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August 15, 2014

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.
The Mavi Marmara, used as part of a flotilla in May 2010 in an attempt to break the Gaza blockade, however nine Turkish nationals died when Israeli commandos boarded the ship (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT
A pro-Palestinian campaign group in Turkey plans to send aid in a flotilla of ships bound for Gaza, four years after its last attempt to break the Israeli blockade which resulted in 9 Turkish deaths.

August 11, 2014

Russian President Vladamir Putin. Talks will focus on the situation in the Middle East including Gaza, Libya, Iraq and Syria (Alexey Druzhinin /AFP).
20:00 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will travel to Sochi, Russia for two days to meet with President Vladimir Putin.
U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House defending U.S. air strikes on ISIS, explaining that `there is no timetable on operations in Iraq´ (Mandel Ngan /AFP).
18:00 GMT
President Barack Obama came under fire from his opponents in Washington on Sunday as the U.S. launched further air strikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.
Security sources confirmed that 20 suspected jihadists had been arrested due to “security concerns” (AFP/ File Archive).
17:00 GMT
Jordanian security services arrested 20 suspected jihadists with alleged ties to the Islamic State on Sunday.
 Kurdish fighters say they have liberated the Iraqi border towns of Gwer and Makhmur (Ahmad al-Rubaye / AFP).
15:21 GMT
Supported by a third day of US air strikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, Kurdish forces have carried out counterattacks claiming to have retaken two border towns.
A Palestinian woman carries her belongings out of a UN school during the latest 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:28 GMT
At least 250,000 Palestinians have been made homeless by Israel's military attacks in Gaza, according to Press TV.
Iranian rescue personnel inspecting the scene of the plane crash near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on 10 August 2014 (Rouhollah Vahdati / ISNA News Agency / AFP).
13:28 GMT
According to Iranian state media, 10 of the 48 passengers and crew on board the plane that crashed in Tehran on Sunday survived.
Syrian rescue workers search through rubble following reports of a barrel-bomb explosion by government forces, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:57 GMT
Clashes continued in Syria between the militant group Islamic State, tribesmen and government forces causing thousands of people to flee, according to Al Akbar.
Kurdish troops have been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
The U.S. has decided to directly provide weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq.
Syrian refugees rest on the roadside close to the Lebanon border, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT
Lebanese authorities Monday said they would consider closing the border with Syria to reduce the number of refugees entering the country.
Smoke rises over Gaza City, following an Israeli air strike, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:25 GMT
Palestinian representatives told mediators in Cairo that the coming three days will be the last chance for reaching a truce agreement with Israel, an official said Sunday.
The joke's on him: Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S. said the IDF should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for for “unimaginable restraint” (File/AFP)
10:55 GMT
When one of Benjamin Netanyahu's most trusted advisors, Ron Dermer, said the IDF deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for “unimaginable restraint”, why not? War-mongering Obama got one, what difference does it make if we hand out another to Israel for its war crimes?
Morsi was overthrown last July. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT
Forty-five Egyptians accused of supporting former President Mohamed Morsi were acquitted Sunday.
Maliki has ignored calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the newly elected president for committing "a clear constitutional violation."
Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at protesters after Friday prayers at the Hawara checkpoint in Nablus, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:10 GMT
IDF soldiers shot and killed a 24-year-old Fatah activist during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, local officials and witnesses confirmed.
Lebanese soldiers secure a street in Arsal, following swift battles with militants, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:55 GMT
Families of soldiers kidnapped in Lebanon's border town Arsal staged a protest Sunday demanding their release as negotiations between the government and militants continue.
Smoke billows from a petrol depot, which was set ablaze following clashes between rival rebel groups near Tripoli's airport (File/AFP)
07:42 GMT
Clashes between rival militias in Libya's capital continued on Sunday while the UN attempted to broker a ceasefire between both sides.
A medic carries an injured Palestinian child into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:19 GMT
Hospitals in Gaza are lacking supplies and struggling to cope with the high number of Palestinian casualties injured by Israeli air strikes, according to Press TV.
The decision came after an increase in violence following U.S. air strikes. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT
The U.S. State Department has relocated some of its staff members from the Kurdish city of Irbil and Baghdad.
Iranian security forces stand next to the remains of a plane as they secure the scene of a crash near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on August 10, 2014. A civilian airliner crashed on take-off near the Mehrabad airport in the capital, Iranian news agencies said, with reports that almost 50 people were killed. (AFP / ATTA KENARE)
07:06 GMT
Iranian security forces stand next to the remains of a plane as they secure the scene of a crash near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on August 10, 2014. A civilian airliner crashed on take-off near the Mehrabad airport in the capital, Iranian news agencies said, with reports that almost 50 people were killed
President Obama says ‘problem’ will not be solved in weeks. So how long will it take, asks Robert Fisk.
06:40 GMT
Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ is limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil.
The mother and the sisters of Mohammed Khalil al-Anati, a 11-year-old Palestinian who was reportedly shot dead by Israeli soldiers, mourn during his funeral on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
06:22 GMT
A 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt went into effect at midnight Monday, hours after Israeli bombings killed four Palestinians and armed groups fired rockets toward Israel.
Newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Ermine wave at supporters from the balcony of the AKP party headquarters during the celebrations of his victory in the presidential election vote in Ankara on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
05:12 GMT
Outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will witness “a new era” during his tenure as the new president of the country.

August 10, 2014

Demonstrators take part in a pro-Yazidi rally on August 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. [AFP]
17:25 GMT
Militants in north-western Iraq have buried women and children alive during their offensive against the Yazidi ethnic minority, according to Iraq’s minister for human rights.
A Palestinian man mourns over the body of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by an Israeli military strike during his burial ceremony at a mosque in the town of Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip early on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
17:15 GMT
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire on Sunday, according to AFP.
Thousands more remain trapped atop the mountain. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT
Kurdish forces aided thousands of Yazidis in fleeing Mount Sinjar Sunday.
Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinians in the West Bank, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:11 GMT
A 11-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being shot by Israeli forces while he played in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv on August 10, 2014. Israel will not return to talks to end the conflict in Gaza while Palestinian militants continue cross-border rocket attacks, Netanyahu said. [AFP]
13:00 GMT
Operation Protective Edge will continue until quiet is returned, and Israel will not negotiate under fire, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Tel Aviv.
Roughly 300 Yazidi women were kidnapped as slaves. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT
Militants of the Islamic State have killed at least 500 Yazidis and buried them in mass graves.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech where he outlined a plan for military action, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT
Barack Obama said U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Iraq would be a "long-term project" following the aftermath of thousands of ethnic Yazidis fleeing violence in the north-western Sinjar mountain range.
Iran's security forces stand beside wreckage of the plane near Tehran's Mehrabad airport, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:31 GMT
An Iranian plane crashed Sunday near the country's capital, Tehran, killing at least 40 people including several children.
A Syrian refugee sits in the back of a pick-up truck as it drives through the Bekaa Valley, Aug 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:07 GMT
Refugees who spent two nights stranded in their trucks with minimal supplies were finally allowed back into Syria, the country's ambassador to Lebanon confirmed.
Palestinian boys sift through rubble from a mosque after an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat, Aug 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:30 GMT
Three Palestinians were killed overnight including a 13-year-old girl following Israeli raids over Rafah and Khan Younis.