An Egyptian woman mourns over the body of her daughter wrapped in shrouds at a mosque in Cairo
An Egyptian woman mourns over the body of her daughter wrapped in shrouds at a mosque in Cairo on August 15, 2013. Photo by AFP
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood urged its supporters to keep up the protests as the official death toll passed 500. Calling the military crackdown a 'massacre,' they claim the count is far higher.

Western allies had warned Egypt's military leaders right up to the last minute against using force to crush the pro-Morsi sit-ins, arguing they could ill afford the political and economic damage.

After visiting Israel, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff of the American armed forces, said the U.S. and Israel have better military options against Iran today than they did a year ago. 

Israel Railways halted digging on the nation's two longest tunnels, which will connect Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, after discovering they were being dug in the wrong direction.

Police arrested five suspects over the beating of an Arab bus driver in Israel’s north earlier this week. The driver, Arab Israeli Shahdi Hadar, said none of the other 40 passengers came to his aid.

Israel's ambassador in Stockholm, Isaac Bachman, speaking on Swedish radio, compared Israel’s release of 26 Palestinian prisoners to releasing right-wing extremist Anders Breivik, who was responsible for the massacres on the Norwegian island of Utøya in 2011.

The outgoing director-general of the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry was told to cease all pro-Israel propaganda activity, after Haaretz reported on a series of racist and offensive remarks he posted on his Facebook page.

And IBM announced the acquisition of Israeli startup Trusteer, in a deal estimated to be worth $800 million.