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June 22, 2015

Erdogan accused the parties and politicians of acting like "wet blankets." (AFP/Adem Altan)
10:30 GMT
More than two weeks after elections, in which no single-party won the majority., Turkey has yet to form a government.
A Syrian boy carries bread in the northern Syrian town of Atareb in the Aleppo province on Nov. 7, 2012. (AFP/File)
10:16 GMT
From food to transportation, here are the ways the plummeting Syrian pound is affecting civilians.
Relationship advice gets a bit awkward when you used to date your BF's boyfriend. (Got Celeb)
10:10 GMT
Yes the Pali model's blessed with good looks, but what has Gigi Hadid got Taylor Swift's blessing for?
Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes (left), apologized after posting a racist tweet about Barack Obama. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The wife of Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom apologized after tweeting a racist message about Barack Obama. Seems like it's too little too late.
Shamma Hamdan, stick to a handshake next time?
09:41 GMT
The Arabs Got Talent star is in hot water over a little PDA at the airport!
Allegations of ethnic cleansing conducted by Kurdish forces were released shortly after the YPG took Tal Abyad from Daesh. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
09:31 GMT
Sunni allegations of Kurds' ethnic cleansing have deeper implications.
Earlier this week a family of twelve from the UK ran off to join Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The family of five, includig a couple and their three children, first traveled to Turkey before crossing into Syria.
Joseph celebrates Father's Day with his family! (Instagram)
09:21 GMT
Lebanese singer Joseph Attieh showed his papa some love on Father's Day.
Mohammed Assaf went to an UNRWA supported school in Gaza and is UNRWA's first ever Regional Youth Ambassador. (UNRWA)
09:06 GMT
The Arab Idol star invites people to join the Ramadan campaign to support the children of Gaza.
Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gadhafi, was a Libyan revolutionary and politician who governed Libya as its primary leader from 1969 to 2011. (AFP/File)
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A number of Gadhafi-era figures are on trial in Tripoli whilst peace talks are at a standstill. Is accountability may be the first step to reconciliation in war-torn Libya?

The KAIA project will boast the world’s tallest air traffic control tower. (Shutterstock)
08:43 GMT
Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz International Airport will be able to handle 30 million passengers at the end of phase one and 80 million by phase three.
A collage of Kay's birthday pictures courtesy of Dounia. (Instagram)
08:35 GMT
Moroccan singer Dounia Batma celebrated her step son Kay's birthday this week.
The Parliament building in Kabul pictured on February 10, 2015 (AFP/Shah Marai)
08:33 GMT
Several explosions were heard outside the parliament Monday morning, and all law makers have been evacuated.
Guards from the Internal Security Forces were arrested after a video sufficed online of inmates being beaten and tortured. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
Five guards from Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison were arrested after a video sufficed online showing inmates being tortured.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz took over the throne in April. (AFP/File)
07:56 GMT
A few interesting points to know about the kingdom from what people have found in the documents so far.
After the Night theatre play. (Photo: Bassam Al Zoghby)
07:40 GMT
Cairo and Alexandria brace for a rich cultural week that will include Ramadan evenings in the unique setting of Fatimid Cairo, World Music Day celebrations, concerts by Egyptian and regional musicians, theatre plays and more.
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi was accused of breaking the Islamic dress code. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
After winning six medals at an international event, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi wasn't praised for her talent, but slammed by religious Muslims over her outfits. People need to get with the times?
Aleppo has been gripped by violence since the civil war began in March 2011. (AFP/File)
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Some 14 people were killed by Syrian government forces in Aleppo, local activists said.
Renewable energy and improved energy efficiency are key to limiting global warming. (Shutterstock)
06:43 GMT
At the end of 2014, 22.8 percent of the world's electricity came from renewables, and carbon dioxide emissions were unchanged from 2013.
Hazem Ahdi Khairat (Screenshot)
06:00 GMT
Egypt on Sunday appointed its first ambassador to Israel since 2012, signalling an improvement in relations between the two countries.
Treat every experience as a lesson learned. (Shutterstock)
05:52 GMT
Learn valuable tips from seasoned professionals in the Middle East
A Yemeni vendor living in Saudi Arabia carries bags of onions at Otaiga public market in the Manfouha district of the capital Riyadh on June 17, 2015. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
05:30 GMT
Increased demand for food and services in Saudi Arabia provides Yemeni expats with an opportunity to find employment.
Qatar shares its largest gas reserve with Iran. (Shutterstock)
05:25 GMT
Qatar is the third largest producer of natural gas and top exporter of LNG in the world.
Food consumption rises by 70 percent during Ramadan. (Shutterstock)
05:08 GMT
With a heavy spend on Ramadan ads, TV dramas, and high price items, has the Holy Month become a month of overindulgence?
A Yemeni man receives treatment at a hospital in the southern city of Aden on April 2, 2015, after he was wounded during an offensive by Shiite Houthi rebels and allied army units in the central neighborhood of Crater. (AFP/File)
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The World Health Organization released a report on Sunday saying more than 15 million Yemenis do no have access to healthcare.
Andy Murray
04:50 GMT
Britain number one Andy Murray produced a clinical performance on Sunday to defeat his South African opponent Kevin Anderson in straight sets to lift his fourth Queen's Club title in London.
Roger Federer
04:39 GMT
Top seed Roger Federer has bagged a record eighth Gerry Weber Open title after defeating his Italian opponent Andreas Seppi in straight sets in the summit clash at Halle on Sunday.
The norias were built as early as the fifth century and submitted to be on the UNESCO Tentative World Heritage List. (Wikimedia Commons/Effi Schweizer)
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These centuries-old norias are more than just landmarks, and so far they're safe and sound.
A Syrian woman cries at the Akcakale crossing on June 14, 2015, after an airstrike hit the eastern part of nearby Tal Abyad. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
01:23 GMT
An abridged translation of the statement released by the YPG after media reports of ethnic cleansing in the areas taken from Daesh.
Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi competing during the women's vault event at the SEA Games on June 9, 2015. (AFP/File)
00:07 GMT
Try winning six medals with these outfits proposed on Twitter.

June 21, 2015

Nico Rosberg
22:08 GMT
Nico Rosberg got past Lewis Hamilton from the start to win the Austrian Grand Prix Sunday for a second successive season to close the gap in the Formula One championship.
An Egyptian army soldier walks by a street cleaner behind a barbed wire checkpoint on a street that leads to Cairo's Mustafa Mahmoud mosque. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)
19:18 GMT
An Egyptian judge on Sunday agreed to send 152 worker to a disciplinary committee
Raheem Sterling
17:39 GMT
The Citizens are reportedly willing to accept Liverpool's demands and will offer a huge sum to sign the England international
Insulting the government in Kuwait is illegal and punishable by up to five years in prison. (AFP/File)
16:52 GMT
A female opposition rights activist was sentenced in absentia on Sunday to three years in prison for insulting Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Sabah.
Egyptian authorities opened Rafah crossing on June 13. It remained open for a week. (AFP/File)
16:12 GMT
Egyptian authorities plan to open its Rafah crossing to Gaza on Tuesday for three days.
Russia earned the right to host the 2018 World Cup honestly and fairly, says Putin
16:05 GMT
The country's successful bid is under scrutiny by Swiss authorities, who are also investigating the decision to award the tournament to Qatar in 2022
The Foreign Ministry released the animated short alongside a 227-page report on the events in Gaza. (Screenshot)
15:26 GMT
A controversial cartoon mocking foreign press coverage of the events in Gaza in 2014 has been removed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, stands behind the bars during his trial in Cairo on June 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:54 GMT
Morsi made an appearance in Egyptian court on Sunday to stand charges of spying for Qatar, his first since being sentenced to death last Tuesday.
Andy Murray
14:22 GMT
The normally impassive Chelsea boss has revealed he could not contain his emotions when the Scot ended Britain's 77-year wait for a male singles champion in the summer of 2013.
Amal in her Egypt Air uniform! (Facebook)
14:21 GMT
Amal Maher dressed up as an air hostess on a flight from Egypt to Lebanon.
WikiLeaks is due to release some 500,000 Saudi documents in the coming weeks. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
WikiLeaks is due to release over 500,000 classified documents from Saudi Arabia containing secret government information.
A Syrian refugee from Homs, looks on as he holds his child inside his house in a slum area in the Jordanian capital, Amman. (AFP/Nader Daoud)
13:49 GMT
A Syrian refugee from Homs, looks on as he holds his child inside his house in a slum area in the Jordanian capital, Amman. (AFP/Nader Daoud)
13:35 GMT
Former Arsenal midfielder Denilson’s move to Al Wahda seems to be very much on the cards with the Brazilian confirming to a leading news agency that he will be leaving Sao Paulo.
The ancient oasis city of Palmyra is home to some of the world's best preserved Roman ruins. (AFP/File)
13:32 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday said Daesh militants have planted explosives in the ancient part of the central Syrian city.
Emirati diva Ahlam claims to have found out about Ramez Galal's prank half an hour before filming started! (File photo)
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Emirati diva Ahlam claims to have found out about Ramez Galal's prank half an hour before filming started!
Syrian rescue workers look up to the sky in search of warplanes, on June 14, 2015, in the Jallum neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
13:00 GMT
The bomb blast likely targeted the region's Syrian Kurds.
A man stands between posters with the portrait of Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour during a demonstration for his release in front of the local court of Berlin's Tiergarten district, where Mansour is being held in custody, awaiting a judge's decision on his further detention, on June 21, 2015.(AFP/John Macdougall)
12:42 GMT
Ahmed Mansour, a senior Al-Jazeera Arabic TV journalist, was arrested at Tegel airport as he was heading to Qatar.
Scenes from Nasser's comedy show "Selfie." (
12:39 GMT
Saudi comedian actor Nasser al Qasabi has been accused of mocking religion in his new comedy series "Selfie." This triggered a wave of harsh criticism, with some demanding that his head is chopped off by ISIS.
The Libyan city of Derna has had a significant Daesh presence since it was overrun by the extremist group in December 2014. (AFP/File)
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Dozens of Daesh militants were killed in the Libyan city of Derna in a battle with fighters from the Mujahedeen Council of Derna.
We all know the mixed messages women get from TV and other media can be hilarious (do real women actually wear high heels that often?).  Ramadan TV specials only increase the fun.  Yalla.  (AFP/File)
11:52 GMT
The weird messages women are getting from this year's Ramadan specials; pan-Arab rock group resurrects the Arab World's beloved poets; and Father's Day ode to frumpy Lebanese dads.
Disney will be working with Snowball Studios. (YouTube)
11:33 GMT
Partnership with the Walt Disney Company is part of the Jerusalem Film Fund's strategy for luring creative investments to the city.
Children were take from northern Iraqi towns to be trained as militants. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
11:00 GMT
According to the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Daesh is abducting children from various districts near Mosul to groom them into fighters.
Bill Gates tops the list with an estimated net worth of $85.7 billion. (
10:51 GMT
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal ranks 14th in a list dominated by Americans.
Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated. (Shutterstock)
10:38 GMT
Eight ways to become a better manager.
Israeli youth hold their national flag as they take part in the "flag march" through Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City during celebrations for Jerusalem Day on May 17, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez)
10:33 GMT
An Israeli paramilitary officer was stabbed by a Palestinian. The assailant was then shot and injured by police forces.
The Galaxy tab A is Samsung's latest mid-range tablet. (Cak Tech)
10:27 GMT
The new Galaxy tab A is available in 8-inch and two 9.7-inch models.
The FATCA disclosure may increase financial liabilities for American expats. (Shutterstock)
10:10 GMT
Under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, financial account information of US citizens and companies in the UAE will be handed over to the US Treasury.
Illegal settlement construction has been on the rise in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called Israeli settlements a threat to peace between the Jewish state and Palestinians.
New rules allow Yeminis to work without transferring their sponsorship. (Robin Wyatt Photoshelter)
09:58 GMT
Yemenis are taking advantage of the high demand for temporary workers in shops and restaurants.
The man paid thousands of dollars for a fake online degree. (Shutterstock/File)
09:49 GMT
Money badly spent! An Emirati man unknowingly paid $68,000 for a fake online degree and is now asking authorities to take action.
The introduction of 4G services and adoption of smart devics will drive more data consumption. (Pixabay)
09:31 GMT
Internet penetration is now at 76 percent in Jordan.
Maybe Rihanna told Chris Brown that she and Karim Benzema are "not officially dating"? (Facebook)
09:22 GMT
That awkward moment when you're with someone new and you bump into your ex.
The Ministry of Economy has deployed 100 inspectors to monitor food prices. (Shutterstock/Aleksandr Sadkov)
09:16 GMT
Surge in food prices prior to Ramadan 'artificial' due to wide availability of food previously earmarked for export, claim consumer groups.
Dutch right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders takes part in a debate during the 'Folkemoedet - The People's Political Festival' on the island of Bornholm, Denmark on June 13, 2015. (AFP/Scanpix Denmark/Denmark Out)
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Anti-Islamic Dutch MP Geert Wilders published cartoons mocking Prophet Mohammed on YouTube.
Calculate your debt to burden ration before you apply for a loan. (Shutterstock)
08:52 GMT
A bank's eye-view of the loan application process.
Relax, you’re in Lebanon! Breaking your fast in public here gets you nothing more than dirty looks and an occasional flying slipper. That said, be respectful of your practicing Muslim brothers and sisters and refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in the public areas of Lebanon’s more conservative Muslim communities.
08:39 GMT
Ramadan laws can be hard to keep up with. No two countries seem to have the same rules, let alone the same punishments! We broke down the laws for the most popular destinations in the Arab world. What's in, what's out, and what you'll have to do to make amends. It's the Ramadan crackdown countdown!
The UK issued a "cultural protection" fund for archaeologists to rescue historic sites from Daesh. (Paramount Pictures)
08:36 GMT
The British government has decided to fund "rescue archaeologists" to salvage historic sites and artifacts from Daesh militants in the Middle East.
Where are they going with this? (Fame/Flynet)
08:32 GMT
Celeb couple Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas continue their PDA at LAX, despite not officially confirming their romance.
Around 2,000 anti-PEGIDA demonstrators rallied against the fascist group in Frankfurt. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Up to 2,000 people held a counter demonstration against anti-Muslim group PEGIDA in Frankfurt after 200 members of the far-right group chanted slogans against Muslims in the city.
Syrian refugees in a camp.  This year's Ramadan falls on hard times for refugees in the region.  (AFP/Nikolay Doychinov)
08:00 GMT
Syrian refugees long for Ramadan as it once was at home, as this year's holy month falls on difficult times.
A scene from Nabil Ayouch's film 'Much Loved'. (Twitter)
07:58 GMT
Director Nabil Ayouch and Loubna Abidar will appear in court on July 15.
Mirren receives the World Jewish Congress honour in Vienna. (Shutterstock))
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World Jewish Congress honors Helen Mirren for part in film "Woman in Gold."
Muslims praying outside a London court in 2005, in support of a man arrested under anti-terror laws. (AFP/File)
07:39 GMT
UK Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a speech stating that some British Muslims are “quietly condoning” the ideology of Daesh. Is this really a constructive argument in the fight against radicalization?
Festival organizers accuse the culture ministry of bringing "serious harm to artistic freedom of expression". (Tablet Mag)
06:53 GMT
Jerusalem Film Festival removes 'Beyond the Fear' film on Yigal Amir, in a move that organizers say threatens freedom of culture and art.
Angelina Jolie visiting Syrian refugees in Lebanon in 2012. (UNHCR)
06:40 GMT
The Oscar-winning actress and her 9 year old daughter also made an unannounced visit to Lebanon ahead of World Refugee Day.
The 15-year-old teen was injured in the thigh during clashes in Bireh. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was shot twice and wounded by Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Bireh Saturday.
Former intifada-era IDF chief and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz (left) and current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right).  (AFP/Oded Balility)
06:00 GMT
Former IDF chief of staff and defense minister Shaul Mofaz could be arrested upon arrival to London under a UK law that approves arrest warrants for Israeli officials accused of war crimes.
Worshippers at the Al Aqsa compound in Jerusalem participate in this year's first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.  Ramadan marks a brief period of eased travel restrictions for many Palestinians.  (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
05:56 GMT
It's the most wonderful time of the year...right?; Ramadan legal restrictions around the Middle East; speech remains unfree in Iran even as authorities free prominent rights activist.
The judge presiding over the case ruled to have the tracking bracelet removed to prevent a worsening mental illness and delusional thoughts. (Image: Twitter)
05:28 GMT
An al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab imam in the UK has had his ankle tracking device removed because it was making him "delusional."
Detained Al Jazeera journalists on trial at an Egyptian court in January 2015.  The journalists, Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammad Fahmy, and Egyptian Baher Mohammad, were held on charges including spreading false news and aiding a terrorist organization.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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Following an international arrest warrant issued by Egyptian authorities, German police arrest Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour at Berlin airport.
The World Bank warned of a fiscal crisis due to the continuing blockade in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/FIle)
04:42 GMT
The grant will bring much-needed support to vital services and social protection.

June 20, 2015

Novak Djokovic
20:14 GMT
Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova know a thing or two about winning Wimbledon, which is probably why neither defending champion has changed their preparations as they head into this year's tournament, starting in nine days' time.
Andy Murray
19:58 GMT
British ace Andy Murray has insisted that he plans to stick with his French coach Amelie Mauresmo and her deputy Jonas Bjorkman for a 'long time'.
Serbia players celebrate with the trophy after the FIFA Under-20 World Cup football final match between Brazil and Serbia in Auckland
19:47 GMT
Serbia won its first ever FIFA U-20 World Cup title on Saturday morning, with Nemanja Maksimovic grabbing a dramatic extra time winner to seal a 2-1 victory over Brazil.
Sepp Blatter
19:40 GMT
Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter is supporting the proposal for the organisation's top officials to pass integrity checks as the governing body remains caught up in scandal.
A man amidst the rubble in Aleppo, February 2013.  Saturday's regime attacks on Aleppo, which killed ten and injured 15 in residential areas of the city, used bombs made of oxygen tanks called "elephant missiles" by locals (AFP/Pablo Tosco).
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Hospital officials and activist sources say ten people were killed and 15 injured Saturday as Syrian regime forces dropped so-called "elephant missiles" over residential areas of Syria's second-largest city.
Syrians crossed into Turkey by the thousands as clashes raged last week between Kurdish YPG and Daesh forces in the strategic border town Tal Abyad.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
18:01 GMT
Three Italians and a French citizen were arrested by Turkish authorities as they entered the country from Kobane, which lies just across the Syrian border.
Leno (L) speaks with Israeli former Chief Rabbi Meir Lau (R) before Leno hosts the Genesis Prize ceremony in Jerusalem. (
17:32 GMT
Jay Leno in defense of Israel talks about his "love of the Jewish people" and his admiration of the Jewish state as the 'purest democracy'. The US funny man talks to the JPost about his love of all things Italian and Jewish.
Demonstrators hold up images of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail who has maintained a 50-day hunger strike to protest his detainment without trial.  (AFP/File)
17:16 GMT
As jailed Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan's condition worsens, Palestine's Minister of Prisoner's Affairs on Saturday urged UN chief Ban Ki-moon to take action against human rights violations in Israeli jails.
Members of Israel's Druze community attend the funeral of a Druze police officer who died responding to a November 2014 attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
15:45 GMT
Amidst attacks on Syria's Druze community, Israel's top ethnically Druze government official said at a briefing Saturday he fears members of his ethnic-religious sect are under grave risk of persecution in Syria's embattled Aleppo.
A Syrian family from Aleppo takes shelter from the rain in Turkey's Istanbul, March 2014.  According to the UN, Turkey hosted the world's highest number of refugees by the end of 2014, at 1.59 million people. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
15:09 GMT
As June 20 marks UN World Refugee Day, the international body reports record numbers of displaced people who fled armed conflicts in 2014.
Syrian opposition fighters pose in front of a mosaic at the now heavily damaged museum in the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Archaeological experts say a barrel bomb attack on Syria’s northern rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan inflicted serious damage on a famed mosaic museum.
Demonstrators outside the Bahraini capital Manama hold up posters of jailed secular opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif who was released Friday after four years in prison.  (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
Bahraini secular opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif was unexpectedly freed on Friday after over four years imprisonment for his role in protests demanding reform in the tiny Gulf kingdom.
A man sells traditional drinks on the streets of central Damascus.  (AFP/File)
12:18 GMT
Nostalgia for the Holy Month in a Damascus before war; a look into the ancient medinas of Morocco; and how a Cairo girl broke gender norms to get the car of her dreams.
Yemenis inspect the wreckage of a vehicle outside the Kobbat al-Mehdi Shiite mosque in the capital Sanaa on June 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
12:06 GMT
Witnesses on Saturday said a car bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque known to be used by the Houthi militia in Yemen's capital.
Palestinian police arrested 33 people during the dispute. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Palestinian police arrested 33 people after a family dispute erupted in the al-Jalama town in northern Jenin early Saturday, leaving nine injured.
The first 'Freedom Flotilla' set sail in 2010. Nine activists on board the ships were killed (AFP/File)
10:39 GMT
Scandinavian fishing trawler Marianne arrived at the port of Messina in Sicily on Thursday, from where it will then head to Gaza to join this year's 'Freedom Flotilla.'
Military sources said that 141 suspected militants were killed in North Sinai in May. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Heavy shelling by Egyptian security forces in North Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid on Friday killed 15 suspected militants and injured another 20.
Sheikh Mohammed Faris sits under a portrait of Syrian President Assad at a conference of Syria's leading pro-government tribes, Damascus, June 19, 2015. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
09:39 GMT
Pro government Syrian tribal leaders on Friday rejected support from Jordan's King Abdullah II against Daesh militants.
“Resistance will continue despite the war waged against it, and will choose the appropriate time and place to strike," the military wing said. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT
Hamas' military wing has claimed responsibility for the attack on two Israeli settlers in the West Bank on Friday, leaving one dead and another lightly injured, reports say.