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June 23, 2014

Kerry will urge Prime Minister Maliki to form a government that represents the interests of all Iraqis. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Baghdad Sunday as Iraqi forces continue to battle ISIL militants.

Tensions are on the rise since three Israeli teens went missing in early June. (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT

Hamas, the Palestinian resistance movement, is warning Israel that current conditions could lead to a third intifada.

A law passed last November banned all demonstrations not pre-approved by the police. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT

A Cairo court acquitted 64 protesters on Sunday.

One organization estimates that almost 200 potential child soldiers have died in the Syrian conflict. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT

The Human Rights Watch issued a report that says the Syrian opposition recruits children to fight in the Syrian civil war.

June 22, 2014

A Palestinian boy is pictured in the West Bank after Israeli forces raided his family's home (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The Palestinian Authority is in the process of requesting an emergency session of the UN Security Council regarding Israeli raids in the West Bank.

Little to no aid reached the Yarmouk refugee camp for months, with many residents starving to death (File Archive/AFP)
18:40 GMT

A ceasefire agreement has allegedly been reached in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria's capital.

Kerry called on Iraqis to rise above sectarianism Sunday (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
18:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Sunday that Washington is not responsible for the current crisis in Iraq.

Syrian regime fighters battle with rebels in the Qalamoun mountains earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
16:08 GMT

Syrian government forces, with the support of Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, attacked rebel areas in the foothills of the Qalamoun mountains Sunday.

A suicide bomber attacked Lebanon's Baalbek region over the weekend (Joseph Eid/AFP)
14:58 GMT

Lebanon's military intelligence arrested five people in Baalbek yesterday with alleged ties to "planning a major terrorist plot" in the country.

Yemeni protestors gather in the capital Sunday in front of the president's residence in criticism of what they see if the government's failure to contain the growing Houthi rebel advance on Sanaa (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
14:06 GMT

At least 17 police officers were injured during an ambush near Yemen’s capital Sunday in ongoing clashes between Sanaa and the minority Houthi Shiite rebels.

The Golan Heights has been hit relatively frequently by cross-fire from the Syrian conflict (File Archive/AFP)
13:20 GMT

Cross-border fire from the ongoing conflict in Syria left one teenage boy dead in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Sunday.

The demonstrators originally planned to protest outside of the presidential palace, but security forces prevented them from doing so. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT

Egyptian police arrested 22 anti-government protesters in Cairo Sunday.

The Iraqi military is battling ISIL for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:31 GMT

An air strike carried out by the Iraqi military has killed at least 40 ISIL militants in Tikrit.

Frequent bombings in certain parts of Beirut and other Lebanese neighborhoods have caused multiple countries to issue travel advisories. (AFP/File)
10:52 GMT

The UAE has reissued a travel advisory for Lebanon, warning their citizens not to travel to Lebanon in light of recent attacks.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled the violence in Anbar province. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

Militants with the ISIL have seized the town of Rutba in Iraq's Anbar province.