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April 15, 2015

Iraq's Baiji oil refinery in December 1999. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
21:18 GMT
Daesh militants have broken into Iraq's Baiji oil refinery, seizing some of its facilities, officials said Wednesday.
A series of bomb attacks around the Baghdad area have killed 11 people and wounded several others Wednesday. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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A series of bomb attacks around the Baghdad area have killed 11 people and wounded several others Wednesday.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi receives congratulations from Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz after becoming president. (AFP/File)
17:50 GMT
Egypt is set to take part in a major strategic maneuver with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, a presidential statement said Tuesday.
A UN peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is seen on the Independance square on April 8, 2015 in Timbuktu, northern Mali. (AFP/Serge Daniel)
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The wounded are still being evacuated, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Syrian refugee children beg for money in Beirut on August 29, 2014. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
16:02 GMT
Projects focusing on the health and education of refugees will begin by setting up nurseries specialized for children one to five years old.
After a search and rescue operation, the Italian coast guard said Wednesday it has found no survivors from a migrant boat that capsized off Libya's coast. (AFP/File)
15:23 GMT
After a search and rescue operation, the Italian coast guard said Wednesday it has found no survivors from a migrant boat that capsized off Libya's coast.
Ongoing, recurring conflict across the Middle East is hindering children's access to education. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Ongoing crises throughout the region, extreme violence, and poverty are preventing millions of children from education.
Iraqi mourners react during the funeral of a man who died in Tikrit in fighting alongside government forces against Daesh in the southern city of Basra. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
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Hundreds of families are being held in villages around Ramadi, after Iraqi forces and armed Shiite militia withdrew from the areas following fierce clashes with Daesh.
Earlier this week a car bomb exploded outside a police station in North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Two military students died, and six other civilians were injured in the attack on Wednesday afternoon.
Home to some 160,000 residents in 2011, Damascus's Yarmouk camp has been hit hard with over four years of conflict, the latest of which wedged besieged civilians between deadly regime air attacks and brutal street fighting as Daesh struggled to gain control. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
After two weeks of heavy clashes clutched the Palestinian refugee camp, located on the outskirts of Damascus, residents report Daesh militants and their main adversary have largely exited the area, while al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra remains.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sit on a round table during a meeting of G7 foreign ministers on April 15, 2015 in Luebeck, northern Germany. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry met with representatives from the G7 countries to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, which should be finalized in the near future, as well as the crisis in Yemen.
US President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Oval Office of the White House on April 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
11:35 GMT
Following a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, US President Barak Obama pledged $200 million in humanitarian aid.
Daesh recently lost control of Tikrit following a major offensive by Iraqi forces and Shiite fighters. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT
In ongoing clashes, Daesh has seized three villages in Iraq's Anbar province near Ramadi.
Opposition groups said Wednesday schools would shut in the midst of what they said was an intensified campaign by regime forces in Aleppo on educational and residential areas. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
Syrian opposition coalition officials said Wednesday the Syrian army was responsible for the dropping of a vacuum bomb in the northern city of Aleppo which left at least 13 people dead, including three children.
United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks during a press conference in Geneva on October 10, 2014. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
09:53 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the UN Syria envoy to resume peace talks.
The ambassador's remarks come on the heels of harsh criticism of Saudi's military campaign from the Hezbollah group, who is allied with Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels targeted in the airstrikes. (AFP/File)
09:14 GMT
As the Saudi-led coalition enters its third week of airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Saudi's ambassador to Lebanon warned Hezbollah to stay out of international dialogue on the escalating crisis following harsh criticism from the Lebanon-based Shiite group.
A man sits outside a demolished building in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 6, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT
Author Ramzy Baroud identifies those responsible for the plight of Palestinians living in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp. Resident of Yarmouk are caught between the Syrian regime and Daesh, making every day a living hell.
A boy stands in front of damaged buildings following a reported airstrike by government forces on the central al-Fardous rebel held neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2015. (AFP/Karam Al-Masri)
07:50 GMT
The Human Rights Watch claims to have evidence indicating that Assad's forces used toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks on Idlib between March 16 and 31.
Iraqi Yazidis light candles and paraffin torches outside Lalish temple situated in a valley near Dohuk. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
07:42 GMT
Iraqi Yazidis light candles and paraffin torches outside Lalish temple situated in a valley near Dohuk.
Israeli forces have arrested some 850,000 Palestinians between 1967 and April 2015. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT
Israeli forces raided the homes of dozens of Hamas members in Nablus in response to increased activity in the area.
If confirmed, the shocking number of missing in Sunday's shipwreck would represent the worst migrant boat disaster off the Italian coast since 2013, when 366 migrants perished in a wreck just off the Italian island Lampedusa. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT
400 people are still missing after a migrant boat with 550 aboard capsized Sunday, while nine bodies have been recovered and 144 survivors counted.
While the security sources suggested a deal was close with the Nusra Front, the fate of another nine hostages held by Daesh militants remains shrouded in mystery. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT
Security sources in Lebanon say a deal may soon be forged between al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate, Nusra Front, and the Lebanese government for release of some 16 Lebanese servicemen whose hostage crisis at the extremist group's hands is now in it's ninth month. Meanwhile, the fate of another nine hostages held by Daesh remains unknown.
Iranian's council for human rights has called on the UN to investigate the recent sexual abuse of two teenage boys. (AFP/File)
06:36 GMT
Iranian's council for human rights has called on the UN to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of two teenage boys.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel patrol the border with Bangladesh near the Fulbari Border post, some 20km from Siliguri. (AFP/File)
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Lapses in border security have allowed transnational crime to grow rampant, speakers at the Interpol World Congress said Tuesday.

April 14, 2015

About 400 migrants are feared to have drowned after a boat capzied off the coast of Libya, BBC reported Tuesday. (AFP/File)
19:41 GMT
About 400 migrants are feared to have drowned after a boat capzied off the coast of Libya, BBC reported Tuesday.
The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo against Houthi rebels. (AFP/File)
18:02 GMT
The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo against Houthi rebels.
A prominent leader for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a drone strike allegedly conducted by the US.
17:39 GMT
A prominent leader for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a drone strike allegedly conducted by the US.
Daesh has lost ground to Palestinian fighters in Syria's Yarmouk camp, Palestinian officials and a resident said Tuesday.
16:58 GMT
Daesh has lost ground to Palestinian fighters in Syria's Yarmouk camp, Palestinian officials and a resident said Tuesday.
A court in Egypt turned down a request for retrial Tuesday by a politician who received a seven-year prison sentence.
15:00 GMT
A court in Egypt turned down a request for retrial Tuesday by a politician who received a seven-year prison sentence.
Waheed A., the son of Rochdale Labour councillor Shakil Ahmed. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The son of a British Labour councilor was caught in Turkey on April 1 along with eight other British citizens, while allegedly trying to illegally enter Syria to join militant groups.
A doctor with the Royal Medical Services and his assistant nurse have discovered a genetic disease undocumented in international medical records. (Shutterstock)
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A doctor with the Royal Medical Services and his assistant nurse have discovered a genetic disease undocumented in international medical records.
The doctors will be able to enter Jerusalem in private vehicles holding Palestinian license plates. (Wikimedia Commons/Justin McIntosh)
13:30 GMT
The vehicles are carrying approximately 100 Palestinian doctors to Jerusalem.
Some 200 kilometers north of Baghdad, the Baiji refinery has not been in use since last year, when fierce fighting halted operations. (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
The extremist group made advances into the country's Baiji refinery, some 200 kilometers north of Baghdad, seizing crude oil tanks and killing the complex's commander in charge.
Somali security forces have regained control of a government ministry in the capital from al-Shabaab, a security official said Tuesday.
12:44 GMT
Somali security forces have regained control of a government ministry in the capital from al-Shabaab, a security official said Tuesday.
Russia signed an $800 million contract to sell Iran the missile system in 2007, but the operation was suspended three years later following heavy criticism from Israel and the US. (AFP/File)
12:14 GMT
After Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a 5-year ban on the project Monday, the head of the Iranian security council said Tuesday his country expects the delivery of the S-300 missile system by the end of this year from Russia.
Some 330 Australian troops are headed to Iraq's Taji base to begin a 2-year training program for Iraqi soldiers. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Prime announced approximately 330 troops will join a New Zealand contingent in training Iraqi military at base north of Baghdad.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to drive Iran's wilted women's rights record into reform, but progress has been slow. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Iran will appoint Foreign Minister Marzieh Afkham to a foreign ambassador posting, making her the country's second ever woman to take up the position, and the first since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
A Yemeni soldier stands guard near a gas plant in Balhaf, on November 7, 2009. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
10:59 GMT
Armed tribesman seized the Balhaf oil plant from an army unit on Tuesday.
Algerian Minister for Africa and Maghreb Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, (L) speaks with United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Bernardino Leon, as they take part in talks between Libya's rival factions, hosted in the Algerian capital, Algiers on April 13, 2015. (AFP/Farouk Batiche)
10:33 GMT
In a second round of peace talks, the UN strongly encouraged Libya's rival parties to form a national unity government.
Pakistani labourers fill bags with rice outside a storage centre near Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)
10:20 GMT
Pakistani labourers fill bags with rice outside a storage centre near Lahore .
Coalition fighter jets pounded areas across Yemen Tuesday as the Saudi-led military campaign in the country entered its 20th day. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Now over two weeks old, the Saudi-led coalition targeted areas across Yemen Tuesday as ground fighting intensified in the war-torn country.
Iraqi troops inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT
Two separate bombings in the areas around Baghdad killed a total of eleven civilians and injuring 23 others on Tuesday morning.
#BringBackOurGirls campaign held rallies around the world. One year later, 219 are still missing. (Image: Facebook)
09:22 GMT
A year ago today, Boko Haram jihadists stormed a girls boarding school, abducting 275 girls. Some 50 escaped on the night of the attack, but most of them have not been seen since.
An Iranian flag flutters at an undisclosed location in Iran next to a liquid fuel surface-to-surface Qiam-1 missile with advanced guidance systems. (AFP/Getty Images/File)
09:17 GMT
While Israel branded Iran as a “messianic and apocalyptic regime," Zakaria argues that it is in fact a rational, but perhaps not reasonable, state.
Iraqi forces will next take on Daesh in Anbar. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The US Department of Defense announced Daesh lost up to 25 percent of the territory it had previously claimed in Iraq.
In response to the statement, Lebanese businessmen working in Gulf nations say they're planning to form a delegation to visit GCC countries to express solidarity with Saudi's military action in Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:37 GMT
After the militant group's statement agaist Saudi Arabia, Lebanese expats living in Gulf nations say they feel threatened.
Protesters gather outside Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
The US particularly criticized Egypt's frequent use of mass trials and sentencing, following the recent conviction 37 defendants to life terms, including Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan.
A man walks in a street inside the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 6, 2015. Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the camp after the Islamic State group seized large parts of it. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT
According to the PLO, Daesh has resorted to using heavy machinery and artillery inside Yarmouk refugee camp, located in the outskirts of Damascus.
Yemeni supporters of the southern seperatist movement drive a tank in the city of Aden on April 13, 2015. Humanitarian groups have struggled to deliver aid and said the situation in Aden was deteriorating rapidly. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
07:35 GMT
The United Nations Security Council will vote on a draft resolution which proposes imposing an arms arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi leaders and urge the movement to withdraw from the territories under its control.
Interrogations conducted after the arrest reflect the militant's frequent visits to Egypt, Turkey and Algeria. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
A Daesh militant likely behind several recruits for the group was arrested in east Lebanon.
All nine Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by al-Nusra Front on the border between Syria and Jordan returned home Monday. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
All nine Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by al-Nusra Front on the border between Syria and Jordan returned home Monday.
Israeli settlers in occupied territories are exploiting Palestinian children for cheap labor and depriving them of the opportunity to attend school, the Human Rights Watch said Monday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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Israeli settlers in occupied territories are exploiting Palestinian children for cheap labor and depriving them of the opportunity to attend school, the Human Rights Watch said Monday.

April 13, 2015

Nicholas Slatten, center, was sentenced to life for his role in the 2007 slaughter in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
22:30 GMT
Former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten was sentenced to life in prison. The other three guards will serve 30 years.
Putin has signed a presidential decree paving the way for the delivery of the S-300 missile system Monday. (EPA)
19:55 GMT
Putin has signed a presidential decree paving the way for the delivery of the S-300 missile system Monday.
Daesh released a video of militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud on Saturday. (Albawaba.com/File)
19:53 GMT
The UN's cultural agency issued a fresh condemnation Monday of jihadists' destruction of Iraq's Nimrud, once the jewel of Assyria and home to a treasure considered one of the 20th century's main archaeological finds.
Four Blackwater security guards are awaiting sentences after being convicted on charges from the deaths of at least 14 unarmed Iraqis. (AFP/Spencer Platt)
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Four Blackwater security guards are awaiting sentences after being convicted on charges from the deaths of at least 14 unarmed Iraqis.
French urban climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spider-Man". Scales the Cayan Tower, the world's tallest twisted building in Dubai. (AFP/ / Marwan Naamani)
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French urban climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spider-Man". Scales the Cayan Tower, the world's tallest twisted building in Dubai. (AFP/ / Marwan Naamani)
A regime air strike killed five schoolchildren on Sunday. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
18:17 GMT
Schools in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo city will be closed for at least a week after bloody air raids on civilian areas, a monitor and activists said Monday.
A suspected burial site for Speicher massacre victims. (AFP/File)
17:32 GMT
Iraq has so far exhumed the remains of 164 victims believed to have been killed by extremists in mass graves in Tikrit.
Nine Lebanese truck-drivers were stuck at the Syria-Jordan border when battle for control of the crossing broke out earlier this month. (Albawaba.com/File)
16:56 GMT
Most of the kidnapped truckers kidnapped by the Nusra Front on the Syria-Jordan border earlier this month returned home on Monday. One driver is still missing.
Taliban militants killed 18 Afghan soldiers, beheading eight, and possibly abducted others after they stormed an army outpost. (AFP/File)
16:49 GMT
Taliban militants killed 18 Afghan soldiers, beheading eight, and possibly abducted others after they stormed an army outpost.
Daesh hackers have posted a similar message on a French television network last week. (Image: Twitter)
13:51 GMT
The website for Hobart International Airport in Tasmania was offline Monday after Daesh hackers hit the web host used by the facility.
Demonstrations were also held outside the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) headquarters in Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
13:30 GMT
Palestinians who fled Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus after Daesh militants stormed it gathered in Sidon, Lebanon in solidarity for those remaining in the camp.
Khaled Bahah previously served as Yemen's Prime Minister before being appointed to Vice President. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT
Former Prime Minsiter Khaled Bahah was sworn in as Vice President of Yemen on Monday in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.
Maali, daughter of jailed Islamic Jihad spokesman Khader Adnan, stands next to a picture of her father outside a prison. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
12:30 GMT
According to a report by the Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, 850,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli forces since 1967.
A bronze statue of slain prime minister Rafiq Hariri overlooks the site where he was killed in a massive blast in downtown Beirut. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:12 GMT
Robert Fisk brings to light how one unsuspecting journalist has taken the heat for the Hariri case, which has drowned in the inefficiencies of the international criminal courts.
Difficulties tracking individuals entering and exiting war-torn Syria makes it a challenge to determine a more exact number. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova announced that the number of Europeans fighting alongside militants in Syria may exceed 6,000.
An armed Shiite Houthi rebel walks above debris on April 12, 2015 at the compound of Sanaa's al-Yarmuk football club which was reportedly hit by an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition the previous day in the Yemeni capital's northern al-Rawda district. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, urged rival parties in Yemen to resume peace talks as the death toll continues to grow.
Palestinian boys ride bicycle during heavy rains in Gaza City on April 12, 2015. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
08:30 GMT
Residence struggle as neighborhoods flooded in the low-lying areas of the Gaza Strip due to heavy weekend rains.
An Iraqi soldier marches in the city of Tikrit. On March 31, government forces, supported by Shia and Sunni volunteer fighters, had wrested control of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers from Baghdad. (Image: AFP/Ahmad al Rubaye)
06:44 GMT
Abu Maria, Daesh's self-declared governor of al-Hajaj and Albu-Tema areas, was killed near the area of Ajil oilfield in the northeastern part of Tikrit on Sunday.
Ahmet Davutoglu said Pope Francis' statement was "incorrect" and "inconsistent" Sunday. (AFP/File)
06:23 GMT
Ahmet Davutoglu said Pope Francis' statement was "incorrect" and "inconsistent" Sunday.
Bullet holes from Thursday's attack at the South Korean embassy. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
06:21 GMT
Within a day after the fatal attack on the South Korean embassy in Tripoli, a bomb exploded near the gate of the Moroccan embassy.

April 12, 2015

At least 24 people were killed in overnight clashes between Houthi militants and armed tribesmen in Yemen's central province, a security source said Saturday. (AFP/File)
17:40 GMT
At least 24 people were killed in overnight clashes between Houthi militants and armed tribesmen in Yemen's central province, a security source said Saturday.
An explosion outside a police station in North Sinai left two dead and 30 others injured, medical sources said Sunday. (AFP/File)
16:28 GMT
An explosion outside a police station in North Sinai left two dead and 30 others injured, medical sources said Sunday.
Syrians help an injured child after an alleged airstrike by government forces near a school in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
16:13 GMT
Five children and four other civilians were killed Sunday when a Syrian regime airstrike hit a school in Aleppo.
Christian Orthodox worshipers hold up candles lit from the "Holy Fire" as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City, during the Orthodox Easter ceremony of the "Holy Fire". (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
14:53 GMT
Christian Orthodox worshipers hold up candles lit from the "Holy Fire" as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City,during the Orthodox Easter ceremony of the "Holy Fire". (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Lebanon's interior minister called on Jordan to grant entry to the Lebanese truckers stuck at a Syrian-Jordanian border crossing. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
14:51 GMT
Lebanon's interior minister called on Jordan to grant entry to the Lebanese truckers stuck at a Syrian-Jordanian border crossing.
A picture of the South Korean embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli Sunday after gunmen opened fire and killed two guards. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
13:39 GMT
Gunmen killed two guards and injured another after they attacked the South Korean embassy in Libya's capital Sunday.
Some Yemenis who fled unrest in their country have increased demand for the JD, the Jordanian Exchange Association said Sunday. (Shutterstock)
13:00 GMT
Some Yemenis who fled unrest in their country have increased demand for the JD, the Jordanian Exchange Association said Sunday.
Attacks by militants in the Sinai are an almost daily occurrence. (AFP/File)
12:54 GMT
Five Egyptian soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb in North Sinai on Sunday.