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July 6, 2015

Bassel Khayyat has once again become the villain we love to hate. (Facebook)
10:20 GMT
This Ramadan, Syrian actor Bassel Khayyat proves once more that it's so good to be bad. Mwah-ha-ha-ha!
The bomb maker was killed in the process, according to state news agency MENA. (Shutterstock/File)
10:03 GMT
A bomb maker accidentally detonated an explosive device, killing himself in the process in Egypt. Oops...
Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula has been the centre of militant attacks since the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Sixty-three militants were killed by the Egyptian military Sunday after security forces launched airstrikes and a ground operation in the volatile North Sinai.
Aerial contortions, world music, strange clowns: the world of Cirque du Soleil. (Cirque du Soleil)
09:59 GMT
Cirque du Soleil's ninth stage show is wonderfully wacky and combines the surreal with acts of incredible physicality.
Dana Gas shares jumped Sunday following a court ruling in an arbitration case in London. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT
Dana Gas shares jumped Sunday following a court ruling in an arbitration case in London.
Continuing in the Ramadan spirit, religious chants, Mawlawiyah and traditional folkloric troupes, but also independent young musicians, film screenings and poetry evenings. (Ahram)
09:42 GMT
Continuing in the Ramadan spirit, religious chants, Mawlawiyah and traditional folkloric troupes, but also independent young musicians, film screenings and poetry evenings.
Palestinian kids sit inside their destroyed family home, which they fitted with 3 portacabins, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighbourhood. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
09:28 GMT
Palestinian kids sit inside their destroyed family home, which they fitted with 3 portacabins, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighbourhood.
A good follow-up letter after an interview can clinch the deal. (Shutterstock)
09:20 GMT
The second instalment in a two-part series of essential skills in your job-hunting toolkit.
At least ten people were killed following the airstrikes, according to Daesh. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Coalition forces hit the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa with at least 16 airstrikes, killing ten people, according to the extremist group.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. (AFP/Getty Images/Timothy A. Clary)
08:30 GMT
Despite claims made by media of an insurgency in the Sinai, Egypt's FM insists that the attacks are simply "criminal and terrorist acts."
Images of the incident were posted on social media. (Photo: Twitter)
08:22 GMT
A man could be seen walking past a group of scouts near Big Ben with the little girl waving a smaller version of the Daesh flag.
A Palestinian protester peeks from behind a wall during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank on July 3, 2015. (AFP/Jafar Ashitiyeh)
08:10 GMT
The Gaza Strip has been void of hope and jobs a year on from Operation Protective Edge, forcing Palestinian youth to risk their lives and run to Israel to find economic opportunity.
Yoko Ono called Jihadi John an insult to the Beatles. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The wife of legendary Beatles' singer John Lennon isn't happy about Daesh pin-up-terrorist Jihadi John being named after her late husband.
Shaheen also officiated at the ATP and WTA events in Doha and had her her first experience at Wimbledon qualifying last year. (Image: Sports360)
07:52 GMT
The hijabi from Kuwait first became a tennis umpire in 2002.
Israeli soldiers work from a Gaza Strip watchtower.(AFP/Getty Images/Gali Tibbon)
07:29 GMT
The watchtower is located in eastern part of the Gaza Strip, directly across from a similar structure belonging to the IDF.
Hundreds of Kurds marched in Beirut Sunday to demonstrate against Turkey's accusations against fighters in Kobani. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Hundreds of Kurds marched in Beirut Sunday to demonstrate against Turkey's accusations against fighters in Kobani.
Lloyd leads USA to title
05:38 GMT
Forward Carli Lloyd completed a hat trick in the first 20 minutes of the game to help the United States win its third Women's World Cup title by beating Japan 5-2 in Sunday's championship match in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Turkish nationalists burn a Chinese flag, during a protest to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2015.
05:30 GMT
Nearly 2,000 people gathered in Istanbul marched to the Chinese consulate on Sunday to protest what they consider to be discrimination against China's Muslim population.
Egyptian security forces arrested the members in separate security sweeps, the Interior Ministry said Sunday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Egyptian security forces arrested the members in separate security sweeps, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.
Sepp Blatter
02:41 GMT
The 79-year-old has reiterated he has no ties to the corruption scandal that has rocked Fifa, but is nonetheless living in fear

July 5, 2015

Youssef said he would return to Egypt soon, though staying in the US is safer at the moment. (File photo)
23:11 GMT
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef criticized Arab media in a recent interview with Rotana TV.
Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo flying flags as they head to a frontline, on May 26, 2015. (AFP/Fadi al-Halabi)
23:06 GMT
The extremist group published the first issue of its online English-language magazine this month.
Lewis Hamilton
22:21 GMT
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton fought off a Williams threat and made a perfect pit stop call when it mattered in the rain to win his British home grand prix a third time on Sunday.
A visitor walking past an installation of a connected home system at the Panasonic booth at IFA. (AFP/File)
21:38 GMT
Telecom operator du said the services will be offered by October.
National carrier Qatar Airways has launched its second new destination of the year. (AFP/File)
21:20 GMT
National carrier Qatar Airways has launched its second new destination of the year.
Mohamed Salah
21:09 GMT
The Viola have accused the Nerazzurri of operating without any transparency and ignoring Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations
An injured Yemeni man is treated at a hospital on July 5, 2015, following shelling by Houthi Shiite rebels and their allies in Aden's loyalist-held Dar Saad suburb. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
18:29 GMT
UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, arrived in Sanaa on Sunday to discuss a UN resolution which calls on Yemen’s Shia Houthi militia to halt all aggression.
Egypt is coming under increased scrutiny for a recent spike in the number of journalists it has arrested. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
An article in Egypt's newly-proposed anti-terror law would imprison journalists for a minimum of two years for publishing news on terrorist attacks that contradicts with official statements.
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement at a press conference outside the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria, July 1, 2015. (AFP/Carlos Barria)
16:36 GMT
John Kerry said negotiators were closer than ever to an Iran nuclear deal but that there was still a lot of work to do.
Mohamed Salah
16:21 GMT
The Egypt international wants to end his loan deal at Fiorentina to join the Nerazzurri and the Viola vice-president insists rules have been broken
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said certain terms "falsely attach" extremist attacks with Islam. (AFP/File)
16:15 GMT
"Savages" made the list of acceptable terms to use.
2,156 Palestinians have been detained by the Israeli military this year. (AFP/File)
15:45 GMT
A report issued Sunday by the PLO said least 23 Palestinians had been killed by the Israeli military since January 1, 2015
Aly Raisman bares all as the cover girl for ESPN's last "Body Issue." (ESPN The Magazine/Mark Seliger)
15:23 GMT
Aly Raisman bares all as the cover girl for ESPN's last "Body Issue."
Petra Kvitova
15:05 GMT
Petra Kvitova, who was defending the Wimbledon title, has revealed that she is bemused by her shocking third round defeat against 28th seed Jelena Jankovic.
The refinery town of Baiji has changed hands several times since it was first seized by Daesh in June 2014. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT
Two Daesh suicide bombs preceded an attack on the the northern Iraqi town of Baiji, home to Iraq's largest oil refinery, forcing army troops and Shiite militia out of the town center.
Iranian President Rouhani and Russian President Putin. (AFP/File)
14:14 GMT
The two countries are taking steps to boost bilateral trade and provide direct flights.
The Egyptian pound weakened to 7.73 against the dollar in a central bank auction on Sunday.
13:53 GMT
The Egyptian pound weakened to 7.73 against the dollar in a central bank auction on Sunday.
Joseph Blatter
13:48 GMT
Joseph Blatter plans to attend the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup later this month in Russia, the outgoing president of the ruling body FIFA told German paper Welt am Sonntag.
One Direction are hugely popular in Egypt and the Arab world. (Pop Justice)
13:47 GMT
Egyptian One Direction fans work extra hard to show them how much they care.
The total value of disputes relating to major construction projects in the region increased significantly compared with the previous year. (AFP/File)
13:44 GMT
The total value of disputes relating to major construction projects in the region increased significantly compared with the previous year.
Farmers condoned the government's decision to subsidize agricultural exports but said it wasn't enough. (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
Farmers condoned the government's decision to subsidize agricultural exports but said it wasn't enough.
Hezbollah-affiliated news network Al Manar started covering the events in Zabadani Saturday, although security sources and eye witnesses had revealed that the offensive was launched Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT
Hezbollah fighters allied with the Syrian regime entered the Syrian town of Zabadani, eight kilometers from the border with Lebanon, in a bid to seize the town from opposition forces.
A ferry transporting cars and people crosses the Suez Canal in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. (AFP/File)
13:13 GMT
An Egyptian ferry sank in the Red Sea early on Sunday.
Can Eva be as Clooney as George? (Wegotthiscovered.com)
13:12 GMT
Hollywood actress Eva Longoria recently confessed that she wants to be female George Clooney as she has Clooney-esque aspirations for her career.
A Kurdish fighter watches smoke billowing in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah on June 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Security forces prevented a second attack, after suicide bombers detonated a vehicle near the plant.
Syrian rebels battle government forces in Daraa province. (AFP/File)
12:54 GMT
A quick view of the Southern Front offensive and the key places of attack.
Assala and her daughter Sham take some time off on a mother-daughter holiday. (Facebook)
12:34 GMT
Assala and her daughter Sham take some time off on a mother-daughter holiday. (Facebook)
Maya Diab had her eyes on you during the launch of her #MyMaya event. (Facebook)
12:28 GMT
Maya Diab had her eyes on you during the launch of her #MyMaya event. (Facebook)
Busy bee Myriam Fares taking a break from her hectic superstar schedule. (Facebook)
12:20 GMT
Busy bee Myriam Fares taking a break from her hectic superstar schedule. (Facebook)
Superstar mama Nancy Ajram reads a bedtime story for her daughters Ella and Mila. (Facebook)
12:16 GMT
Superstar mama Nancy Ajram reads a bedtime story for her daughters Ella and Mila. (Facebook)
Oh, it's only Miss Elissa hangin' out with her besties in Beirut! (Facebook)
12:14 GMT
Oh, it's only Miss Elissa hangin' out with her besties in Beirut! (Facebook)
Middle Eastern royals show late Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa the money with a staggering $28 million for her mum's Manhattan property. (Ktla.com)
12:07 GMT
Middle Eastern royals show late Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa the money with a staggering $28 million for her mum's Manhattan property.
Armed settlers overlook a Palestinian village south of Nablus during confrontations following the setting on fire of Palestinian-owned fields on Jan. 1, 2010. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
12:00 GMT
A group of Israeli settlers threw stones at a car near an ancient tomb in Jerusalem, injuring a woman.
Displaced Iraqi women, who fled their homes in the city of Ramadi after it was seized by jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, cook bread at a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
11:52 GMT
Displaced Iraqi women, who fled their homes in the city of Ramadi after it was seized by jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, cook bread at a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
Beirut's oldest buildings are quickly losing a disheartening battle with developers looking to turn the city into the next Dubai.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:49 GMT
See historic Beirut before it's too late; Sisi's Egypt two years after Morsi's ouster; and desperate displaced Iraqis forced to sell organs for survival.
Protesters with the NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia rally near the proposed Islamic Center in New York on Aug. 22, 2010. (AFP/Don Emmert)
11:35 GMT
A Christian leader spoke out against Islamophobia at the start of it.
Omar Junior publicly announced his homosexuality back in 2014. (Facebook)
11:27 GMT
Omar Sharif's grandson is happy with America's new law in support of gay marriage.
Ephraim Bracha. (Photo: Emil Salman via Haaretz)
11:00 GMT
The 55-year-old man has served on the police force for more than 30 years.
A very scared Zeina on "Ramez in Control." (YouTube)
10:47 GMT
Paris Hilton isn't the only celebrity suing Ramez Galal for his plane crash prank, Egyptian actress Zeina is reportedly doing it too!
Fighter jets from the Iraqi air force. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
The self-proclaimed governor for the town of al-Rutbah, along with a number of other militants, were killed in airstrikes in Anbar province.
Super rich Ahlam has no problem paying for 400 kg of luggage. (File photo)
10:20 GMT
Diva Ahlam and her family carried a total of 23 bags on a trip to Dubai.
Tunisian medics carry a woman on a stretcher in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015, following an attack which killed 38 tourists. (AFP/Mohamed Fliss)
10:00 GMT
A female student, who was thought to be romantically involved with the Sousse beach killer, has been arrested by police for suspected links the massacre.
Rola checks up on her sister Zeina at the hospital. (Facebook)
09:41 GMT
Rola Saad's car was severely hit by another driver in Beirut.
Eating & Drinking – This is the bottom line so if you’re not eating, you’re fasting, right? Well it is the essential ingredient and you shouldn’t let it slip your light-headed minds as your reach for a banana during Ramadan! But there is more to it then that, the fast goes beyond the belly hunger.
09:26 GMT
The pitfalls of Ramadan and the ways you may have slipped up in your fasting endeavors without realizing it. Take the Al Bawaba “So You Think You Can Fast” challenge to see how many of you will still think fasting is a piece of cake after reading about the many don’ts that can break your fast in the blink of an eye or a bite of baklawa.
Egyptian soldiers inspect a smuggling tunnel in the divided border town of Rafah, along the border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. (AFP/Getty Images/Mohamed El-Sherbeny)
09:00 GMT
Egypt increased efforts to destroy the smuggling tunnels as part of a security campaign in the northern Sinai region, as militant attacks and violence become alarmingly more frequent.
An Iranian flag flies near a surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location. (AFP/Getty/Vahid Reza Alaei)
08:48 GMT
According to the study, 89 percent of Jordanians have a negative view of Iran compared to 92 percent of Israelis.
A Yemeni boy receives kidney dialysis treatment at a hospital in the southern city of Aden on July 3, 2015, after the hospital was able to secure the medicine needed for the dialysis patients from other hospitals in the area. (AFP/Saleh Obeidi)
08:30 GMT
In 102 days, 858 Yemeni civilians have been killed in the city of Aden. A significant part of the death toll is health related, as violence forced two of the largest hospitals to be closed.
Saed Eldin al-Jamal's grandchildren pet two lion cubs outside their family house in the Rafah refugee camp. (AFP/Said Khatib)
08:16 GMT
Two Gaza lions spent a night in a hotel after failing to cross the Israeli border on their way to a sanctuary in Jordan.
Jon Bon Jovi and the boys are scheduled to play Tel Aviv on Oct 3rd. (Twitter)
08:00 GMT
Will Bon Jovi give in to pressure like Lauren Hill and cancel their concert in Israel?
Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilization units wave their guns in the town of Baiji north of Tikrit, as they fight alongside Iraqi forces agains tDaesh to try to retake the strategic northern Iraqi town for a second time, on July 2, 2015. Baghdad regained control of Baiji. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:38 GMT
Daesh remains in control of approximately 40 percent of Iraqi territory, including vast oil fields.
A picture taken from the Rafah border of the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt shows an Egyptian armored vehicle patrolling the area on the Egyptian side of the border on July 2, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
07:13 GMT
Six people, including a child, were killed and at least nine were injured in a string of Sinai attacks.
An elderly displaced Iraqi woman, who fled her home in the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Daesh, stands at a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Baghdad, on June 30, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:05 GMT
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabour highlighted that few families return to their homes because of the "the conditions imposed upon them by some entities that attribute themselves to al-Hashd al-Shaabi and the armed forces.”
Break away from the herd, and take a contrarian investment approach. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Going against the grain of investors' opinion takes conviction, but can be lucrative. Just ask Warren Buffet.
Ramadan in Jerusalem. (File photo)
06:30 GMT
The holy month provides a wealth of opportunity for innovation and entrepreneurship as it becomes a global shopping phenomenon online and offline.
Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday appointed the new secretary-general, Saeb Erekat, who will replace Yasser Abed Rabbo. Sources claimed the latter had been conspiring with other Palestinian political figures to "undermine" Abbas. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
06:00 GMT
The new secretary-general, Saeb Erekat, will replace Yasser Abed Rabbo, after sources claimed the latter was conspiring with other Palestinian political figures to "undermine" Abbas.
The site is the location where Jesus Christ is believed to have been baptised by John the Baptist.(Jordan360inworld.net)
06:00 GMT
Jesus' baptism site (Bethany Beyond the Jordan) becomes Jordan's fifth World Heritage site.
(Image: Facebook)
06:00 GMT
I provocative new ad campaign posts photos of terror attacks in the West's best cities and asks: would you still visit those cities? Why should Tunisia be any different?
Putin toasts to more collaboration with Saudi Arabia, as the latter seeks to wean itself away from dependence on the US. (Brookings)
05:30 GMT
Meeting of the oil giants suggests signs of an emerging partnership.
Clear your desk of everything except the most essential items used daily. (Shutterstock)
05:30 GMT
Disorganization affects time, money and image. Here are 18 tips on streamlining your workspace for efficiency.
Snapchat has also added a two-tier security verification feature. (Mashable)
05:00 GMT
Snapchat introduces the 'Tap to view' feature that allows one-click viewing, plus reveals upgrades that improve security and help you connect to friends nearby.
An Iraqi soldier travels away from Mosul after Daesh's takeover of the city in June 2014.  (AFP/Marwan Ibrahim)
05:00 GMT
Iraqi jets flew over Daesh-controlled Mosul over the weekend, dropping pamphlets promising to retake the city from the extremist group.
Salim Bahwan on the set of his new feature, in which he also stars. (Photo courtesy of Muscat Daily)
05:00 GMT
The third directorial effort from the Omani actor-director is on the way, with English subtitles.
Christians gather for a church service in Iraq.  While in previous years Iraq's diverse ethnic and religious groups largely coexisted, recent conflicts have worked to divide Iraqis along stark sectarian lines. (AFP/File)
04:43 GMT
How a secular national identity could save fractured Iraq; photos show the struggles Palestinians are going through to enter Jerusalem this Ramadan; and how the UAE is curbing human rights in the name of fighting "terror."
England's players celebrate their 1-0 win over Germany in the bronze medal match at the FIFA Women's World
01:02 GMT
Mark Sampson's side made history in Edmonton as they defeated the pre-tournament favourites to win a bronze medal, bouncing back from their heartbreaking defeat to Japan
Chile 0-0 Argentina (4-1 on penalties): Hosts win first Copa America
00:05 GMT
After 120 minutes without a goal in the Copa America and it was the tournament hosts who emerged triumphant through a penalty shootout

July 4, 2015

This video screenshot shows a mass public execution of several dozen Syrian government soldiers in the ancient Roman theater of Syria's Palmyra, most likely soon after Daesh's May 21 takeover of the city.  (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT
Daesh released a video Saturday showing a mass public execution of several dozen Syrian government soldiers in the ancient Roman theater of Syria's Palmyra.
Men demonstrate in support of Iran's nuclear program outside the Tehran Research Reactor in the Iranian capital, November 23 2014.  (AFP/Atta Kenare)
17:41 GMT
IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Saturday at Vienna talks that the international nuclear watchdog may issue an Iran nuclear program report by the end of the year.
Bassett cries after scoring an own goal in injury-time
17:28 GMT
English defender Laura Bassett, who scored an own goal in injury-time in her side's semi-final clash with Japan, has said that she is heartbroken after crashing the team's hope of winning the Women's World Cup in Canada.
Picture courtesy of akhbarak.net
17:23 GMT
Former Liverpool and Dutch international winger Ryan Babel said he was upbeat about his move to Al Ain, following his media introduction at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium late on Thursday.
Ahmad al-Marghani
17:02 GMT
An Egyptian Premier League football team has suspended one of its top players for the rest of the season after he posted comments online critical of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi , media reports said.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, dressed in military garb, visited North Sinai Saturday days after a series of deadly Daesh-affiliated attacks targeted security forces in the province. (AFP/Mohamed Abdelmoaty)
17:00 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited North Sinai Saturday days after a series of deadly Daesh-affiliated attacks targeted security forces in the province.
Lionel Messi
16:13 GMT
The Turkish side have just snapped up ex-Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o and intend to add his former team-mate to their squad one day
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essibsi declared on Saturday a state of emergency one week after 38 foreign tourists were killed at a beach resort in the country's worst-ever terror attack. (AFP/File)
15:41 GMT
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essibsi declared on Saturday a state of emergency one week after 38 foreign tourists were killed at a beach resort in the country's worst-ever terror attack.
Two of the three London schoolgirls who left for Syria in a high-profile case earlier this year have wed Daesh militants, said the families' lawyer.  (British Met Police)
15:12 GMT
Two of the three London schoolgirls who left for Syria in a high-profile case earlier this year have wed Daesh militants, says the families' lawyer.
A rebel Free Syrian Army fighter runs through a street in embattled Aleppo, November 18 2013.  (AFP/Mahmud al-Halabi)
13:57 GMT
A rebel alliance on Saturday has seized a strategic Syrian military barracks in government-held western Aleppo as battles rage for full control of the city.
Children carry supplies handed out by UNICEF outside the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Heavy airstrikes and ground fighting across the country have made it extremely difficult for humanitarian aid to reach Yemen's civilians. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheickh has been discussing with Yemeni factions in recent days a possible humanitarian ceasefire, to last the remainder of Ramadan.
Did Paris really fake that freak out on the plane? (Fan Share)
12:00 GMT
Rumor has it that Paris Hilton was in on Ramez' plane prank all along!
"We have never been closer to a lasting outcome," said Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in a recent YouTube video.  As Tuesday's deadline looms ahead, senior diplomats in Vienna race to reach an Iran nuclear accord.  (AFP/Maxim Malinovsky)
11:52 GMT
As Tuesday's deadline looms ahead, senior diplomats in Vienna race to reach an Iran nuclear accord.
Hezbollah fighters patrol the Qalamoun mountains, along Lebanon's border with Syria, May 20 1015.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:30 GMT
In an ongoing push for control along the Lebanese-Syrian border region, Hezbollah and Syrian army forces launched renewed attacks on the strategic border town Zabadani.
Opposition fighters undergo training in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Watchdog group says at least 31 al-Nusra front members were killed in an explosion while gathering for an iftar meal.