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June 20, 2014

The deadly attack was carried out by "The Islamic Front" in the province of Hama (File/AFP)
12:46 GMT

A car bomb killed at least 34 people and injured 50 others in the Syrian province of Hama early on Friday.

Germany's Foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said every "effort as possible" should be made to meet the July 20 deadline (File/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Germany's foreign minister pushed for talks over the Iranian nuclear program to be reached by the July 20 deadline.

Iraq's leader Nouri al-Maliki blamed Saudi Arabia for funding terrorism while the kingdom denied all allegations (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

Iraq's army in Baiji, north of Tikrit, reportedly killed Abu Khabib al-Jazaeeri, a Saudi national and top commander of ISIL.

The six men were also accused of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is listed a terrorist organization (File/AFP)
10:57 GMT

An Egypt court sentenced six supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to eight years in jail on charges of rioting.

Human rights groups accused Israel of "collective punishment" against Palestinians in the search for three missing settlers (File/AFP)
09:42 GMT

Israeli forces shot and killed a 13-year-old boy during clashes in Dura, close to Hebron.

Victims of the attack included women and children (File/AFP)
09:17 GMT

At least six people were killed in a car bomb attack and nine others injured in the Syrian city of Homs.

King Abdullah was previously in Morocco before his scheduled visit to Cairo for medical treatment purposes (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is expected in Egypt today for the first time since the 2011 uprising that ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

June 19, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the UK's position on Iraq Thursday (Luke Macgregor/Pool/AFP)
21:00 GMT

The British government officially banned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Thursday.

At least 20 people were killed in another regime-led airstrike earlier this week in Aleppo (Zein Al Rifai/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Syrian government warplanes attacked a town southeast of the capital in its attempt to recapture the strategic rebel-held area.

U.S. President Obama said that Washington is ready for "targeted" and "precise" action in combating the ISIL in Iraq (Jim Watson/AFP)
19:16 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Washington was ready to take "targeted" and "precise" military action in Iraq.

Eyewitnesses in the oil refinery claim ISIS waved their notorious black flag throughout the plant (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's government said it regained control of the Baiji oil refinery while ISIS militants maintained they were in charge of the complex.

Mohammed Badie is considered the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's supreme guide (File Archive)
18:00 GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top leadership to death Thursday, according to judicial sources.

Gaza tunnels are used to smuggle goods ranging from food to weapons (File/AFP)
16:45 GMT

Five members of Hamas' armed wing, al-Qassam Brigades, were killed in a tunnel explosion in Gaza City, Thursday.

Lebanon is currently home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
16:10 GMT

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas on Thursday alerted the UN of the country's decision to quell Syrian refugees entering Lebanon.

Hundreds of Iraqis volunteered to join the army in recent days and received military training (File/AFP)
15:56 GMT

Iraq's armed forces reportedly made fresh gains in the country's Nineveh Province and Abu Tayban region.