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July 13, 2014

Kurds in Syria have been fighting ISIS militants in Kobani for months (File Archive/AFP)
19:29 GMT

Kurdish fighters clashed with jihadist militants in Syria's north Sunday.

Hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters have been sentenced to prison over the past months, with some even receiving life sentences and the dealth penalty (File Archive/AFP)
18:04 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced 101 more pro-Morsi supporters Sunday to three years in prison for "illegal gathering" and "rioting."

Foreign Ministers from France, Britain, Germany and the U.S. joined the negotiations this weekend to see if a deal will be possible before the July 20 deadline (Jim Bourg/Pool/AFP)
17:55 GMT

Iran nuclear talks are still ongoing as Tehran and world powers try to finalize a permanent deal ahead of a self-imposed July 20 deadline. With talks bumpy in past days, some leaders have discussed the possibility of an extension, but some FMs say a chance still remains to finalize a deal.

Israeli soldiers patrol the border with neighboring Lebanon after rocket fire was exchanged Friday (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
17:33 GMT

Lebanon's army told reporters Sunday that they found the launchpad from which three rockets from Tyre were fired towards northern Israel

Three apartments in Casablanca's El Hank district collapsed Friday (AFP)
15:41 GMT

At least 13 people have now died from the collapse of multiple buildings in Morocco's commercial hub city Casablanca.

The Israeli Defense Force has struck 200 targets in Gaza over the past 24 hours (AFP/ File).
13:56 GMT

The Israeli Defense Force's noon deadline for tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to evacuate has passed as the IDF plans to intensify air strikes on the zone Israel believes is firing more rockets.

Iraq's parliament must quickly pick a new speaker of parliament, president, and prime minister. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

Iraq's parliamentary session Sunday ended after 30 minutes and without progress.

At least seven Algerian soldiers were killed Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
13:34 GMT

At least three Algerian soldiers and their four auxiliaries were killed by roadside bombs Sunday.

Over 100 Palestinians have died in Israel's recent air strikes on Gaza. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

Pope Francis calls for peace in Gaza as Israel continues air strikes.

Over 1000 Palestinians have been injured since the Israeli offensive began in Gaza (File/AFP)
12:00 GMT

Medical workers in Gaza struggled to cope with the high number of civilian casualties caused by Israeli air strikes in recent days as the Palestinian death toll topped 151 people.

Israeli security looks on as Palestinian Muslim worshipers (unseen) perform traditional Friday noon prayers along a street outside the Old City in East Jerusalem, on July 11, 2014, on the second Friday of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. [AFP]
11:49 GMT

Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on Sunday and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers, witnesses told Ma'an.

Rebel groups who were involved in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi have refused to lay down their arms and continue to harass civilians and government officials. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT

Intense fighting has erupted in Libya's Tripoli.

At the moment, Libyan officials are not aware of the demands of the oil port guards. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT

Protesters in Libya have shut down the national oil port of Brega, days after the government celebrated its reopening.

The UN estimates that 77 percent of Palestinian fatalities have been civilians (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT

The UN on Saturday called for a ceasefire between Tel Aviv and Hamas as an Israeli cabinet minister said the army was ready for a ground invasion.

Members of Iraq's security forces stand guard in Baghdad, April 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:49 GMT

Gunmen killed at least 33 people including 29 women in a Baghdad housing complex Saturday. Police said the motive of the shootings still remained unclear.