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June 25, 2014

Kurdish forces are fighting to keep ISIL militants out of Kirkuk. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

A city council chief in Kirkuk was shot dead by ISIL militants Tuesday.

Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts (Thomas Coex/AFP)
05:00 GMT

At least 250 Palestinian children are in jail as a result of Israelis ongoing raids in the West Bank for the missing Israeli teens.

June 24, 2014

Shiite volunteers have formed brigades within the past week to support the Iraqi army in its fight against Sunni militants (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP)
19:51 GMT

The Pentagon reported Tuesday that the first teams of U.S. military advisers have been deployed to Iraq.

The bomb in Damascus Tuesday left at least five people dead (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

At least five people were killed Tuesday in a rebel attack on a regime stronghold in Syria's capital, and over a dozen were wounded in a Homs' car bombing attack.

Khalifa Haftar issued a warning earlier this week for all Turks and Qataris to leave the country within 48 hours (File Archive/AFP)
17:55 GMT

Turkey is in the process of evacuating hundreds of its citizens from Libya.

Iraqi troops have lost control of all three Syria-Iraq border crossings (File Archive)
16:36 GMT

The ISIS-controlled Al Qaim Syria-Iraq border was bombed Tuesday, but it is not yet clear who is behind the attack.

More than 1,000 raids have been conducted in the West Bank over the past 11 days (File Archive/AFP)
16:12 GMT

Tel Aviv has allegedly "scaled back" its search efforts for the three missing Israeli teens in fear of a Palestinian uprising,

Two suicide attacks were carried out in Lebanon this week. (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT

Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Tuesday that security concerns will persist in Lebanon as long as Lebanese are involved in Syria.

Around 75 percent of the total death toll represents civilians killed in the ongoing fighting (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:02 GMT

Over 1,000 people have been killed in Iraq in less than three weeks as extremist militants launched an offensive nationwide.

The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip has continued to worsen since Israel's blockade in 2006 (File/AFP)
13:32 GMT

The Gaza Strip's final remaining power plant is due to shut down on Tuesday after the last shipment of fuel donated from Qatar ran out.

Sisi made his announcement during a commencement ceremony for military students. (AFP/File)
13:29 GMT

Egypt's new President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced Tuesday that he will donate half of his monthly salary and half of his wealth to support the Egyptian economy.

Iraqi forces have been involved in fierce clashes with ISIL for over two weeks (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Iraqi forces responded to ISIL attacks across the north and east of the country in an attempt to regain control of captured towns.

The Baiji refinery produces a third of the country's oil output. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT

After days of intense fighting, ISIL has taken control of a strategic oil refinery in the Salahuddin Province.

Iraqi security forces stand outside a polling station in Baghdad during elections in April, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:27 GMT

Six members of a Sunni family in Baghdad were killed by gunmen as ISIL militants continue their violent campaign across Iraq.

The talks will discuss issues concerning the U.N. presence in Lebanon. (AFP/FIle)
10:27 GMT

U.N. Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations arrived in Beirut Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials.