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June 24, 2014

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.

Sisi made his announcement during a commencement ceremony for military students. (AFP/File)
13:29 GMT

Egypt's new President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced Tuesday that he will donate half of his monthly salary and half of his wealth to support the Egyptian economy.

Iraqi forces have been involved in fierce clashes with ISIL for over two weeks (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Iraqi forces responded to ISIL attacks across the north and east of the country in an attempt to regain control of captured towns.

The Baiji refinery produces a third of the country's oil output. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT

After days of intense fighting, ISIL has taken control of a strategic oil refinery in the Salahuddin Province.

Iraqi security forces stand outside a polling station in Baghdad during elections in April, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:27 GMT

Six members of a Sunni family in Baghdad were killed by gunmen as ISIL militants continue their violent campaign across Iraq.

The talks will discuss issues concerning the U.N. presence in Lebanon. (AFP/FIle)
10:27 GMT

U.N. Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations arrived in Beirut Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials.

A total of 969 prisoners are due to be released in the UAE, as part of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's goodwill gesture (File/AFP)
10:03 GMT

The UAE's president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ordered the release of 969 prisoners as a goodwill gesture for Ramadan.

On Monday, three Al Jazeera journalists were given to up to 10 years in jail, causing international outrage (File/AFP)
09:25 GMT

Egyptian ambassadors across the globe prepared to be summoned following Monday's sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo.

Kurdish forces recently took control of Kirkuk when Iraqi forces fled. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Iraqi Kurdistan Tuesday to urge Kurdish leaders to partake in the new Iraqi government.

A UN official called the rising death toll in Palestine "alarming" as Israel continues to search for three missing settlers (File/AFP)
08:48 GMT

The UN warned that current military operations by Israel's army in the West Bank could lead to a third intifada as hundreds of Palestinians were arrested after three settlers went missing.

Lebanon's capital Beirut was rocked by a suicide bombing in the early hours of Monday morning (File/AFP)
07:54 GMT

A U.S. envoy on Monday said America would "stand by" Lebanon against terrorism as the country attempts to deal with the conflicts from Iraq and Syria spilling over.

The attack happened near a cafe where people were gathered to watch the World Cup. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle outside a cafe in Beirut late Monday.