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'We are all Marek' (Facebook)
13:00 GMT
Ma'arik al-Tawayha, the Jordanian soldier who has been convicted of murdering three US soldiers is a member of the Howaitat tribe, here is their side of the story.

July 27, 2017

Palestinians celebrate outdid the Lion's Gate entrance to Al Aqsa mosque on July 27 2017 after more Israeli barriers were removed from the holy site. (AFP)
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Israel on Tuesday removed the metal detectors - the most controversial Israeli measure - and by Thursday, extra metal barriers, scaffolding and railings were also removed.
XVideos Just Released World Porn Trends, And Middle East Searches Are Gruesome and Disturbing (Shutterstock)
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XVideos Just Released World Porn Trends, And Middle East Searches Are Gruesome and Disturbing
Under the deal, remaining fighters from the former al-Qaeda affiliate once known as al-Nusra Front will withdraw from the region. (AFP)
11:35 GMT
Under the deal, remaining fighters from the former al-Qaeda affiliate once known as al-Nusra Front will withdraw from the region.
Speaking at an event on higher education in the Islamic world in Ankara, Erdogan continued: “Israel is attempting to damage the Islamic character of Jerusalem with new practices every day by taking advantage of the current weakness of Muslims.” (AFP)
11:04 GMT
The Jews should appreciate how good they had it under the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (L) at the State Department July 26, 2017. (AFP)
10:45 GMT
Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri says he does not agree with the policies of Hezbollah group, clarifying his position after the Trump mishap.
A number of Arab countries have recently shut down their local al-Jazeera offices amid an ongoing spat with Qatar. (shutterstock)
10:10 GMT
On Wednesday Netanyahu announced that he had asked law enforcement authorities to shut down the station's Israel offices.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a judicial source told AFP that all 60 of those charged were Shia Muslims. (AFP)
08:42 GMT
The 60 face a mass trial, scheduled to open on August 22, for charges including "forming a terrorist group, training in the use of weapons and explosives with the aim of carrying out terrorist attacks and the deliberate killing of policemen."

July 26, 2017

The US President went on Twitter to tell the world that the US Military would be discriminating against people based on gender identity. (AFP)
14:55 GMT
The US President went on Twitter to tell the world that the US Military would be discriminating against people based on gender identity.
Afghan security forces gather at the site of a Taliban attack in Kandahar. (AFP)
13:48 GMT
The Afghan defense ministry said Wednesday that at least 26 soldiers have been killed and 13 wounded in a blistering Taliban attack on a military base in the southern province of Kandahar.
Member of a military unit linked to Khalifa Haftar (AFP)
11:15 GMT
Libya officials should investigate and dismiss forces involved in atrocities, Human Rights Watch said this week, after a video appeared on social media purportedly showing a military unit executing 20 suspected militants.
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon. (AFP)
10:42 GMT
The United States announced that it is providing more than $140 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Lebanon to address the urgent needs of refugees from Syria and those of Lebanese host communities.
Ismail Haniyeh (AFP)
10:11 GMT
The Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday decided to keep Hamas on the EU blacklist of terrorist organizations.
Hariri is currently on a state visit to Washington to rally support for economic and diplomatic support as Lebanon struggles to cope with more than a million refugees from the Syrian war. (AFP)
09:21 GMT
In his latest embarrassing public blunder, President Donald Trump says Lebanon is 'on the front lines' fighting Shiite group Hezbolllah, despite them being a very legitimate part of the Lebanese government.
A member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian movement Hamas (AFP)
08:41 GMT
The European Court of Justice is due to decide on Wednesday whether to keep Hamas listed as a terrorist organization.

July 25, 2017

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE - in addition to others - have presented Qatar with a list of demands.
15:38 GMT
Against mounting pressure from the United States and Europe, Egypt has taken the step of warning the EU that it "will not compromise on the Qatar issue" according to AFP.
The site is exclusively administered by the Jordanian-controlled, while Israel maintains security control around the perimeter. (AFP)
15:20 GMT
Israel's installation of metal detectors and cameras brought tensions to a fever pitch between Israel and the greater Muslim community.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY, 13 MARCH 2017 People walk in front of a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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President Tayyip Erdogan stoked a dispute with NATO ally Germany on Tuesday, warning of Western agents "roaming free" in Turkey.
Members of the self-styled Libyan National Army, loyal to the country's east strongman Khalifa Haftar, fire mortar shells during clashes with militants in Benghazi. (AFP)
14:49 GMT
The video clip, which has recently been circulating on social media and allegedly shows a senior leader of Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army [LNA], ordering the execution around 20 detainees.
A statement said the return of the staffers, led by Ambassador Einat Schlein, was facilitated by “close cooperation” between Israel and Jordan. (AFP)
14:37 GMT
An Israeli embassy guard who killed two Jordanians causing a diplomatic crisis with Amman, has returned home without being questioned.
ANUARY 17 2016: Hundreds gathered in Times Square to protest the Saudi government's execution of dissident sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and demand the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
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Fourteen Saudi Arabians face "imminent" execution after a "grossly unfair mass trial" in which they were convicted of rioting, theft and rebellion, Amnesty International has warned.
Previous conferences also addressed current economic, social, and political issues, as well as the issue of the detained youth in political cases. (AFP)
10:19 GMT
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi asserted on Monday that the two main challenges facing Egypt are terrorism and overpopulation.
The soldiers were killed on November 4th when their vehicles came under fire as they attempted to enter the base. (YouTube)
08:41 GMT
Video footage has been released of al-Jafer incident which left three US soldiers dead in al-Jafer military base back in November 2016.

July 24, 2017

Ayesha (not her real name), a new mother from Syria, waits by one of her twins in Neo-Natal care unit in the MSF Mother And Child Hospital in Irbid, Jordan.
13:07 GMT
Médecins Sans Frontières runs a maternity hospital in Irbid, North Jordan, where thousands of Syrian
The popular sports channels BeIN Sports, owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, was temporarily unblocked in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT
A technical glitch apparently caused a number of Qatari websites and television channels to be unblocked in Saudi Arabia.
"We Want Justice" reads cover of opposition paper Cumhuriyet daily as protesters march on courthouse (Ozan Kose/AFP)
11:00 GMT
Nineteen people are to go on trial in Turkey on Monday, in what activists are calling an attempt by the government to "silence" dissent.
A Jordanian was killed, and another was injured along with an Israeli man on Sunday in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP)
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The shooting incident took place on Sunday at the Israeli embassy in Jordan
Security forces in Kabul leave the site of Monday's bombing. (WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)
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The Hazara minority have been targeted often in the past by the Taliban and other groups operating in Afghanistan.

July 23, 2017

A general view of the Arab League Summit. (AFP)
16:39 GMT
The Arab League has called an emergency meeting of the Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday to discuss Israeli violations against Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
13:43 GMT
Turkey’s president said Sunday that friends should not deceive each other, referring to recent remarks by a US general over the terrorist PKK/PYD “rebranding” itself as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
A Member of Iraqi forces close to Mosul. (AFP)
12:38 GMT
Interpol blacklisted ISIS-linked 173 terrorists that are believed to have received training to carry out attacks in Europe, in retaliation for the group’s suffered defeats in its Middle East strongholds.
(Egypt Independent)
09:08 GMT
A huge military base was opened in Egypt on Saturday, amid continued financial pressures for the country as Cairo cuts government spending in other areas.
Palestinian youths run from the path of an Israeli army bulldozer during clashes in the village of Koubar, west of Ramallah, on July 22, 2017, as Israeli forces try to close the roads leading to the village. (AFP/ Abbas Momani)
08:19 GMT
Two Palestinians have been killed after clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank.
Syrian rebel fighters from the Faylaq al-Rahman brigade carry their homemade 12.7mm sniper rifle in Ain Tarma, in the eastern Ghouta area, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on July 20, 2017 (Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP
07:00 GMT
Russia agreed on a new de-escalation zone on Saturday as the Syrian army announced a ceasefire in several areas of the province near capital Damascus
Security measures added by Israel to Al-Aqsa last week sparked Palestinian rage (AFP)
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Israel is set to replace metal detectors with handheld ones at the gates of Al-Aqsa compound amid rising tension, Israeli TV claimed on Saturday.

July 22, 2017

British police respond to a suicide bombing in Manchester, May 2017 (AFP)
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Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State militants who it believes could have been trained to carry out revenge suicide attacks in Europe.
A Saudi fishing boat  was seized by Iran's naval forces on Saturday, after it allegedly crossed into its waters (Pixabay)
15:19 GMT
This after earlier this month Saudi coastguards shot and killed an Iranian fisherman who reportedly entered Saudi waters, exacerbating tensions between the regional rivals
Afghan security personnel in the Gereshk district of Helmand province on July 22, 2017 (Noor Mohammad/AFP)
12:59 GMT
"We struck a compound that we believed had hostile forces in it, but it turned out they were local security forces aligned with Afghan government forces"
Anthony Scaramucci and Sean Spicer. (Jim Watson, Nicholas Kamm/AFP)
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Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary Friday, after vocal Trump supporter Anthony Scaramucci was named head of White House communications.
"We hope to resolve the disputes with dialogue and negotiations," the emir said Friday (AFP)
09:04 GMT
Qatar's Emir on Friday expressed readiness for dialogue to solve the Gulf diplomatic crisis, but asked that any solution respect Qatar's sovereignty.
Mahmoud Abbas announced the freezing of contacts between Ramallah and Israel on Friday (AFP)
07:01 GMT
All contact will end until Israel removes the metal detectors from the entrance to the Aqsa mosque compound, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday.

July 21, 2017

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani (AFP)
18:06 GMT
President Masoud Barzani, the leader of Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, has called a parliamentary and presidential election for November.
Illustrative photo of a Palestinian protester arguing with Israeli police during clashes in East Jerusalem (Ahmad Gharabli/ AFP)
15:07 GMT
A Palestinian died after being shot in the head in an east Jerusalem neighbourhood near the Old City on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said, as clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters.
A Hezbollah militant looks through his binoculars in Umm Khorj in the Lebanese eastern mountain range close to the Syrian border. (Sam Skaine/AFP)
13:05 GMT
Hezbollah have launched a major offensive against Syrian rebels on both sides of the Lebanon border, in an operation that aims at giving pro-Assad's regime forces full control of the frontier region.
Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinian Muslim worshippers, who refuse to enter Al-Aqsa mosque compound due to newly-implemented security measures by Israeli authorities. (AFP)
11:12 GMT
Israeli police Friday restricted entry of Muslim worshipers to Jerusalem’s Old City and flashpoint the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Hezbollah militant near Israel border. (AFP)
09:35 GMT
US lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to strengthen sanctions against the Hezbollah extremist group.

July 20, 2017

The decision is also likely to be welcomed gladly by Putin and the Russians, with Putin having declared the program illegal back in 2015. (AFP)
14:48 GMT
Trump administration ends covert CIA policy program of backing rebel forces in Syria, singling a desire to work more closely with Russia.
Taliban soldiers in Russian-made tanks fire on the forces of former Afghan defense minister. (AFP)
13:00 GMT
Multiple casualties are feared as the Taliban militants used armored vehicles to storm the security ring and surrounding check posts in restive Helmand province Thursday morning.
Yazidi fighter Heza prepares her rifle in an abandoned home used as a base on the eastern outskirts of Raqa on July 18, 2017. (AFP)
12:28 GMT
She was trafficked into Raqqa as a slave by ISIS but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered.
Maarek Sami Tawayha shot dead three US Special Forces instructors outside the King Faisal Airbase in Jafer, Maan, some 300km south of Amman, on November 4. (twitter)
10:52 GMT
Hundreds from the defendant’s tribe, the Hweitat, drove from Maan to Amman to protest the court’s verdict and called for their family member's release.
"It was a big shock to MbN," the source added. "It was a coup. He wasn't prepared," reports Reuters.
09:03 GMT
According to palace sources cited by Reuters, King Salman himself delivered the unexpected blow to Bin Nayef at the palace.

July 19, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AFP)
14:40 GMT
Germany's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Turkish ambassador over the detention of a German and several other human rights activists pending trial for allegedly aiding an armed terrorist group
Rouhani says Tehran will 'respond appropriately'. (AFP)
14:29 GMT
Rouhani says Tehran will 'respond appropriately' to US sanctions on Iran.
Shiite militiamen in Iraq have been accused of carrying out war crimes by Amnesty International (AFP)
14:20 GMT
Top U.S. general in Iraq Stephen Townsend has a tip for Baghdad. “If we're to keep ISIS [Daesh] 2.0 from emerging, the Iraqi government is going to have to do something pretty significantly different," he told the BBC.
Israeli border guards detain a protester during a demonstration outside the Lions Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on July 17, 2017. (AFP/ Ahmad Gharabli)
10:25 GMT
Fresh clashes were expected in Jerusalem on Wednesday, after Palestinian authorities called for a "Day of Rage" following the introduction of heightened security checks for Muslims at a holy site.
A Yemeni child suspected of being infected with cholera is checked by a doctor at a makeshift hospital. (AFP)
08:59 GMT
A UN flight carrying aid to Yemen's capital was blocked by the Saudi-led coalition, says UN official.
US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (AFP/ Saul Loeb)
08:20 GMT
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a second, undisclosed meeting during the G20 summit in Hamburg, news reports said Tuesday.

July 18, 2017

Activist take part in a rally to commemorate the nuclear deal with Iran in front of the White House. (AFP)
19:57 GMT
The United States is imposing sanctions on 18 individuals and entities over their suspected support for Iran's ballistic missile programme.
Mourners carry the coffin of Ha'il Satawi, an Israeli policeman from the Arab-Druze minority. (AFP)
19:35 GMT
The recent killing of two Druze police officers by Palestinian gunmen in East Jerusalem's Old City has cast a spotlight on the minority community in Israel.
Iran and Saudi Arabia's rivalry has played out in proxy wars across the region. (AFP)
19:23 GMT
Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York on Monday, Zarif said he hopes Tehran can work together with Riyadh to end the conflicts in both Yemen and Syria.
AFP: A picture taken on July 17, 2017, shows the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem, after Palestinian Muslim worshippers refused to enter the compound due to newly-implemented security measures by Israeli authorities which include metal detectors and cameras.
16:36 GMT
Can the people of Jerusalem — the living, breathing city, not just a city of heritage — ever live in peace without a clear definition of the management of holy space in Jerusalem?
Activist and feminist Zuleikha Abu Risheh expressed her disapproval of the new regulations. “We are banging our heads on the wall with this useless government and the regulations it issues.” (shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
Jordan attempts to tighten regulations as former minister puts rate of early marriages at 13%.
Iraqi forces patrol Mosul. (AFP)
12:01 GMT
The group found in a tunnel in Mosul on Thursday included five German, three Russian, three Turkish and two Canadian nationals.
Activists commemorate the nuclear deal with Iran in front of the White House (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
10:48 GMT
Donald Trump has backed away from a campaign promise to scrap a major nuclear security deal with Iran
Qatar's Attorney General threatens legal action on blockade earlier this month (AFP)
09:32 GMT
Qatar’s Defense Minister hinted that his country could sue the Saudi-led bloc before the International Criminal Court
The crackdown has targeted politicians, activists, and journalists. (AFP)
08:06 GMT
The most recent group of arrests include ten Turkish human rights activists.

July 17, 2017

Scene from the Harem by Fernand Cormon, c. 1877 (Wikimedia Commons)
19:29 GMT
Sex sells and exoticized Muslim sex sells even more.
In some mosques, local residents volunteer to lead prayers, but without the salary an imam is usually paid, the source added. (AFP)
17:49 GMT
Only half of all mosques in Jordan have Imams.
"You cannot be both our friend and a friend of al-Qaeda," UAE Foreign Minister Gargash threatened Monday (AFP)
15:52 GMT
"You cannot be both our friend and a friend of al-Qaeda," UAE Foreign Minister Gargash threatened.
37-year-old Xiyue Wang was convicted of being "an infiltrating American agent." (AFP)
14:34 GMT
A Chinese-born US dual national was sentenced to ten years in prison by Iranian authorities who accused him of spying for Washington.
Syrians gather on July 12, 2017 with pictures of victims of a suspected toxic gas attack (Omar haj kadour/AFP)
14:00 GMT
The eight high-ranking Syrian military officials and eight scientists were identified as having a role in developing and using of chemical weapons against civilians, the EU said.
The UAE envoy in Washington earlier called The Post story as “false”. (AFP)
13:22 GMT
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday denied reports that it was behind a series of hacks that sparked regional discord that isolated Qatar from its neighbours.
Jordanian soldier who shot three US military trainers last November sentenced to life imprisonment. (file/photo)
11:44 GMT
Jordanian Soldier who shot three US military trainers has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
"Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive." (file/photo)
11:13 GMT
Despite numerous rumours about his death, Kurdish agents believe Al-Baghdadi is still alive.
Palestinians worship outside al-Aqsa compound in protest against security measures (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
11:00 GMT
Israel reopened the ultra-sensitive holy site Sunday closed after an attack that killed two policemen, but Muslim worshippers were refusing to enter.
The demonstrators have staged over 75 sit-ins in various parts of the country since the late Nimeh Habashneh started the campaign on Facebook in 2009. (AFP)
08:12 GMT
Jordanian women protest for rights of women married to foreigners.
Since June 5, Qatar has been under a land, sea and air blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen, who accuse Doha of supporting terrorism. (File/Photo)
07:10 GMT
The cyber campaign ultimately resulted to a rupture in ties between Doha and five of its Gulf Arab neighbors led by Saudi Arabia.

July 16, 2017

Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, imposed a boycott on Qatar since June 5. (AFP)
19:49 GMT
US defence secretary says there is no need to look for an alternative airbase since the airbase in Al Udeid in Qatar continues to operate normally.
The U.S. offers a $25-million bounty for al-Baghdadi, who split from al-Qaeda organization in 2013. (twitter)
14:49 GMT
The head of the Iraqi intelligence and anti-terrorism department says "Al-Baghdadi is still hiding in Syria in an area outside [the northern Syrian province of] Raqqah."
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
People making telephone calls to Turkish mobile phones during the night heard an unexpected voice on the line: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Fereydoun has previously been described as Rouhani's 'eyes and ears'. (AFP)
13:40 GMT
Reports have come in from AFP that Hossein Fereydoun, younger brother to Iranian President Rouhani has been arrested in Iran.
(AFP)
12:14 GMT
The all Afghan girl robotics team, thanks to the last minute intervention of the US President, Donald Trump, arrived in the American Capital Saturday to attend an international robotics competition.
Maryam Mirzakhani (File photo)
11:16 GMT
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born mathematician who was the first woman to win the coveted Fields Medal, has died in a US hospital after a battle with cancer. She was 40.
Rebels move through Idlib. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
10:00 GMT
Two of Syria's most powerful rebel alliances have clashed in Idlib province, following weeks of tensions between the two former allies.
More than 100 people were killed when elements of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party government. (AFP)
07:58 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to 'chop off the heads of traitors' during an incendiary speech marking the first anniversary of a failed coup.
French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs embraces his Qatari counterpart (STRINGER / AFP)
07:00 GMT
France wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states.
Egyptian Ahmed Abdullah, Governor the Red Sea, visits injured tourists in hospital (AFP)
06:00 GMT
"He communicated with the organization via internet and was given the task of attacking foreign tourists on Hurghada beaches"

July 15, 2017

Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu speaks during a special debate of the General Assembly on the anniversary of the coup attempt (Adem Altan/AFP)
17:30 GMT
Opposition leader Kemal Kilicadaroglu criticized the government's failure to prevent the coup and the ongoing crackdown that followed.
Trump's controversial travel ban has been dubbed a "Muslim ban" by some (file photo)
15:30 GMT
The Trump administration does not think that grandparents can prove a "close familial relationship" to their grandchildren.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters during a ceremony marking the last year's failed coup. (Adem Altan/AFP)
13:30 GMT
Since July 15 last year, 50,000 people have been arrested and over 100,000 fired or suspended from their jobs.
An unidentified man was shot dead by Tehran police on Saturday after carrying out a knife attack at a metro station (Wikimedia Commons)
11:30 GMT
An unidentified man was shot dead by Tehran police on Saturday after carrying out a knife attack at a metro station, Iranian state television reported.
Muslim worshippers pray perform the traditional Friday prayers on a street outside the Lion Gate as Israeli police blocks the access to Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 14, 2017 (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
11:14 GMT
There are fears over escalation as Arab leaders criticize Israel's "unprecedented" response to Friday's shooting.
El Salam Hospital is seen early July 15, 2017 in Hurghada, Egypt, after an Egyptian man stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded four others the previous day. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP)
10:00 GMT
Egypt's tourism industry, a main source of national income, has been in the doldrums since the 2011 uprising.
U.S. forces have been directly involved in anti-Daesh raids in Afghanistan's eastern regions since an offensive in early March. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
Abu Sayed, the "emir" of Daesh-Khorasan, was killed July 11 by U.S. forces during a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar Province.
Iraqi forces (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Baghdad says it is investigating claims of severe human rights abuses by the Iraqi military, after a horrifying video emerged showing troops allegedly killing a captive by throwing over a cliff.

July 14, 2017

The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, passes through an iron gate as he crosses an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP/ Hazem Bader)
18:00 GMT
Israeli police on Friday detained Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammad Hussein near Al-Aqsa mosque.