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September 2, 2014

Speaker Nabih Berri postponed the session due to lack of quorum. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT

Lebanese lawmakers Tuesday failed to elect a new president for an 11th time. Speaker Nabih Berri postponed the next voting session to September 23.

The army is responding to graffiti threatening Lebanon's Christians. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT

The Lebanese army deployed heavily in the northern city of Tripoli Tuesday morning in response to graffiti that threatened Lebanon's Christians.

Protesters are calling on the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT

Regime forces in Bahrain have once again attacked anti-regime protesters in Bahrain.

The Libyan government has been battling multiple militias since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

At least 10 soldiers have been killed in clashes between the army and the militias in Libya's Benghazi.

The protesters are demanding the resignation of the government. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

The Yemeni government has sent an envoy to the northern part of the country for talks with Houthis amid ongoing anti-government protests.

An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory following fighting which has destabilized Libya, requiring the formation of a new government (Mahmud Turkia/ AFP).
06:00 GMT

The country’s interim speaker of parliament, Faraj Bouhashem claimed that the formation of a new Libyan government is imminent.

An IS flag, similar to the one shown, was burnt in Ashrafieh, a predominantly Christian neighborhood in Beirut, on the weekend (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT

Sectarian tensions in Lebanon soared over the weekend after an IS flag was burned in Ashrafieh and churches were graffitied in Tripoli, with local politicians divided over how to react.

September 1, 2014

The Gulf Cooperation Council representatives reportedly reached a major breakthrough toward ending their dispute with Qatar (AFP/ File Archive).
20:20 GMT

Saudi Arabia and other GCC states have reportedly reached a major breakthrough toward ending their dispute with Qatar.

IS´s directive prohibits the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter”, just weeks after IS released a video in which journalist James Foley was beheaded (AFP/ File Archive).
19:00 GMT

The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has issued a directive banning the unauthorized publication of “images of slaughter” conducted by the group’s “soldiers” on various fronts, according to a copy of the orders circulating on social media.

Shi´ite militia (pictured below) supported the Iraqi security forces to retake the town of Amerli (Haidar Hamdani/ AFP).
17:00 GMT

Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias entered the northern town of Amerli on Sunday and broke the Islamic State´s two-month siege of the town.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The Foreign Ministry has denied that Zarif suggested that sanctions be lifted in return for Iran supporting anti-IS efforts (Yuri Kadobnov/ AFP).
16:14 GMT

Iran has dismissed reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif demanded that: “all the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear activities should be lifted in return for its help in Iraq” in countering the Islamic State.

Jordanian King Abdullah reaffirmed that his country will continue coordinating Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts with all stakeholders and cited the "pivitol" role the United States is playing (AFP/ File Archive).
15:00 GMT

Jordan´s King Abdullah on Sunday underlined the need to intensify international efforts to resume peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Libya's militias have grown in strength since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
14:19 GMT

Libya's caretaker government has announced that most ministries and state-run institutions are now out of its control.

A delegation from Arsal will receive the body along with Red Cross officials. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

Islamic State militants have beheaded a Lebanese soldier in Arsal.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [AFP]
12:40 GMT

'Der Spiegel' reported that the US National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency had carried out "wide-scale spying against Turkey."