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August 7, 2014

Israel is demanding that the Gaza Strip be demilitarized as uncertainty remains over whether a 72-hour truce will be extended. [AFP]
09:44 GMT

Officials close to ceasefire talks in Egypt said Thursday that Israel is demanding that the Gaza Strip be demilitarized as uncertainty remains over whether a 72-hour truce will be extended.

Lebanese residents of Arsal flee flighting between ISIS militants and government forces, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT

Police in Lebanon's Arsal found at least 30 charred bodies in a Syrian refugee camp, a security source confirmed Thursday.

Palestinian electricity company workers inspect power lines destroyed following an earlier Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 6, 2014. [AFP]
08:42 GMT

Israeli official says Israel will extend truce under current terms; Hamas says group will not extend cease-fire unless significant progress is made in negotiations.

Humanitarian agencies have estimated that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar on Sunday. [AFP]
07:14 GMT

Thousands of minority Yazidi Iraqis marooned on Mount Sinjar face the choice of dying of thirst or surrendering to the Isis fighters.

Lebanese soldiers enter Arsal in armoured personnel carriers as smoke billows in the background, Aug 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:12 GMT

ISIS militants agreed to leave the Lebanese border town of Arsal within 24 hours, according to a source while three additional captured soldiers were freed as part of the truce deal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference at his Jerusalem offices, on August 6, 2014. [AFP]
07:00 GMT

Netanyahu says deaths in Gaza ‘justified’ as he offers to extend truce with Hamas militants.

The Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization last December. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

The High Administrative Court announced that the verdict in the case regarding the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party will be issued on August 9.

Iran and the P5+1 are seeking to reach a final agreement over Tehran's nuclear energy program. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman said nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 may resume before September.

August 6, 2014

Sectarian violence in Iraq has forced thousands to flee. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT

Car bombs in Shiite neighborhoods killed 27 people Wednesday as fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants kills 50 people.

The UN has determined that 72 percent of the deaths in Gaza were civilians. (AFP/File)
19:07 GMT

Palestinians, the United Nations, and Israelis are producing different numbers for the deaths of Palestinian civilians, making it difficult to keep track.

The deadly Ebola virus causes massive internal bleeding and has no cure. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT

A Saudi Arabian national has died after returning from Sierra Leone and is being tested for the Ebola virus.

Thousands of Iraqis have fled because of ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
17:16 GMT

ISIL continues their assault on Christians in northern Iraq.

The construction will cost 6.2 billion euros and is scheduled to take three years. (AFP/File)
15:32 GMT

Egypt has launched the digging of a new canal which will run in parallel to the Suez Canal.

ISIS fighters are closer than ever to the Kurdish semi-autonomous region. (AFP/File)
14:17 GMT

Kurdish forces continue to battle militants from the Islamic State in northern Iraq.

 The ceasefire, which came into effect on August 5, has brought relief to both sides after one month of fighting killed 1,875 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side. [AFP]
13:07 GMT

A ceasefire in the besieged Gaza Strip has entered its second day while Israeli and Palestinian delegations in the Egyptian capital of Cairo prepare for talks in a bid to extend the 72-hour truce.