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July 16, 2014

Syrian men react during a reported air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on July 15, 2014. More than 170,000 people have been killed in the three-year Syrian war, one third of them civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP / AHMED DEEB)
07:50 GMT
Syrian men react during a reported air strike by government forces
ISIL militants are believed to have killed a leader of rival group, al-Nusra Front in the east of Syria (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
Rival militant groups continued to clash in Dayr al-Zawr, eastern Syria on Tuesday. ISIL fighters pushed out al-Nusra Front members, along with other armed groups.
The number of fatalities has now exceeded the number of deaths during the 2012 conflict. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT
The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has now reached over 200.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said “If there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire”  (GALI TIBBON/ AFP).
07:20 GMT
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel would answer Hamas’s rejection of a truce with stepped-up attacks.
The location of the ceremony has not yet been announced for security reasons, said AFP's source close to the regime (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad will be sworn in for his new seven-year term today.

July 15, 2014

Netanyahu announced his plan to expand the military campaign on Gaza Tuesday afternoon (File Archive/AFP)
19:56 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to increase Tel Aviv's military campaign on Gaza yet again Tuesday.
It may take months before the deal is finalized, said AFP's diplomat source (File Archive/AFP)
19:41 GMT
Ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and world powers will likely be extended beyond the July 20 deadline.
Hamas has launched hundreds of rockets into Israel over the past week in response to hundreds of Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip (Jack Guez/AFP)
18:44 GMT
An Israeli man was killed by a Hamas rocket attack Tuesday, representing Tel Aviv's first casualty since its strikes on Gaza began last week.
A Palestinian family takes shelter at home after Israel launched a strike in their neighborhood (Thomas Coex/AFP)
17:38 GMT
Palestinian protesters confronted and chased out a minister from Gaza at a border crossing Tuesday.
A man inspects his house that was destroyed from one of the Israeli airstrikes (Thomas Coex/AFP)
17:00 GMT
The United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees told reporters that the damage in Gaza is "immense" from a weeklong Israeli air campaign that continued Tuesday.
Kurds have been fighting ISIS in both Iraq and Syria for months (File Archive)
14:33 GMT
Hundreds of Kurds from Turkey are heading en masse to northern Syria to help their counterparts fight against jihadists.
More than 190 Palestinians have been killed from the strikes in one week (AFP)
14:09 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the country's defense forces to resume strikes on Gaza Tuesday afternoon after Hamas launched rockets onto Israel under what was a so-called ceasefire between the two sides.
Abu Qatada is currently in Jordan on trial for plotting to kill tourists during turn-of-the-millennium celebrations in Amman (File Archive)
13:57 GMT
One of the top radical religious leaders who is presently on trial for terrorism in Jordan denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's so-called caliphate as "void" Tuesday.
Arsal has frequently been affected by rocket spillover from Syria (File Archive)
13:33 GMT
At least seven people were wounded Tuesday in Lebanon's town of Arsal from Syrian rockets.
Thousands have fled the ongoing violence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT
Iraq's parliament successful elected a new speaker of the house Tuesday.
Hamas has not accepted the ceasefire that was proposed by Egypt early this week. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT
Hamas and the Islamic Jihad said they were not consulted over the terms of the ceasefire deal with Israel.
Israel targeted military sites in Golan. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
Israeli warplanes bombed three targets in Syria's Golan Heights Tuesday.
The Iron Dome system offers protection from Hamas' rocket attacks. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT
Israel deployed three new Iron Dome anti-rocket systems Tuesday, bringing the total number to ten.
Kerry held talks with Zarif for two consecutive days. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to save the flailing nuclear talks.
ISIS recently established an Islamic State in parts of Iraq. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT
The emerging threat from groups like ISIS must be stopped by Sunni Arabs with help from the international community.
Speaker Nabih Berri says that "the followed mechanism doesn't interpret the constitution and the jurisdictions of the government amid the presidential vacuum" (AFP/File).
08:30 GMT
Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker, Nabih Berri has stated that the cabinet mechanism adopted to manage work during the presidential vacuum actually paralyzes cabinet.
A man waves the Palestinian flag during a protest in New York, July 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:58 GMT
Protesters across the world held rallies to condemn Israel's deadly attacks across the Gaza Strip as the death toll hit 190.
According to the ceasefire, Israel and Gaza must end hostilities as of 9 a.m. Tuesday. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
Israel's security cabinet accepted on Tuesday morning the ceasefire proposed by Egypt.
A Filipino Muslim woman attends a pro-Palestinian rally in front of the Israeli embassy in Manila on July 15, 2014. Israel's Operation Protective Edge, intended to stamp out militant rocket fire, had killed 186 people in Gaza by late July 14 -- exceeding the toll in the last similar flare-up of violence in 2012. (AFP /TED ALJIBE)
07:23 GMT
A Filipino Muslim woman attends a pro-Palestinian rally in front of the Israeli embassy
Israel's shelling was a response to rockets fried at Israel from south Lebanon Monday. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT
Israel shelled southern Lebanon early Tuesday morning. No casualties were reported.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called a security cabinet meeting early Tuesday morning and was expected to encourage members to accept Egypt's ceasefire proposal (AFP/ File).
07:16 GMT
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, convened the security cabinet on early Tuesday morning to discuss Egypt's proposed ceasefire agreement to end Israeli-Palestinian hostilities in the Gaza Strip.
Abdullah al-Muallami, Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the UN said that "The Security Council statement on Israel’s attack on the Gazans was not up to the expectations of its members" (AFP/ File).
05:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia has criticized the United Nations Security Council for failing to meet member expectations in both its statement on, and action to prevent, Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

July 14, 2014

Lebanese Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri questions the need to fire rockets into Israel asking "Why do we want to bring ourselves trouble?” (AFP/ File).
20:00 GMT
Lebanese Speaker of the Parliament, Nabih Berri has stated that firing rockets into Israel does not serve the Palestinian cause and is an unwanted attempt to involve Lebanon in the current conflict in the Gaza Strip.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, for a second day to discuss Iran's nuclear program (AFP/ File).
19:00 GMT
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have held a second meeting to discuss Tehran's nuclear program on the sidelines of nuclear talks between Israel and six world powers.
The Cairo Appeals Court for Urgent Cases abrogated the ban issued in May by a lower court and said there is no evidence that the banned members were involved in corruption (AFP/ File).
18:00 GMT
An Egyptian court has lifted the ban on members of former president Hosni Mubarak's political party from running for parliament, as there was no constitutional stipulation requiring this.
31 Hezbollah fighters were wounded, while the resistance party captured 14 fighters from the Nusra Front and Islamic Battalion (AFP/ File).
16:03 GMT
Seven Hezbollah and 32 Syrian rebels died, whilst 50 were wounded in clashes on the Syria-Lebanon border that occurred on Saturday and Sunday.
Investigations are underway in coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon to “identify the perpetrators and arrest them” (AFP/ File).
15:08 GMT
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has described the firing of rockets from Southern Lebanon into northern Israel on Sunday night a “serious violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.”
16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir was burned alive. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT
Israel has charged three Jewish individuals with the kidnapping and killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian.
Hamas says it has carried out at least one drone surveillance mission that went undetected by Israelis. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT
Hamas announced Monday that it has carried out a successful drone surveillance mission over Tel Aviv.
Shiite fighters in Baghdad are preparing for an ISIL advance. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT
Militants from ISIL have taken partial control of the town of Dhuluiyah, just 80 kilometers north of Baghdad.
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT
A car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 4 civilians and wounded 12 others Monday.
A baby lies injured at al-Najar hospital, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:30 GMT
Israel's ongoing military onslaught across the Gaza Strip is not just about the high death toll and physical injuries. What about the mental scars that haunt the Palestinian population?
An IDF soldier takes cover during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron (File/AFP)
10:35 GMT
A Palestinian man was killed in clashes with Israel forces close to the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday.
Israel shot down the unmanned aircraft over Ashdod. (AFP/File)
09:27 GMT
An unmanned aircraft entered Israeli territory form Gaza and was shot down by Patriot missiles.
Hospitals in Gaza have struggled to cope with the increase of injuries during Israel's attack on the densely populated Strip (File/AFP)
08:26 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the civilian death toll in Gaza "lies on the shoulders of Hamas" during an interview with Fox News.
Over 1000 Palestinians have been injured since Israel's onslaught began (File/AFP)
07:56 GMT
A further three Palestinians were killed after Israeli strikes in the southern Gaza Strip, medical officials say. The latest assault brings the death toll to at least 170.
Turkish protesters protest against Israel's attack on Gaza outside the Israeli Embassy in Ankara, Turkey on July 14, 2014. (AFP / ADEM ALTAN)
07:44 GMT
Turkish protesters protest against Israel's attack on Gaza
Nusra Front seeks to establish an Islamic state in Syria. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
The Nusra Front intends to establish an Islamic "emirate" in Syria when the time is right.
Libya grapples with rising insecurity as the government struggles to control armed militias. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT
At least six people have been killed and 25 wounded in clashes between rival militias in Libya's Tripoli.
Kuwait called for the urgent meeting on Gaza to be held in Cairo Monday (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Arab Foreign Ministers will meet in Cairo today to discuss the ongoing Israeli military campaign on Gaza that has left over 1,000 wounded in days.

July 13, 2014

Over 1,000 people have been wounded from Israeli airstrikes on Gaza as of Sunday (AFP)
20:00 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is ready to mediate a truce between Israel and Hamas, but Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that Tel Aviv is set to continue the offensive despite the mounting death toll.
Kurds in Syria have been fighting ISIS militants in Kobani for months (File Archive/AFP)
19:29 GMT
Kurdish fighters clashed with jihadist militants in Syria's north Sunday.
Hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters have been sentenced to prison over the past months, with some even receiving life sentences and the dealth penalty (File Archive/AFP)
18:04 GMT
An Egyptian court sentenced 101 more pro-Morsi supporters Sunday to three years in prison for "illegal gathering" and "rioting."
Foreign Ministers from France, Britain, Germany and the U.S. joined the negotiations this weekend to see if a deal will be possible before the July 20 deadline (Jim Bourg/Pool/AFP)
17:55 GMT
Iran nuclear talks are still ongoing as Tehran and world powers try to finalize a permanent deal ahead of a self-imposed July 20 deadline. With talks bumpy in past days, some leaders have discussed the possibility of an extension, but some FMs say a chance still remains to finalize a deal.
Israeli soldiers patrol the border with neighboring Lebanon after rocket fire was exchanged Friday (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
17:33 GMT
Lebanon's army told reporters Sunday that they found the launchpad from which three rockets from Tyre were fired towards northern Israel
Three apartments in Casablanca's El Hank district collapsed Friday (AFP)
15:41 GMT
At least 13 people have now died from the collapse of multiple buildings in Morocco's commercial hub city Casablanca.
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.