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June 24, 2014

Sisi made his announcement during a commencement ceremony for military students. (AFP/File)
13:29 GMT

Egypt's new President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced Tuesday that he will donate half of his monthly salary and half of his wealth to support the Egyptian economy.

Iraqi forces have been involved in fierce clashes with ISIL for over two weeks (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Iraqi forces responded to ISIL attacks across the north and east of the country in an attempt to regain control of captured towns.

The Baiji refinery produces a third of the country's oil output. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT

After days of intense fighting, ISIL has taken control of a strategic oil refinery in the Salahuddin Province.

Iraqi security forces stand outside a polling station in Baghdad during elections in April, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:27 GMT

Six members of a Sunni family in Baghdad were killed by gunmen as ISIL militants continue their violent campaign across Iraq.

The talks will discuss issues concerning the U.N. presence in Lebanon. (AFP/FIle)
10:27 GMT

U.N. Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations arrived in Beirut Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials.

A total of 969 prisoners are due to be released in the UAE, as part of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's goodwill gesture (File/AFP)
10:03 GMT

The UAE's president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ordered the release of 969 prisoners as a goodwill gesture for Ramadan.

On Monday, three Al Jazeera journalists were given to up to 10 years in jail, causing international outrage (File/AFP)
09:25 GMT

Egyptian ambassadors across the globe prepared to be summoned following Monday's sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo.

Kurdish forces recently took control of Kirkuk when Iraqi forces fled. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Iraqi Kurdistan Tuesday to urge Kurdish leaders to partake in the new Iraqi government.

A UN official called the rising death toll in Palestine "alarming" as Israel continues to search for three missing settlers (File/AFP)
08:48 GMT

The UN warned that current military operations by Israel's army in the West Bank could lead to a third intifada as hundreds of Palestinians were arrested after three settlers went missing.

Lebanon's capital Beirut was rocked by a suicide bombing in the early hours of Monday morning (File/AFP)
07:54 GMT

A U.S. envoy on Monday said America would "stand by" Lebanon against terrorism as the country attempts to deal with the conflicts from Iraq and Syria spilling over.

The attack happened near a cafe where people were gathered to watch the World Cup. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle outside a cafe in Beirut late Monday.

Netanyahu said Israel will continue to "forcefully hurt anyone who attacks or tries to attack" Israel. (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel may carry out more airstrikes against Syria.

June 23, 2014

Egyptian youths with their faces painted in the colors of the national flag pictured in Tahrir Square (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
19:40 GMT

The Youth against the Coup movement that is loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood has warned of a sweeping uprising after the breaking of the Ramadan fast

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahayan (C), in the desert of Abu Dhabi on May 2, 2012. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
19:19 GMT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) jailed seven men on Monday for alleged involvement with Al-Qaeda and its splinter group, Al-Nusra Front

Police arrest a man during a raid in Kerdasa following the murder of 11 policemen. (AFP)
18:05 GMT

Giza Criminal Court decided to postpone hearing the Kerdasa Massacre case