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August 5, 2014

Moshe Feiglin posted the controversial message on Facebook, receiving over 8,000 likes (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

An Israeli politician outlined a detailed plan for citizens of Gaza, including "the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip" and "tent encampments" for Palestinians.

At least four Afghan civilians, including two children, have been killed in a US-led airstrike targeting an area in western Afghanistan. [AFP]
11:10 GMT

At least four Afghan civilians, including two children, have been killed in a US-led airstrike targeting an area in western Afghanistan.

Hassan Nasrallah also backed his ally Michel Aoun for the Lebanese presidency (File/AFP)
10:10 GMT

Leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said he expected the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria to fail and that the extremist organization would not advance in Lebanon.

Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the autonomous Kurdistan region on August 4, 2014, as they seek refuge after Islamic State  Sunni militants took control of their hometown. The Islamic State  raised its black flag in Sinjar on August 3, 2014 after ousting the peshmerga troops of Iraq's Kurdish government, forcing thousands of people from their homes. [AFP]
09:22 GMT

The United Nations (UN) says that tens of thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to flee ISIL terror in the northern town of Sinjar are currently surrounded by the members of the terrorist group.

A displaced Palestinian child looks out from a tent in Beit Lahia, where his family is taking refuge from Israeli attacks, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:11 GMT

Around 430 children were killed by Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip and 3,000 injured, according to Palestinian health officials.

After Hamas and several other Palestinian factions brought joint demands to Cairo, Egypt brokered a 72-hour ceasefire between the Palestinian factions and Israel. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

A 72-hour ceasefire deal has reportedly been reached among Palestinian faction and Israel in Egypt-proposed peace talks, set to begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The HRW said that Israel has apparently violated the laws of war on many occasions in its offensive on the Gaza Strip. [AFP]
06:50 GMT

In a report which was released on Monday, the HRW accused Israel of killing civilians as they attempted to flee the town of Khuza’a.

Palestinian men crawl under the rubble of a house looking for survivors after it was hit by an Israeli air strike on the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on August 4, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

The Foreign Office was tonight investigating reports that a British aid worker was killed this weekend in Gaza while delivering medical supplies.

August 4, 2014

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asked Iran for "tight controls" on religious media with an anti-Sunni message.
20:40 GMT

Iran has shut down several foreign-based channels running religious programs in the country in an effort to quell sectarian divisions they say are encouraged.

Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan along with other world leaders slammed the rising Gaza death toll (File/AFP)
20:06 GMT

Amid a sprawling death toll and several failed ceasefires, Israel sees intense, international backlash for Gaza strikes.

Employing smaller groups of local fighters, the "white shrouds" are battling ISIS with a tactic that's different from the FSA and other groups.
19:22 GMT

Calling themselves the 'white shrouds,' local tribesman in Syria's Deir al-Zor province are fighting ISIS back, conducting kidnappings and violent killings of militants trying to seize control.

In addition to opening the Rafah crossing, Egypt is involved in trying to broker a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. (AFP/File)
16:38 GMT

The Egyptian ambassador to Gaza says the Rafah crossing will remain open and Cairo doctors will treat Gaza's injured for free.

Afghan bystanders look at the bodies of insurgents following an attack by the Taliban in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province on July 27, 2014. [AFP]
15:14 GMT

Afghan national security forces backed by the army troops have killed 86 Taliban militants and injured 71 others during cleanup operations across the Asian country over the past 24 hours.

Hezbollah says it's ready to fight militants threatening the Lebanese army in the north. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

Hezbollah offers to support for the Lebanese army against militants in the north.

Kurdish forces have been battling extremists from the Islamic State since June. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

The Iraqi Prime Minister has requested the air force provide support to Iraq's Kurdish forces.