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August 6, 2014

Jordanian protesters set a makeshift Israeli flag on fire during a demonstration calling for an end to the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, in Amman, on August 05, 2014. [AFP]
10:08 GMT

Jordan has submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) calling for a permanent cessation of Israel’s atrocities in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Former US President Jimmy Carter stated that "Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise. Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor. [AFP]
09:20 GMT

Former US president calls for international investigation into human rights violations by Israel cites uneven civilian casualties on both sides.

Lebanese soldiers exit the town of Arsal near the Syrian border on August 5, 2014, on the fourth day of fierce fighting against Islamist militants in the area. [AFP]
08:43 GMT

A large number of Islamist militants withdrew overnight from the embattled northeastern town of Arsal as mediation efforts continued to end the fighting with the Lebanese Army, a Future Movement official said Wednesday.

A phone call between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was mysteriously disconnected on Sunday. [Flash09]
08:30 GMT

A phone call between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was mysteriously disconnected on Sunday.

Experts from the OPCW held a meeting in the Lebanese capital Beirut to discuss the destruction of 12 production sites in Syria over a six-month course. [AFP]
07:56 GMT

A group of chemical weapons experts is due to travel to Syria to continue the destruction of the country’s chemical capabilities.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been displaced by ISIS violence across the country (File/AFP)
07:52 GMT

Iran's ambassador to Baghdad said on Tuesday the Persian state was prepared to help Iraqi Christians fleeing ISIS violence.

Egypt has witnessed a wave of militant attacks since the ousting of ex-president Mohamed Morsi in July of last year (File/AFP)
07:33 GMT

Five Egyptian police personnel and four militants died during Tuesday clashes in the country's tourist spot along the Mediterranean coast.

Palestinians salvage their belongings from their destroyed home in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2014, after a 72-hour truce. [AFP]
07:26 GMT

Israel is willing to agree to the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip in exchange for the disarmament of militant groups there, an official said Tuesday.

An Iraqi Yazidi woman from Sinjar cries as she stands among others in a school being used for refuge after fleeing ISIS violence (File/AFP)
07:12 GMT

The UN criticized ISIS attacks in Iraq and Syria and was "deeply concerned" following the latest offensive in Sinjar where 200,000 civilians from the Yazidi community are believed to have fled.

A general view shows the Mosul dam. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Widespread media reports that a dam in Mosul was captured by ISIS are now known to be false. Kurdish forces repelled the attack.

August 5, 2014

Lebanese troops are deployed in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on March 19, 2014. (AFP)
19:01 GMT

An commander for extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, allegedly responsible for rigging vehicles with explosives for attacks in Lebanon, was killed in ongoing clashes in Arsal

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun (File/AFP)
17:05 GMT

Michel Aoun declared on Tuesday that he had long warned against holding negotiations with terrorists fighting the army in the northeastern town of Arsal.

Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. (AFP).
16:41 GMT

Hezbollah Tuesday denied its fighters intervened in the ongoing clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants from Syria in Arsal, and commended the government for its unified stance in support of the military.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said, "There is no difficulty for us to show or build the case." (AFP)
16:08 GMT

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki is pushing for a war crimes case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel over the recent offensive in Gaza.

Smoke over Gaza after an Israeli air strike on 8 July 2014. (AFP)
15:40 GMT

Hamas said Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to achieve his objectives from a deadly military onslaught on the Gaza Strip.