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Yemen may fracture more than anticipated with Al Qaeda, southern separatists, northern rebels and a weak central government threatening the country's unity and development going forward (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
13:58 GMT
Yemen's unity and development may be more at threat today than ever before, but who-or what-is to blame?
The Israeli Defense Force has struck 200 targets in Gaza over the past 24 hours (AFP/ File).
13:56 GMT
The Israeli Defense Force's noon deadline for tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to evacuate has passed as the IDF plans to intensify air strikes on the zone Israel believes is firing more rockets.
Iraq's parliament must quickly pick a new speaker of parliament, president, and prime minister. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
Iraq's parliamentary session Sunday ended after 30 minutes and without progress.
At least seven Algerian soldiers were killed Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
13:34 GMT
At least three Algerian soldiers and their four auxiliaries were killed by roadside bombs Sunday.
Over 100 Palestinians have died in Israel's recent air strikes on Gaza. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
Pope Francis calls for peace in Gaza as Israel continues air strikes.
Over 1000 Palestinians have been injured since the Israeli offensive began in Gaza (File/AFP)
12:00 GMT
Medical workers in Gaza struggled to cope with the high number of civilian casualties caused by Israeli air strikes in recent days as the Palestinian death toll topped 151 people.
Israeli security looks on as Palestinian Muslim worshipers (unseen) perform traditional Friday noon prayers along a street outside the Old City in East Jerusalem, on July 11, 2014, on the second Friday of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. [AFP]
11:49 GMT
Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on Sunday and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers, witnesses told Ma'an.
Rebel groups who were involved in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi have refused to lay down their arms and continue to harass civilians and government officials. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT
Intense fighting has erupted in Libya's Tripoli.
If Gaza's residents used bomb shelters, would it make a difference? (Shutterstock).
08:38 GMT
When missiles are launched into Israel, Israelis got to bomb shelters. The same cannot be said in Gaza however. Why don't Palestinians use bomb shelters?
At the moment, Libyan officials are not aware of the demands of the oil port guards. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT
Protesters in Libya have shut down the national oil port of Brega, days after the government celebrated its reopening.
The UN estimates that 77 percent of Palestinian fatalities have been civilians (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT
The UN on Saturday called for a ceasefire between Tel Aviv and Hamas as an Israeli cabinet minister said the army was ready for a ground invasion.
Members of Iraq's security forces stand guard in Baghdad, April 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:49 GMT
Gunmen killed at least 33 people including 29 women in a Baghdad housing complex Saturday. Police said the motive of the shootings still remained unclear.
Lebanese Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has urged protesters to open the roads they blocked throughout the week against Lebanese Army threats to do so by force (AFP/File).
07:33 GMT
Lebanon's Minister for Justice, Ashraf Rifi has urged Bab al-Tabbaneh residents in Tripoli to show self-restraint, claiming local political and security forces have manipulated their protests for personal political gains.
A Libyan soldier and onlookers gather around the bodies of two reported migrants on a beach on July 12, 2014 in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Twelve bodies of reported illegal immigrants were already found off the coast of Tajura, 20km east of Tripoli in the past two days. (AFP / STR)
07:31 GMT
A Libyan soldier and onlookers gather around the bodies
A Gazan woman holds an injured child in Rafah's al-Najar hospital, July 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:28 GMT
Over 21 Palestinians were killed after fresh Israeli air strikes in Gaza late Saturday, bringing the death toll to 151, with at least 1000 people injured.
Iranian officials hope Kerry's presence will help solve remaining differences. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna to join the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on as he speaks during a press conference at the defense ministry in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on July 11, 2014. [AFP]
00:57 GMT
Netanyahu: We can’t allow Gaza in Judea and Samaria; we are weighing all possibilities and are prepared for all possibilities.

July 12, 2014

A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza strip into Israel, on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:48 GMT
Three rockets fired from south Lebanon hit northern Israel, triggering retaliatory artillery fire on the Lebanese border village of Zebqin, a security source told The Daily Star Saturday.
Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:22 GMT
Northern Gazans are being removed from northern Gaza and other areas from which rockets are being fired senior army source says; source adds that Hamas psychological warfare shows that it has been pushed into a corner.
Mr Hague said he spoke of the British Government’s “deep concern about the number of civilian casualties and the need for all sides to avoid further civilian injuries and the loss of innocent life” but stopped short of condemning Israel’s response. [AFP]
20:56 GMT
William Hague has said Israel has the “right to defend itself” against rocket attacks from Gaza after urging Palestinian and Israeli leaders to negotiate a ceasefire.
Israeli border guards take position as fireworks launched by Palestinian protestors lit the sky during clashes at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
20:30 GMT
Sirens blare in TA twice, also in other parts of country; no injuries reported; IAF attacks rocket launching site from which the latest barrage was shot.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
16:44 GMT
Palestinian initiated talks taking place to reach ceasefire with Egypt, Qatar involvement, Channel 2 reports; Blair meets with Sisi to discuss ways to restore 2012 ceasefire; Gal-On says PM must involve Abbas to end hostilities.
Well-protected: Donning military gear and carrying rifles, thousands of soldiers moved into a new position on the border on the fifth day of the deadly conflict. [AP]
14:52 GMT
Israeli troops mass on Gaza border in preparation for ground attack after airstrikes hit mosque 'that was hiding Hamas weapons'
A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 11, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. [AFP]
14:35 GMT
Channel 10 reports injuries are light; Most of the rockets landed in open areas in western Negev.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12, 2014. Israel vowed no let-up in its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives, as a defiant Hamas rained more rockets on the Jewish state. (AFP / MAHMUD HAMS)
13:43 GMT
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City
Palestinians sitting on a street react after a deadly Israeli air strike that targeted their house on July 8, 2014 in the town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/AFP)
08:58 GMT
The death toll from the five days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to at least 122 as several are wounded in an anti-Israel protest in the West Bank.
Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
08:45 GMT
Saudi Arabia is coordinating its efforts with representatives of Islamic and Arab states and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as well as other bodies to support the Palestinian delegation’s stand at the UN
(AFP)
07:47 GMT
Several militant factions affiliated with what the West calls moderate rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
Hundreds of strikes and retaliatory rockets have been exchanged between Gaza and Israel over the past week (AFP)
05:00 GMT
The United States said it is ready to "leverage its relationships" in the Middle East to end the Israeli strikes on Gaza.

July 11, 2014

Irbil released a statement Friday saying that the KRG will now control disputed northern oil fields (File Archive)
19:54 GMT
Kurdish forces seized control of Iraq's northern oilfields Friday as tensions continue to increase between Irbil and Baghdad.
Other pro-Morsi demonstrators were arrested in Alexandria Friday as well (File Archive/AFP)
19:09 GMT
At least two demonstrators were killed Friday when riot police dispersed a pro-Morsi protest in Cairo.
Bekaa is frequently targeted by spillover violence from Syria (File Archive)
19:00 GMT
At least three rockets landed in the town of Brital in Lebanon's Bekaa Friday.
Netanyahu vowed to continue the strikes on Friday despite calls from the international community to stop the violence (File Archive/AFP)
17:23 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Friday to continue strikes on the Gaza strip as the Palestinian death toll surpassed 100.
Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon early Friday morning (File Archive)
16:42 GMT
Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon Friday after "suspicious, unknown rockets" were fired from the country's south on the Jewish state, according to reports.
Ten-year-old Noor Al Najdi was killed from an Israeli strike in the town of Rafah this week (Said Khatib/AFP)
16:04 GMT
As the Gaza strikes continue and Hamas responds with rockets, Jonathan Power takes a minute to reflect on how this crisis-and so many others-have destroyed lives....and childhoods.
Moroccan leadership is concerned that the country will be the subject to a new wave of terror when ISIS-linked Moroccan fighters return home to the kingdom (Courtesy of Magharebia/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Morocco's government put its security services on high alert due to a reported "serious terror threat."
Syrian refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks (File Archive/AFP)
15:32 GMT
The UN refugee agency criticized Europe Friday for only welcoming a "miniscule" number of Syrians inside its borders despite the fact that refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks.
Indonesian demonstrators stage a huge pro-Palestinian rally in Jakarta on July 11, 2014 condemning Israel's offensive in Gaza. Israel's bombardment of Gaza claimed its 100th Palestinian life on July 11 as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered help in brokering truce. (AFP / ROMEO GACAD)
14:55 GMT
Indonesian demonstrators stage a huge pro-Palestinian rally in Jakarta
Erdgoan is expected to win re-election in August (File Archive/AFP)
13:53 GMT
Turkey's Prime Minister announced this week that Ankara will not normalize ties with Tel Aviv as long anticipated if the strikes on Gaza continue.
Anti-government demonstrators previously protested in Anbar province for months until Baghdad commissioned an operation to oust them from their demonstration site (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT
At least 11 Iraqi police were killed in an offensive near the city of Ramadi Friday.
At least 2,000 Gazans have been made homeless from the strikes (Said Khatib/AFP)
13:30 GMT
Israeli airstrikes left at least 12 more Palestinians in the Gaza Strip dead Friday as the death toll surpasses 100 under Tel Aviv's so-called Operation Protective Edge.
(AFP)
08:54 GMT
The United States moved Thursday to blacklist a group of companies it claimed covertly helped Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement acquire components for surveillance drones.
The ISIS flag flying above norther Iraq. (Photo: AFP)
07:32 GMT
Beddawi, particularly the neighborhood of Mankoubine, has a reputation in the last three years for being a wellspring of Lebanese jihadists.
(Ma'an News Agency)
07:20 GMT
Mahdi Hamad, Suha’s father, said that “nobody called us to evacuate the house and there aren’t any resistance members around it.”
Israel has launched more than 500 strikes on Gaza this week (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
The United Arab Emirates pledged Thursday to send at least $25 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza as airstrikes from Israel continue.

July 10, 2014

De Mistura was confirmed by the UN Security Council earlier this week (AFP)
20:58 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon confirmed Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Special Envoy to Syria.
Thousands of residents left Mosul last month before ISIS claimed full control of the city (File Archive/AFP)
20:49 GMT
Sunni militants seized a military base in Iraq's Diyala province Thursday after intense fighting with forces from Baghdad.
UNSMIL was established in 2011 to help Libyan authorities establish a new government after the fall of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi (File Archive)
20:00 GMT
The UN will reduce its staff in Libya over "unspecified security concerns."
Ali Salman, the head of the Al Wefaq opposition party, was arrested this week for meeting with Malinowski (File Archive/AFP)
18:29 GMT
Bahrain's main opposition leader was arrested for meeting with Washington's top diplomat to the country who was expelled earlier this week.
At least 88 Palestinians have died from the Israeli strikes in Gaza over the past few days (Jack Guez/AFP)
17:02 GMT
The UN's top chief called for a ceasefire to the intensifying violence in Gaza Thursday, but Israel's Prime Minister said that a ceasefire is "not on the agenda."
Many Syrians were killed in a chemical attack last August (File Archive/AFP)
16:02 GMT
At least 170,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year civil war according to a new death toll released by an activist group Thursday.
Barzani said earlier this month that measures are being taken for holding a referendum on Kurdistan's future. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT
Iraqi Kurds say they will withdraw their ministers from the cabinet and cease participation in the government of Prime Minister Maliki in protest over his remarks.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague still believes that the "current negotiations are the best opportunity we have had in years to resolve this issue" on Iran's nuclear program (AFP/File).
13:06 GMT
British Foreign Secretary William Hague states that significant differences remain in the sixth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran's nuclear program.
A Palestinian child stands by her home, which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
12:28 GMT
Health officials in Gaza have confirmed that a pre-dawn air raid by Israeli forces killed five Palestinian children from the same family in Khan Younis.
The UN atomic agency said the materials obtained by insurgents were "low grade" despite Iraq's security concerns (File/AFP)
11:05 GMT
Terrorist groups seized nuclear materials used for scientific research from Iraq's Mosul University according to a document issued to the UN.
Egyptian authorities are allowing Palestinians to enter the country and be treated in Egyptian hospitals. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Egypt is opening its Rafah border to let in Palestinians who have been wounded during recent Israeli air strikes.
An Israeli Merkava tank rolls along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian coastal enclave, on July 10, 2014. [AFP]
10:16 GMT
A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory
Three of the six suspects initially arrested will be released on Thursday, as they "are not connected to the murder". (AFP/ File).
09:24 GMT
Three of the six suspects initially arrested in relation to Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir will be released on Thursday.
Iraqi militants continue to terrorize civilians and aim to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT
The U.N. announced Thursday that the nuclear materials recently seized by militants in Iraq are low grade and do not pose a significant threat.
The U.S. government has placed a $10 million bounty on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL (File/AFP)
09:13 GMT
The U.S. is contemplating attacking ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with drones according to a recent report by Pentagon officials.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for “quick Arab and international action” to stop Israeli aggression in Gaza (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
Lebanon's leading politicians blasted Israel's latest military assault on Gaza. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri denounced the attacks, calling on Israel to stop "the most brutal attacks against the Gaza Strip".
Hundreds of Jordanians protesting over Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip chanted "We will launch the third intifada" (AFP/File).
08:37 GMT
Hundreds of Jordanians clashed with security forces outside the Israeli embassy on Thursday morning as a protest over the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip turned violent.
Did the World Cup generate more interest than the Gaza death toll? Some think so (File/AFP)
08:22 GMT
While the big game between Germany and Brazil commenced, Israel was air striking Gaza. But, the eyes of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon were transfixed on the match, "desensitized" by what was happening in the Strip.
Saudi authorities deployed some 30,000 troops earlier this month along the border with Iraq (File/AFP)
08:00 GMT
Saudi's Border Guards said said the country's southern divide was secure from smugglers and infiltrators despite security concerns with Iraq in the north.
Israeli forces launched further air strikes across the besieged Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll to 64 (File/AFP)
07:34 GMT
The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting over the deteriorating situation between Israel and Hamas.
An Indian Muslim reads prayers on his mobile phone prior to breaking his fast during of the holy month of Ramadan at Jamai Masjid in Hyderabad. Like millions of Muslim around the world, Indian Muslims celebrated the month of Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking, & smoking as well as sexual activities from dawn to dusk. (AFP /NOAH SEELAM)
07:28 GMT
An Indian Muslim reads prayers on his mobile phone
Rockets from Gaza have also been fired at Dimona, where Israel has a nuclear reactor (AFP/ File).
07:16 GMT
Israeli President Shimon Peres has warned that a ground incursion "may happen quite soon" as Israeli warplanes continued to attack the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 59, with no Israeli fatalities.
Israel's Iron Dome System is used to shoot incoming rockets out of the sky. (AFP/File)
07:13 GMT
Israel's Iron Dome system intercepted five rockets fired at Tel Aviv by Hamas.
Desmond Tutu has described the violence between Israel and Palestine over the past few days as "childish" (File Archive)
05:00 GMT
Washington urged Israel and Palestinian leadership to de-escalate tensions Wednesday while other world leaders described the airstrike exchanges as "childish."

July 9, 2014

While many Yemenis from Amran have journeyed to the capital to find safety, many others have not been able to flee the violence due to lack of financial means (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
19:55 GMT
At least 35,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Yemen's northern province of Amran from ongoing clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels, according to a local government refugee agency.
Abbas called on the UN this week to stop Israeli aggression in Gaza in what the Palestinian leader has described Operation Protective Edge as genocide (Abbas Momani/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas described Israel's ongoing airstrike campaign in the Gaza Strip as "genocide" Wednesday.
Attacks in Sinai often target police personnel since the oust of former president Mohammed Morsi last year (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
At least one soldier died from an explosion in Egypt's Sinai Wednesday.
De Mistura previously served as the UN envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq (File Archive/AFP)
16:54 GMT
Staffan de Mistura was named to become the new UN envoy to Syria.
Raqqa is one of ISIS' main strongholds in Syria (File Archive/AFP)
16:30 GMT
At least twenty jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) were killed in a Syria government-led air raid Wednesday in the city of Raqqa.
Kurdistan's peshmerga forces were in some cases the only force fighting ISIS during the past month's offensive (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister blamed the northern autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq for hosting jihadists within its territory to launch their offensive on other parts of Iraq.
Netanyahu says the attacks on Gaza will increase to punish Hamas "and other terror organizations in Gaza" (File Archive/AFP)
14:58 GMT
Israel's premier told reporters Wednesday that Tel Aviv will intensify its airstrike campaign on the Gaza strip that has left at least 43 dead and over 300 wounded thus far.
Israel conducted over 1,000 raids in the West Bank following the teens' abduction, but did not find the bodies until June 30 (File Archive/AFP)
14:04 GMT
U.S. officials involved in the investigation of the three Israeli teenagers who were taken hostage in the West Bank say that the teens were shot and killed by a silenced gun at least ten times.
Air strikes Tuesday killed 15 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
Ongoing Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed 12 people on Wednesday.
Former Iranian president and influential spiritual leader Hashemi Rafsanjani said that "we share problems (concerning Iraq) with the United States. There is no obstacle for our cooperation" (AFP/File).
12:43 GMT
Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani, has claimed that the U.S and Iran could cooperate in countering Iraq's current militant offensive, despite a history of strained relations.
Lebanon's border with Israel has remained tense since the 2006 war. Israel frequently violates international law however, by illegally entering Lebanese territory (File/AFP)
12:34 GMT
Tensions remain high close to Lebanon's southern border as Israel deployed soldiers along the Kfar Shouba Hills area, while air strikes in Gaza continue.
Millions have fled the violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:48 GMT
Syrian rebels killed at least 14 people in Khatab village.
Syrian government troops walk through the besieged city of Aleppo, July 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:19 GMT
Syrian rebels have cited concern over the besieged city of Aleppo amid fears Syria's largest city will be recaptured by government forces.
Sunni and Kurdish leaders have demanded current Prime Minister Maliki step aside. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
Iraq's parliament has changed its decision to postpone a key session until August and will now convene on Sunday.
The U.S responded with deep concern to Bahrain demanding U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski's leave the country following his meeting with Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. (AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-WEFAQ MEDIA CENTRE).
09:42 GMT
Bahrain's main Shiite Muslim opposition group was summoned by Bahraini authorities for "interrogation" on Tuesday, following their meeting with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski.
Security forces discovered the bodies in an orchard. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT
Iraqi security forces found the bodies of 53 men Wednesday.
Palestinian mourners gather at the funeral of murdered youth, Mohammed Abu Kheir in Shuafat, July 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:32 GMT
With the help of America, Israel has persecuted an indigenous people, annexed even more land and now launched yet another war in Gaza. Was peace ever on the table?
Palestinian protesters stand close to the separation wall on the outskirts of Ramallah (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT
Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces Wednesday in the West Bank, following intense IDF's attacks across the Gaza Strip.
Israeli air strikes have left several dead. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
Jordan strongly condemned Israel's recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate halt to strikes.
A protester stands with a sign during an anti-Assad protest in Washington, 2013 (File/AFP)
08:04 GMT
A number of British firms provided the Syrian regime with chemical weapons in the 1980s according to a Foreign Office report seen by the BBC.
A 16-year-old teen was among the dead in the Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
07:54 GMT
An Islamic Jihad leader along with five members of his family were killed by an Israeli air strike late on Tuesday. The death toll in Gaza now stands at 24 since Monday.
Israel's air and naval forces have struck scores of sites across the Gaza Strip overnight, with ground troops arriving on the Strip's borders in advance (AFP/ File).
07:30 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has telephoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to support a ceasefire to halt Israeli military escalations in the Gaza Strip.
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. Israeli strikes on Gaza killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 100, emergency services said, as the military began an aerial campaign against militants in the Strip. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
07:26 GMT
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah
Bahra headed the opposition delegation at the Geneva II talks. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT
The Syrian National Coalition, Syria's main opposition group, elected Hadi al-Bahra as their new president.
ISIL rapidly seized control of several major Iraqi cities and has vowed to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of a former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad.
Houthi rebels have been fighting directly with Sanaa's forces since February (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Rebels in Yemen's north seized control of the city of Amran near the country's capital.

July 8, 2014

ISIS took over control of Mosul in early June this year (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT
At least 25 ex-military leaders of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath party have been kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq this week,.
A 14-year-old boy was killed from one of the Israeli airstrikes Tuesday (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
18:34 GMT
At least 15 people have died thus far Tuesday from Israeli airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip in what Tel Aviv has called their "Operation Protective Edge."
A bomb attack in Bekaa in June this year left two dead and Beirut scrambling to crack down on spillover violence from Syria (File Archive/AFP)
18:03 GMT
A Rocket from Lebanon's border with Syria landed in the town of Al Fakiha in Bekaa Tuesday. No casualties were reported.
A Yemeni soldier guards a checkpoint between the country's capital and Amran where fighting has left dozens killed since Saturday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
17:17 GMT
At least 10,000 families were forced to flee from their homes as fighting escalated between Yemeni government forces and rebels in the north.
At least 80 people were wounded from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Tuesday alone (Jack Guez/AFP)
16:23 GMT
The Arab League's top leadership urged the UN Security Council Tuesday to hold an urgent meeting on the recent round of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that have left dozens wounded.