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August 19, 2014

Palestinian rescue workers search through rubble for the three-year-old child, who was later found dead, August 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
23:58 GMT
Three Palestinians including a toddler were killed and many others injured by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, medical officials said.
460 aid workers were affected by attacks in 2013. (AFP/File)
19:18 GMT
Humanitarian aid workers are being attacked and killed at record rates.
Militants from the Islamic State have been terrorizing Iraqi citizens and taking control of major Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has strongly condemned ISIS in recent statements.
Over 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Israel has launched air strikes against Gaza and recalled its negotiators from Cairo after three Palestinian rockets hit southern Israel.
Iraqi forces are attempting to retake control from Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces have launched a major operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS militants.
Kurdish forces are providing Yazidis with food, aid, uniforms, and weapons. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT
Hundreds of Yazidis are in training with Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State militants.
Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 and subsequently imprisoned (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT
An Egyptian court adjourned the trial of former leader Mohamed Morsi along with some 130 Muslim Brotherhood members till August 23.
Security forces destroyed several "terrorist hideouts" used to launch attacks in Sinai (File/AFP)
12:58 GMT
Egypt's security forces killed two militants and arrested seven others in the northern Sinai, the country's state news agency reported.
Rival militias have battled for control of Tripoli's airport since July 13. (AFP/File)
12:39 GMT
Forces loyal to retired General Khalifa Haftar have claimed responsibility for recent air strikes in Tripoli.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled ISIS violence in recent weeks (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT
A group of international scholars called for more protection of Iraqi Christians following the advance of ISIS militants in the country's north, causing thousands to flee.
Demonstrators had gathered outside a cemetery where Turkish police attempted to remove the statue of a Kurdish rebel who founded the PKK (File/AFP)
11:43 GMT
A Kurdish protester was killed and two others injured Tuesday during clashes with Turkey's security forces in Diyarbakir province.
Ibrahim Halawa, 18, from Firhouse, a suburb of Dublin, was arrested in August 2013 along with his three sisters after they were caught up in a military siege of a mosque in Cairo while his family was on holiday in the country. [Facebook]
10:37 GMT
Tony Blair has been urged to intervene in the case of an Irish teenager who has been imprisoned without trial in Egypt for a year and is now facing the death penalty in a mass trial, which has been described as a “mockery of a court process”.
The Ark Futura, a Danish-chartered cargo vessel which is assisting in the effort to extract Syrian chemical weapons from the country (File/AFP)
10:26 GMT
The Pentagon says a specially-equipped US ship has completed the neutralization of all the 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons components.
Azzam al-Ahmad, who heads the Palestinian delegation during the Cairo talks, attends a meeting of the Palestinian leadership chaired by president Mahmud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
09:07 GMT
Ceasefire talks are at risk of collapse given Israel's refusal to make concessions, members of the Palestinian delegation to Cairo said late Monday.
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pictured with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speak during a press conference in Ankara, February 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:00 GMT
Turkish authorities summoned the German ambassador over allegations of spying. Germany's secret service, BND, is believed to have targeted Turkey since 2009.
We need to take a different approach to ISIS. Fighter jets will not make them go away (File/AFP)
07:44 GMT
When Vice News released a recent documentary of rare access to ISIS members, it was more than just European men abandoning their happy families back home to fight their extremist jihad.
The ban applies to all US-registered planes, commercial operators and FAA-licensed pilots. [FAA Website]
07:26 GMT
The United States has announced that Syrian airspace in not safe for American airlines due to the ongoing conflict in the country.
A Syrian refugee child eats food which her mother collects from rubbishbins on August 18, 2014, at Eminonu in Istanbul. Turkey's relief agency said on August 15 it was time for the world to start "sharing the burden" of the 1.2 million Syrian refugees it is hosting, after tensions between Turks and refugees again turned violent. (AFP / BULENT KILIC)
07:24 GMT
A Syrian refugee child eats food which her mother collects from
Palestinians flee their destroyed neighbourhood to take shelter in a United Nations school for the night in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. [AFP]
07:15 GMT
A senior UN official says the Gaza Strip has suffered an “unprecedented amount of destruction” as a result of Israel’s offensive against the coastal enclave, calling for an end to the Israeli siege of Gaza.
US President Barack Obama applauds retiring ABC reporter Ann Compton as he speaks about the US involvement in Iraq. [AFP]
06:58 GMT
Barack Obama has insisted that the US has made a “major step forward” after American air strikes assisted Kurdish and Iraqi forces in driving back the Islamic State from one of Iraq’s key dams.
Thousands of Syrians have been displaced since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
06:52 GMT
Australia's government has been taking steps to deport refugees fleeing Syrian violence, according to a letter and emails obtained by Britain's Guardian newspaper.
Pope Francis has stated military intervention in Iraq is justified to prevent extremists' 'unjust aggression'. [AFP]
06:46 GMT
Using force against Iraq extremists is justified says Pope: Francis backs military action to stop persecution of Christians by Islamist fanatics.
Palestinians flee their destroyed neighbourhood to head to a United Nations school to take refuge for the night in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun, on August 18, 2014. [AFP]
06:32 GMT
Palestinians and Israelis have agreed to extend a five-day ceasefire for one more day and continue their talks for a lasting truce.
A dishevelled Haruna Yukawa, who has allegedly been kidnapped by ISIS (YouTube).
06:00 GMT
Japan's government is investigating a video posted online depicting a Japanese man apparently kidnapped by ISIS militants.
Disease and poor access to food and water is making many UNWRA emergency shelters not fit for habitation (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT
Poor access to food and water and various diseases are making Unite Nation shelters in Gaza no longer habitable.

August 18, 2014

The captives  were distributed amongst militant groups from the Nusra Front as well as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT
The Lebanese government on Monday received a list of demands from the militants who have held members of the Army and Internal Security Forces captive since the eruption of Arsal clashes.
MORE than 900 cases of sectarian incitement have been documented in Bahrain’s mosques over the past 12 months (Adam Jan/ AFP).
18:00 GMT
MORE than 900 cases of sectarian incitement have been documented in Bahrain’s mosques and ma’atams within 12 months.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal (AFP/ File Archive).
16:00 GMT
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss strengthening bilateral relations.
During the protest the crowd chanted: “from Ferguson to Palestine, police brutality is a crime.” (Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images North America/ AFP).
14:19 GMT
"Block the Boat" activists claim to have prevented a Zim cargo ship from unloading Israeli goods on North America's West Coast.
The Assad regime continued air strikes that it began Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT
The Syrian air force carried out air strikes against ISIS militants in the province of Raqqa Monday.
Lebanon currently hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, making up 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT
Lebanese authorities tightened controls on Syrian refugees in Bsharri after a wave of violence between militants and the army across Arsal earlier this month.
King Abdullah's donation was in response to a proposal made by the World Food Program (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT
King Abdullah donated an additional $1 million for Palestinian families in the West Bank, which would benefit up to 81,000 people.
Kuwait´s parliament, where Member for Parliament Abdul Hameed Dashti said he would call for a debate about misbehaving Kuwaitis abroad (Yasser al-Zayya, AFP).
13:09 GMT
Two Kuwaiti parliament members have demanded that the passport of any Kuwaiti who tarnishes the country’s image and reputation abroad should be revoked.
Militants from the Islamic State are threatening the stability of Iraqi Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
11:26 GMT
As the Islamic State spreads across Iraq and threatens the region, prejudice against Arabs is on the rise in Kurdistan.
An Israeli soldier applies camouflage to his face close to the border with Gaza, July 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:15 GMT
Israel has positioned troops along the Gaza border as a five-day ceasefire brokered by Egypt is due to end late Monday.
Egypt's security forces are often targeted ever since Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT
An Egyptian police officer was shot dead Monday in the Nile Delta when an armed group attacked a security checkpoint.
A Syrian boy walks through the remains of a refugee camp that was burnt during clashes with militants in Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:23 GMT
Militants freed two Lebanese soldiers who were kidnapped during clashes between extremists and the army in the border town of Arsal.
Police have yet to identify the attackers. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
Armed men attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince Monday.
Iran is prone to earthquakes as the country is located on seismic fault lines (File/AFP)
09:49 GMT
A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook three provinces in western Iran, injuring at least 50 people. No fatalities were reported.
Lebanese soldiers stand guard in the streets of Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT
Lebanon's army requested fixed-wing aircrafts from the U.S. to support troops battling extremists in and around the border town of Arsal, an official said.
Three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.
08:24 GMT
Early on Monday morning the IDF destroyed the Hebron area West Bank homes of the suspected murderers of the three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.
Morsi is accused of collaborating with foreign organizations. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT
A Cairo criminal court lifted the media ban on former President Mohamed Morsi's trial.
Palestinian children play amongst the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza City, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
The humanitarian situation in Gaza has worsened after more than one week of an agreed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Michael Fallon, pictured meeting British forces at the RAF base in Akrotiri, Cyprus this weekend, said the mission had escalated beyond a humanitarian one and could last for months. [RAF]
07:43 GMT
Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict: 150 more special forces on way as minister says mission will take months.
Palestinians walk in the rubble of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
07:13 GMT
Qatar announced on Saturday that it has decided to donate $1,000 to each Palestinian family whose house was destroyed during Operation Protective Edge.
The tension between the Druze and the Bedouin of Swaida dates back to the eruption of violence between the two communities in 2000. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT
Clashes between Druze and Bedouins in southern Syria killed 15 people.
Models take part in the "Miss Bikini" event, part of "World Next Top Model 2014", at the Publicity beach resort in the Lebanese coastal city of Byblos on August 17, 2014. (AFP / ANWAR AMRO)
07:05 GMT
Models take part in the "Miss Bikini" event, part of "World Next Top Model 2014
ISIS militants killed over 700 people from rural Deir al-Zor over the past two weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (File/AFP)
06:55 GMT
Syria's air force continued to carry out dozens of strikes against ISIS militants in Raqqa Sunday, killing 31 extremists and eight civilians.
Palestinians observe the damage of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
05:23 GMT
A Hamas spokesman on Sunday accused Israel of "stalling" in ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a long-term truce in Gaza, stressing that "the ball is in the Israeli occupation's court."

August 17, 2014

An Iraqi Yazidi woman, who fled her home when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, looks at her baby as they rest inside a building under construction where they found refuge on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 16, 2014. [AFP]
17:31 GMT
Up to 3,000 women and girls kidnapped by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq in just a fortnight - and hundreds of men who refuse to convert have been shot dead.
A Syrian fighter jet flies over the northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn. [Press TV]
15:58 GMT
The Syrian army's jet fighters have launched a series of fresh aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria, killing nineteen ISIL militants and injuring tens of others.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands with Yukiya Amano , Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during a meeting in Tehran on August 17, 2014 ahead of an August 25 deadline for Tehran to answer decade-old allegations of past nuclear weapons research.
15:47 GMT
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic's defensive missile capabilities.
Fuad Masoum made the comments in his first major interview since becoming Iraq's head of state on July 24 (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT
Iraq's President Fuad Masoum said his government would make a "series of communications and initiatives" with Saudi Arabia to ensure strong ties with the kingdom.
Both Hamas and Israel said fighting would continue if no permanent ceasefire was reached (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT
Israel's communication minister said that Tel Aviv had not decided about an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Hamas.
David Cameron promised to “support the building blocks of democracy” a part of a long-term solution for Iraq (File/AFP)
12:50 GMT
Prime Minister David Cameron said militant group ISIS could "reach the streets of Britain" and promised swifter action against the extremist group in Iraq.
Countries with tense relations, like the U.S. and Iran, are recognizing the need to work together in combatting the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The rise of the Islamic State and their terrifying ideology is bringing together enemies from all sides of the spectrum.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position to monitor the region from Bashiqa, close to Mosul, August 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT
Kurdish Peshmergas backed by U.S. air strikes launched a major operation to retake control of Iraq's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic State militants.
The IAEA director general is set to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Ali Akbar Salehi. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran for talks about Iran's nuclear program.
Gaza's sole power plant was bombed by Israeli forces on July 29, causing widespread electricity shortages (File/AFP)
10:05 GMT
Only six hours of electricity per day remained in most of Gaza as shortages continued following Israeli shelling of the Strip's sole power plant two weeks ago.
Thousands of people stand and protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London, August 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:34 GMT
The UK government faces a potential lawsuit over its continued arms sales to Israel as speculation continues that British-made weapons may have been used to commit war crimes in Gaza.
Chief Palestinian negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmad said he was "optimistic" about reaching a long-term peace agreement with Israel (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT
Palestinian and Israeli delegations are due to resume negotiations Sunday for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, according to AFP.