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August 27, 2014

Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the recent conflict. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT
Palestinians across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip celebrated Tuesday night as the long-term truce went into effect, ending 50 days of violence.
Palestinians celebrate what they said was a victory by Palestinians in Gaza over Israel following a ceasefire, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 26, 2014. A ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza went into effect on Tuesday and joyous Palestinians streamed into the streets of the battered enclave to celebrate. (AFP / ABBAS MOMANI)
07:31 GMT
Palestinians celebrate what they said was a victory by Palestinians in Gaza over Israel following a ceasefire
Hossein Amir Abdollahian was in Jeddah for talks with Saudi government officials. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT
Saudi and Iranian officials met for talks for first time since Hassan Rouhani was elected president in an effort to thaw relations between the two countries.
Ongoing violence in Anbar province has forced thousands of Iraqis to flee. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT
Militants with the Islamic State executed roughly 80 people in Fallujah.
Kurdish forces have been fiercely battling Islamic State militants since June. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Seven governments have pledged to provide weapons to Kurdish forces battling ISIS in Iraq.

August 26, 2014

The Yazidis are one of many groups targeted by ISIS. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT
The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay says ISIS has committed crimes against humanity by killing hundreds of Shia Iraqis.
ISIS is also demanding the release of neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT
A 26-year-old American woman is reportedly being held captive by Islamic State militants in Syria who are demanding $6.6 million random for her release.
Abbas thanked Egyptian, Qatari, and American efforts in cementing the agreement. (AFP/File)
17:47 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions. It went into effect at 7pm Tuesday.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest remarked on Syria during a press conference this week. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT
U.S. officials said Tuesday that the American government has no plans to coordinate with the Assad regime over ISIS.
The current conflict has killed over 2,000 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT
Hamas announced a long term ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel Tuesday.
President Obama has authorized spy plane operations inside Syria, possibly paving the way to extend the current airstrike mission in Iraq into Syria. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT
While President Barack Obama mulls over extending the current Iraqi airstrike operation into Syria, U.S. officials confirm the launch of investigative air operations inside the country.
The air strikes were against Islamic militias near Tripoli. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT
Air strikes by Egypt and the UAE were launched against anti-government militias in Libya last week, senior U.S. officials revealed.
In a new string of Baghdad violence, Shiite targets have been bombed over the last week, most recently involving a car bomb detonating during morning rush hour Tuesday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT
Amid a week full of sectarian violence across Iraq, a parked car exploded during morning rush hour Tuesday in Baghdad's commercial district of New Baghdad.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas attends peace talks with the Arab League in Cairo, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:10 GMT
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will hold an emergency meeting in Ramallah Tuesday to discuss the ongoing Gaza crisis.
Kurdish forces have been battling ISIS militants for control of key Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT
An Iranian official says Iran has supplied Iraq's Kurdish forces with weapons to aid them in their fight against ISIS militants.
In fresh airstrikes Tuesday, two residential housing towers in Gaza City were leveled. (AFP/Said Khatib)
11:55 GMT
After two Palestinians were killed in overnight airstrikes, fresh strikes took out two residential housing towers in Gaza City Tuesday, which Israeli forces say were being as Hamas control centers.
The crash occurred early Tuesday morning in Egypt's Luxor province, killing 19 and injuring 15. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT
Following another fatal bus collision at Egypt's Sham el-Sheikh Friday, A minibus crash Tuesday in the Luxor province killed 19 Egyptians and injured 15 more.
Palestinians protested the closure of a military checkpoint in Hebron Tuesday, which Israeli forces say is closed for maintenance after a Molotov cocktail was hurled at the structure by local Palestinians. (AFP/File)
10:36 GMT
Dozens of Palestinians conducting demonstrations in Hebron Tuesday in protest of the Friday closing of a military checkpoint.
Launch pads used to fire rockets into northern Israel were found by the Lebanese Army Tuesday. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT
Amid fresh rocket fire from Lebanon and retaliation fire from Israel, Lebanese army discovered Tuesday three launch sites in S. Lebanon.
Saudi and Iranian leaders will meet Tuesday for talks about regional issues, specifically about the looming threat posed by ISIS gains. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
Amid Iranian deputy foreign minister Hussain Amir Abdollahian's visit to Riyadh Tuesday, Iranian and Saudi leaders are expected to find common ground in fighting the looming ISIS threat facing the both countries.
Fatah's secretary-general Hisham Muhammad Abu Zgheib, 37, was detained in the Tulkarem refugee camp Monday. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT
A top Fatah official has been arrested by Israeli forces after a raid of the Tulkarem refugee camp in northern West Bank.
ISIS militants captured the Tabqa military airport from Syrian government forces Sunday, gaining new missile equipment and territory in Syria. (AFP/File)
07:16 GMT
After seizing the facility from government forces Sunday, ISIS militants set up operations around the Tabqa airport Monday, capturing the base's anti-aircraft missiles, military aircraft and sidewinder missiles.
Diane and John Foley, parents of journalilst James Foley, sit for a portrait at their home during an interview August 24, 2014, in Rochester, New Hampshire. A memorial service will be held later August 24 for Foley, a US journalist beheaded by Islamic State fighters after he was kidnapped in Syria in November. (AFP /DOMINICK REUTER)
06:54 GMT
Diane and John Foley, parents of journalilst James Foley, sit for a portrait at their home during an interview
The Nusra Front is believed to be holding three soldiers and 15 policemen (AFP/ File Archive).
06:00 GMT
The Nusra Front says that it may use military options to force the release of militants detained in Lebanon’s prisons
Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi says that "weapons must remain in the hand of the state" (Sabah Arar / AFP).
05:00 GMT
Following the kidnapping of 70 Sunnis by suspected Shiite militants, Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi said there was not place for armed groups outside of state control.

August 25, 2014

American soldiers in Jordan were the targets of the eight suspects (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT
Jordanian military prosecutors on Monday charged eight suspects with plotting to attack U.S. soldiers and Israel's embassy in Jordan.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokri (C) speaks as Libyan Foreign Minister Muhammad Abdelaziz (R) looks on during a meeting on Monday (Khaled Desouki/ AFP).
19:00 GMT
Egypt is to host a meeting of foreign ministers of Libya and its neighbours on Monday regarding Libya´s security situation.
Pope Francis and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will also discuss the exodus of Christians from Iraq and Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
17:03 GMT
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will talk with Pope Francis on the Christian sufferings in the Middle East and the Lebanese presidential election stalemate on Wednesday.
 ISIS took the Syrian government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.(File Archive, AFP).
15:38 GMT
Islamic State of Syria and Iraq militants in Syria have taken a the government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.
The Jordanian Armed Forces opened fire at the infiltrators who were aboard a wheeled armoured personnel carrier (AFP/ File/ Archive).
13:42 GMT
Jordanian border guards on Sunday killed two infiltrators who attempted to cross the border from Syria
Iraqis inspect the damage at an husseiniya, a Shiite place of worship, after a suicide bomber attacked worshipers during prayers on August 25, 2014. [AFP]
13:37 GMT
At least 12 people have been killed after a bomb attack targeted Shia worshippers in Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad.
The Assad regime is currently battling militants from the Islamic State as well as Syrian opposition fighters. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
The Syrian government said it is ready to cooperate with international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the region.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian [AP]
12:28 GMT
Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are enmeshed in a struggle for influence across the Middle East and back opposing sides in conflicts across the region.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R) attends a meeting with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT
Israeli military sources say Egypt could announce a one-month ceasefire agreement in Gaza on Monday after mediators made significant progress, Israeli news site Walla reported.
The websites of Israeli military, Bank of Israel, and the Israeli prime minister’s office were taken down, RT reported on Monday.
09:10 GMT
Hacktivists from the Anonymous group have attacked key Israeli websites in retaliation to Tel Aviv’s current offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Militants with the Islamic State swiftly took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT
The Iraqi government has called for international support to fight ISIS militants in Iraq.
Supporters of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement carry a cardboard rocket and a portrait of Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif  during a demonstration to show support to the militants fighting against the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
08:21 GMT
A recent opinion poll reveals that the majority of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are against the disarmament of Palestinian resistance groups.
Palestinian women mourn the death of four members of their family in Jabalia on August 24, 2014.  [AFP]
08:02 GMT
At least two Palestinians have been killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, as the regime’s army keeps pounding the besieged coastal strip.
The battle between militias has destroyed Tripoli's airport. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
Libya's Islamist militias said Sunday that they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli.
Curtis was kidnapped by militants two years ago. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT
Kidnapped journalist Peter Curtis was handed over to UN officials Sunday in Syria.
Protests erupted after a government negotiating team abandoned talks with the country's Houthis. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT
Rival protests have been staged in Sana'a.
The Baiji refinery has been the site of several battles between government forces and militants over the past few months. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces have countered a massive attack by ISIS on the country's largest oil refinery.
Abu Abdullah al-Britani (left), uses social media to advise would-be militants in the UK. He is pictured here with another ISIS member, boasting on Twitter about drinking coffee in Ar-Raqqah, Syria (Image: Twitter)
04:00 GMT
Where al-Qaeda asked you to hide amongst your enemies, IS asks you to come and join your friends.

August 24, 2014

Raqqa province is now fully controlled by ISIS. (AFP/File)
19:28 GMT
Militants from the Islamic State have captured a major military base in Syria.
James Foley was an American journalist who was beheaded by an Islamic State militant. (AFP/File)
17:36 GMT
The British ambassador to the United States said the identity of the militant who beheaded James Foley is close to being known.
The video was delivered to the Lebanese government by the Committee of Muslim Scholars. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Star)
16:13 GMT
Video footage of seven Lebanese soldiers held captive by ISIS militants was released Sunday.
Iranian officials say the drone was approaching a nuclear zone. (AFP/File)
15:34 GMT
Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it shot down an Israeli drone over the Natanz nuclear zone.
ISIS has taken over multiple cities in Iraq in recent months. (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT
The UN warned that ISIS militants could perpetrate another ethnic slaughter in the town of Amerli, Iraq.
A Moroccan worker walks next to a border fence being built near an Algerian military post along the Moroccan-Algerian border on August 23, 2014 near the Moroccan city of Oujda. 20 years after the border was closed, its reopening seems more distant than ever despite the economic damage with Algeria having trenches to prevent fuel smuggling on one side of the border and Moroco building a fence against "terrorism" on the other. (AFP)
14:09 GMT
A Moroccan worker walks next to a border fence being built near an Algerian military post along the Moroccan
The city of Homs has been devastated by the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT
ISIS fighters have retreated from an area north of Homs in Syria.
Lebanese army reinforced its positions in the town, erecting checkpoints and dispatching patrols. [AFP]
12:46 GMT
The Lebanese Army went on full alert in Arsal Sunday after a militant-affiliated Arsal resident was killed Saturday night and irregular activity targeted the border region’s outskirts.
The Houthi community has accused the Yemeni government of marginalizing the Shia community. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
Talks between a government delegation and Shia Houthis have failed following the Houthis rejection of a draft proposal on forming a technocrat government.
Gun shells cover the ground as a member of the Misrata militia group walks past, following battles surrounding Tripoli's airport, August 21, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:35 GMT
Egyptian authorities denied bombing militant locations in Tripoli, according to a ministry statement. The Egyptian foreign ministry said it would be monitoring developments closely.
The SAS team tasked with hunting down the ISIS terrorists will use hand-launched surveillance drones. [AFP]
12:21 GMT
SAS in high-tech hunt for Jihadi John: 'Significant force' of elite UK troops on the ground as MI5 identify James Foley's sickening killer
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the Egyptian brokered ceasefire attempt was welcomed by Palestinian factions and the international community (File/AFP)
12:15 GMT
Ceasefire attempts between Hamas and Israel are ongoing, Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said in a statement Sunday.
A Syrian fighter guards his position in a rebel-held neighborhood of Damascus, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT
A German who was kidnapped by Islamic State militants over a year ago has been freed Sunday, according to AFP.
Palestinians survey the damage caused by an Israeli air strike, which hit the 12-story building in Gaza City (File/AFP)
11:36 GMT
A 12-story apartment building was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City Saturday, wounding dozens of Palestinians, many of them children.
Yemeni soldiers guard a checkpoint close to the country's capital, Sanna, August 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT
A senior Yemeni army officer and three solders were killed in separate bomb attacks believed to be carried out by al-Qaeda militants, officials confirmed.
No groups from Syria and Lebanon claimed responsibility for the attacks (File/AFP)
10:45 GMT
Rockets from Syria and Lebanon landed in the Golan Heights along with the Galilee overnight Saturday in separate attacks.
A picture taken on August 24, 2014 shows the rubble of an 12-storey apartment building that collaped the day before after it was hit by missiles during an Israeli air strike in the heart of Gaza City. [AFP]
09:41 GMT
Two Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight Sunday and dozens more wounded as Israeli bombardment on the Gaza Strip continued for the 48th day, while rockets fired from Lebanon and Syria into Israel threatened to escalate the conflict.
Displaced Palestinian children sit at a UN school in Gaza City, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT
UNRWA criticized the Israeli military for publishing allegations that Hamas fired rockets from a UN school in Gaza over the weekend.
A Kurdish peshmerga fighter flashes the sign for victory as they head to the front line near Mosul Dam on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul on August 18, 2014 as fighting continued with Islamic State militants for control of the strategic site. [AFP]
07:54 GMT
Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by US airstrikes have managed to secure the area near Iraq’s largest dam after retaking complete control of the strategic structure from ISIL militants, Press TV reports.
Reyaad Khan (left), Nasser Muthana (center), and Abdul Raqib Amin - all British citizens, appeared in an ISIS video, alarming UK authorities of home-grown terrorists (Image: YouTube/AlHayat)
07:08 GMT
With the likelihood of more Brits joining extremist groups, borders surrounding Iraq and Syria have to be watched closely by the international community. It's the only way to stop ISIS.
A wounded Palestinian man awaits treatment following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:34 GMT
Hamas officials backed Palestine's bid to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), heightening calls for Israeli war crimes to be investigated.
A displaced Palestinian child sleeps on the floor of a UN school in Gaza City, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:18 GMT
Schools in Gaza will remain closed as a result of the ongoing Israeli assault, preventing some 500,000 Palestinian children from attending the fall semester.
Without the grace period, Syrian refugees living illegally in Lebanon could face severe fines from the Lebanese government. (AFP/Hassan Jarah)
05:00 GMT
Syrian refugees living undocumented in Lebanon will be given a grace period fro Aug. 21 to Dec. 31 to move back to Syria without facing residency violation fines.

August 23, 2014

Nusra Front reportedly holds 15 ISF members and three soldiers from Lebanon. The video said their release depends on Hezbolla's exit from Syria. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT
Islamist extremist group Nusra Front released a video Saturday of captured Lebanese soldiers and ISF members pleading with Hezbollah to leave Syria to ensure their safe release.
The Tripoli airport has been a long-sought after control post for rival militias. On Saturday, Islamist group Fajr Libya announced it has seized total control. (AFP/File)
20:11 GMT
Libyan Islamist militant group Fajr Libya announced Saturday its seizure of the Tripoli airport from rival nationalist militia groups.
Hamas officials sparked Palestinian Authority outrage Saturday after executing more than 20 Palestinians for allegedly conspiring with Israel. (AFP/File)
17:18 GMT
The Palestinian Authority on Saturday condemned the killings of more than 20 Palestinians charged with conspiring with Israel.
Palestinians launched a campaign against Italy's planned military exercises with Israel. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
Palestinians launched a campaign to pressure Italy to boycott planned military exercises with Israel.
Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. would help Iraq form a new federal system. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Amid new sectarian violence, Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. is prepared to help Iraq decentralize with a federal system.
Tensions boiled over Friday when Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
New government talks are strained after Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
The member of Chile's Parliament Hugo Gutierrez (2-L), next to members of the Palestinian Federation of Chile & relatives of victims of bombings in Gaza, arrives to the Justice Center of Chile in Santiago, on August 22, 2014, to present a complaint against the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, citing the principle of universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity, committed in Palestine. (AFP)
09:33 GMT
The member of Chile's Parliament Hugo Gutierrez (2-L), next to members of the Palestinian
Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has faced criticism over waiting too long to send army forces into Arsal to defend against charging militants. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT
Amid criticism about military handling of the Arsal battle with Syrian militants earlier in August, Lebanese army COmmader Gen. Jean Kahwagi refutes claims he used the battle for political gains.
A media watchdog in Gaza reported Israeli forces have committed 73 violations of media freedom and Palestinian parties three since the Gaza siege began. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT
A media watchdog says the Gaza siege has had the worst month in history for media freedom and safety, with attacks on journalists widespread in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and throughout Gaza.
Fresh violence erupted in Baghdad when Shiites militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Amid international qualms over how to handle ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Iraqi Shiite militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad Friday, killing more than 70 people.

August 22, 2014

A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke rising from the remains of a mortar fired by Palestinian militants into Israel on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
19:40 GMT
A four-year-old Israeli child was killed after mortar fire struck two cars in Sdot Negev region of southern Israel on Friday afternoon.
Supporters of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement gather during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus to support people in the Gaza Strip on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
18:06 GMT
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said that the Palestinians would not accept anything less than an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, as Israeli forces continued to attack the besieged enclave.
An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah. [AFP]
13:39 GMT
Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has deplored as a “savage crime” the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL terrorist in a recently released video.
Al-Ray News Agency, affiliated with Hamas, reported that 11 Palestinians were killed on Friday. [AFP]
10:21 GMT
Eleven Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Friday for allegedly collaborating with Israel.
Spent bullet shells litter the ground as a member of the Islamist-linked militia of Misrata walks past following three days of battles in the area of Tripoli's International airport, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:25 GMT
Heavy fighting has once again broken out between rival militants around the international airport in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, forcing locals to flee their homes.
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel  and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:15 GMT
The Islamic State (Isis) presents a greater threat to the US than al-Qa’ida and must be defeated, the Pentagon has said.
A relatives of senior Hamas commander Raed al-Atar, one of three senior Hamas commanders killed in an Israeli military strike, mourns during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:05 GMT
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says more than 370,000 Palestinian children are in need of immediate psycho-social first aid amid the Israeli regime’s onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian grieves over the body of one of three men killed at a local cemetery following an Israeli military strike on Gaza City, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
08:46 GMT
Airstrikes killed four Palestinians in Gaza early Friday as Israel's military assault on the besieged enclave continued.
Malaysian Muslim and family members offer special prayers for the remains of co-pilot Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi (L) and flight attendant Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh (R), the Malaysians who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in Ukraine at a mosque in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur. (AFP / MOHD RASFAN)
08:23 GMT
Malaysian Muslim and family members offer special prayers for the remains of co-pilot Ahmad
President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan announced Tuesday new plans to introduce harsher punishments for terrorism charges. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
United Arab Emirates announced Thursday a harsher set of anti-terrorism laws amid global fears of Islamic extremism.

August 21, 2014

A Hamas-affiliated website claimed to have executed three people suspected of collaborating with Israel in the airstrike mission that killed three senior Hamas leaders. (AFP/SaidKhatib)
20:11 GMT
Hamas carried out three executions and seven arrests on allegations of conspiring with Israel.
Eric Holden announced Thursday the U.S. will launch a criminal investigation into the death of James Foley. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the U.S. will launch a criminal investigation in the death of James Foley, and will continue to conduct military action in Iraq.
In its fourth year, the Syrian conflict has displaced more than 9 million Syrians and killed at least 180,000 people since March 2011. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
16:10 GMT
In a recent toll using data collected from sources on the group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports more than 180,000 conflict-related deaths in Syria since March 2011.
Lebanon's general strike aims to freeze government processes as the country remains deadlocked between election boycotts and delays. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT
Amid frustration with public sector salaries, Lebanon prepares for a general strike Thursday.
Despite accusations from Israel, Hamas has repeatedly sidestepped taking responsibility for the abduction of three Jewish teens in June. Wednesday marked Hamas' first public announcement of responsibility. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT
For the first time, Senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri said Wednesday that Qassam, Hamas' military wing, was responsible for the abduction and ultimate deaths of the three Israeli teens taken in June.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Azzam al-Ahmed, talks to the press in Cairo, August 12, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:49 GMT
Cairo-mediated talks with Israel have been suspended temporarily but could resume shortly, a Palestinian negotiator said Thursday.
Palestinian supporters of the Islamist Hamas movement shout slogans during a demonstration in support of the Hamas delegates who are due to take part in the talks that resumed in Cairo on August 17, 2014 in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip. [AFP]
13:45 GMT
Islamic Jihad leader and member of Palestinian delegation says that Israel pulled out of Cairo negotiations - despite Palestinian factions agreeing on Egypt-brokered truce
Attacks by Sinai-based militants have increased dramatically since the ouster of Morsi, with attacks primarily targeting Egyptian security forces. [Press TV]
13:31 GMT
4 militants killed as Egypt's troops press on with daily offensives in Sinai
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the assassination of the men was “an Israeli crime,” that will not "weaken the resistance or break the Palestinian people's determination". [AFP]
13:18 GMT
Hamas vowed on Thursday that Israel "will pay the price" for killing three commanders of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the Islamist movement's military wing.
One million people have been displaced by ISIS violence in Iraq since June, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT
Thousands of refugees are in need of food, water and emergency supplies in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, officials said.
Islamic State militants released a video earlier this week of U.S. photojournalist James Foley being beheaded (Image: Screenshot)
12:27 GMT
American officials at the Pentagon have revealed information about a failed attempt to rescue U.S. hostages including James Foley, from IS terrorists in Syria.
A Palestinian man reacts over the bodies of three boys killed in an Israeli military strike, during their funeral at a mosque in Gaza City on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
12:02 GMT
More than 40 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip over the past two days, taking the death toll from Israel’s war against the Palestinian enclave to over 2,065.
Violence has flared again following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiations. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT
The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades fired a home-made rocket at Israel's Ben Gurion airport Thursday.
A Palestinian man reacts to the news of his child being killed following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, August 21, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:57 GMT
Israeli forces killed four Palestinians after targeting a cemetery during funeral processions in Sheikh al-Radwan district, health officials confirmed.