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August 10, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech where he outlined a plan for military action, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Barack Obama said U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Iraq would be a "long-term project" following the aftermath of thousands of ethnic Yazidis fleeing violence in the north-western Sinjar mountain range.

Iran's security forces stand beside wreckage of the plane near Tehran's Mehrabad airport, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:31 GMT

An Iranian plane crashed Sunday near the country's capital, Tehran, killing at least 40 people including several children.

A Syrian refugee sits in the back of a pick-up truck as it drives through the Bekaa Valley, Aug 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:07 GMT

Refugees who spent two nights stranded in their trucks with minimal supplies were finally allowed back into Syria, the country's ambassador to Lebanon confirmed.

Palestinian boys sift through rubble from a mosque after an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat, Aug 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:30 GMT

Three Palestinians were killed overnight including a 13-year-old girl following Israeli raids over Rafah and Khan Younis.

David Cameron ruled out any military action but announced an £8 million package of aid instead (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Barack Obama in calling for an end to ISIS violence in Iraq following the displacement of ethnic Yazidis.

Surveys last month showed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the lead. (AFP/File)
08:37 GMT

Turkish presidential candidates are gearing up for the presidential election Sunday.

A woman with a Palestinian flag covering her head lays on the ground along with other protesters during a demonstration against Israel's military operations in Gaza and in support of the Palestinian people, on August 9, 2014. [AFP]
08:24 GMT

Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations.

Militants in the Sinai frequently target Egyptian security forces. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Over 60 militants have been killed in Egypt's Sinai over the past 12 days, according to Egyptian armed forces.

Palestinian children look up at an Israeli plane from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:22 GMT

Over 450 children have been killed in one month of Israeli attacks across the Gaza Strip according to health officials.

After new Israeli strikes Saturday, medics find the body of a Palestinian child. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
06:59 GMT

Amid new Israeli airstrikes and another crumbled peace deal, medics find the body of child in Gaza neighborhood of Shujaiyya.

At least 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials for alleged relations with the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT

An Egyptian court has dissolved the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

August 9, 2014

Iraq's Yazidis flee to Syria after days of being trapped by ISIS militants. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT

After day of being trapped and hunted by militants, thousands of Iraq's Yazidis have fled to Syria.

Ex-MP Hariri says Lebanon will use Saudi grant to bulk up security and stability forces against the looming threat of militant attacks and to address growing Syrian refugee needs. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT

Hariri met with several foreign envoys Saturday, including US and Canadian ambassadors and representatives from European Union, to address how Lebanon planned to 'fight terrorism' and assist armed forced with the $1 billion Saudi grant offered to the Lebanese Army earlier this week.

The Lebanese army has regained control of checkpoints outside Arsal, but have yet to negotiate the release of the 25 hostages ISIS took in clashes last week. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
14:42 GMT

The Lebanese army has taken back control of several posts in northeastern Lebanon, but ISIS has yet to release 25 hostages taken in clashes.

One day after negotiations in Egypt fell through, Hamas rockets and Israeli air strikes began again. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:38 GMT

Five Palestinians, including senior Hamas official Moaaz Zaid, have been killed in Israeli air strikes into Gaza Saturday.