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July 6, 2014

Before and after images of the 15-year-old teen show the brutality of the Israeli police officers, who were filmed beating the teen (Image: Twitter)
13:48 GMT

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.

Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, said Peshmerga forces will not give up Kirkuk (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT

Kurds in Iraq will press ahead with a referendum to have an independent state despite refusal from Nouri al-Maliki to accept any proposals.

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian young man during clashes with Palestinians protesting against the murder of a Palestinian teenager on July 6, 2014 in the West Bank village of Al-Ram, adjacent to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.[AFP]
12:01 GMT

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.

Shia rebels were bombed by Yemen's air force after the ceasefire between the two expired (File/AFP)
11:51 GMT

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.

Lebanese soldiers stand beside the aftermath of a bombing in Bekaa Valley in December 2013 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT

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.

Tariq Abu Khdeir's family said he has been denied medical treatment while in Israeli custody (Image: Twitter)
10:29 GMT

Graphic video footage of masked Israeli forces beating a Palestinian-American teenager, then detaining him in Jerusalem has emerged, causing widespread condemnation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on July 6, 2014 at his Jerusalem office. [AFP]
10:08 GMT

Premier held urgent security consultations Saturday that ended with only an anemic statement to the press.

A pro-Morsi supporter holds up a picture of the ousted leader in Cairo University, June 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT

Clashes in the Nile Delta province left five people including three policemen injured late on Saturday. Two of the victims were wounded during a demonstration for ousted president, Mohammad Morsi.

Egypt's security forces cracked down further on Muslim Brotherhood protesters following their calls for a "day of rage" on July 3, the first anniversary of Mohamed Morsi's ousting (File/AFP)
08:51 GMT

Leading spokesman for Egypt's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy was charged with a number of offences including obstructing the constitution and joining a banned organization.

Israeli settlers have increased "revenge attacks" against Palestinians after three Jewish teens were killed in the West Bank (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT

Hardline Jewish settlers attacked a Christian cleric while he was traveling from Bethlehem to his church in the village of Aboud.

Collective punishment: Human rights groups have criticized Israel's use of force against Palestinians in the West Bank, since the teens went missing (File/AFP)
08:10 GMT

Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian man from Hebron in connection with the killing of three settlers - a charge his family denies.

ISIL militants destroyed several Shia mosques and holy shrines on Saturday, sparking widespread condemnation (File/AFP)
07:56 GMT

ISIL militants executed at least ten people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, activists say.

Regime barrel bomb attacks targeted the city of Aleppo daily in late 2013 and early this year (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Violence throughout Syria left dozens more killed Saturday.

July 5, 2014

Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of criticism in terms of Manama's human rights violations against opposition activists (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack,At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack.

Bouteflika has made very few public appearances since strokes left him hospitalized in France last summer (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made his first public appearance Saturday since he was sworn in for his fourth term as head of state in April.