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August 26, 2014

Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi says that "weapons must remain in the hand of the state" (Sabah Arar / AFP).
05:00 GMT

Following the kidnapping of 70 Sunnis by suspected Shiite militants, Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi said there was not place for armed groups outside of state control.

August 25, 2014

American soldiers in Jordan were the targets of the eight suspects (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT

Jordanian military prosecutors on Monday charged eight suspects with plotting to attack U.S. soldiers and Israel's embassy in Jordan.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokri (C) speaks as Libyan Foreign Minister Muhammad Abdelaziz (R) looks on during a meeting on Monday (Khaled Desouki/ AFP).
19:00 GMT

Egypt is to host a meeting of foreign ministers of Libya and its neighbours on Monday regarding Libya´s security situation.

Pope Francis and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will also discuss the exodus of Christians from Iraq and Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
17:03 GMT

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will talk with Pope Francis on the Christian sufferings in the Middle East and the Lebanese presidential election stalemate on Wednesday.

 ISIS took the Syrian government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.(File Archive, AFP).
15:38 GMT

Islamic State of Syria and Iraq militants in Syria have taken a the government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.

The Jordanian Armed Forces opened fire at the infiltrators who were aboard a wheeled armoured personnel carrier (AFP/ File/ Archive).
13:42 GMT

Jordanian border guards on Sunday killed two infiltrators who attempted to cross the border from Syria

Iraqis inspect the damage at an husseiniya, a Shiite place of worship, after a suicide bomber attacked worshipers during prayers on August 25, 2014. [AFP]
13:37 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed after a bomb attack targeted Shia worshippers in Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad.

The Assad regime is currently battling militants from the Islamic State as well as Syrian opposition fighters. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

The Syrian government said it is ready to cooperate with international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the region.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian [AP]
12:28 GMT

Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are enmeshed in a struggle for influence across the Middle East and back opposing sides in conflicts across the region.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R) attends a meeting with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT

Israeli military sources say Egypt could announce a one-month ceasefire agreement in Gaza on Monday after mediators made significant progress, Israeli news site Walla reported.

The websites of Israeli military, Bank of Israel, and the Israeli prime minister’s office were taken down, RT reported on Monday.
09:10 GMT

Hacktivists from the Anonymous group have attacked key Israeli websites in retaliation to Tel Aviv’s current offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Militants with the Islamic State swiftly took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT

The Iraqi government has called for international support to fight ISIS militants in Iraq.

Supporters of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement carry a cardboard rocket and a portrait of Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif  during a demonstration to show support to the militants fighting against the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
08:21 GMT

A recent opinion poll reveals that the majority of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are against the disarmament of Palestinian resistance groups.

Palestinian women mourn the death of four members of their family in Jabalia on August 24, 2014.  [AFP]
08:02 GMT

At least two Palestinians have been killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, as the regime’s army keeps pounding the besieged coastal strip.

The battle between militias has destroyed Tripoli's airport. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Libya's Islamist militias said Sunday that they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli.