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April 23, 2014

The court found the defendants guilty of organizing street protests and provoking violence. Here, Brotherhood supporters are seen in Cairo in August 2013. (AFP/File)
20:05 GMT
An Egyptian court has sentenced 19 anti-government protesters to ten years in prison each, judicial sources say.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled upcoming peace talks over the news that Hamas and the PLO were reconciling. (AFP/File)
19:04 GMT
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a planned session of peace talks with Palestinian negotiators on Wednesday after news of a unity deal between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas was announced.
Blood and carnage: The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza (File/AFP)
18:57 GMT
Seven people were injured when an airstrike hit Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
Wanted fugitive Mohammed Abdullah Jumaa was attacked by masked gunmen in the Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh, but managed to escape (File/AFP)
17:21 GMT
A wanted Palestinian member of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, narrowly escaped assassination in a refugee camp near Sidon on Wednesday.
Defusing the tension: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain had withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar during the dispute (File/AFP)
16:55 GMT
Qatar's foreign minister said in a statement on Wednesday that his country's disagreement with fellow GCC nations was "over".
Construction takes place in the illegal Israeli settlement Har Homa, in East Jerusalem (Menahem Kahana/AFP)
15:23 GMT
An anonymous Israeli official has said that building settlements in Jerusalem will not be halted unless "an agreement is reached on other issues."
Turkey's Erdogan released his statement in solidarity with the Armenian people on the eve of the anniversary of the 1915 mass deportations of Armenians from present-day Turkey (Adem Altan/AFP)
13:56 GMT
Turkey's Prime Minister offered condolences to descendants of the victims from the Armenian genocide during World War I, representing the first such overt comment ever publicly stated by a Turkish leader in reference to the killings.
Jarba has requested that Saudi Arabia provide more support to the rebel Free Syrian Army in their fight against the Assad regime, as well as ISIL (File Archive/AFP)
13:37 GMT
Syria's main opposition coalition has requested more aid and support from Saudi Arabia for the rebel Free Syrian Army.
Elections will take place June 3 despite heavy ongoing fighting within the country. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT
Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar announced Wednesday that he will run against President Bashar Assad in the upcoming presidential elections.
Netanyahu and Israel rejected Abbas' conditions for extending the peace talks earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
11:45 GMT
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas must choose whether he wants peace with Israel or Hamas "because he cannot have both."
Lebanon's parliament was later adjourned Wednesday due to a lack of quorum after many March 8 members walked out of the session (Lebanese Parliament/AFP)
11:27 GMT
Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president in the first round of voting Wednesday after no candidates received the necessary two-thirds majority of votes to win the seat.
Hamas and Fatah have tried to establish a unity government previously, but all such efforts collapsed (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
09:56 GMT
Rival Palestinian factions officially agreed Wednesday to form a government of national unity within the "next five weeks."
Attacks against police officers have increased since the former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last summer. (AFP/File)
09:47 GMT
A car bomb killed one policeman on the outskirts of Cairo Wednesday.
The Lebanese government recently heightened security in Tripoli due to ongoing violence in the region. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT
Two hand grenades exploded in Tripoli. No casualties were reported.
Arsal has frequently fallen victim to spillover attacks from Syria's civil war (File Archive)
09:03 GMT
A Syrian war plane launched several rockets onto the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Al Labweh and Al Nabi Othman. No casualties were reported.
Bahrainis are calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
A Bahraini court sentenced 12 protesters to life in prison this week and sentenced others to 15 years in jail.
Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to the besieged town. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
Aid workers reached the Lebanese town of Tfail Tuesday. The village is surrounded by the Syrian army, the Syrian opposition, and Hezbollah.
Washington has been critical of Egypt's crackdown on dissent, but is planning to restore military aid nonetheless (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
07:07 GMT
The U.S. will lift its freeze on military aid to Cairo and deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt.
Ansar Beit al Maqdis claimed responsibility for an attack on a Korean tourist bus in Sinai. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Ansar Beit al Maqdis has grabbed headlines recently because of increased attacks in Egypt, but much is still unknown about this relatively new terrorist organization.
Numerous migrant workers who work construction jobs for the World Cup stadium have reported extremely poor working conditions. (AFP/File)
06:57 GMT
Amnesty International recently slammed Qatar over its treatment of domestic workers. Migrant workers have reported both physical and sexual abuse.
President Michel Suleiman said Tuesday that he hopes the parliament will elect the next president before Friday's deadline (File Archive)
05:00 GMT
Lebanon's parliament will convene Wednesday to elect a president following the expiration of president Michel Suleiman's term.

April 22, 2014

A U.N. inspection team was sent to Syria following last August's chemical weapons attack (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapon stockpile according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons who is responsible for the oversight of the weapons removal.
Joining the Israeli army will remain voluntary for Christians, but now Tel Aviv will be mailing recruitment papers directly to all Christians on their sixteenth birthday (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Palestinian Christian citizens of Israel will not receive army conscription papers directly on their sixteenth birthday
Arab League leader Nabil Fahmy condemned Syria's election plans in an official statement Tuesday (File Archive/AFP)
18:07 GMT
The Arab League condemned Syria's plans to hold a presidential election while the country's civil war continues to envelope the country in violence Tuesday.
Former premier Rafik Hariri was assassinated in Beirut in 2005 (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued new arrest warrants Tuesday for the five suspects accused of involvement in the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.
Dan Ronen handed in his resignation after accusing the Minister of Military from withholding funds from his department (File/AFP)
17:11 GMT
Director general of Homefront Security, Dan Ronen resigned from his position on Tuesday over an alleged dispute.
The PLO delegation met with president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah ahead of their departure for Gaza City (Thaer Ghanaim/PPO/AFP)
16:57 GMT
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah met Tuesday in an effort to "reconcile their rival leaderships" as peace talks with Israel continue to deteriorate.
Mohamad Morsi stands accused of espionage and spying for Hamas (File/AFP)
16:03 GMT
Ex Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will stand trial again along with 34 Muslim Brotherhood leaders on April 28.
The Port Said massacre was the bloodiest day in Egypt's football history (File/AFP)
15:30 GMT
Eleven defendants who stand accused of participating in the Port Said football massacre, which left 72 fans dead, have had their trial adjourned.
Fatah officials say the planned protests will force militants to leave the camp (File/AFP)
15:05 GMT
Palestinian refugees in Syria's Yarmouk camp intend to protest against militant groups blocking aid from entering the besieged camp.
The attack on the ballot center took place in Daqouq, 260km north of Baghdad. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT
Unidentified militant gunmen dressed in military garb killed 10 Iraqi guards when they stormed a balloting center in an overnight attack in the country's north, a senior police official said Tuesday.
Zaatari is Jordan's fourth largest city and the second biggest refugee camp in the world. (AFP/File)
12:04 GMT
Jordan's Zaatari problem - when a host community can't cope.
International human rights organizations have recently criticized Israeli forces for using excessive force against Palestinians. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT
Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in the town of Awarta in the West Bank.
A "massive and unprecedented" military operation targeting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is underway in Yemen. (AFP/File)
09:34 GMT
A "massive and unprecedented" military operation targeting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is underway in Yemen, according to an unnamed Yemeni official.
Al Aqsa mosque compound is Islam's third holiest site. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT
Jordan has summoned the Israeli ambassador to Amman over recent clashes at al Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. is investigating the allegations. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT
The U.S. State Department is investigating allegations that a toxic chemical weapon was used in Syria this month.
Demonstrators gathered across Bahrain to express their anger over the death of an anti-government protestor. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
Bahrainis held protests across many villages on Monday.
Amnesty International is collection evidence to prosecute the Israeli government. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT
Amnesty International announced Monday that it had serious concerns about Israel's excessive use of force against Palestinians and others.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon recently criticized the upcoming elections in Syria. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT
Syria's opposition has dismissed the upcoming presidential elections in Syria, calling them a "farce."
Turkey's government recently said that the government would not allow unions to hold rallies at Taksim Square. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Clashes have broken out in Istanbul between police forces and union members.

April 21, 2014

Hamdeen Sabbahi is Sisi's only opponent in the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
19:11 GMT
Egyptian presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi accused Sisi's campaign of bribing citizens.
Hamas won legislative elections in 2006 and now controls the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
18:20 GMT
Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti was denied a permit to enter the Gaza Strip Monday.
Libya was under the rule of Muammar Gaddafi for 42 years. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Libya's constituent assembly began drafting a new constitution Monday.
Current President Bashar al Assad will most likely run for president amid the ongoing civil war. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Syrian presidential candidates can begin registering for the upcoming election to be held on June 3rd.
No one was killed from Gaza's strike on southern Israel early Monday (Said Khatib/AFP)
14:02 GMT
Israel launched retaliatory airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Monday in response to seven rockets fired from Gaza earlier Monday landed in southern Israel.
Sebsi recently announced that he will run for president. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT
Tunisia's former prime minister Beji Caid el Sebsi warned that the upcoming elections in Tunisia may be delayed.
The Lebanese army will cooperate with Hezbollah to carry out the rescue operation. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT
Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday that a plan to rescue a Lebanese border town cut off by Syrian troops will go into effect on Tuesday.
The intense fighting in Anbar Province has caused thousands of Iraqi citizens to flee. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
On Sunday, Iraqi forces took control to the main entrances of Fallujah in a major offensive aimed at retaking the city.
Earlier this month, much needed aid and humanitarian supplies were delivered to rebel-held areas of Aleppo by the Syrian Red Crescent and the UN on Wednesday for the first time in 10 months. (AFP)
12:25 GMT
Humanitarian convoys have entered Syria’s northern city of Aleppo as the Syrian army has secured the highway to the city.
Syria's parliamentary speaker announced the June 3 vote date Monday this week (Courtesy of Al Jazeera)
11:58 GMT
Syria's parliamentary speaker announced Monday that the country will hold presidential elections on June 3 despite the ongoing civil war.
Despite Iraq's deteriorating security situation, Baghdad is still insisting on holding parliamentary elections at the end of this month (File Archive/AFP)
11:37 GMT
A suicide bomber in central Iraq left at least 10 people dead and wounded 35 others Monday.
In this file photo, a pro-Assad supporter stands outside the parliamentary building in Damascus where mortar shells killed five people on Monday morning. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
A pair of mortar shells hit near the Syrian government's parliament building in central Damascus on Monday killing five people, state media reported.
The issue of protest tourism in Palestine gained attention among global audiences following a 2010 Guardian article publication on foreign tourists "frequenting" the demonstration sites on holiday (File Archive/AFP)
09:47 GMT
Protests in occupied Palestine have increasingly become "an attraction" for visiting tourists. Here is one perspective on this controversial development.
A Saudi man inspects a damaged compound in Riyadh on May 14, 2003, following a suicide bomb attack. (Image courtesy of al-shorfa.com)
08:50 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Special Court has sentenced five terrorists to death for their involvement in three deadly blasts in Riyadh in 2003.
A possible scenario could be that Faisal submits his resignation in the coming days, the sources also said. (AFP/File)
08:10 GMT
Opposition sources in Saudi Arabia say that the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Saud Al-Faisal will be removed from his post, following the removal of the Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket battery often intercepts rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT
Three rockets from Gaza were fired into Israel on Monday morning, the IDF Spokesperson's office said.
Sheikh's hostage video was posted on social networking sites. He is being held by a largely unknown group calling themselves Shabab Al-Tawhid. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
A Libyan jihadist group on Monday released a video showing a kidnapped hostage from the Tunisian embassy pleading with the Tunisian government to negotiate with his captors.
According to UN figures, 20,000 civilians are at risk of starving to death in Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT
The United Nations says its food aid has finished in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus.
Sisi will only face Sabahi in the polls. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT
Egypt's election commission says only two candidates, one of them former army chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run in next month's presidential election.
The leadership in Ramallah is seriously considering the dismantling of the PA if and when negotiations with Israel completely break down. (AFP/File)
06:32 GMT
US envoy to the Middle East peace process Martin Indyk did not present any new proposals on how to salvage the currently stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during a meeting on Friday, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday.

April 20, 2014

The four men are accused of planning to help "would-be" jihadists enter Syria from Jordan. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Four citizens residing in the Jordanian city of Irbid were arrested late last week for allegedly attempting to facilitate the entry of “would-be Islamist fighters” into Syria, according to Islamist and official sources.
When Egypt's protest law was put forward in November 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood vowed to defy it, a move that has resulted in the arrest and sentencing of many of their members. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
A Cairo misdemeanor court has sentenced 30 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to three-and-a-half years in jail for rioting and illegal protesting.
Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran is complying with the terms of its nuclear agreement with six world powers. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Iran has finished diluting half of its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium to five-percent purity and is to convert the rest to uranium oxide, an Iran nuclear official says.
File photo shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad receiving Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi in Damascus. (Photo courtesy of PressTV)
17:00 GMT
Syria’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch told President Bashar Assad on Sunday that Christians in the country will not “submit and yield” to extremists fighting against the Syrian government.
France has information but no solid proof that the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
France has information but no solid proof that the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
U.S. drone strikes on Yemen have increased during President Obama's administration. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Five people were killed Sunday as the U.S. continues drone strikes in Yemen.
Qaradawi is one of the most influential Muslim scholars living today. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT
Egyptian-born cleric Youssef al Qaradawi has released a statement aimed at easing tensions with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Many Algerians in Kabylie took to the streets last Thursday in protest of Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term as president (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
13:05 GMT
At least eleven soldiers were killed in the south of Algeria at the hands of Islamist militants Sunday.
The picture uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency on April 20, 2014, shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad looking at icons as he visits a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
12:47 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited the recently recaptured Christian town of Maaloula on the occasion of Easter.
The Egyptian government has jailed numerous journalists, including a handful of prominent journalists from Al Jazeera. (AFP/File)
11:26 GMT
Egyptians must demand media reform if they truly desire a free society.
The government air strikes targeted Al Qaeda-affiliated training camps in the south of Yemen (AFP/HO/Al-Malahem Media)
11:21 GMT
At least 13 people were killed in two government air strikes in Yemen this weekend.
According to an AFP tally, violence has killed more than 460 people in Iraq this month alone and upwards of 2,700 this year. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
At least nine people were killed across Iraq on Sunday after several bombing attacks rocked the country, security and medical officials said. Three were killed after a suicide bomber detonated at Baghdad's Imam Kadhim University.
The UN's Middle East peace envoy has criticized Israeli authorities for allegedly preventing him from reaching an Easter ritual in Jerusalem. Here, pilgrims take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (AFP)
10:42 GMT
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry has slammed Israel for preventing UN and European diplomats to pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in a church in Jerusalem.
Clashes at Al Aqsa have been relatively frequent over the last week after right-wing Israeli leaders urged their Jewish counterparts to conduct Passover rituals inside the mosque (File Archive/AFP)
10:08 GMT
At least 16 Palestinians were detained Sunday morning after clashes erupted between the worshipers and Israeli Defense Forces who were on the mosque's premises.
The GCC members met in Riyadh last week. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT
The members of the Gulf Cooperation Council have agreed on ways to implement a security agreement signed last year.
The recent bomb attack in Cairo was recently claimed by jihadist group Ajnad Misr (Mohamed Al Shahed/AFP)
07:28 GMT
At least two policemen were killed by armed attackers on the road between Cairo and Suez Saturday shortly after a small jihadist group claimed attack for the Cairo bombs that struck Egypt's capital last week.
Sigrid Kaag, the special coordinator of the joint mission of the U.N. and the OPCW, reported that Syria should be able to meet the April deadline. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
OPCW recently announced that Syria has either shipped out or destroyed nearly 80% of its chemical weapons.
The United Nations has previously talked of the "apocalyptic scenes" coming out of Yarmouk. (AFP/UNWRA/File)
07:16 GMT
The United Nations last night warned that more than 20,000 civilians are in imminent danger of starving to death in a Palestinian refugee camp that has become a key battleground in the Syrian civil war.
Will the Palestinian Authority be disbanded? (AFP/File)
06:39 GMT
The PLO has been considering the option of disbanding the Palestinian Authority in response to the apparent failure of the current round of peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official said Saturday.
The American plane landed in Iran amid ongoing negotiations between Tehran and the West over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.  (photo courtesy: efabula.com)
04:00 GMT
It is unclear whether the plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, received clearance from the United States to land in Iran.

April 19, 2014

Negotiations continue between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear status. The United States recently released almost $500 million to Iran as part of the interim deal. (photo courtesy: azernews.az)
16:42 GMT
Western officials fear that the Arak reactor could be used to provide Tehran with nuclear bomb making capabilities.
Turkey has garnered international criticism in recent months over crackdowns on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube. (AFP/File)
12:56 GMT
The introduced bill threatens to impose more controls on the average Turkish citizen's privacy.
Under occupation: Many Palestinian Christians from the West Bank were prevented from celebrating Easter in Jerusalem this year by Israeli authorities (File/AFP)
12:06 GMT
Palestinian Christians along with worldwide pilgrims marked Holy Saturday, a day ahead of the Easter holiday despite Israeli soldiers using tear gas against pilgrims on Friday.
The World Health Organization has urged travelers to remain vigilant although no travel restrictions have been announced in the Kingdom (File/AFP)
11:47 GMT
A foreigner has died of the deadly MERS virus in Riyadh, bringing the nationwide death toll to 73.
Syrian army attack: The remote town, home to 3,000 Lebanese and around 5,000 Syrian refugees was also reportedly attacked on Tuesday (File/AFP)
11:33 GMT
Lebanese villagers and Syrian refugees fled from the town Tfail, after Syria's army launched a series of artillery strikes in the area.
The U.S. claims to use drone attacks against militants, but civilians usually fall victim (File/AFP)
11:08 GMT
An American drone attack in Yemen has killed an estimated 20 people.
Abdullah Deghayes entered Syria in February despite his parents disapproval (Photo: Facebook)
10:26 GMT
An 18-year-old British national has died in Syria, while fighting alongside rebels in Syria. Abdullah Deghayes from Sussex entered Syria through the Turkish border.
Israel is being increasingly pressured by the international community as peace talks with the Palestinians falter. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT
EU foreign policy chief called on Israel to reverse recent decisions made against the Palestinians.
The group Islamic Jihad was founded in 1987 and receives major funding from Iran. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Recent disagreements between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are deepening the divide between the two organizations.
Many Algerians believe that the election was already rigged in favor of the country’s incumbent 77-year old leader, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (photo courtesy: theguardian.com)
05:21 GMT
Bouteflika won his fourth term with over 80% of the vote.
Al-Nusra front rebels and other militant groups pit a war against one another (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Sixty-five militants from the al-Nusra Front have reportedly been killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as fresh violence erupted in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

April 18, 2014

1,400 people have been killed in political clashes since July 2013 according to Amnesty International (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Interim President Adly Mahmoud Mansour rejected calls to pardon three anti-regime activists, saying he did not want to interfere in judiciary affairs.
Opposition groups say the bill will turn Turkey into a surveillance state (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT
Turkey's parliament approved a new bill that grant's the country's intelligence agency greater immunity.
Getting worse: Human rights groups grow concerned at the clampdown on activists in the Kingdom (Photo: Facebook)
13:30 GMT
A Riyadh court accused activist Fadhel al-Manasef of writing "anti-regime" blog posts and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
The UN Security Council has expressed concern over civilians caught up in Syrian violence (File/AFP)
13:24 GMT
Ten people died on Friday after a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Homs.
Critics say Israel is not doing enough to tackle hate crime attacks against Palestinians and their properties (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT
Israeli extremists sprayed anti-Arab graffiti and set fire to a mosque in the northern Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm on Friday.
Daoud Farhat (left) and Youssef Ayad (centre), are said to have arrived in Thailand several days before the Jewish holiday of Passover, while the third suspect Bilal Bahsoun, may have not entered Thailand (Image courtesy of Stop910)
11:41 GMT
Two Hezbollah suspects planned an attack against Israeli tourists on April 13, according to the Bangkok Post on Friday.
Amid tensions in Tripoli, Lebanese authorities have been clamping down on any suspected terrorist activity across the country (File/AFP)
10:52 GMT
The six Palestinians stand accused of the intent to carry out terrorist attacks in Lebanon.
According to the UN, over 8,000 people caught between violence in Iraq died last year (File/AFP)
09:48 GMT
A spate of attacks across Iraq have left at least 30 people dead, including soldiers and civilians on Thursday. One attack by militant group State of Iraq and the Levant killed 18 people.
Israel illegally imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip in June 2007 worsening the poverty and humanitarian crisis (File/AFP)
09:33 GMT
The new Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Pierre Krahenbuhl said that Israel's blockade of Gaza “amounts to an illegal collective punishment.”