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August 23, 2014

A media watchdog in Gaza reported Israeli forces have committed 73 violations of media freedom and Palestinian parties three since the Gaza siege began. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

A media watchdog says the Gaza siege has had the worst month in history for media freedom and safety, with attacks on journalists widespread in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and throughout Gaza.

Fresh violence erupted in Baghdad when Shiites militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Amid international qualms over how to handle ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Iraqi Shiite militants opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad Friday, killing more than 70 people.

August 22, 2014

A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke rising from the remains of a mortar fired by Palestinian militants into Israel on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
19:40 GMT

A four-year-old Israeli child was killed after mortar fire struck two cars in Sdot Negev region of southern Israel on Friday afternoon.

Supporters of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement gather during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus to support people in the Gaza Strip on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
18:06 GMT

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said that the Palestinians would not accept anything less than an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, as Israeli forces continued to attack the besieged enclave.

An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah. [AFP]
13:39 GMT

Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has deplored as a “savage crime” the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL terrorist in a recently released video.

Al-Ray News Agency, affiliated with Hamas, reported that 11 Palestinians were killed on Friday. [AFP]
10:21 GMT

Eleven Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Friday for allegedly collaborating with Israel.

Spent bullet shells litter the ground as a member of the Islamist-linked militia of Misrata walks past following three days of battles in the area of Tripoli's International airport, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:25 GMT

Heavy fighting has once again broken out between rival militants around the international airport in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, forcing locals to flee their homes.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel  and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:15 GMT

The Islamic State (Isis) presents a greater threat to the US than al-Qa’ida and must be defeated, the Pentagon has said.

A relatives of senior Hamas commander Raed al-Atar, one of three senior Hamas commanders killed in an Israeli military strike, mourns during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
09:05 GMT

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says more than 370,000 Palestinian children are in need of immediate psycho-social first aid amid the Israeli regime’s onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian grieves over the body of one of three men killed at a local cemetery following an Israeli military strike on Gaza City, on August 21, 2014. [AFP]
08:46 GMT

Airstrikes killed four Palestinians in Gaza early Friday as Israel's military assault on the besieged enclave continued.

President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan announced Tuesday new plans to introduce harsher punishments for terrorism charges. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

United Arab Emirates announced Thursday a harsher set of anti-terrorism laws amid global fears of Islamic extremism.

August 21, 2014

A Hamas-affiliated website claimed to have executed three people suspected of collaborating with Israel in the airstrike mission that killed three senior Hamas leaders. (AFP/SaidKhatib)
20:11 GMT

Hamas carried out three executions and seven arrests on allegations of conspiring with Israel.

Eric Holden announced Thursday the U.S. will launch a criminal investigation into the death of James Foley. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the U.S. will launch a criminal investigation in the death of James Foley, and will continue to conduct military action in Iraq.

In its fourth year, the Syrian conflict has displaced more than 9 million Syrians and killed at least 180,000 people since March 2011. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
16:10 GMT

In a recent toll using data collected from sources on the group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports more than 180,000 conflict-related deaths in Syria since March 2011.

Despite accusations from Israel, Hamas has repeatedly sidestepped taking responsibility for the abduction of three Jewish teens in June. Wednesday marked Hamas' first public announcement of responsibility. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT

For the first time, Senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri said Wednesday that Qassam, Hamas' military wing, was responsible for the abduction and ultimate deaths of the three Israeli teens taken in June.