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August 1, 2014

The northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been under ISIS control since early July, the group has since driven out Christians and terrorized the city's remaining residents.
16:47 GMT

Local source reports ISIS has ordered gendered classrooms in universities in Mosul, declaring morning and early afternoon hours for female students, and afternoon and evening hours for male.

Hours after it began, a 72-hour ceasefire falls apart in Gaza. (AFP/Mohammad Abed)
16:04 GMT

After a 72-hour ceasefire disintegrates hours after starting, Hamas and Israel disagree on which side breached first. While Israel says Hamas killed two soldiers and abducted another after the ceasefire began, Hamas claims both incidents occurred while sides were still fighting.

Claiming 729 lives so far, many fear the current Ebola crisis in West Africa could spread worldwide.
14:59 GMT

In an attempt to prevent the possible spread of the rising Ebola virus into Lebanon, the country's Labor Ministry said work permits from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia will be halted, and symptom examinations will be conducted at the Beirut airport upon passenger arrival.

Authorities in Lebanon are conducting investigations into six militants thought to be part of ISIS and the Nursra Front. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT

Lebanese authorities have arrested a woman with an explosive belt in Al-Ayrounieh, Lebanon, and continue to investigate six suspected members of ISIS and Nusra Front.

The IDF says destroying the series of tunnels from Gaza into Israel is a priority regardless of the stance of a ceasefire, the missing soldier is believed to have been taken during one such tunnel mission. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
13:39 GMT

Amid a crumbling ceasefire, Israeli soldier goes missing during an IDF mission to destroy tunnel pathways from Gaza to Israel.

Over 1,600 Iraqis were killed in July alone. (AFP/File)
12:29 GMT

At least ten people were killed in multiple bombings around Baghdad Friday.

A 72-hour ceasefire was recently brokered but reportedly broken by Israel after a few hours. (AFP/File)
10:48 GMT

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has invited Palestinian authorities and Israeli authorities to Cairo for truce talks.

The truce began at 8 a.m. Friday. (AFP/File)
09:24 GMT

Israeli tanks opened fire in Gaza after a 72-hour truce began early Friday.

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in Gaza during the current conflict. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT

Egypt received 104 wounded Palestinians through Rafah Thursday. The injured will be treated in Egyptian hospitals.

In July, hundreds of Kurdish fighters crossed the border into Ain al-Arab to join the anti-ISIS fight. (AFP/File)
08:16 GMT

Nearly 50 fighters have died in the ongoing battle.

Libya's militias continue to grow more powerful by the day. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Hard-line Islamist militias claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city.

U.S. Secretary of State contributed to brokering the ceasefire. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon issued a joint statement late Thursday announcing the three-day ceasefire.

Roughly 24% of Gaza's population has been displaced due to the violence. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Senior UN officials have told the Security Council that the situation in Gaza is extreme and immediate action must be taken to put an end to the humanitarian catastrophe.

July 31, 2014

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
20:20 GMT

The Palestinian Embassy in Beirut has asked Lebanese citizens to raise the Palestinian flag in a sign of solidarity with Gaza.

Over 500 police generals and colonels were forced into retirement during the reshuffle. (AFP/File)
18:26 GMT

Egypt's Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim has approved the latest reshuffle inside his ministry.