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June 19, 2014

The Egyptian government has sentenced hundreds of Morsi supporters to jail. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

Hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets of Alexandria to protest newly elected President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Militants belonging to ISIL took control of Mosul on June 10. (AFP/File)
09:16 GMT

Iraq's armed forces are preparing to retake the city of Mosul.

Prime Minister Maliki has been criticized for not doing enough to stop ISIL militants from taking over Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

A number of U.S. officials have openly stated that they think Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should step down.

Human rights groups have criticized Israeli raids and arrests as "collective punishment" (File/AFP)
07:18 GMT

Israel raided 750 homes and arrested 300 people last week in the search for three missing Israeli teens.

Iran's nuclear program is controversial among the international community. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 have begun drafting a nuclear deal in the Austrian capital Vienna.

According to Baghdad, approximately two million Iraqis are volunteering in the fight against ISIL (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi volunteers are signing up to fight with Baghdad against the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

June 18, 2014

Volunteer militias are organizing throughout Iraq to fight the ISIL, according to several reports (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Iraq has appealed to the United States to conduct air strikes on the Sunni militants' strongholds who are responsible for seizing the country's main oil refinery.

Iraq's armed forces is in the process of recruiting volunteers to curb escalating sectarian violence nationwide (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
19:02 GMT

The UAE recalled its ambassador in Iraq Wednesday for consultations regarding what Abu Dhabi has described as "the continuation of the policy of exclusion, sectarianism and marginalization of basic components of the Iraqi people."

Tfeil is also home to 100,000 Syrian refugees, some who also fled the violence (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Residents in the border town of Tfeil fled the area during clashes between Hezbollah fighters and rebel forces from the Free Syria Army.

Some 100 people were kidnapped by ISIS militants, including nationals from Turkey, Pakistan and Nepal (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

ISIL militants abducted at least 100 people, including 40 Indian citizens working at a Turkish construction company near Mosul.

David Cameron also warned of British citizens traveling to Iraq and Syria and becoming radicalized (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron said ISIS terrorism could touch UK soil if the extremist group continued to advance in Iraq and Syria.

A soldier part of Kurdistan's peshmerga security forces clashes with militants from the jihadist group ISIL earlier this month (Rick Findler/AFP)
16:35 GMT

Iraq's Kurds have finally formed a new government as of Wednesday following months of debate.

Israeli forces arrested over 200 Palestinians so far, in the search for the three missing settlers (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Human rights groups in Palestine called on Israel to respect the right to life, after the arrest of at least 200 people, many of them Hamas members.

Ain al-Hilweh camp has been at the center of violent clashes, kidnappings and assassinations in recent months (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Palestinian factions in the troubled Lebanon camp of Ain al-Hilweh, tightened security ahead of Ramadan in response to developments in Iraq.

The Israeli government announced plans for 3,200 more settlement homes earlier this month (File Archive)
14:02 GMT

At least 172 new settler homes were approved for construction in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank Wednesday by Israel.