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August 9, 2014

Iraq's Yazidis flee to Syria after days of being trapped by ISIS militants. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT

After day of being trapped and hunted by militants, thousands of Iraq's Yazidis have fled to Syria.

Ex-MP Hariri says Lebanon will use Saudi grant to bulk up security and stability forces against the looming threat of militant attacks and to address growing Syrian refugee needs. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT

Hariri met with several foreign envoys Saturday, including US and Canadian ambassadors and representatives from European Union, to address how Lebanon planned to 'fight terrorism' and assist armed forced with the $1 billion Saudi grant offered to the Lebanese Army earlier this week.

The Lebanese army has regained control of checkpoints outside Arsal, but have yet to negotiate the release of the 25 hostages ISIS took in clashes last week. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
14:42 GMT

The Lebanese army has taken back control of several posts in northeastern Lebanon, but ISIS has yet to release 25 hostages taken in clashes.

One day after negotiations in Egypt fell through, Hamas rockets and Israeli air strikes began again. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:38 GMT

Five Palestinians, including senior Hamas official Moaaz Zaid, have been killed in Israeli air strikes into Gaza Saturday.

In addition to the airstrikes, U.S. planes have dropped food and water supplies to the Iraqi minority sect marooned by militants.
10:18 GMT

Friday marked the first time since 2011 that U.S. airstrikes took place in Iraq. Two rounds of strikes were executed on ISIS artillery targets while U.S. humanitarian air support dropped food and water to trapped Yazidis.

Israeli forces used a combination of live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets to break up a riot crowd of around 300 Palestinians in Hebron. (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT

After another ceasefire attempt crumbles, new rallies commence in Hebron and hundreds clash with Israeli forces trying to disperse the crowds. At least 40 Palestinians have been injured.

August 8, 2014

Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukri and Palestinian delegation discussing ceasefire on 3 August in Cairo. (AFP)
08:33 GMT

A three-day truce between Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas expired as indirect talks in Cairo on new border arrangements for the blockaded Gaza Strip hit a deadlock.

Lebanese army soldiers drive to the entrance of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley. (AFP)
08:03 GMT

Armed men who retreated to Syria from the northeastern border town of Arsal after intensified clashes with the Lebanese army have taken hostage more than 35 soldiers and policemen in an attempt to exchange them.

Judicial sources say the accused men were found guilty of violent acts during street protests in Sohag Province. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

A court in Sohag sentenced 16 protesters to five years in jail, handed a 10-year term to another and sentenced three others to life in prison.

US President Barack Obama said, "We support our allies when they're in danger." (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
07:27 GMT

US President Obama announced the use of airstrikes to protect humanitarian aid to religious minorities who had moved to and become trapped on mountaintops.

The Ambassador stated that Lebanese-Syrian efforts should be united to fight terrorism. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon called for greater coordination between Syria's army and Lebanon's army Thursday.

August 7, 2014

Militants withdrew from Arsal early Thursday. (AFP/File)
20:04 GMT

The Committee of Muslim Scholars said negotiations were ongoing to release the captured soldiers held by jihadists since clashes erupted over the weekend.

Jordan harbors over 1 million refugees. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Human Rights Watch accused Jordan of denying entry to or forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees.

Most of those who fled Sinjar are from the minority Yazidi sect. (AFP/File)
17:57 GMT

President Obama is considering either airstrikes or airdrops to help Iraqis trapped on a mountaintop.

The Gaza offensive left over 1,800 Palestinians dead. (AFP/File)
15:09 GMT

Thousands of Palestinians staged a demonstration in Gaza in support of Hamas.