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August 28, 2014

Rebel fighters walk holding their weapons to a position on a front-line in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT

Syria is willing to help Lebanon in its fight against Islamist militants, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said in remarks published Thursday.

A Palestinian waves a national and a Hamas flag as fireworks light up the sky on August 26, 2014 in East Jerusalem as Palestinians celebrate in the streets the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. [AFP]
09:22 GMT

First UN humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Gaza Strip

Palestinians flash the sign of victory wave a national flag as they celebrate in the streets in East Jerusalem the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians on August 26, 2014. [AFP]
09:13 GMT

The Palestinian leadership will pursue diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council in a bid to end Israel's decades-long occupation following a ceasefire deal in Gaza, a senior Fatah official said late Wednesday.

Egypt has been among the largest beneficiaries of U.S. military and economic aid. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is set to visit the U.S. in September to participate in the 69th United Nations General Assembly

Israeli drone that was shot down above the Natanz uranium enrichment site. [AFP]
08:28 GMT

According to the Arab-language Al-Mayadin television network, the Hermes Model drone was shot down near Baghdad Airport, the third Israeli UAV to be intercepted in last week.

Blackwater security guards [Wordpress]
08:09 GMT

A US prosecutor says four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards, who were put on trial in the US months ago over the 2007 killings, shot dead unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children.

The Iraqi forces took control of al-Hamra from ISIS militants. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT

Iraqi army officials say the military has regained control of al-Hamra village.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel [AFP]
04:00 GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has estimated that at least 400 German citizens are fighting alongside the ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq.

03:27 GMT

Spokesman for rebel group operating in area, says at least six rebels killed in latest fighting near Golan Heights.

A Palestinian man kisses a Hamas militant sniper during a parade by Hamas militants in Shejaiya on August 27, 2014. [AFP]
03:20 GMT

Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of resistance movement Hamas, says Palestinians are the victors of the Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Smoke rises from buildings following an air strike attack early in the morning on August 27, 2014, near military camps in Libya's eastern coastal city of Benghazi. [AFP]
03:10 GMT

A top Libyan official has warned the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that the North African country could descend into a “full-scale civil war” if militias are not disarmed.

Assad formed his new government that consists of 11 new ministers. [AFP]
03:05 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formed a new government less than three months after being re-elected for a third term.

August 27, 2014

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. [AP]
18:21 GMT

New pictures posted on social media show the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing several Syrian government soldiers in the country’s troubled northeast.

A Palestinian family ride on top of a horse cart as they head home with their belongings in the Shejaiya neighborhood on August 27, 2014. [AFP]
17:16 GMT

Israel authorities have begun implementing the terms of a ceasefire agreement that went into effect early Tuesday, officials in Gaza said, as life slowly began returning to normal after 50 days of bombardment on the besieged coastal enclave.

Picture distributed by the Islamic State, showing militants including a commander known as Abu Waheeb. [Mashable]
16:57 GMT

ISIL militants have reportedly threatened to attack Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) that marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a report says.