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July 18, 2014

Israeli soldiers gather in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (AFP)
07:44 GMT

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal says Israel’s ground invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip is destined to fail.

(Fayez Nureldine/AFP)
07:17 GMT

Four Civil Defense units, backed up by two rescue teams, battled for several hours a fire that ripped through a cluster of makeshift houses built on an empty plot in Al-Mansour Street in Mecca Thursday night.

Militias throughout Libya have been fighting for power and control over the country's territory and resources since the oust of Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Libyan leadership called on the United Nations late Thursday to assist the country's security forces in their effort to restore order in what has the potential to turn into a failed state.

July 17, 2014

Kurds in Syria declared their own autonomous region in November 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Kurds in Syria are now requiring that all of their men serve in their armed forces in the self-declared autonomous region's attempt to fight off jihadist insurgents.

At least eighty percent of those killed from Israeli airstrikes over the past week and a half in Gaza are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Five more children were killed from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Thursday as the civilian death toll climbs yet again under the Tel Aviv offensive.

ISIS controls oil fields in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor as well (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

The Jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized a major gas field in Syria Thursday, leaving at least 23 people dead in the process.

UNRWA schools have been used in recent days as refuge sites for Palestinians fleeing ongoing Israeli strikes in their neighborhoods (File Archive)
17:20 GMT

The UN refugee agency for Palestinians reported Thursday that it found rockets stored in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.

Lebanon has been trying to crack down on outlaws firing rockets into Israel (File Archive)
16:00 GMT

Lebanon filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council Thursday against Israel in response to Tel Aviv's bombardment of Lebanon's southern villages.

Eighty percent of those killed since Israel launched its so-called Operation Protective Edge are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
14:53 GMT

Hamas officials denied the alleged ceasefire deal set for early Friday, saying that talks between themselves and Israel are still ongoing.

Bombs also exploded in Sadr City late Wednesday (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
14:39 GMT

At least 15 militants were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the country's north, and another four civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in the country's capital.

Women mourn the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was kidnapped and burned to death on July 2 (File Archive/AFP)
14:25 GMT

Israel's Justice Ministry reported that prosecutors indicted three Jews Thursday over the kidnapping and murder of the Palestinian teenager who was burned to death this month in what has been described as a "revenge killing."

Libyan security forces have struggled to combat armed militia groups who have grown powerful since Gaddafi's overthrow. (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT

Intense fighting at the Libyan airport in Tripoli has left 30 dead.

Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:54 GMT

Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.

At least 230 Palestinians have died in recent airstrikes. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT

Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire that will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday.

An injured Palestinian boy is carried away from the beach after an Israeli strike, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:23 GMT

Israel's government spokesperson Mark Regev said the IDF "does not target civilians" on the same day four children were killed while playing on a Gaza beach.