials attribute to a lack of medical supplies and facilities for the critically wounded.
Witnesses report militants captured the muezzin and shot him in front of his mosque in Rawlawla, Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:15 GMT
Almost a dozen ancient Shiite shrines and mosques were destroyed by Isis militants in western Iraq.
Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam spoke to an Arsal delegate Friday and vowed to find solutions for the depleted town's growing refugee population.
13:48 GMT
After a bloody battle between the Lebanese army and Syrian militants in Arsal, Lebanon PM Salam spoke Friday about rebuilding the town and addressing a growing number of Syrian refugees he said were partially to blame.
The Kerem Shalom crossing is set to open Friday to allow humanitarian aid through. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT
With peace treaties being discussed, Israeli authorities have announced plans to open the Karem Shalom crossing to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza.
Islamic Jihad has reported a reached peace agreement with Israel. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT
The Islamic Jihad has announced a planned truce agreement with Israel at the end of the five-day ceasefire brokered by Egypt. Agreement will include the end of Israeli offensive and the expansion of fishing zone and imports in Gaza.
Amid international pressure, Maliki agreed to step down as PM of Iraq. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT
In a nationally televised address, Maliki agreed to step down as Iraq's PM, and welcomes the newly-nominated Abadi,
Demonstrators with Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights stage a reenactment of the Rabaa Massacre in Cairo, when Egyptian police opened fire on demonstrators opposed to the military's ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, on the one-year anniversary during a rally in Washington, DC, August 14, 2014. (AFP / Saul LOEB)
08:31 GMT
Demonstrators with Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights stage a reenactment of the Rabaa Massacre in Cairo, when Egyptian police opened fire on demonstrators opposed
The violent clearing of Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda squares is one of the bloodiest incidents in Egypt's modern history. (AFP)
05:00 GMT
At least six were killed Thursday and tens arrested as police suppressed demonstrations organized by Islamists across Egyptian cities to mark the anniversary of last year's mass killings of protesters.

August 14, 2014

Feras Abu Inil, 13, walks past an apartment block in the northern Gaza strip that was all but destroyed in four weeks of clashes between Israel and Hamas, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP)
18:57 GMT
Deputy secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziad al-Nakhaala said on Thursday that a long-term ceasefire that would include the lifting of the siege on Gaza would be announced soon.
US President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to help rescue thousands of civilians besieged by jihadists on an Iraqi mountain, as an MP warned they would not survive much longer. (AFP)
18:33 GMT
Thousands of Izadi Kurds have been killed or displaced since the ISIL terrorists attacked the mountainous Sinjar region in northern Iraq.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-led National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) called for protests on Thursday to commemorate the anniversary of the violent dispersal of the Rabaa and Nahda protest camps last year. (AFP)
15:44 GMT
A supporter of toppled President Mohamed Morsy was killed during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood members and security troops on top of Nahya bridge near Mohandessin district in Giza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks next to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a joint press conference on July 22, 2014 at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. (AFP)
15:10 GMT
Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department.
A relative of 2-year old Palestinian Lamar Radiya, killed by shrapnel from an Israeli tank shell in the north of the Gaza Strip, holds her body at the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia on July 23. (AFP)
14:48 GMT
Despite a five-day ceasefire extension brokered in Cairo, Israeli airstrikes claim two more lives in Gaza.
Palestinians are Israeli settlers regularly clash in the West Bank (File/AFP)
13:12 GMT
A Palestinian man was killed Thursday after being hit by a settler car close to the illegal settlement of Barkan in the West Bank.
The Dawa Party called on different political parties to endorse Abadi as well. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa Party has announced its commitment to Haider al-Abadi
Militants fought fierce battles with the army last week. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT
Lebanon charged 43 jihadists Thursday over gun battles with the Lebanese Army in Arsal.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's Islamic State has changed the course of the Middle East for many years to come (File/AFP)
11:05 GMT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdad has given Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Kurds reason to unite against ISIS attacks. Nevertheless, Obama has to take al-Baghdadi seriously.
Roughly 600 people were killed in the dispersal of the protest camps. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling for protests Thursday to commemorate the violent dispersal of the Rabaa and Nahda protest camps exactly one year ago.
A Syrian man walks with crutches through an Arsal refugee camp which was partially burnt during clashes between the Lebanese army and ISIS militants, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT
Radical militant group ISIS released a video of Lebanese soldiers held hostage in Arsal. The soldiers were captured during army clashes with ISIS, which began August 2.
Iraqis walks past debris in the aftermath of an explosion in Baghdad's commercial district of New Baghdad on August 14, 2014. [AFP]
09:17 GMT
At least eight people have been killed in four car bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source says.
Mubarak is on trial for allegedly ordering the death of protesters during the country's revolution. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he did not order the killing of protesters or the shedding of the blood of Egyptians.
David Cameron said plans are being devised to rescue Yazidi civilians trapped by ISIS militants in northern Iraq (File/AFP)
08:47 GMT
Prime Minister David Cameron said "detailed plans" are underway to deliver aid and assistance to Iraq's Yazidis who fled ISIS violence.
Kurdish forces helped escort thousands of Yazidis to safety. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
According to reports from U.S. military personnel, only a few thousand Yazidis remain trapped on Mt. Sinjar.
Palestinian men sit near a tent in Beit Hanoun after their neighborhood was completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes, August 12, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:19 GMT
Israeli forces carried out air strikes in Gaza after a temporary ceasefire was extended to five more days. Israeli media had also claimed Hamas violated the truce by firing rockets.
Militants are in control of government silos in five of Iraq's most fertile provinces. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
Militants from the Islamic State are now in control of seven oil fields in Iraq and large amounts of the country's wheat supplies.
A man stands by his car as black smoke billows across the sky after a petrol depot was set ablaze during clashes between rival militias near Tripoli's international airport, on the outskirts of the capital, on August 13, 2014. Since mid-July, the country has been rocked by deadly inter-militia fighting for control of key facilities including Tripoli's international airport. Benghazi in the east, Libya's second city, has also seen battles between Islamists and the forces of a renegade general. (AFP/STR)
07:03 GMT
A man stands by his car as black smoke billows across the sky after a petrol depot was set ablaze during clashes
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syrian-Iraqi border along the Fishkhabur bridge over the Tigris River at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 13, 2014. [AFP]
06:59 GMT
Britain will help rescue up to 30,000 starving refugees trapped by jihadist maniacs in northern Iraq, David Cameron said yesterday.
Tunnels connecting Burj al-Barajneh at the Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut suburbs have been left partially completed since the Civil War, but recent activity was recently detected.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:00 GMT
Hezbollah members heighten security in Palestinian refugee camps after discovering new activity in an old tunnel system in Beirut.

August 13, 2014

Incumbent Prime Minister Maliki has threatened to sue, coup and fight Iraqi President Fuad Masum's decision to choose a new Prime Minister. (AFP/File)
20:13 GMT
Incumbent Prime Minister Maliki asserts he will remain in power until a court ruling is reached by Iraq's federal courts.
A helicopter crashed Wednesday in northern Iraq while trying to deliver aid to stranded Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar. Thousands more Yazidis have fled for the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
19:53 GMT
An aid helicopter crashed Wednesday while delivering aid packages to besieged Yazidis stranded on Mt. Sinjar when several refugees tried to jump aboard. The crash killed the pilot and injured a Yazidi Parliamentary member, a New York Times journalist, and several children.
Israeli forces are deployed into Gaza as a three day lull comes to an end.
18:48 GMT
As the extended ceasefire comes to an end and tensions rise, Israeli troops have deployed near the Gaza border.
27 gay men were arrested on charges of being gay in a Beirut neighborhood. Rights-groups have condemned the arrests and are calling for their immediate release. (AFP/File)
18:24 GMT
AfterBeirut police raid a Turkish-style hammam in Beirut and arrest 27, local NGOs condemn charges as rights violations.
Violent clashes between competing militia have rocked Tripoli and Benghazi residents as Libya's interim government struggles to gain control. (AFP/File)
16:38 GMT
As violence continues in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya's MPs vote to ask for international humanitarian intervention.
The Kurds will now receive weapons directly from U.S. sources, which will bypass Iraqi government officials in Baghdad. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
16:03 GMT
The U.S. confirmed Monday its intention to redirect weapons supply directly to Kurdish forces, bypassing central governments in Baghdad.
French President Francois Hollande says France will play an integral role in backing Kurdish forces in keeping Islamic extremists from advancing further into Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT
President Francois Hollande announced France's decision Wednesday to arm Iraq's Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.
Mubarak was overthrown in a popular uprising in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:04 GMT
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived in court Wednesday to attend his trail on murder charges.
Up to 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's assault on Gaza, most of them civilians (File/AFP)
11:50 GMT
Five people including two journalists were killed after an unexploded Israeli missile blew up in the northern Gaza Strip. Six others were also critically injured.
Haidar Al-Abadi is widely expected to unify Iraq's Kurds, Shia and Sunni groups (File/AFP)
10:47 GMT
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah congratulated Haider Al-Abadi on becoming the next prime minister of Iraq, expressing hope that Sunnis, Shia and Kurds would be unified.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the advances in Aleppo were partly a result of the decision by the Islamist Dawud Brigade to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
10:45 GMT
Militants from the Islamic State have taken control of a string of villages in Syria's Aleppo province.
A total of 69 Palestinians were arrested across East Jerusalem and the West Bank, early Wednesday (File/AFP)
09:40 GMT
Israeli forces arrested 57 Palestinians in overnight raids across East Jerusalem, while 12 were arrested in the West Bank, an official confirmed.
Abadi was picked by Iraq's Shia bloc on Monday. (AFP/File)
09:24 GMT
A bomb exploded near the house of Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi.
A Syrian child stands in a refugee camp which was partially burnt during clashes with militants in Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:26 GMT
Tensions remain high in the aftermath of Arsal. Lebanese nationals blame Syrian refugees for the violence, while the latter deny any involvement. But, who is right?
Mourners hold the Palestinian flag at Mohammad Abu Khdeir's funeral in East Jerusalem, July 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:26 GMT
A settler who set fire to and killed Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdeir, allegedly confessed to murdering the boy, which was aired on Israel TV Monday.
Lawmakers are seeking to to overcome confrontation between between two armed factions. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
Libya's new parliament agreed that the next president would be elected by popular vote.
A member of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition Dror Feiler speaks during a press conference on August 12, 2014, in Istanbul. A Turkish aid group said on August 12, 2014 it would send a new flotilla of ships to break Israel's siege of Gaza, four years after the deadly storming of its vessel by Israeli commandos. (AFP / BULENT KILIC)
07:08 GMT
A member of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition Dror Feiler speaks during a press conference
US Air Force Capts. step to their aircraft for an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2014. The aircrew is scheduled to offload more than 40,000 gallons of fuel to Fighter Aircraft completing missions in Iraq. [AFP]
07:08 GMT
Despite the presence of thousands of American troops in Iraq, US President Barack Obama has approved the deployment of 130 more “military advisers” to northern Iraq.
Palestinian children wounded by Israeli air strikes in the al-Shati refugee camp lie on hospital stretchers, August 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:56 GMT
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), will next month begin investigating Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip after a panel was appointed Monday.
Palestinian women mourn the death of a relative killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza (File/AFP)
05:42 GMT
Up to 1,951 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza as a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continued for the third day, while mediation talks resume in Egypt.
Maliki has yet to step down despite calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi says current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will continue to play a role in Iraq's newly formed government.

August 12, 2014

Libya struggles with rising insecurity. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
The police chief in Libya's Tripoli was gunned down Tuesday.
Thousands of Yazidis remain stranded in the Sinjar mountains after fleeing militants. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT
A helicopter delivering aid crashed Tuesday in Iraq's Sinjar mountains.
Abadi was nominated for the position of Prime Minister, but current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has yet to step down. (AFP/File)
18:13 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi received the approval and support of both the U.S. and Iran after his nomination.
Maliki has so far refused to step down from his position as Prime Minister although many officials have called for his resignation as they form a new government. (AFP/File)
16:55 GMT
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged security forces to stay out of politics Tuesday as the U.S. continues air strikes against militants in northern Iraq.
In August of 2013, Egyptian security forces stormed two Pro-Morsi sit-ins killing over 600 people. (AFP/File)
15:50 GMT
Human Rights Watch has released a new report that accuses the current Egyptian government of serious human rights abuses.
Twenty-seven thousand new residents live within the twelve official camps. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT
A large influx of Palestinian refugees from Syria is causing a strain on Lebanon's refugee camps.
Water and solar lamps were distributed via the air drops. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT
The British government completed a second air drop of aid to Iraqis Tuesday.
Executive Director Kenneth Roth and Middle East and North Africa Director Sarah Leah Whitson were turned back at Cairo airport. (AFP/File)
12:49 GMT
Egyptian authorities have barred the executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member from entering the country.
Palestinian fishermen sit off the shores of Gaza while an Israeli police boat patrols in the background, March 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:21 GMT
IDF warships opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the Rafah coast Tuesday, violating the 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during his meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud during their meeting in the Red Sea port of Jeddah on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
11:59 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah late Sunday where they reportedly tackled the restive situation in various countries in the Arab world.
The voting session has been postponed to September 2 according to spokesman Mohammad Ballout (File/AFP)
11:37 GMT
Lebanese lawmakers failed in a tenth attempt to elect a new president Tuesday, prompting Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone voting till September 2.
Representatives of the League of Arab states take part in an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on August 11, 2014. [AFP]
10:42 GMT
A nine-hour session of indirect negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli delegations in Cairo on Monday ended with a partial draft agreement on easing the blockade on Gaza, sources close to the talks told Ma'an.
Both the U.S. and Egypt declared Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis a terrorist organization in April, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:12 GMT
Security forces in Egypt arrested two alleged members of a militant group in the tense Sinai Peninsula, the country's state news agency reported Tuesday.
The British exile is expected to improve relations with Iraq's Sunnis and Kurds (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT
The potential successor to Nouri al-Maliki has created an even bigger political turmoil for Iraq's future, seeing as the current leader won't resign. For better or worse, who is Haider al-Abadi?
A Palestinian woman sits with her children in the ruins of her home, which was demolished by an Israeli air strike, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:11 GMT
Palestinian families continued to return home on the second day of a 72-hour ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas.
Kurdish forces hand out water bottles to displaced Yazidi families in the Iraq-Syria border, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:30 GMT
Peshmerga forces in Iraq made significant gains against terrorist group ISIS after several days of fighting, according to Press TV.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum (2nd L) shakes hands with deputy parliamentary speaker, and newly nominated Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi (R) on 11 August 2014 (Iraqi President Office / AFP).
08:12 GMT
Outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the naming of his successor as premier on Monday, charging that it amounted to a violation of Iraq's constitution.
Saad Hariri promised to help reconstruct schools, hospitals and "necessary projects" across Arsal (File/AFP)
08:05 GMT
Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri donated $15 million to help reconstruct the besieged border town of Arsal following heavy clashes between the army and militants.
A Palestinian child carries her belongings out of a UN school in Beit Lahia, August 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT
The UN Human Rights Council appointed a three-member panel, including George Clooney's fiancé Amal Alamuddin, to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.
A poster left by a participant taking part in a candlelight vigil and silent protest organized as part of the #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies August 11, 2014 near the United Nations in New York. (AFP/Don Emmert)
06:55 GMT
A poster left by a participant taking part in a candlelight vigil and silent protest
The plane went down only meters away from a densely populated area (Atta Kenare/ AFP).
06:00 GMT
The two black boxes of an Iranian passenger plane that crashed in the country's capital, Tehran, have been found, according to Iranian officials.