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June 30, 2014

Prime Minister Salam has rejected the proposal to communicate with Syrian officials because of his commitment to the Baabda Declaration. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT

Prime Minister Tamman Salam said Monday that the Lebanese government will not communicate with the Syrian government over the Syrian refugee crisis.

The U.S. is reportedly considering a complete overhaul of its airport security systems as a precaution against terrorist attacks (File/AFP)
13:01 GMT

The Obama administration reportedly received intelligence that militants inspired by ISIS could be preparing for frequent attacks in airports across the world.

The group Agnad Misr is thought to be responsible for the bombings. (AFP/File)
12:39 GMT

Three explosions near the Presidential Palace have killed two policeman and left at least three people injured.

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a blaze at the Duroy hotel in Beirut after a suicide bomber blew himself up on June 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:54 GMT

Security forces in Lebanon dismantled a number of terrorist cells over the past week after a wave of suicide attacks in across the country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting on June 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:03 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state, winning appraisal from lawmakers in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Libyan security forces stand guard outside Tunisia's embassy in Tripoli after the April kidnapping (File/AFP)
09:36 GMT

Two Tunisian embassy workers were freed in Libya Sunday after spending months in captivity, according to an embassy source.

Egypt's security crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters resulted in thousands of arrests (File/AFP)
09:02 GMT

A Cairo court gave 16 pro-Morsi supporters three-year prison sentences for allegedly rioting and protesting illegally without a permit.

Head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was appointed as "the caliph" of "Muslims everywhere" during an audio recording (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT

Extremist militant group ISIS declared the formation of an Islamic "caliphate", citing the group's head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the "leader of Muslims everywhere".

Palestinian children examine the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT

One Palestinian was killed and three others injured in overnight air raids by Israeli forces across the southern Gaza Strip.

ISIL's terrorist network has spilled over from Iraq and Syria into Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT

Militant group ISIL announced the appointment of a leader for Lebanon to set up training camps according to LBCI television.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (AFP)
05:00 GMT

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the importance of strengthening cooperation among regional countries to combat terrorists, stressing that the era of violence and terrorism has passed.

June 29, 2014

A Palestinian man inspects what police said was a chicken coop damaged in a nearby Israeli air strike in the central Gaza Strip (AFP)
20:02 GMT

The strikes late on Saturday and early on Sunday targeted sites across the coastal enclave, slightly wounding two people and damaging property in Gaza City, an interior ministry spokesman in Gaza said.

ISIS Takfiri Militants. (AFP)
16:23 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that the incident happened in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo Province.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls from the U.S. to form a national salvation government (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

Candidates are due to be announced to form a new government by Iraq's National Coalition. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is widely believed to be among the chosen politicians.

The U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked in September of 2012. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

Ahmed Abu Khattala pleaded guilty to charges