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July 1, 2014

Deir Al Zor province has been a frequent place of fighting between ISIS and the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front (File Archive)
16:17 GMT

Some Islamist groups in Syria have "dismissed" the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's claim that they have established an Islamic caliphate.

The Salafist movement in Tunisia gained serious momentum under the former Ennahda-led government (File Archive/AFP)
14:06 GMT

At least six security force officers were killed from a roadside bomb that exploded in Tunisia's Kef region Tuesday.

The aid will be distributed via the United Nations. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq Tuesday.

Only 75 MPs attended the parliament session to establish new leadership to handle the ongoing crisis in Iraq (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
13:45 GMT

More than 2,400 were killed in Iraq in June in what has developed into the deadliest month in the country this year. Baghdad also failed to elect a new parliament to handle the growing crisis Tuesday over lack of quorum.

ISIS announced the creation of an Islamic caliphate this week (File/AFP)
12:56 GMT

ISIS captured a strategic Syrian border town from rebels, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Prime Minister Erdogan has faced heavy criticism in recent months for his handling of mass anti-government protests. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has named Prime Minister Erdogan as its candidate.

Barzani said he hopes other countries will respect the Kurdish vote. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT

Iraqi Kurds will vote on an independent Kurdish state within months.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon also praised the Lebanese Armed Forces for maintaining calm amid border tensions with Israel (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

The United Nations hailed Lebanon's army for its efforts in controlling the country's security situation after a wave of terrorist attacks.

Kurdidish regional government president Massud Barzan shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on June 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday said Ankara does not favor a divided Iraq.

President Obama will deploy an additional 300 troops to Iraq in order to project U.S. interests (File/AFP)
09:28 GMT

President Barack Obama announced deploying an additional 300 U.S. troops to Iraq, bringing the total number of American personnel in the country to 750.

Morsi's overthrow angered many Muslim Brotherhood supporters and sparked nation-wide protests. (AFP/File)
09:25 GMT

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has called on Egyptians to stage mass demonstrations on July 3 to protest President Sisi.

Lebanese security forces are on high alert after the Duroy Hotel bombing on June 25 (File/AFP)
09:09 GMT

Fear is growing in Lebanon that terrorist attacks in the country could escalate during Ramadan. Western diplomatic sources expressed concern after Lebanese forces dismantled three terror cells this week.

The 18-year-old Palestinian was shot dead only hours after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found near Hebron (File/AFP)
08:23 GMT

Israeli soldiers shot dead an 18-year-old Palestinian during a raid in Jenin, early Tuesday. The raid came hours after the bodies of three Israeli teens were found near Hebron.

Lebanese officials said the clashes were related to drug trafficking. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

Three men were killed and seven people injured during clashes at Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut.

The bodies of the three missing teens were found late on Monday near Hebron (File/AFP)
07:51 GMT

Human rights group B'Tselem Monday called on the Israeli government to refrain from acts of vengeance after three bodies of missing Israeli teens were found in the West Bank.