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July 1, 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon also praised the Lebanese Armed Forces for maintaining calm amid border tensions with Israel (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

The United Nations hailed Lebanon's army for its efforts in controlling the country's security situation after a wave of terrorist attacks.

Kurdidish regional government president Massud Barzan shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on June 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday said Ankara does not favor a divided Iraq.

President Obama will deploy an additional 300 troops to Iraq in order to project U.S. interests (File/AFP)
09:28 GMT

President Barack Obama announced deploying an additional 300 U.S. troops to Iraq, bringing the total number of American personnel in the country to 750.

Morsi's overthrow angered many Muslim Brotherhood supporters and sparked nation-wide protests. (AFP/File)
09:25 GMT

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has called on Egyptians to stage mass demonstrations on July 3 to protest President Sisi.

Lebanese security forces are on high alert after the Duroy Hotel bombing on June 25 (File/AFP)
09:09 GMT

Fear is growing in Lebanon that terrorist attacks in the country could escalate during Ramadan. Western diplomatic sources expressed concern after Lebanese forces dismantled three terror cells this week.

The 18-year-old Palestinian was shot dead only hours after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found near Hebron (File/AFP)
08:23 GMT

Israeli soldiers shot dead an 18-year-old Palestinian during a raid in Jenin, early Tuesday. The raid came hours after the bodies of three Israeli teens were found near Hebron.

Lebanese officials said the clashes were related to drug trafficking. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

Three men were killed and seven people injured during clashes at Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut.

The bodies of the three missing teens were found late on Monday near Hebron (File/AFP)
07:51 GMT

Human rights group B'Tselem Monday called on the Israeli government to refrain from acts of vengeance after three bodies of missing Israeli teens were found in the West Bank.

It is unclear whether current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will stay in power once the new government is formed. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

A parliamentary session to begin forming a new government will begin Tuesday.

The bodies of the three missing Israeli teens were found Monday. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

Hamas has warned against any Israeli attack on Palestinians in retaliation for the recent deaths of three Israeli teens.

Lebanon has not had a president since late May. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Michel Aoun proposed that the constitution be amended to allow the Lebanese people to directly elect the president.

June 30, 2014

Three bombs exploded near the palace early Monday. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Egyptian security forces successfully defused a fifth explosive device outside the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis Monday.

Israeli security forces had been searching for the teens for weeks. (AFP/File)
18:58 GMT

Israeli security forces found the bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers who went missing earlier this month.

President Assad is currently battling the opposition for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that ISIL sells oil to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Roughly 50,000 licensed preachers will be allowed to lead Ramadan prayers across Egypt. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

The Egyptian government has ordered Ramadan sermons to stick to topics of faith and morality and not discuss political issues.