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August 22, 2014

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.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Azzam al-Ahmed, talks to the press in Cairo, August 12, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:49 GMT

Cairo-mediated talks with Israel have been suspended temporarily but could resume shortly, a Palestinian negotiator said Thursday.

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.