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August 18, 2014

The Assad regime continued air strikes that it began Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

The Syrian air force carried out air strikes against ISIS militants in the province of Raqqa Monday.

Lebanon currently hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, making up 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT

Lebanese authorities tightened controls on Syrian refugees in Bsharri after a wave of violence between militants and the army across Arsal earlier this month.

King Abdullah's donation was in response to a proposal made by the World Food Program (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT

King Abdullah donated an additional $1 million for Palestinian families in the West Bank, which would benefit up to 81,000 people.

Kuwait´s parliament, where Member for Parliament Abdul Hameed Dashti said he would call for a debate about misbehaving Kuwaitis abroad (Yasser al-Zayya, AFP).
13:09 GMT

Two Kuwaiti parliament members have demanded that the passport of any Kuwaiti who tarnishes the country’s image and reputation abroad should be revoked.

An Israeli soldier applies camouflage to his face close to the border with Gaza, July 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:15 GMT

Israel has positioned troops along the Gaza border as a five-day ceasefire brokered by Egypt is due to end late Monday.

Egypt's security forces are often targeted ever since Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July, 2013 (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT

An Egyptian police officer was shot dead Monday in the Nile Delta when an armed group attacked a security checkpoint.

A Syrian boy walks through the remains of a refugee camp that was burnt during clashes with militants in Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:23 GMT

Militants freed two Lebanese soldiers who were kidnapped during clashes between extremists and the army in the border town of Arsal.

Police have yet to identify the attackers. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

Armed men attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince Monday.

Iran is prone to earthquakes as the country is located on seismic fault lines (File/AFP)
09:49 GMT

A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook three provinces in western Iran, injuring at least 50 people. No fatalities were reported.

Lebanese soldiers stand guard in the streets of Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT

Lebanon's army requested fixed-wing aircrafts from the U.S. to support troops battling extremists in and around the border town of Arsal, an official said.

Three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.
08:24 GMT

Early on Monday morning the IDF destroyed the Hebron area West Bank homes of the suspected murderers of the three Jewish teens who were abducted and killed in June.

Morsi is accused of collaborating with foreign organizations. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT

A Cairo criminal court lifted the media ban on former President Mohamed Morsi's trial.

Palestinian children play amongst the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza City, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT

The humanitarian situation in Gaza has worsened after more than one week of an agreed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Michael Fallon, pictured meeting British forces at the RAF base in Akrotiri, Cyprus this weekend, said the mission had escalated beyond a humanitarian one and could last for months. [RAF]
07:43 GMT

Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict: 150 more special forces on way as minister says mission will take months.

Palestinians walk in the rubble of destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood on August 17, 2014. [AFP]
07:13 GMT

Qatar announced on Saturday that it has decided to donate $1,000 to each Palestinian family whose house was destroyed during Operation Protective Edge.