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July 24, 2014

John Kerry insists some progress on the ceasefire was made during his trip. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel with no ceasefire to end Israel's Gaza offensive.

The FAA instituted the ban on Tuesday and extended it on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT

The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine defected from his post in Arsal, and released a video criticizing Hezbollah and assaults on Sunni youth (YouTube).
07:46 GMT

Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine released a YouTube video on Wednesday which stated that he had defected to the al-Nusra Front and criticized the military as a Hezbollah tool.

The Libyan government is struggling to defeat Libya's powerful militias. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

Libya's General National Congress is ready to hand over legislative power to a newly-elected parliament in August.

Based on a power-sharing agreement, the position of president goes to the Kurds. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

The main Kurdish blocs in Iraqi parliament have agreed on the candidacy of Fuad Masum for the next president of Iraq.

Speaking in Doha, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal held a press conference on Wednesday, stating that:  "we are against any agreement that does not accept our demands" (Karim Jaafar/ al-Watam Doha/ AFP).
07:12 GMT

Speaking in exile from Doha, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal remained defiant that Hamas would not accept a truce unless it included terms to end the blockade on Gaza.

The U.S. banned all U.S. flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that Hamas possesses rockets than can reach Ben Gurion airport.

July 23, 2014

Over 650 Palestinians have died in the offensive. (AFP/File)
21:10 GMT

The UN human rights council will investigate Israel's actions in Gaza.

The 21-year-old was killed during clashes in Jerusalem on Monday. (AFP/File)
19:08 GMT

Thousands of Palestinians attended a mass funeral for a young protester killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank.

The international community is desperately trying to get both sides to agree on a ceasefire. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Fifty-six Palestinians died in Gaza on Wednesday alone.

The offensive in Gaza has killed over 600 Palestinians so far. (AFP/File)
16:49 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a speech Wednesday that Egypt will open its borders with Gaza and send aid once both sides agree on a ceasefire.

Lebanon is concerned about spillover violence from Syria. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT

Lebanese troops surveyed the border with Syria to curb the infiltration of gunmen from Syria.

Iraq's parliament recently elected Salim al-Jabouri as speaker of the house. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT

the Iraqi parliament is meeting Wednesday to vote on a new president.

Israeli officials say 29 IDF soldiers have died in Gaza while Hamas claims they have killed over 50 Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Two more Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza, raising the number of Israeli soldiers killed to 29.

Afkham’s comments came after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that the P5+1 group has no “everlasting chance” to reach a final nuclear agreement with Iran. [AFP]
12:18 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 will resume their negotiations to discuss ways to reach a final agreement over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in September, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham says.