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July 6, 2014

ISIL militants destroyed several Shia mosques and holy shrines on Saturday, sparking widespread condemnation (File/AFP)
07:56 GMT

ISIL militants executed at least ten people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, activists say.

Regime barrel bomb attacks targeted the city of Aleppo daily in late 2013 and early this year (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Violence throughout Syria left dozens more killed Saturday.

July 5, 2014

Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of criticism in terms of Manama's human rights violations against opposition activists (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack,At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack.

Bouteflika has made very few public appearances since strokes left him hospitalized in France last summer (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made his first public appearance Saturday since he was sworn in for his fourth term as head of state in April.

ISIS has been in control of Syria's city of Raqqa since the beginning of this year (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

The jihadist leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) released a statement Saturday ordering all Muslims to obey him.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Baalbek area suffered through a harsh winter this year (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanese Cabinet members announced this week that there is a chance that Lebanon will establish refugee camps for Syrian refugees, in a move that is considered somewhat unprecedented in the country.

16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir was killed in his neighborhood in Arab east Jerusalem this week, heightening already critical tensions between Israelis and Palestinians following the discovery of the missing Israeli teens' bodies in Hebron last week (AFP)
14:37 GMT

Tel Aviv doctors who conducted the autopsy of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir found Saturday that his cause of death was from burns. The teen's death has sparked a renewed and heightened round of tension between Israelis and Palestinians, particularly in Jerusalem where the teen was killed earlier this week.

Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets this week in protest of the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi this time last year (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
14:03 GMT

An Egyptian court convicted and sentenced to life 37 more Muslim Brotherhood members Saturday for "inciting violence" last year during clashes following former president Mohammed Morsi's oust from power in 2013.

Lebanon's parliament has failed to elect a president since May, forcing the country into a political leadership vacuum (File Archive)
13:43 GMT

Lebanese MPs expressed skepticism Saturday that a new president would lead Lebanon any time soon.

(AFP)
10:00 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.

Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
08:51 GMT

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a government building in Saudi Arabia Saturday after being surrounded by security forces, Al-Arabiya reported.

Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem. (AFP/THOMAS COEX)
07:34 GMT

At least 20 Palestinians were reported injured on Friday in clashes following the funeral of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, medics said.

Kuwaitis took to the streets after an opposition figure was detained for "insulting" the government earlier this week (Kuwaiti Interior Ministry/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Kuwait's Interior Ministry released a statement Friday saying that the government will firmly confront all forms of rioting and incitement following this week's rise in public protests in the capital.

July 4, 2014

Pro-Morsi supporters took to the streets Thursday and Friday to mark the oust of the former Islamist president's oust (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least one teenager was killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters Friday.

Maliki at one point pledged to not run for a third term (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister reiterated his staunch determination to remain in power for a third term Friday despite growing pressures to resign.