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July 18, 2014

Pope Francis visited the Baptismal site earlier this year during his Middle East tour where he invited Abbas and Peres to attend a joint prayer for peace (File Archive/AFP)
15:41 GMT

The Vatican called on Palestinian and Israeli leadership to implement an immediate ceasefire Friday to end the Gaza conflict.

Libya's main international airport has been reduced to rubble from fighting between Zintan and Misrata militias over the past week alone (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
14:57 GMT

Fresh fighting in Libya's capital was reported Friday despite earlier news that a ceasefire between the warring militias had been reached.

ISIS frequently conducts public executions in the territories that it controls (File Archive)
14:06 GMT

The United Nations said Friday that at least 5,576 Iraqi civilians have been kill this year thus far as violence continues to envelope the fragile country.

Libya's main airport in Tripoli has been severely damaged from fighting between the Zintan and Misrata militias (STR/AFP)
13:47 GMT

Libyan fighters in the country's capital who have been clashing at the country's main airport have agreed to a ceasefire

A Palestinian man rests on school desks at a UN school near the Gaza border. (AFP)
09:52 GMT

Hundreds of Palestinians in southern Gaza fled their homes Friday as Israeli forces launched ground operations in the besieged enclave.

(AFP)
08:31 GMT

At least twenty-one Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by airstrikes and artillery fire since Israel launched a ground operation late Thursday, medics said.

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.