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July 21, 2014

The plan for a new capital city, due to Cairo´s traffic congestion and growing population, was discussed in a cabinet meeting last week (Shutterstock).
19:44 GMT

The Egyptian government is considering a plan to build a new administrative capital city due to Cairo´s traffic congestion and rising population.

An employee inspects the damage to the al-Aqsa hospital, shelled on July 21 (Mohammed Abed/ AFP).
18:30 GMT

The al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah was shelled killing 4 people, wounding 60 people, half of whom were medical staff, and damaging the intensive care unit.

Hassan Fadlallah (center right), a parliamentarian representing Hezbollah, says that the movement´s resistance is at the forefront of defending Lebanon (AFP/File).
17:47 GMT

Hassan Fadlallah, a parliamentarian representing the Lebanese resistance movement, said on Sunday that Hezbollah would not be swayed in its fight against Takfiri militant groups operating in Syria.

Security forces are only allowing Umrah pilgrims wearing “ihram,” the pilgrimage attire, to enter the Grand Mosque (AFP/ File).
16:30 GMT

Mecca authorities are only allowing Umrah pilgrims wearing "ihram" pilgrimage attire to enter the Grand Mosque.

Palestinians celebrate in Ramallah on July 21 after Hamas announced it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier (Abbas Momani/ AFP).
15:00 GMT

Hamas announced today that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier. Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosser denies this while the Israel Defense Forces says the kidnapping "still cannot be ruled out".

Kerry made the comments before appearing on Fox News Sunday. (AFP/File)
14:13 GMT

Candid remarks about Israel by Secretary of State John Kerry were caught on an open microphone before a television interview Sunday.

The U.S. State Department confirmed two American citizens fighting for the IDF were killed in Gaza (File/AFP)
13:04 GMT

Two American-Israelis were killed during the Jewish state's ground offensive in Gaza, bringing the IDF death toll up to 18.

France's government banned pro-Palestine protests earlier in the week, sparking outrage across the country (File/AFP)
11:41 GMT

Concern is mounting in France after pro-Gaza demonstrations turned violent and Jewish owned businesses were burned and looted overnight.

Fighting resumed Sunday after ceasefire efforts failed. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT

Clashes between rival militias has killed 47 people in the past 24 hours.

A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18, 2014. [AFP]
10:45 GMT

A heavy barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip set off sirens throughout Israel on Monday morning, including in the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas.

Iran and the P5 + 1 are currently engaged in talks to achieve a permanent nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT

A new report issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has complied with the interim nuclear accord.

Fear is growing of a mass humanitarian crisis if ISIS militants cut water supplies across Iraq (File/AFP)
10:02 GMT

Militants from radical group ISIS have taken control of key facilities along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Iraq, with the threat of cutting water supplies to the Shia population, south of the country.

Israeli soldiers hold positions at an army deployment near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 21, 2014, after militants from Gaza infiltrated southern Israel through two tunnels. [AFP]
09:02 GMT

Hamas' military wing said Monday that a group of its' fighters infiltrated southern Israel from a tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip.

Nicolas Maduro called Israel's operation in Gaza "a massacred Palestine" (File/AFP)
08:59 GMT

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro called Israeli operations in the Gaza Strip an "extermination" and urged the UN to take action against the Jewish state.

Militants in ISIS demanded Christian residents convert to Islam, pay a tax, or be killed. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT

An ultimatum issued by ISIS militants is causing Mosul's Christians to flee by the hundreds.