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June 17, 2014

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced the evacuation Tuesday via Twitter (Adem Altan/AFP)
17:09 GMT

that Turkey has officially evacuated its consulate in Iraq's southern city of Basra Tuesday due to the deteriorating security situation in the country.

Lebanon currently hosts over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
16:26 GMT

Kuwait will assist refugees and local host communities in Lebanon with aid, National Assembly Speaker Razouk al-Ghanim said during a visit to the country.

Tripoli has been relatively calm since a security plan was implemented by the government in April (File/AFP)
15:08 GMT

A Lebanese army soldier was shot dead in the early hours of Tuesday during a shooting attack in Tripoli, a security source said.

Journalists rally in support of imprisoned colleagues in Ankara, carrying a slogan: "If there's a free press, there's a free society" (File/AFP)
14:58 GMT

Over half of people in Turkey believe there is no press freedom in the country, according to a recent survey.

British Foreign Minister William Hague (left) pictured with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zari in 2013 (File/AFP)
14:02 GMT

The British embassy is set to open in Tehran, in a move to rebuild a diplomatic relationship with the Shia republic amid growing violence in Iraq.

Thousands of Iraqis fled Mosul, after the ISIS takeover (File/AFP)
13:37 GMT

ISIS militants tried to woo the residents of Mosul with cheap gas and water along with other popular initiatives, despite reports that only Sunni Iraqis returned to the city.

Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, is leading negotiations with the UN (File/AFP)
12:39 GMT

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council started a second day of negotiations to strike a deal over Tehran's nuclear program.

The Syrian men were accused of belonging to Ziad Jarrah Brigades - an Al-Qaeda affiliated group (File/AFP)
12:11 GMT

A Lebanon prosecutor on Tuesday charged five Syrian men with belonging to an Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group.

Iraqi security forces were able to repel the militants. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Iraqi security forces successfully fended off ISIL militants who attacked Baquoba early Tuesday.

Terrorist groups, Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham, clashed with ISIL militants across Syria (File/AFP)
11:37 GMT

Clashes between ISIL militants and other rebel groups erupted in Syria as Bashar Assad's fighter jets raided the city of al-Raqqah.

The three teenagers are believed to have went missing near a West Bank settlement (File/AFP)
11:08 GMT

Israeli forces arrested a further 50 Palestinians including Hamas leaders and activists in retaliation to three settlers being allegedly abducted in the occupied West Bank.

Heavy fighting continues in Deir al-Zor as ISIL militants fight members of the al-Nusra Front. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT

Five people were killed in a car bomb that detonated near an office belonging to al-Nusra Front in eastern Syria.

The new cabinet includes 30 ministers. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT

Egypt's new cabinet has been sworn in by President Sisi at a ceremony in Cairo.

Israel continues air strikes in response to the alleged kidnapping of three Israeli teens. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT

The Israeli army has launched several attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Violence in Iraq is quickly becoming a crisis as ISIL militants continue to take over Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

Britain has proposed a ban on ISIL under the British Terrorism Act.