Palestinian-Egyptians wait to enter the Rafah border crossing, the only border through which Palestinians can exit Gaza, in the southern Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Israeli Air Force struck down about 800 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 80 Palestinians, including 22 children.
A fresh airstrike by Israel in Gaza early on Thursday claimed seven lives of Palestinians. The move worsened the tensions in the region and drew international concerns.
Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restore a political horizon, warning the region is facing "one of the most critical tests."
Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare.
The number of Afghan civilians, including children, killed in violence rose by nearly 17 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2013.
Israel assassinated a top local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the northern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday.
Presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday rejected the preliminary of Afghan presidential elections announced on Monday.
A powerful blast hit Afghanistan's eastern province of Parwan on Tuesday morning, causing casualties.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced after midnight Monday that it has launched a major operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.