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June 29, 2014

The latest Al-Qaeda assault comes two days after militants briefly seized Sayun airport (File/AFP)
08:36 GMT

Two soldiers and four Al-Qaeda fighters died Saturday after clashes between the militant group and Yemen's army, a military official confirmed.

Douma has been under rebel control for over two years. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

At least two people were killed and dozens more injured in a car bomb attack in Douma.

A rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a factory in the industrial zone of the southern Israeli city of Sderot, causing it to catch on fire, Saturday evening, June 28, 2014. [Ma'an]
07:08 GMT

Four rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel Saturday evening, one of them hitting a factory and causing a fire, Israeli media and the Israeli army said.

Security officials are frequently targeted in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Four Egyptian police officers were shot and killed by armed assailants in the Sinai Peninsula.

(AFP)
05:00 GMT

Human Rights Organizations and news reports recently have blasted Gulf countries over the mistreatment and exploitation of low-wage expat workers

June 28, 2014

(AFP)
17:21 GMT

HRW has strongly slammed Saudi Arabian authorizes for hacking into the mobile phones of dissidents to obtain data on anti-regime protests.

Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP)
17:09 GMT

The Lebanese Army discovered a cave in north Lebanon used by militants to make explosives and confiscated books that include lessons on how to make bombs, the military said Saturday.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, pictured right, and President Obama on the left. (AFP)
16:47 GMT

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says he has prepared an “option” for President Barack Obama to consider the use of US military assets against “high-value individuals” in ISIL leadership.

Palestinians gather around a car that was targeted by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on June 27, 2014. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
16:36 GMT

Israel's army launched airstrikes on southern and central Gaza early Saturday after projectiles fired from the coastal enclave landed in the Negev desert, Palestinians and security officials said.

(AFP)
08:22 GMT

The Pentagon has announced that US drones armed with Hellfire missiles are flying over the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad to protect American troops and diplomats.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. (Arnd Wiegmann/AFP)
07:38 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Saudi leaders in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, seeking their support for an inclusive government in Iraq.

Lebanese army vehicles carrying Lebanese soldiers are deployed on the streets of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 2, 2014 in the first stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence in the city. (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP)
07:22 GMT

Tensions have been steadily rising in the northern city of Tripoli ever since the Lebanese Army began implementing its security plan in April, drawing the ire of Islamists who say arrests have been random and unjust.

June 27, 2014

HRW said up to 190 men were executed by ISIS between 11 and 14 June (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Human Rights Watch claimed ISIS massacred at least 190 captives in the Iraqi city of Tikrit after an analysis of satellite images.

Rebels fighter stand on the images of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad (R) and his son present Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Kasab border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia. [AFP]
11:16 GMT

As the White House asked lawmakers to funnel $500 million towards moderate insurgents, Syria’s opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) late Thursday over corruption allegations, Agence France-presse reported.

A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows smoke billowing from sites targeted by Israel Air Force strike in the Gaza Strip, November 16, 2012. [AFP]
10:23 GMT

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were wounded Friday by Israeli tank shells fired in response to the detonation of a border bomb, Palestinian medics and the Israeli army said.