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July 15, 2014

Abu Qatada is currently in Jordan on trial for plotting to kill tourists during turn-of-the-millennium celebrations in Amman (File Archive)
13:57 GMT

One of the top radical religious leaders who is presently on trial for terrorism in Jordan denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's so-called caliphate as "void" Tuesday.

Arsal has frequently been affected by rocket spillover from Syria (File Archive)
13:33 GMT

At least seven people were wounded Tuesday in Lebanon's town of Arsal from Syrian rockets.

Thousands have fled the ongoing violence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT

Iraq's parliament successful elected a new speaker of the house Tuesday.

Hamas has not accepted the ceasefire that was proposed by Egypt early this week. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad said they were not consulted over the terms of the ceasefire deal with Israel.

Israel targeted military sites in Golan. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT

Israeli warplanes bombed three targets in Syria's Golan Heights Tuesday.

The Iron Dome system offers protection from Hamas' rocket attacks. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT

Israel deployed three new Iron Dome anti-rocket systems Tuesday, bringing the total number to ten.

Kerry held talks with Zarif for two consecutive days. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to save the flailing nuclear talks.

Speaker Nabih Berri says that "the followed mechanism doesn't interpret the constitution and the jurisdictions of the government amid the presidential vacuum" (AFP/File).
08:30 GMT

Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker, Nabih Berri has stated that the cabinet mechanism adopted to manage work during the presidential vacuum actually paralyzes cabinet.

A man waves the Palestinian flag during a protest in New York, July 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:58 GMT

Protesters across the world held rallies to condemn Israel's deadly attacks across the Gaza Strip as the death toll hit 190.

According to the ceasefire, Israel and Gaza must end hostilities as of 9 a.m. Tuesday. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

Israel's security cabinet accepted on Tuesday morning the ceasefire proposed by Egypt.

Israel's shelling was a response to rockets fried at Israel from south Lebanon Monday. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT

Israel shelled southern Lebanon early Tuesday morning. No casualties were reported.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called a security cabinet meeting early Tuesday morning and was expected to encourage members to accept Egypt's ceasefire proposal (AFP/ File).
07:16 GMT

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, convened the security cabinet on early Tuesday morning to discuss Egypt's proposed ceasefire agreement to end Israeli-Palestinian hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

Abdullah al-Muallami, Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the UN said that "The Security Council statement on Israel’s attack on the Gazans was not up to the expectations of its members" (AFP/ File).
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia has criticized the United Nations Security Council for failing to meet member expectations in both its statement on, and action to prevent, Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

July 14, 2014

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, for a second day to discuss Iran's nuclear program (AFP/ File).
19:00 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have held a second meeting to discuss Tehran's nuclear program on the sidelines of nuclear talks between Israel and six world powers.

The Cairo Appeals Court for Urgent Cases abrogated the ban issued in May by a lower court and said there is no evidence that the banned members were involved in corruption (AFP/ File).
18:00 GMT

An Egyptian court has lifted the ban on members of former president Hosni Mubarak's political party from running for parliament, as there was no constitutional stipulation requiring this.