August 24, 2014
Two Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight Sunday and dozens more wounded as Israeli bombardment on the Gaza Strip continued for the 48th day, while rockets fired from Lebanon and Syria into Israel threatened to escalate the conflict.
UNRWA criticized the Israeli military for publishing allegations that Hamas fired rockets from a UN school in Gaza over the weekend.
Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by US airstrikes have managed to secure the area near Iraq’s largest dam after retaking complete control of the strategic structure from ISIL militants, Press TV reports.
Hamas officials backed Palestine's bid to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), heightening calls for Israeli war crimes to be investigated.
Schools in Gaza will remain closed as a result of the ongoing Israeli assault, preventing some 500,000 Palestinian children from attending the fall semester.
Syrian refugees living undocumented in Lebanon will be given a grace period fro Aug. 21 to Dec. 31 to move back to Syria without facing residency violation fines.
August 23, 2014
Islamist extremist group Nusra Front released a video Saturday of captured Lebanese soldiers and ISF members pleading with Hezbollah to leave Syria to ensure their safe release.
Libyan Islamist militant group Fajr Libya announced Saturday its seizure of the Tripoli airport from rival nationalist militia groups.
The Palestinian Authority on Saturday condemned the killings of more than 20 Palestinians charged with conspiring with Israel.
Palestinians launched a campaign to pressure Italy to boycott planned military exercises with Israel.
Amid new sectarian violence, Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. is prepared to help Iraq decentralize with a federal system.
New government talks are strained after Shiite militiamen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
Amid criticism about military handling of the Arsal battle with Syrian militants earlier in August, Lebanese army COmmader Gen. Jean Kahwagi refutes claims he used the battle for political gains.
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.
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.