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June 25, 2014

Many Palestinian prisoners are often held without charges. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT

Sixty-three Palestinians have decided to end their hunger strike.

Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri said Saudi nationals "are not a target" after a wave of suicide attacks in Beirut (File/AFP)
08:48 GMT

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Awad Asiri, attempted to reassure Saudi tourists amid safety concerns after a recent wave of bombings in Beirut.

The devices exploded early on Wednesday morning according to Al-Ahram news (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT

Explosions across several metro stations in Cairo have put the city on high alert after three people were left injured.

Iraqi security forces are fighting ISIL militants across the country. (AFP/File)
08:03 GMT

The Iraqi cabinet has decided to withhold the salaries of government employees until the current conflict ends.

The Nigerian government is under fire for failing to prevent abductions (File/AFP)
07:38 GMT

The number of people kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria has topped 400 after a further 91 people including young children were abducted by the group in weekend attacks.

Kurdish forces are fighting to keep ISIL militants out of Kirkuk. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

A city council chief in Kirkuk was shot dead by ISIL militants Tuesday.

Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts (Thomas Coex/AFP)
05:00 GMT

At least 250 Palestinian children are in jail as a result of Israelis ongoing raids in the West Bank for the missing Israeli teens.

June 24, 2014

Shiite volunteers have formed brigades within the past week to support the Iraqi army in its fight against Sunni militants (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP)
19:51 GMT

The Pentagon reported Tuesday that the first teams of U.S. military advisers have been deployed to Iraq.

The bomb in Damascus Tuesday left at least five people dead (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

At least five people were killed Tuesday in a rebel attack on a regime stronghold in Syria's capital, and over a dozen were wounded in a Homs' car bombing attack.

Khalifa Haftar issued a warning earlier this week for all Turks and Qataris to leave the country within 48 hours (File Archive/AFP)
17:55 GMT

Turkey is in the process of evacuating hundreds of its citizens from Libya.

Iraqi troops have lost control of all three Syria-Iraq border crossings (File Archive)
16:36 GMT

The ISIS-controlled Al Qaim Syria-Iraq border was bombed Tuesday, but it is not yet clear who is behind the attack.

More than 1,000 raids have been conducted in the West Bank over the past 11 days (File Archive/AFP)
16:12 GMT

Tel Aviv has allegedly "scaled back" its search efforts for the three missing Israeli teens in fear of a Palestinian uprising,

Two suicide attacks were carried out in Lebanon this week. (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT

Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Tuesday that security concerns will persist in Lebanon as long as Lebanese are involved in Syria.

Around 75 percent of the total death toll represents civilians killed in the ongoing fighting (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:02 GMT

Over 1,000 people have been killed in Iraq in less than three weeks as extremist militants launched an offensive nationwide.

The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip has continued to worsen since Israel's blockade in 2006 (File/AFP)
13:32 GMT

The Gaza Strip's final remaining power plant is due to shut down on Tuesday after the last shipment of fuel donated from Qatar ran out.