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June 25, 2014

At least two General Security personnel were killed in the explosion Wednesday (AFP)
18:58 GMT

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a Beirut hotel Wednesday.

Kurdish forces took over control of Kirkuk on June 12 (File Archive/AFP)
18:31 GMT

Damascus may have conducted airstrike attacks in western Iraq this week say U.S. officials.

While border activity has slowed, business has been relatively normal on the Iraq-Jordan Trebil crossing (Courtesy of Raad Adaileh/The Jordan Times)
18:00 GMT

Jordan's senior military leadership told reporters Wednesday that Amman is ready to defend the country against "any agression" in response to growing fears related to the country's shared border with Iraq.

Barely 13 percent of Libya's registered voters participated in Wednesday's parliamentary poll (AFP)
17:48 GMT

A mere 13 percent of Libya's voters went to the polls Wednesday morning to participate in the country's parliament elections.

Sunni militants surrounded the air base and attacked with mortar rounds, according to witnesses (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

A major air base in Iraq was attacked on Wednesday by Sunni insurgents. Four militants were also killed in the clashes with Iraqi forces in Yathrib, according to witnesses.

A truce to end the fighting between Sanaa and the Houthi rebels only lasted for 11 days (File Archive)
16:00 GMT

At least 13 people were killed in clashes in Yemen Wednesday.

Egypt's government reported that the metro is now running normally (STR/AFP)
15:45 GMT

Three small bombs targeting metro stations in Cairo left at least five people injured Wednesday.

Maliki has refused to form an emergency government while the death toll mounts in Iraq (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki ruled out the need for an emergency government despite growing violence in the country.

Al-Nusra Front and ISIL were initially rivals. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT

Al-Nusra Front in Syria has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The forces were patrolling a town in Kermanshah Province when they were attacked. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT

Three Iranian border guards were killed on the western border with Iraq by unknown gunmen.

Israel's army arrested over 500 Palestinians so far, in the search for three missing settlers (File/AFP)
13:02 GMT

Raids by Israeli forces continued in the West Bank as Hamas leaders and Palestinian lawmakers were arrested in Bethlehem overnight.

A suicide bomber in Beirut killed one and injured several others during the early hours of Tuesday morning (File/AFP)
12:31 GMT

The UN denounced a recent car bomb attack in Lebanon's capital Beirut, which left one dead and several others injured.

Thousands of Iraqis caught in ISIS violence fled Mosul in recent weeks towards Kurdish controlled areas (File/AFP)
11:50 GMT

Iraq’s Grand Mufti Rafi Al-Rifa’i called developments in Iraq a "popular revolution" and blamed the country's prime minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, for destroying the country.

Palestinian children in Gaza run for shelter after an Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

Two Palestinian navy officers were injured during overnight air strikes across Gaza, according to an official on Wednesday.

Head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc, Mohammad Radd, said the group was prepared to protect Iraq's holy Shia shrines (File/AFP)
09:22 GMT

Lebanon's Hezbollah are ready to intervene in Iraq against ISIS militants, the group said during a rally on Monday.