July 7, 2014
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a Kurdish referendum for independence would be a "catastrophic division of Iraq".
Israeli air raids killed nine Palestinian fighters and injured at least five civilians across the besieged Gaza Strip overnight.
Protesters on Sunday clashed with police following the arrest of a leading opposition figure. MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, sparking unauthorized demonstrations.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on the UN Sunday to form an international committee to investigate Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians.
July 6, 2014
Libya's central government called for an end to fighting in the country's eastern city of Benghazi Sunday.
The Palestinian-American teenager who was brutally beaten by Israeli police and arrested without charges in Jerusalem was sentenced to house arrest for nine days ahead of his trial.
Iranian leadership told the media Sunday that while it backs Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's bid to continue as the country's premier, Tehran is also ready to support "any candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament."
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.
Syria's opposition group will meet this week in Istanbul to elect a new president.
At least 30,000 people were forced to leave their homes in eastern Syrian by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) Saturday.
The U.S. has voiced concern after a 15-year-old American-Palestinian was filmed being severely beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem. The teen has now been released from Israeli custody and is under house arrest.
Kurds in Iraq will press ahead with a referendum to have an independent state despite refusal from Nouri al-Maliki to accept any proposals.
Suspicions mounting that crime was carried out for nationalistic reasons, according to Israeli media reports; a gag order remains in place on the details of the investigation.
Yemen's air force raided Shia Houthi positions in Amran, 30 miles northwest of the country's capital Sana'a on Saturday, reportedly causing a number of casualties.
Lebanon's Internal Security Forces believe that radical Sunni militant group ISIS will strike the country with a series of attacks, according to a leaked report.