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The hajj - one of the five pillars of Islam - which capable Muslims must perform at least once. (AFP/File)
February 27, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
Tehran on Wednesday sent a team for talks in Saudi Arabia on the next annual pilgrimage
A Syrian man inspects the damage following reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 26, 2017. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
February 27, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
Footage from Douma near Damascus purported to show the aftermath of a chemical attack.
Bahraini authorities have intensified their crackdown on opposition despite repeated appeals by international rights groups. (AFP/File)
February 27, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
Those wounded are reportedly in a stable condition.
 Daesh group (IS) are planning
February 27, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Max Hill QC - who recently became the British government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation - compared the threat posed by IS to that of the IRA in the 1970s.
The Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights expressed concern earlier this month in response to Israeli airstrikes that Israel could be leading up to a wide-scale military offensive. (AFP/File)
February 27, 2017 - 11:37 GMT
No injuries were reported.
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi faces charges of helping up to 20,000 people escape prison in 2011, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
February 27, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood members were among the thousands of prisoners freed amid the chaos of the 2011 uprising.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region to discuss economic ties and Mosul. (AFP/File)
February 27, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
The one-hour closed meeting between Erdogan and Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish Regional Government, took place in Mabeyn Palace on the European side.
Shifa Gardi is the first recorded killing of a journalist in Iraq this year. (Twitter/Rudaw)
February 27, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
Female war correspondent Shifa Gardi, who worked for Rudaw Media Network, was known as one of its 'most daring journalists' who cracked the glass ceiling.
A Syrian girl, holding her stuffed toy, stands next to the rubble of buildings in the northwestern Syrian border town of al-Bab on February 25, 2017. (AFP/Nazeera al-Khatib)
February 27, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
The clashes came days after Turkey announced that al-Bab had been seized by the FSA, pushing out the remaining Daesh fighters.
There was no immediate comment from Sisi's office. (AFP/File)
February 27, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Sisi, now 62, went on to win a presidential vote in 2014. He has not said whether he will seek re-election when his current term ends in 2018, but has made much of his popular mandate and promised to respect the will of Egyptians.
This handout picture released on July 30, 2016 shows Moroccan King Mohammed VI. (AFP/File)
February 27, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
A statement from the Moroccan foreign ministry announced the country's intention to seek full membership and plans to meet all the required criteria.
Trump will not be attending this years annual White House Correspondent's Association Dinner. (AFP/File)
February 26, 2017 - 16:10 GMT
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has a rocky relationship with the media, announced Saturday he would not be attending an annual press dinner.
Tensions at the border of Israel and Lebanon. (AFP/File)
February 26, 2017 - 15:21 GMT
The Israeli army dispersed dozens of Lebanese protesters with tear gas at the border between the two countries on Saturday.
A Syrian boy awaits treatment at a make-shift hospital following air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
February 26, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
The oft-orphaned children, who have had members of their family blown apart by a regime barrel bomb or a Russian cruise missile or even a US airstrike, are suffering more than just post-traumatic stress.
A YPG fighter walks along the Turkish-Syria border wall. (AFP/File)
February 26, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
Turkey shares a 900-kilometer (559 miles) border with Syria which has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011.
The two-day event, dubbed
February 26, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
The conference was attended by more than 5,000 people.