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June 24, 2014

Kurdish forces recently took control of Kirkuk when Iraqi forces fled. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Iraqi Kurdistan Tuesday to urge Kurdish leaders to partake in the new Iraqi government.

A UN official called the rising death toll in Palestine "alarming" as Israel continues to search for three missing settlers (File/AFP)
08:48 GMT

The UN warned that current military operations by Israel's army in the West Bank could lead to a third intifada as hundreds of Palestinians were arrested after three settlers went missing.

Lebanon's capital Beirut was rocked by a suicide bombing in the early hours of Monday morning (File/AFP)
07:54 GMT

A U.S. envoy on Monday said America would "stand by" Lebanon against terrorism as the country attempts to deal with the conflicts from Iraq and Syria spilling over.

The attack happened near a cafe where people were gathered to watch the World Cup. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle outside a cafe in Beirut late Monday.

Netanyahu said Israel will continue to "forcefully hurt anyone who attacks or tries to attack" Israel. (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel may carry out more airstrikes against Syria.

June 23, 2014

Egyptian youths with their faces painted in the colors of the national flag pictured in Tahrir Square (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
19:40 GMT

The Youth against the Coup movement that is loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood has warned of a sweeping uprising after the breaking of the Ramadan fast

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahayan (C), in the desert of Abu Dhabi on May 2, 2012. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
19:19 GMT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) jailed seven men on Monday for alleged involvement with Al-Qaeda and its splinter group, Al-Nusra Front

Police arrest a man during a raid in Kerdasa following the murder of 11 policemen. (AFP)
18:05 GMT

Giza Criminal Court decided to postpone hearing the Kerdasa Massacre case

Protesters march through the streets of Beirut in October, 2012, demanding better treatment of foreign workers in the country. (AFP)
17:11 GMT

Human rights activists are planning to protest the torture and maltreatment of 800 foreign workers detained in an underground parking lot

ISIS took over control of the northern city of Mosul earlier this month (File Archive/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Extreme Sunni militants are now in control of the Shiite town of Tal Afar and its airport in northern Iraq.

UN inspectors visited the chemical stockpile sites throughout Syria in the fall of last year (File Archive/AFP)
15:14 GMT

The last back of Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile was shipped from its Latakia port Monday for destruction.

Fighting between Sunni militants and government forces have left the city of Ramadi in shambles (AFP)
14:56 GMT

Kuwait withdrew its ambassador in Baghdad Monday due to the security situation in the country.

EU leadership has imposed sanctions on a total of 191 figures linked to Syria's President Bashar Al Assad (AFP)
13:35 GMT

The European Union announced plans Monday to increase sanctions on Syria due to the country’s ongoing conflict.

Three al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to 7 years in prison Monday. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT

The UK has announced that it will summon the Egyptian ambassador to London over recent jail sentences for three al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

The Jordanian government says their border is under full control. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT

As the ISIL and other Sunni groups move capture multiple towns in western Iraq, the Jordanian government insists its border with Iraq is secure.