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June 15, 2014

Lebanese security forces are ramping up security in border towns like Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Lebanese authorities are increasing security in border regions and adopting preventive measures to avoid spillover violence from Iraq and Syria.

The ships arrived in the Gulf late Saturday. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

The U.S. has sent three warships to the Gulf in response to recent chaos in Iraq.

Iraqi volunteers stand in trucks, ready to fight ISIL militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Iraq's army prepared for an offensive against ISIL militant as the terrorist group advanced towards the country's capital, Baghdad.

June 14, 2014

A Yemeni boy walks past a street art in Sana'a, depicting a U.S. drone strike (File/AFP)
14:25 GMT

At least three people were killed by an American drone strike in southern Yemen, according to local officials.

The missing settlers are believed to have disappeared in Gush Etzion between Hebron and Bethlehem (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

Palestinian men and women in Hebron were detained during a search by Israeli forces for missing settlers who were allegedly kidnapped.

No casualties were reported during the Israeli airstrike (File/AFP)
13:31 GMT

Israeli forces launched airstrikes over southern Gaza, hours after rockets hit Israel from the Strip.

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications also said internet access would be unavailable due maintenance reasons (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Social media sites Facebook and Twitter have allegedly been blocked in Iraq by the communication ministry to try and prevent ISIS militants using them.

Hezbollah blames America for the rise of terrorism in the Middle East (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Hezbollah's deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem, blamed the U.S. for chaotic unrest in the Middle East and rising terrorism in the region.

Iran also denied media rumors that three battalions had been dispatched to Iraq (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

Washington on Friday dismissed media reports about the possibility of talks between the U.S. and Iran over the ongoing violence in Iraq.

At least 500,000 Iraqis fled Mosul, after it was overrun by ISIS militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The UN's top human rights official, Navi Pillay, warned of grave human rights abuses in Iraq, as ISIS militants advance towards Baghdad.

June 13, 2014

Muslim Brotherhood supporters had gathered in Cairo's Hadayek Al-Maadi district when the policeman was shot dead (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

An Egyptian policeman was killed by an unknown assailant during a Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo's Maadi district.

Israeli forces stormed the compound after Palestinian worshipers marched in support on inmates on hunger strike (File/AFP)
15:12 GMT

Eight Palestinians were detained and 28 others injured by Israeli forces during Friday clashes in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Nato has so far ruled out any military action in Iraq (File/AFP)
14:09 GMT

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said there would be no role of the 28-nation alliance in Iraq's detrimental violence.

The Al Qaeda affiliated group was behind a number of killings in Lebanon in recent months (File/AFP)
12:41 GMT

A Syrian refugee was killed while two others were kidnapped in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley by militants from radical group, Al Nusra Front.

In 2013, there was a 70 percent hike in Israeli settlement activity (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT

Israel's government is pushing ahead with plans to build 1,083 settler units in the occupied West Bank, according to the Jerusalem Post, Friday.