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August 11, 2014

Kurdish troops have been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

The U.S. has decided to directly provide weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

Syrian refugees rest on the roadside close to the Lebanon border, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT

Lebanese authorities Monday said they would consider closing the border with Syria to reduce the number of refugees entering the country.

Smoke rises over Gaza City, following an Israeli air strike, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:25 GMT

Palestinian representatives told mediators in Cairo that the coming three days will be the last chance for reaching a truce agreement with Israel, an official said Sunday.

Morsi was overthrown last July. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT

Forty-five Egyptians accused of supporting former President Mohamed Morsi were acquitted Sunday.

Maliki has ignored calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the newly elected president for committing "a clear constitutional violation."

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at protesters after Friday prayers at the Hawara checkpoint in Nablus, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:10 GMT

IDF soldiers shot and killed a 24-year-old Fatah activist during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, local officials and witnesses confirmed.

Lebanese soldiers secure a street in Arsal, following swift battles with militants, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:55 GMT

Families of soldiers kidnapped in Lebanon's border town Arsal staged a protest Sunday demanding their release as negotiations between the government and militants continue.

Smoke billows from a petrol depot, which was set ablaze following clashes between rival rebel groups near Tripoli's airport (File/AFP)
07:42 GMT

Clashes between rival militias in Libya's capital continued on Sunday while the UN attempted to broker a ceasefire between both sides.

A medic carries an injured Palestinian child into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:19 GMT

Hospitals in Gaza are lacking supplies and struggling to cope with the high number of Palestinian casualties injured by Israeli air strikes, according to Press TV.

The decision came after an increase in violence following U.S. air strikes. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

The U.S. State Department has relocated some of its staff members from the Kurdish city of Irbil and Baghdad.

The mother and the sisters of Mohammed Khalil al-Anati, a 11-year-old Palestinian who was reportedly shot dead by Israeli soldiers, mourn during his funeral on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
06:22 GMT

A 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt went into effect at midnight Monday, hours after Israeli bombings killed four Palestinians and armed groups fired rockets toward Israel.

Newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Ermine wave at supporters from the balcony of the AKP party headquarters during the celebrations of his victory in the presidential election vote in Ankara on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
05:12 GMT

Outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will witness “a new era” during his tenure as the new president of the country.

August 10, 2014

Demonstrators take part in a pro-Yazidi rally on August 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. [AFP]
17:25 GMT

Militants in north-western Iraq have buried women and children alive during their offensive against the Yazidi ethnic minority, according to Iraq’s minister for human rights.

A Palestinian man mourns over the body of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by an Israeli military strike during his burial ceremony at a mosque in the town of Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip early on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
17:15 GMT

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire on Sunday, according to AFP.

Thousands more remain trapped atop the mountain. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT

Kurdish forces aided thousands of Yazidis in fleeing Mount Sinjar Sunday.