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August 17, 2014

Both Hamas and Israel said fighting would continue if no permanent ceasefire was reached (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT

Israel's communication minister said that Tel Aviv had not decided about an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Hamas.

David Cameron promised to “support the building blocks of democracy” a part of a long-term solution for Iraq (File/AFP)
12:50 GMT

Prime Minister David Cameron said militant group ISIS could "reach the streets of Britain" and promised swifter action against the extremist group in Iraq.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position to monitor the region from Bashiqa, close to Mosul, August 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:04 GMT

Kurdish Peshmergas backed by U.S. air strikes launched a major operation to retake control of Iraq's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic State militants.

The IAEA director general is set to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Ali Akbar Salehi. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran for talks about Iran's nuclear program.

Gaza's sole power plant was bombed by Israeli forces on July 29, causing widespread electricity shortages (File/AFP)
10:05 GMT

Only six hours of electricity per day remained in most of Gaza as shortages continued following Israeli shelling of the Strip's sole power plant two weeks ago.

Thousands of people stand and protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London, August 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:34 GMT

The UK government faces a potential lawsuit over its continued arms sales to Israel as speculation continues that British-made weapons may have been used to commit war crimes in Gaza.

Chief Palestinian negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmad said he was "optimistic" about reaching a long-term peace agreement with Israel (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT

Palestinian and Israeli delegations are due to resume negotiations Sunday for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, according to AFP.

A boy walks passed street art critical of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT

At least ten suspected militants were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes over eastern and southern parts of Yemen, a local official confirmed.

Libya is grappling with rising insecurity since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in Tripoli.

Many of the victims were beheaded by ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT

ISIS extremists in Syria executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat tribe, while 1,800 people remain missing, according to a British-based monitoring group.

Palestinian patients in the hospital after the building was shelled by the IDF. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Dozens of families who fled their homes during the Israeli offensive on Gaza took refuge in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, and informal tent communities have sprung up amid houses now reduced to rubble.

August 16, 2014

The two militia groups played a key role in the uprising that toppled the country’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP)
21:46 GMT

Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in the Libyan capital of Tripoli shortly after the new UN envoy announced plans to visit the country soon for ceasefire negotiations.

The head of the Al-Wafd Party El-Sayed Al-Badawi, who last year traveled to Sudan to discuss the situation in Egypt with high ranking officials. (AFP File Photo)
18:20 GMT

A number of political parties that came into being after the 2011 revolution have said that they are in serious negotiations to join the electoral alliance led by the country's oldest liberal party, the Wafd Party.

Palestinian delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
17:50 GMT

Sources in the Islamic Jihad and Hamas indicated that the Egyptian proposal does not meet the current demands of the Palestinian people and that therefore it is highly unlikely they will accept it.

An LAF tank outside Arsal. (AFP)
14:22 GMT

Lebanese PM Tammam Salam reassured relatives of kidnapped soldiers and police officers Saturday that the state was exerting all efforts possible to secure the release of their loved ones.