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July 5, 2014

Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets this week in protest of the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi this time last year (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
14:03 GMT

An Egyptian court convicted and sentenced to life 37 more Muslim Brotherhood members Saturday for "inciting violence" last year during clashes following former president Mohammed Morsi's oust from power in 2013.

Lebanon's parliament has failed to elect a president since May, forcing the country into a political leadership vacuum (File Archive)
13:43 GMT

Lebanese MPs expressed skepticism Saturday that a new president would lead Lebanon any time soon.

(AFP)
10:00 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.

Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
08:51 GMT

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a government building in Saudi Arabia Saturday after being surrounded by security forces, Al-Arabiya reported.

Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem. (AFP/THOMAS COEX)
07:34 GMT

At least 20 Palestinians were reported injured on Friday in clashes following the funeral of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, medics said.

Kuwaitis took to the streets after an opposition figure was detained for "insulting" the government earlier this week (Kuwaiti Interior Ministry/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Kuwait's Interior Ministry released a statement Friday saying that the government will firmly confront all forms of rioting and incitement following this week's rise in public protests in the capital.

July 4, 2014

Pro-Morsi supporters took to the streets Thursday and Friday to mark the oust of the former Islamist president's oust (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least one teenager was killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters Friday.

Maliki at one point pledged to not run for a third term (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister reiterated his staunch determination to remain in power for a third term Friday despite growing pressures to resign.

Steinitz's statement of support comes days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to "support" and "safeguard" Jordan from Islamist militant forces if need be (File Archive)
18:00 GMT

A top Israeli official told reporters Friday that Tel Aviv is ready to help Jordan fight off any Islamist insurgents from its neighbor Iraq if requested.

Israeli police told reporters that "thousands" of officers were deployed to East Jerusalem ahead of the teen's funeral in Shufat Friday (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least 20 people were reportedly injured in clashes in Jerusalem after Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir's funeral was held Friday.

At least 374 Yemeni forces have been killed during the first half of 2014 in Sanaa's offensives on AQAP, Shiite Houthi rebels and southern separatists (File Archive)
16:25 GMT

Armed gunmen from Yemen killed a Saudi security official Friday.

ISIS also remains in control of the city of Raqqa located in north central Syria (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
15:02 GMT

Jihadists in Syria now control all of the country's main oil and gas fields.

Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:35 GMT

At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.

Egyptian riot policemen douse burning tyres thrown by supporters of Muslim Brotherhood movement during their rally to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2014 in Cairo's Ain Shams district. [AFP]
13:58 GMT

A bomb detonated on Friday in Egypt’s Fayoum governorate killing three, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.

Mohammed Abu Khudair (Facebook)
11:29 GMT

Mohammed Abu Khudair, 17-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat, was killed this morning after being kidnapped in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem.