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August 21, 2014

Palestinian supporters of the Islamist Hamas movement shout slogans during a demonstration in support of the Hamas delegates who are due to take part in the talks that resumed in Cairo on August 17, 2014 in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip. [AFP]
13:45 GMT

Islamic Jihad leader and member of Palestinian delegation says that Israel pulled out of Cairo negotiations - despite Palestinian factions agreeing on Egypt-brokered truce

Attacks by Sinai-based militants have increased dramatically since the ouster of Morsi, with attacks primarily targeting Egyptian security forces. [Press TV]
13:31 GMT

4 militants killed as Egypt's troops press on with daily offensives in Sinai

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the assassination of the men was “an Israeli crime,” that will not "weaken the resistance or break the Palestinian people's determination". [AFP]
13:18 GMT

Hamas vowed on Thursday that Israel "will pay the price" for killing three commanders of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the Islamist movement's military wing.

One million people have been displaced by ISIS violence in Iraq since June, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT

Thousands of refugees are in need of food, water and emergency supplies in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, officials said.

Islamic State militants released a video earlier this week of U.S. photojournalist James Foley being beheaded (Image: Screenshot)
12:27 GMT

American officials at the Pentagon have revealed information about a failed attempt to rescue U.S. hostages including James Foley, from IS terrorists in Syria.

A Palestinian man reacts over the bodies of three boys killed in an Israeli military strike, during their funeral at a mosque in Gaza City on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
12:02 GMT

More than 40 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip over the past two days, taking the death toll from Israel’s war against the Palestinian enclave to over 2,065.

Violence has flared again following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiations. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT

The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades fired a home-made rocket at Israel's Ben Gurion airport Thursday.

A Palestinian man reacts to the news of his child being killed following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, August 21, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:57 GMT

Israeli forces killed four Palestinians after targeting a cemetery during funeral processions in Sheikh al-Radwan district, health officials confirmed.

Patriarch Beshara Rai said Iraq's Christians should stick to their roots and remain in Iraq, despite ISIS violence (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT

Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai urged the international community to help protect Iraq's Christians, during a visit to the Kurdish capital of Irbil.

Palestinians gather around the bodies of three children from the Al-Rifi family upon their arrival at Gaza city's Al-Shifa hospital on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:36 GMT

An Israeli airstrike killed five Palestinians, including three children, in Gaza City on Thursday, a medical official said.

Jordan's draft resolution called for a durable ceasefire between Israel and Gaza (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT

Jordan urged the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Militants from the Islamic State took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT

Interpol is urging the international community to conduct a coordinated effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

Palestinians carry the body of  a Hamas commander's wife following an Israeli air strike, which killed two members of his family, Auguest 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:00 GMT

Hamas's deputy leader Musa Abu-Marzuq accused Israel of firing the first shot after the breakdown of a fragile ceasefire Tuesday.

Israeli Occupation Forces order PFLP leader Khalida Jarrar to be deported to Jericho. [PNN]
08:55 GMT

The Palestine Liberation Organization on Wednesday condemned the Israeli order to exile Palestinian member of parliament Khalida Jarrar from her home in Ramallah, as further details emerged of deportation order she received in a pre-dawn raid earlier in the day.

EU worried over rising terrorism in Mideast. [AFP]
08:18 GMT

A Romanian official says threats emanating from terrorism and extremism in the Middle East are a source of concern for the European Union (EU), of which his country is a member.