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A picture taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights shows smoke billowing from the Syrian side of the border on June 24, 2017, after projectiles fired from the war-torn country hit the Golan. (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
June 24, 2017 - 18:00 GMT
Israel retaliated within an hour with drone strikes on a group of Syrian tanks.
A person waves a rainbow flag in front of Istanbul courthouse on June 19, 2017 in support to eleven LBTG activists who went on trial. Eleven LBTG activists appeared on trial on June 19 in Istanbul for having marched during last year's Gay Pride, which was banned. All charges against them have been dropped, and activists called for a demonstration on June 25. (Ozan Kose/AFP)
June 24, 2017 - 16:00 GMT
The Istanbul governor's office has banned a gay pride parade planned for Sunday on the city's popular Istiklal Avenue, citing concern for the "security of citizens and tourists" and "public order."
A judge speaks during the so-called
June 24, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
Eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates were convicted Friday by a court in Belgium for "human trafficking and exploiting their servants".
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (file photo)
June 24, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Qatar says demands presented by Saudi Arabia and three of its allies that have imposed a blockade on Doha are not "realistic", as the unprecedented diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf region seems headed for a stalemate.
Mohammed bin Salman (AFP)
June 24, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on newly-appointed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to put an end to the country’s longstanding human rights violations and make a commitment to rights reforms.
Muslim worshippers pray at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on June 23, 2017, during the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. (Bandar Aldandani/AFP)
June 24, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
A planned suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca was foiled, according to Saudi security forces, who say they cornered the would-be bomber in an apartment where he blew himself up.
Iraqi families displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Mosul from Daesh gather in an area near Qayyarah. (AFP)
June 24, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Fighters for Daesh "the Islamic State group" are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Civilians flee Mosul fighting as Iraq forces battle Daesh. (AFP)
June 23, 2017 - 19:47 GMT
A suicide bomber blew himself up on Friday among civilians fleeing Mosul's Old City, where Iraqi forces are gaining ground against extremists mounting a fierce but desperate defense.
Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a powerful explosion that targeted a police vehicle in Quetta on June 23, 2017. (AFP)
June 23, 2017 - 19:36 GMT
Separate bomb blasts and shootings in the west, east and south of Pakistan have killed a total of 44 people as militants step up attacks on police and security forces.
PKK fighters take position with their rife during a traning session. (AFP)
June 23, 2017 - 16:00 GMT
Weapons delivered to the PKK/PYD will be taken back after Daesh is defeated, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a letter sent to his Turkish counterpart on Thursday.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, right, in a talk with US President's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner in Ramallah on Wednesday. (AFP)
June 23, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
A meeting held on Thursday between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US President’s Advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt was “tense and strained”.
A Syrian boy looks at rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades marching through the northwestern city of Idlib in March 2017. (AFP)
June 23, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Thursday that Turkey, Russia and Iran have been working on a plan to station their forces in de-escalation areas in Syria.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. (AFP)
June 23, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
Kuwait has reportedly given Doha a steep list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies boycotting Qatar in an attempt to end the unprecedented diplomatic crisis unfolding in the Persian Gulf region.
A spokesperson for the UAE government denied the allegations. (AFP)
June 23, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
At least eighteen separate secret prisons were found to be in operation across south Yemen, all either run or supported by the UAE.
Khalil, 67, had been a leader of Egypt’s student movement during the 1970s. (AFP)
June 23, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Egyptian authorities arrest prominent leftist activist known for his vocal opposition to a controversial maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
With no previous diplomatic experience, Jared Kushner has been talking peace in the Middle East. (AFP)
June 22, 2017 - 20:00 GMT
In a visit lasting just 20 hours, the 36-year-old real-estate developer also met with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah on the West Bank.