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August 21, 2014

Jordan's draft resolution called for a durable ceasefire between Israel and Gaza (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT

Jordan urged the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Militants from the Islamic State took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT

Interpol is urging the international community to conduct a coordinated effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

Palestinians carry the body of  a Hamas commander's wife following an Israeli air strike, which killed two members of his family, Auguest 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:00 GMT

Hamas's deputy leader Musa Abu-Marzuq accused Israel of firing the first shot after the breakdown of a fragile ceasefire Tuesday.

Israeli Occupation Forces order PFLP leader Khalida Jarrar to be deported to Jericho. [PNN]
08:55 GMT

The Palestine Liberation Organization on Wednesday condemned the Israeli order to exile Palestinian member of parliament Khalida Jarrar from her home in Ramallah, as further details emerged of deportation order she received in a pre-dawn raid earlier in the day.

EU worried over rising terrorism in Mideast. [AFP]
08:18 GMT

A Romanian official says threats emanating from terrorism and extremism in the Middle East are a source of concern for the European Union (EU), of which his country is a member.

Over 2,000 Palestinians have died in the current conflict. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

Hamas says three of their senior military leaders have been killed in recent Israeli air strikes.

Relatives of seven-month-old Ali Deif, the son of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif, hold his body in a mosque during his funeral at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on August 20, 2014. [AFP]
07:47 GMT

Egypt's foreign ministry expresses 'deep regret' over resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip and calls on both sides to build on past truce efforts

Relatives mourn in Gaza's al-Shifa hospital after their loved ones are brought from the morgue, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:40 GMT

The British government will continue to provide Israel with arms despite earlier signs that it would halt weapons sales licenses amid the high Gaza death toll.

The founder of the April 6 Youth Movement and fellow members have launched a new campaign against their detention. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

A number of jailed Egyptian activists decided to go on an open-ended hunger strike to protest their detention.

US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 20, 2014. [AFP]
06:56 GMT

President Obama says US will continue to fight Islamic State, following murder of American journalist

A Bahraini Shiite protester reacts as she is detained by riot police during an anti-government demonstration in the center of the capital Manama on September 21, 2012. [AFP]
06:43 GMT

Regime forces in Bahrain have launched a new crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in the Persian Gulf country.

Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. [AFP]
06:31 GMT

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has issued a new report, confirming Iran’s commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with six world powers last year.

A protester holds up a picture of the Shia movement's leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:29 GMT

Thousands of Yemen's Houthi Shias staged an anti-government protest in the country's capital, Sana'a, giving leaders until Friday to resign.

Smoke rises from buildings following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on August 20, 2014. [AFP]
06:22 GMT

The United Nations Security Council has called on Israelis and Palestinians to resume negotiations to reach a deal on a long-term truce.

Relatives of Mohammed Deif's seven-month-old son mourn during the baby's funeral in the northern Gaza Strip, August 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hamas officials categorically denied Tel Aviv claims that the group's top military commander, Mohammed Deif, was killed by an Israeli air strike, where his wife and seven-month-old son died.