Main headlines

July 9, 2014

Air strikes Tuesday killed 15 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT

Ongoing Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed 12 people on Wednesday.

Former Iranian president and influential spiritual leader Hashemi Rafsanjani said that "we share problems (concerning Iraq) with the United States. There is no obstacle for our cooperation" (AFP/File).
12:43 GMT

Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani, has claimed that the U.S and Iran could cooperate in countering Iraq's current militant offensive, despite a history of strained relations.

Lebanon's border with Israel has remained tense since the 2006 war. Israel frequently violates international law however, by illegally entering Lebanese territory (File/AFP)
12:34 GMT

Tensions remain high close to Lebanon's southern border as Israel deployed soldiers along the Kfar Shouba Hills area, while air strikes in Gaza continue.

Millions have fled the violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:48 GMT

Syrian rebels killed at least 14 people in Khatab village.

Syrian government troops walk through the besieged city of Aleppo, July 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:19 GMT

Syrian rebels have cited concern over the besieged city of Aleppo amid fears Syria's largest city will be recaptured by government forces.

Sunni and Kurdish leaders have demanded current Prime Minister Maliki step aside. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

Iraq's parliament has changed its decision to postpone a key session until August and will now convene on Sunday.

The U.S responded with deep concern to Bahrain demanding U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski's leave the country following his meeting with Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. (AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-WEFAQ MEDIA CENTRE).
09:42 GMT

Bahrain's main Shiite Muslim opposition group was summoned by Bahraini authorities for "interrogation" on Tuesday, following their meeting with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski.

Security forces discovered the bodies in an orchard. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

Iraqi security forces found the bodies of 53 men Wednesday.

Palestinian protesters stand close to the separation wall on the outskirts of Ramallah (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces Wednesday in the West Bank, following intense IDF's attacks across the Gaza Strip.

Israeli air strikes have left several dead. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Jordan strongly condemned Israel's recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate halt to strikes.

A protester stands with a sign during an anti-Assad protest in Washington, 2013 (File/AFP)
08:04 GMT

A number of British firms provided the Syrian regime with chemical weapons in the 1980s according to a Foreign Office report seen by the BBC.

A 16-year-old teen was among the dead in the Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
07:54 GMT

An Islamic Jihad leader along with five members of his family were killed by an Israeli air strike late on Tuesday. The death toll in Gaza now stands at 24 since Monday.

Israel's air and naval forces have struck scores of sites across the Gaza Strip overnight, with ground troops arriving on the Strip's borders in advance (AFP/ File).
07:30 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has telephoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to support a ceasefire to halt Israeli military escalations in the Gaza Strip.

Bahra headed the opposition delegation at the Geneva II talks. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition, Syria's main opposition group, elected Hadi al-Bahra as their new president.

ISIL rapidly seized control of several major Iraqi cities and has vowed to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of a former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad.