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June 25, 2015

Daesh militants were pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani five months ago. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Daesh militants re-entered the Syrian town of Kobani, five months after being pushed out by Kurds and the US-led coalition.
Iraqi men inspect charred vehicles at a parking-lot at the Beirut Square, east of the capital Baghdad, following an explosion on June 24, 2015. Elsewhere, in the city of Baquba a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at a gathering of Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders, killing at least 14 people in an attack claimed by Daesh. (AFP/Ahmed al-Rubaye)
09:04 GMT
Washington couldn't solve the 2006 sectarian war in Iraq, so what makes America think this time will be different?
American journalist James Foley was abducted on November 22, 2012 in northwestern Syria,  while working as a freelance war correspondent during the Syrian Civil War. He was later executed by Daesh in August 2014. (File Photo)
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After a number of American hostages were executed by terrorist groups, including Daesh, the United States has now changed its formerly very strict "no negotiation" policy to help families pay ransoms.
Daesh militants were killed in the Jeb al-Jarah area of Homs. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Over 19 Daesh militants were killed by Syria's army in the country's central province of Homs, the SOHR reported.
Young Egyptian protesters hold up the Rabaa sign, associated with support for the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Fifty-four Egyptians on Wednesday were sentenced in absentia by a military tribunal to 15 years in prison.
Palestinians hold their national flag during a rally to show support for the flotilla of boats soon to set sail for Gaza at the seaport of Gaza City on June 24, 2015. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
05:00 GMT
A representative from the 'Freedom Flotilla' told reporters the people on the boats will demonstrate peaceful and nonviolent resistance if they are confronted by Israel.

June 24, 2015

Soldiers patrol around the wreckage of a suicide car bomber that smashed into a pickup truck carrying security officers in Mogadishu. (AFP/File)
16:07 GMT
Seven people were killed and ten other injured when a suicide attacker rammed his car into a UAE official's car in a convoy in central Mogadishu.
Beirut's investigative judge granted bail to a doctor in custody on charges of misdiagnosing an infant whose limbs had to be amputated. (Shutterstock)
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Beirut's investigative judge granted bail to a doctor in custody on charges of misdiagnosing an infant whose limbs had to be amputated.
A spokesman for Daesh said the pledge was welcomed by al-Baghdadi, who named a 'governor' for the region. (AFP/File)
15:39 GMT
Militants from Russia's four regions of the Caucasus have sworn allegiance to Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a voice recording released on YouTube.
A spokesman for the Pentagon told reporters Shia militia members have no interaction with American forces.
14:16 GMT
A Pentagon spokesman on Tuesday confirmed rumors of Shia militia members on an Iraq base where US troops are stationed, saying the militia members serve in a 'liaison capacity.'
Inside the European Parliament. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The Nordic Green Left group's petition has gathered over 100 signatures from parliamentarians.
Security forces will reconsider the decision to restrict travel in a week. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Muslims from the Gaza Strip will be unable to pray at Al-Aqsa mosque after Israeli authorities banned them from entering Jerusalem following rocket fire.
An Iraqi man speaks with a soldier at the site of a car bomb explosion in a commercial district of new Baghdad on August 26, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
A car bomb exploded near the house of a tribal elder in the al-Neda district east of the provincial capital, Baquba.
Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour speaks at a press conference upon arrival at Hamad Airport early June 24, 2015 in Doha. (AFP/Faisal al-Tamimi)
12:30 GMT
Journalist Ahmed Mansour, who was detained in Berlin and set free two days later, denounced the 'dictatorship regime in' while speaking at a press event.
AT least 230,000 people have been killed in Syria since the onset of the crisis in 2011. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
11:30 GMT
Bombs were detonated outside a mosque in Damascus, at the headquarters of the Kurdish fighters at Sinalco Square, as well as near a pediatric hospital in Hasakah.
A Palestinian child stands next to a bag as he waits to cross to Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on June 23, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
11:00 GMT
Rafah border-crossing opened Tuesday and will remain open until Thursday. Upon opening 458 crossed into Egypt, while 79 people headed for the besieged Gaza strip.
Thousands of civilians have been killed since the Syrian war began in March, 2011. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
The UN denounced Daesh, armed rebels and the Syrian government for deliberately targeting civilians in the war.
A Pakistani man rests in a mosque during the deadly heatwave in the country's port city of Karachi, June 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Hundreds of people have died in the Pakistani city of Karachi from a heatwave that saw temperatures soar to 44 degrees.
The Daesh flag flies above an ancient Roman theatre in Palmyra, May 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Daesh militants blew up two mausoleums in the UNESCO world heritage city of Palmyra days after laying mines around ancient sites.
A former Syrian detainee displays marks left by torture. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT
According to the author, torture is a violation of human dignity and it has no place in a civilized country.
Destruction in Gaza after Operation Protective Edge. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT
State Department spokesman John Kirby told media that the US will not issue a rebuttal to the report due to its alleged "bias."
Hamas and Islamic Jihad are yet to comment on the air strikes. (AFP/File)
06:38 GMT
Israeli fighter jets pounded the northern Gaza Strip following reports of a rocket attack.
A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter holds their movement's flag near the Akcakale crossing gate between Turkey and Syria at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 15, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
Kurdish forces have liberated the town of Ain Issa from Daesh, cutting off a key supply route to the Deash 'capital' of Raqqa.
Houthi supporters brandishing their AK-47 machine guns, the weapon of choice for many gun buyers in Yemen. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The rapidly declining security situation in Yemen has caused a recent spike in gun purchases.

June 23, 2015

A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's presidency office shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Natanz uranium enrichment facilities some 300 kms, south of the capital Tehran on April 8, 2008. (AFP/File)
18:40 GMT
A Saudi memo released in the WikiLeaks documents claims that Iran sent nuclear equipment to the country of Sudan.
The latest video is one of the most brutal yet to be released by Daesh (Screenshot)
16:36 GMT
A new video released by Daesh shows the brutal murders of 16 prisoners in what is thought to be one of the group's cruelest videos to date.
Hezbollah and the Syrian army have been making steady progress against Nusra and Daesh in Qalamoun since launching an offensive in the region in May. (Twitter)
15:34 GMT
Hezbollah and the Syrian army captured three new hills in Syria's northern Qalamoun region on Tuesday.
The incident took place last April during an uprising in the prison. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The five suspects charged for alleged involvement with the torture of inmates at Roumieh prison were referred to Lebanon's Military Tribunal.
Lack of water and sanitation services are exacerbating the risk of contracting the mosquito-born illness. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT
The World Health Organization on Tuesday said Saudi-led airstrikes have contributed to the above-average spike in dengue cases in Yemen since March.
Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters hold their movement's flag while a Turkish soldier looks at them near the Akcakale crossing gate between Turkey and Syria at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 15, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
13:00 GMT
Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) have made advances towards Raqqa, Daesh's self-proclaimed capital in Syria.
A displaced Iraqi child, who fled her home due to attacks by the Islamic State (IS) group, drinks water at the Harsham refugee camp. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
12:32 GMT
A displaced Iraqi child, who fled her home due to attacks by the Islamic State (IS) group, drinks water at the Harsham refugee camp. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
Moderate Syrian rebels are being trained by the US-led coalition to fight Daesh. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
12:00 GMT
According to the Pentagon, coalition trained rebels will be paid paid $250 - $400 per month.
An Israeli settler being evacuated from an illegal settlement. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
11:00 GMT
The arrest was made in Yithar, a notoriously extreme settlement in the West Bank.
The US consulate in Libya's Benghazi was attacked by militants in 2012. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
A US airstrike in northern Iraq reportedly killed a Daesh militant believed to have had a role in the 2012 Benghazi attack.
The Information Branch chief condemned the media framing the ISF in a negative light following the release of the footage. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
09:24 GMT
The announcement follows the release of a video showing Roumieh guards torturing inmates inside the notorious prison last April.
Between June 2013 and December 2014 at least 2,500 people were killed in Sisi's war on terror. (AFP/File)
08:37 GMT
What has Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's war on terrorism accomplished, and how do Sinai residents feel about the seemingly endless assault?
A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows Druze men residing in Israel holding binoculars watching smoke rising in the horizon of the Syrian Druze village of Hadar, on June 20, 2015, following Syrian army airstrikes against opposition rebel fighters. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
08:30 GMT
On Monday Israeli Druze attacked an IDF ambulance carrying to Syrians in Goan Heights.
Around half a million Iraqis were killed as a result of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT
A close aide to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the Iraq invasion of 2003 was a mistake. Lord Falconer regretted the war despite fully supporting it at the time.
A military checkpoint in North Sinai. (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT
Sixteen suspected militants were shot an killed outside a mosque in Sheikh Zuweid while the rest were killed while driving.
Australian national Khaled Sharrouf was reportedly killed in Mosul last week. (AFP/File)
06:40 GMT
Two Australian nationals who joined Daesh were reportedly killed in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Australian government has yet to confirm the deaths.
A Palestinian woman cries after her olive trees were destroyed by Israeli settlers near Nablus, January 7, 2010. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Israeli settlers on Monday chopped down more than 70 olive trees in the West Bank districts of Salfit and Nablus.
The inspection of nuclear sites has been a constant area of contention between Iran and the P5+1 powers. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The Iranian parliament on Sunday passed a bill that bans access to it's military sites for international inspection.

June 22, 2015

Mansour was detained on Saturday in Berlin ahead of boarding a flight to Doha. (AFP/File)
14:58 GMT
Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour was been released from German custody, the Qatari network reported.
Families protest for the release of the nine Lebanese captives being held by Daesh. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT
Families of the nine Lebanese soldiers being held captive by Daesh received messages via WhatsApp threatening to torture the prisoners in response to the videos leaked from Roumieh prison.
Chairperson of Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza, Mary McGowan Davis (R) speaks next to Commission member Doudou Diene during a press conference on their report on June 22, 2015 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
14:00 GMT
According to the report, both Palestinian and Israeli armed groups committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war.
Estimates have put the number of Daesh supporters on Twitter as high as 90,000. (Image: Twitter)
13:46 GMT
Europe's police agency announced the formation of a new team to track and remove accounts of Daesh members on Twitter.
Two Iraqi officers were killed and another injured Monday when gunmen opened fire on a vehicle transporting the officials. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT
Two Iraqi officers were killed and another injured Monday when gunmen opened fire on a vehicle transporting the officials.
A total of 141 suspected militants have been killed in North Sinai in the month of May. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
The homes of two policemen were bombed by militants, injuring three officers and five civilians. It is suspected a dozen people were killed in the blast.
A Hezbollah soldier surveys the landscape near Lebanon's northern Qalamoun region. (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
An attempted Daesh attack on Hezbollah posts in northern Qalamoun on Monday was thwarted by Hezbollah forces and the Syrian army.
Smoke and flames rise from burning vehicles at the site of an attack in front of the Afghan Parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. (AFP/Shah Marai)
12:30 GMT
All seven Taliban attackers were killed after detonating a bomb and storming the parliament compound.
Israeli security forces throw stun grenades towards Palestinians during clashes, in East Jerusalem, July 4, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Four Palestinians were injured in Jerusalem's Old City late Sunday after clashes with Israeli forces as worshipers left Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Lebanese "musaharati" Mohammed Fanas stands outside the Saint Nicholas cathedral as he wakes up observant Muslims for their overnight "suhur" meal before the day's fast in the old city of the southern port of Sido. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
11:59 GMT
Lebanese "musaharati" Mohammed Fanas stands outside the Saint Nicholas cathedral as he wakes up observant Muslims for their overnight "suhur" meal before the day's fast in the old city of the southern port of Sido. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
A Syrian man carries the body of a child following a reported military strike by government forces in the rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr district of the northern city of Aleppo on June 20, 2015. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
11:30 GMT
According to a medical NGO operating in Syria, fuel shortages are inhibiting humanitarian aid from reaching civilians.
Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, stands behind the bars during his trial in Cairo on June 21, 2015. (AFP/STR)
11:02 GMT
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and ten Muslim Brotherhood officials are accused of spying and leaking classified documents to Qatar.
Erdogan accused the parties and politicians of acting like "wet blankets." (AFP/Adem Altan)
10:30 GMT
More than two weeks after elections, in which no single-party won the majority., Turkey has yet to form a government.
Earlier this week a family of twelve from the UK ran off to join Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The family of five, includig a couple and their three children, first traveled to Turkey before crossing into Syria.
Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gadhafi, was a Libyan revolutionary and politician who governed Libya as its primary leader from 1969 to 2011. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT
A number of Gadhafi-era figures are on trial in Tripoli whilst peace talks are at a standstill. Is accountability may be the first step to reconciliation in war-torn Libya?
The Parliament building in Kabul pictured on February 10, 2015 (AFP/Shah Marai)
08:33 GMT
Several explosions were heard outside the parliament Monday morning, and all law makers have been evacuated.
Guards from the Internal Security Forces were arrested after a video sufficed online of inmates being beaten and tortured. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
Five guards from Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison were arrested after a video sufficed online showing inmates being tortured.
Aleppo has been gripped by violence since the civil war began in March 2011. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Some 14 people were killed by Syrian government forces in Aleppo, local activists said.
Hazem Ahdi Khairat (Screenshot)
06:00 GMT
Egypt on Sunday appointed its first ambassador to Israel since 2012, signalling an improvement in relations between the two countries.
A Yemeni man receives treatment at a hospital in the southern city of Aden on April 2, 2015, after he was wounded during an offensive by Shiite Houthi rebels and allied army units in the central neighborhood of Crater. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The World Health Organization released a report on Sunday saying more than 15 million Yemenis do no have access to healthcare.

June 21, 2015

An Egyptian army soldier walks by a street cleaner behind a barbed wire checkpoint on a street that leads to Cairo's Mustafa Mahmoud mosque. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)
19:18 GMT
An Egyptian judge on Sunday agreed to send 152 worker to a disciplinary committee
Insulting the government in Kuwait is illegal and punishable by up to five years in prison. (AFP/File)
16:52 GMT
A female opposition rights activist was sentenced in absentia on Sunday to three years in prison for insulting Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Sabah.
Egyptian authorities opened Rafah crossing on June 13. It remained open for a week. (AFP/File)
16:12 GMT
Egyptian authorities plan to open its Rafah crossing to Gaza on Tuesday for three days.
The Foreign Ministry released the animated short alongside a 227-page report on the events in Gaza. (Screenshot)
15:26 GMT
A controversial cartoon mocking foreign press coverage of the events in Gaza in 2014 has been removed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, stands behind the bars during his trial in Cairo on June 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:54 GMT
Morsi made an appearance in Egyptian court on Sunday to stand charges of spying for Qatar, his first since being sentenced to death last Tuesday.