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August 4, 2014

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asked Iran for "tight controls" on religious media with an anti-Sunni message.
20:40 GMT

Iran has shut down several foreign-based channels running religious programs in the country in an effort to quell sectarian divisions they say are encouraged.

Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan along with other world leaders slammed the rising Gaza death toll (File/AFP)
20:06 GMT

Amid a sprawling death toll and several failed ceasefires, Israel sees intense, international backlash for Gaza strikes.

Employing smaller groups of local fighters, the "white shrouds" are battling ISIS with a tactic that's different from the FSA and other groups.
19:22 GMT

Calling themselves the 'white shrouds,' local tribesman in Syria's Deir al-Zor province are fighting ISIS back, conducting kidnappings and violent killings of militants trying to seize control.

In addition to opening the Rafah crossing, Egypt is involved in trying to broker a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. (AFP/File)
16:38 GMT

The Egyptian ambassador to Gaza says the Rafah crossing will remain open and Cairo doctors will treat Gaza's injured for free.

Afghan bystanders look at the bodies of insurgents following an attack by the Taliban in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province on July 27, 2014. [AFP]
15:14 GMT

Afghan national security forces backed by the army troops have killed 86 Taliban militants and injured 71 others during cleanup operations across the Asian country over the past 24 hours.

Hezbollah says it's ready to fight militants threatening the Lebanese army in the north. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

Hezbollah offers to support for the Lebanese army against militants in the north.

Kurdish forces have been battling extremists from the Islamic State since June. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

The Iraqi Prime Minister has requested the air force provide support to Iraq's Kurdish forces.

Palestinians remove the body of the eight-year-old girl from rubble in Shati refugee camp, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:51 GMT

Israel was accused of breaching its own ceasefire after a few minutes of implementing it following an air strike in the Shati refugee camp, which killed an eight-year-old girl.

Police shot and killed the tractor driver, while a pedestrian died of his injuries (Image: Jerusalem Post)
13:26 GMT

A 25-year-old man was killed after being struck by a tractor in an apparent Jerusalem 'terrorist' attack, according to Israeli police.

Officials worry that the militants could blow up the dam, causing major Iraqi cities to flood. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

Militants from the extremist group the Islamic State have taken control of the Mosul Dam.

Egypt has seen an upsurge in attacks by Sinai-based fighters since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT

Egyptian troops killed 11 militants in the Sinai Peninsula Monday.

Al-Qaeda's most lethal branch is highly active in Yemen. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT

Four Yemeni soldiers were killed during an ambush in Hadramawt province.

Israeli soldiers patrol through Hebron, June 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:03 GMT

An 11-year-old Palestinian boy was seriously injured after being caught in clashes between Israeli forces and protesters near Hebron.

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

Israel declared a 7-hour truce Monday to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Palestinians stand beside pools of blood, following an Israeli airstrike on a UN school in Rafah (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT

President Francois Hollande slammed Israel's deadly attack on a UN school, which killed 11 people.