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August 24, 2014

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter flashes the sign for victory as they head to the front line near Mosul Dam on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul on August 18, 2014 as fighting continued with Islamic State militants for control of the strategic site. [AFP]
07:54 GMT

Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by US airstrikes have managed to secure the area near Iraq’s largest dam after retaking complete control of the strategic structure from ISIL militants, Press TV reports.

A wounded Palestinian man awaits treatment following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:34 GMT

Hamas officials backed Palestine's bid to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), heightening calls for Israeli war crimes to be investigated.

A displaced Palestinian child sleeps on the floor of a UN school in Gaza City, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:18 GMT

Schools in Gaza will remain closed as a result of the ongoing Israeli assault, preventing some 500,000 Palestinian children from attending the fall semester.

Without the grace period, Syrian refugees living illegally in Lebanon could face severe fines from the Lebanese government. (AFP/Hassan Jarah)
05:00 GMT

Syrian refugees living undocumented in Lebanon will be given a grace period fro Aug. 21 to Dec. 31 to move back to Syria without facing residency violation fines.

August 23, 2014

Nusra Front reportedly holds 15 ISF members and three soldiers from Lebanon. The video said their release depends on Hezbolla's exit from Syria. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT

Islamist extremist group Nusra Front released a video Saturday of captured Lebanese soldiers and ISF members pleading with Hezbollah to leave Syria to ensure their safe release.

The Tripoli airport has been a long-sought after control post for rival militias. On Saturday, Islamist group Fajr Libya announced it has seized total control. (AFP/File)
20:11 GMT

Libyan Islamist militant group Fajr Libya announced Saturday its seizure of the Tripoli airport from rival nationalist militia groups.

Hamas officials sparked Palestinian Authority outrage Saturday after executing more than 20 Palestinians for allegedly conspiring with Israel. (AFP/File)
17:18 GMT

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday condemned the killings of more than 20 Palestinians charged with conspiring with Israel.

Palestinians launched a campaign against Italy's planned military exercises with Israel. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

Palestinians launched a campaign to pressure Italy to boycott planned military exercises with Israel.

Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. would help Iraq form a new federal system. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT

Amid new sectarian violence, Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. is prepared to help Iraq decentralize with a federal system.

Tensions boiled over Friday when Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT

New government talks are strained after Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.

Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has faced criticism over waiting too long to send army forces into Arsal to defend against charging militants. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT

Amid criticism about military handling of the Arsal battle with Syrian militants earlier in August, Lebanese army COmmader Gen. Jean Kahwagi refutes claims he used the battle for political gains.

A media watchdog in Gaza reported Israeli forces have committed 73 violations of media freedom and Palestinian parties three since the Gaza siege began. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

A media watchdog says the Gaza siege has had the worst month in history for media freedom and safety, with attacks on journalists widespread in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and throughout Gaza.

Fresh violence erupted in Baghdad when Shiites militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Amid international qualms over how to handle ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Iraqi Shiite militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad Friday, killing more than 70 people.

August 22, 2014

A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke rising from the remains of a mortar fired by Palestinian militants into Israel on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
19:40 GMT

A four-year-old Israeli child was killed after mortar fire struck two cars in Sdot Negev region of southern Israel on Friday afternoon.

Supporters of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement gather during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus to support people in the Gaza Strip on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
18:06 GMT

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said that the Palestinians would not accept anything less than an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, as Israeli forces continued to attack the besieged enclave.