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August 12, 2014

Twenty-seven thousand new residents live within the twelve official camps. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT

A large influx of Palestinian refugees from Syria is causing a strain on Lebanon's refugee camps.

Water and solar lamps were distributed via the air drops. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT

The British government completed a second air drop of aid to Iraqis Tuesday.

Executive Director Kenneth Roth and Middle East and North Africa Director Sarah Leah Whitson were turned back at Cairo airport. (AFP/File)
12:49 GMT

Egyptian authorities have barred the executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member from entering the country.

Palestinian fishermen sit off the shores of Gaza while an Israeli police boat patrols in the background, March 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:21 GMT

IDF warships opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the Rafah coast Tuesday, violating the 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

A handout picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during his meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud during their meeting in the Red Sea port of Jeddah on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
11:59 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah late Sunday where they reportedly tackled the restive situation in various countries in the Arab world.

The voting session has been postponed to September 2 according to spokesman Mohammad Ballout (File/AFP)
11:37 GMT

Lebanese lawmakers failed in a tenth attempt to elect a new president Tuesday, prompting Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone voting till September 2.

Representatives of the League of Arab states take part in an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on August 11, 2014. [AFP]
10:42 GMT

A nine-hour session of indirect negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli delegations in Cairo on Monday ended with a partial draft agreement on easing the blockade on Gaza, sources close to the talks told Ma'an.

Both the U.S. and Egypt declared Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis a terrorist organization in April, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:12 GMT

Security forces in Egypt arrested two alleged members of a militant group in the tense Sinai Peninsula, the country's state news agency reported Tuesday.

A Palestinian woman sits with her children in the ruins of her home, which was demolished by an Israeli air strike, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:11 GMT

Palestinian families continued to return home on the second day of a 72-hour ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas.

Kurdish forces hand out water bottles to displaced Yazidi families in the Iraq-Syria border, August 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:30 GMT

Peshmerga forces in Iraq made significant gains against terrorist group ISIS after several days of fighting, according to Press TV.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (2nd L) shakes hands with deputy parliamentary speaker, and newly nominated Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi (R) on 11 August 2014 (Iraqi President Office / AFP).
08:12 GMT

Outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki rejected the naming of his successor as premier on Monday, charging that it amounted to a violation of Iraq's constitution.

Saad Hariri promised to help reconstruct schools, hospitals and "necessary projects" across Arsal (File/AFP)
08:05 GMT

Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri donated $15 million to help reconstruct the besieged border town of Arsal following heavy clashes between the army and militants.

A Palestinian child carries her belongings out of a UN school in Beit Lahia, August 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT

The UN Human Rights Council appointed a three-member panel, including George Clooney's fiancé Amal Alamuddin, to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.

The plane went down only meters away from a densely populated area (Atta Kenare/ AFP).
06:00 GMT

The two black boxes of an Iranian passenger plane that crashed in the country's capital, Tehran, have been found, according to Iranian officials.

The Mavi Marmara, used as part of a flotilla in May 2010 in an attempt to break the Gaza blockade, however nine Turkish nationals died when Israeli commandos boarded the ship (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT

A pro-Palestinian campaign group in Turkey plans to send aid in a flotilla of ships bound for Gaza, four years after its last attempt to break the Israeli blockade which resulted in 9 Turkish deaths.