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August 26, 2014

Palestinians protested the closure of a military checkpoint in Hebron Tuesday, which Israeli forces say is closed for maintenance after a Molotov cocktail was hurled at the structure by local Palestinians. (AFP/File)
10:36 GMT

Dozens of Palestinians conducting demonstrations in Hebron Tuesday in protest of the Friday closing of a military checkpoint.

Launch pads used to fire rockets into northern Israel were found by the Lebanese Army Tuesday. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT

Amid fresh rocket fire from Lebanon and retaliation fire from Israel, Lebanese army discovered Tuesday three launch sites in S. Lebanon.

Saudi and Iranian leaders will meet Tuesday for talks about regional issues, specifically about the looming threat posed by ISIS gains. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT

Amid Iranian deputy foreign minister Hussain Amir Abdollahian's visit to Riyadh Tuesday, Iranian and Saudi leaders are expected to find common ground in fighting the looming ISIS threat facing the both countries.

Fatah's secretary-general Hisham Muhammad Abu Zgheib, 37, was detained in the Tulkarem refugee camp Monday. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT

A top Fatah official has been arrested by Israeli forces after a raid of the Tulkarem refugee camp in northern West Bank.

ISIS militants captured the Tabqa military airport from Syrian government forces Sunday, gaining new missile equipment and territory in Syria. (AFP/File)
07:16 GMT

After seizing the facility from government forces Sunday, ISIS militants set up operations around the Tabqa airport Monday, capturing the base's anti-aircraft missiles, military aircraft and sidewinder missiles.

The Nusra Front is believed to be holding three soldiers and 15 policemen (AFP/ File Archive).
06:00 GMT

The Nusra Front says that it may use military options to force the release of militants detained in Lebanon’s prisons

Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi says that "weapons must remain in the hand of the state" (Sabah Arar / AFP).
05:00 GMT

Following the kidnapping of 70 Sunnis by suspected Shiite militants, Iraq´s premier-designate Haidar al-Abadi said there was not place for armed groups outside of state control.

August 25, 2014

American soldiers in Jordan were the targets of the eight suspects (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT

Jordanian military prosecutors on Monday charged eight suspects with plotting to attack U.S. soldiers and Israel's embassy in Jordan.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokri (C) speaks as Libyan Foreign Minister Muhammad Abdelaziz (R) looks on during a meeting on Monday (Khaled Desouki/ AFP).
19:00 GMT

Egypt is to host a meeting of foreign ministers of Libya and its neighbours on Monday regarding Libya´s security situation.

Pope Francis and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will also discuss the exodus of Christians from Iraq and Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
17:03 GMT

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will talk with Pope Francis on the Christian sufferings in the Middle East and the Lebanese presidential election stalemate on Wednesday.

 ISIS took the Syrian government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.(File Archive, AFP).
15:38 GMT

Islamic State of Syria and Iraq militants in Syria have taken a the government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.

The Jordanian Armed Forces opened fire at the infiltrators who were aboard a wheeled armoured personnel carrier (AFP/ File/ Archive).
13:42 GMT

Jordanian border guards on Sunday killed two infiltrators who attempted to cross the border from Syria

Iraqis inspect the damage at an husseiniya, a Shiite place of worship, after a suicide bomber attacked worshipers during prayers on August 25, 2014. [AFP]
13:37 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed after a bomb attack targeted Shia worshippers in Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad.

The Assad regime is currently battling militants from the Islamic State as well as Syrian opposition fighters. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

The Syrian government said it is ready to cooperate with international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the region.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian [AP]
12:28 GMT

Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are enmeshed in a struggle for influence across the Middle East and back opposing sides in conflicts across the region.