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July 17, 2014

Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:54 GMT
Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.
At least 230 Palestinians have died in recent airstrikes. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT
Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire that will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday.
An injured Palestinian boy is carried away from the beach after an Israeli strike, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:23 GMT
Israel's government spokesperson Mark Regev said the IDF "does not target civilians" on the same day four children were killed while playing on a Gaza beach.
Israel's Iron Dome system normally intercepts rockets fired from Gaza with a 90% success rate. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
Three rockets landed in Israel's Eshkol region two hours after a temporary five-hour ceasefire was agreed upon by Hamas and Israel.
The UN estimates that 13 percent of the 4.5 million children under the age of five are "acutely malnourished" (File/AFP)
11:38 GMT
Around 40 percent of Yemen's population faces a serious food crisis according to a United Nations report. The UN's sister body UNICEF also said Yemeni children are showing signs of stunting.
The Islamic State has experienced many successes in Iraq in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT
The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.
Israel's army conducted at least 37 raids overnight in Gaza, bringing the Palestinian death toll up to 227 (File/AFP)
11:01 GMT
Eight Palestinians were killed overnight after intensive shelling by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip ahead of a UN brokered "humanitarian" ceasefire.
Various political groups called for the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to be opened permanently (File/AFP)
09:39 GMT
Political groups in Egypt joined forces to support Palestinian resistance against Israel while denouncing a recent truce deal brokered by Cairo between Tel Aviv and Hamas.
Tunisian security forces have been struggling to extricate militants from the Chaambi Mountains. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT
Fourteen Tunisian soldiers were killed in an attack by militants at a military checkpoint near the Algerian border.
Thirteen members of Hamas crossed into Israeli territory via a tunnel dug in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT
IDF forces stopped an attempt by Hamas to infiltrate a kibbutz via an underground tunnel.
Militant group ISIL has been engaged in a deadly battle with Iraq's forces and other splinter groups (File/AFP)
08:25 GMT
A Saudi "mufti" who joined militant group ISIL has been killed by Iraq's armed forces during an air raid in Tikrit, according to a news site.
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry on the so-called swearing-in ceremony of Syrian regime's President Bashar Assad” (AFP/ File).
08:12 GMT
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea ridiculed Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday following Assad's swearing-in ceremony as president.
Over 1,600 people have been injured since the conflict began ten days ago. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT
The death toll in the besieged Gaza Strip has reached 227.
A Syrian woman begs with her children downtown Istanbul on July 16, 2014. Turkey is to take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast. (AFP)
07:38 GMT
A Syrian woman begs with her children downtown Istanbul on July 16, 2014
A view from southern Israel into Gaza during the ceasefire (Menahem Kahana/ AFP).
07:24 GMT
Israel on Wednesday agreed to temporarily halt its assault on Gaza to come into effect on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Two Palestinians and a Lebanese man were arrested in connection with rocket attacks towards Israel (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT
Palestinian factions are not interested in drawing Lebanon into the current Israel-Gaza conflict, a senior Hamas official said Wednesday.
Libya's capital airport has been under attack for the past four days (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Rocket fire targeted Libya's main international airport for a fourth straight day Wednesday.

July 16, 2014

Relatives of the four boys - all from the same family, mourn during the funeral in Gaza City, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
23:12 GMT
Four Palestinian boys were killed while they played football on the beach by Israeli shelling from naval boats in a horrific strike witnessed by AFP journalists.
De Mistura previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan (File Archive)
20:00 GMT
Syria's newly appointed UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura will meet with the Security Council Friday in the latest effort to end the ongoing conflict.
Approximately 300,000 refugees in Turkey live in the country's border camps (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Turkey may force Syrian refugees to leave the country's city centers in Ankara's latest move to "deal" with the influx of refugees in the country.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was officially sworn in for a third term in office Wednesday despite highly disputed polls (SANA/AFP)
17:00 GMT
At least four people were killed and 22 wounded from an attack on Syria's capital following the inauguration ceremony of President Bashar Al Assad Wednesday.
More than 1550 people have been injured from strikes on Gaza within the past nine days (AFP)
16:12 GMT
Hamas officially rejected a proposed ceasefire deal with Israel Wednesday as the death toll surpassed 200.
More than 250 cases of sexual harassment were recorded in less than two years, including sexual assaults en masse in the capital's Tahrir Square (File Archive)
15:44 GMT
An Egyptian court sentenced nine men to lengthy jail terms Wednesday for assaulting women, representing the longest sentences since Cairo authorities criminalized sexual harassment.
More than 200 people have been killed in the past nine days as Israeli forces continues strikes on the Palestinian Strip and Hamas sends retaliatory rockets into Israeli territory (AFP)
14:26 GMT
Will a ceasefire take us back to square one in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri made the proposal in exchange for forming a cabinet that ensures the interests of his movement (AFP/ File).
14:17 GMT
Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri proposed a two year presidential term for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in return for forming a cabinet that meets the interests of Hariri's party.
President Assad was re-elected on June 3 in an election that was widely disputed by the international community. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT
Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term.
A soldier examines the remains of a rocket fired from Israel into the south of Lebanon, December 29, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:16 GMT
Lebanese security forces clamped down on rocket attacks into Israel after the Jewish state retaliated with heavy artillery shelling in the south of the country.
Fired Defense Minister Danny Danon responded defiantly  by saying that he would not come in line with “the spirit of leftist feebleness of the prime minister” (Photo courtesy of Flickr).
09:57 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Tuesday following criticism from Danon and others for accepting the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
The blast took place in Baghdad's Sadr City. (AFP/File)
09:53 GMT
At least 12 people have been killed in two car bombs in Baghdad.
Iraqi forces have been battling Sunni insurgents since June. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT
Iraqi forces withdrew from Tikrit after a failed attempt to retake the city from Islamic State militants.
Libyan officials expressed fear that militants could try to take over the country's capital, Tripoli (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT
Libyan militants in Iraq and Syria are returning back home to fight a breakaway militia group led by rogue ex-general, Khalifa Haftar, security officials say.
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.