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June 18, 2014

Egypt's membership to the AU was on freeze during former president Mohammed Morsi's rule, but the AU has cited the country's success in electing Sisi and ratifying a new constitution as signs that it is ready to again be part of the AU (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Egypt was re-admitted to the African Union Tuesday.

June 17, 2014

Iraqi PM Maliki dismissed the top officials saying that they abandoned their "professional and military duties" (Iraqi Prime Minister's Office/AFP)
21:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister fired the country's top security forces Tuesday as bombs and violence enveloped the country for another day.

Jihadist group ISIL took over control of Iraq's city of Mosul last week (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Iraq's government blamed Saudi Arabia this week for the escalation of violence and bloodshed within its borders.

Houthis protested against Sanaa's federation plan earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Yemen's air force attacked Shiite rebels in the country's northern region Tuesday in response to the collapse of the short-lived truce between the Houthi minority and Sanaa.

Four people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in the 2012 attack (File Archive)
18:36 GMT

Washington announced Tuesday that the U.S. has captured the primary suspect of the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi that left the ambassador and three others dead

Tension remains high in the West Bank as Israeli forces conduct door-to-door raids in Palestinian homes (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians as the IDF conducted door-to-door raids across the West Bank in search of three teenage settlers.

Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front already controlled the Syrian side of the Al Qaim border crossing (File Archive)
17:39 GMT

Syrian rebels took control of the Al Qaim Iraqi-Syria border crossing Tuesday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced the evacuation Tuesday via Twitter (Adem Altan/AFP)
17:09 GMT

that Turkey has officially evacuated its consulate in Iraq's southern city of Basra Tuesday due to the deteriorating security situation in the country.

Lebanon currently hosts over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
16:26 GMT

Kuwait will assist refugees and local host communities in Lebanon with aid, National Assembly Speaker Razouk al-Ghanim said during a visit to the country.

Tripoli has been relatively calm since a security plan was implemented by the government in April (File/AFP)
15:08 GMT

A Lebanese army soldier was shot dead in the early hours of Tuesday during a shooting attack in Tripoli, a security source said.

Journalists rally in support of imprisoned colleagues in Ankara, carrying a slogan: "If there's a free press, there's a free society" (File/AFP)
14:58 GMT

Over half of people in Turkey believe there is no press freedom in the country, according to a recent survey.

British Foreign Minister William Hague (left) pictured with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zari in 2013 (File/AFP)
14:02 GMT

The British embassy is set to open in Tehran, in a move to rebuild a diplomatic relationship with the Shia republic amid growing violence in Iraq.

Thousands of Iraqis fled Mosul, after the ISIS takeover (File/AFP)
13:37 GMT

ISIS militants tried to woo the residents of Mosul with cheap gas and water along with other popular initiatives, despite reports that only Sunni Iraqis returned to the city.

Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, is leading negotiations with the UN (File/AFP)
12:39 GMT

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council started a second day of negotiations to strike a deal over Tehran's nuclear program.

The Syrian men were accused of belonging to Ziad Jarrah Brigades - an Al-Qaeda affiliated group (File/AFP)
12:11 GMT

A Lebanon prosecutor on Tuesday charged five Syrian men with belonging to an Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group.