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May 22, 2014

The siege brings an end to a month long battle between militants attempting to release prison inmates and Syria's army (File/AFP)
12:46 GMT

The Syrian army broke a siege of Aleppo's prison in a battle with rebels who had been in the compound for over 18 months.

Lebanon will enter an official "political vacuum" by Monday if no president is elected before then (File Archive/AFP)
11:20 GMT

No vote could be held to elect Lebanon's next president due to a lack of quorum in the country's parliament Thursday.

Syrian residents help an injured woman following reported air strikes by government forces on May 18, 2014 in Aleppo's Al-Qatarji neighborhood. (AFP PHOTO / AMC / TAMER AL-HALABI)
09:46 GMT

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have joined in an operation to deliver food aids to 60,000 people in Syria’s Aleppo Province.

Several Yemeni lawmakers have called on Prime Minister Basindwa to resign. (AFP/File)
09:45 GMT

Lawmakers in Yemen have demanded the resignation of the country's government and are specifically asking the Prime Minister to step down.

The ICC has decided that Saif al Islam Gaddafi should be transferred to The Hague. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT

The International Criminal Court has denied a request by Libya to try Saif al Islam Gaddafi in Libya.

The pope is set to visit the Holy Land from May 24-26 (Ahmed Gharabli/AFP)
07:23 GMT

Israeli police issued a statement Wednesday confirming that Tel Aviv has decided to place young Jewish extremists under house arrrest during Pope Francis' visit to Jerusalem this weekend.

Khatib has blamed foreign powers in part for failed negotiations in Geneva earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
07:06 GMT

Former president of the Syrian opposition National Coalition believes that direct negotiations between the Syrian regime and the opposition is the only way to "save the warring parties" from further losses.

Sabahi believes the elections will be free and fair. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

Egyptian presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi has said he does not fear ballot rigging in the upcoming election.

Egypt's Interior Ministry confirmed Wednesday's attack and said that seven people were injured in the violence. (AFP/File)
06:49 GMT

One Egyptian person was killed and six others were injured on Wednesday after a bomb attack struck a security vehicle in Egypt's restive Sinai peninsula, security sources reported.

The grant from the World Bank is the sixth in a series totaling $240 million. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The World Bank announced that it had approved a $40 million grant to the Palestinian Authority to support "strategic reform priorities" focused on public finances and improving the Palestinian business environment.

May 21, 2014

Amnesty International has voiced concern over the ongoing crackdown on protesters in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Bahraini security forces have killed an anti-regime protester who had participated in a rally in the island of Sitra.

“Today, the majority of people in the world trust the Iranian nation and praise this nation,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Iranian nation has proved that it is possible to progress in social and scientific fields and have dignity without depending on the US.

Retired Libyan Army general Khalifa Haftar speaks during a press conference in the town of Abyar, 70 km southwest of Bengahzi, on May 17, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
17:50 GMT

Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar, commander-in-chief of a breakaway military force, is increasingly dividing Libya's government forces and military.

Lebanese security forces check cars in Bekaa Valley (File/AFP)
17:26 GMT

Lebanon's army announced it arrested 18 Syrians over a three-day period for entering the country with fake documents.

It is believed that Pope Francis will also visit Palestinian Authority chief, Mahmoud Abbas (File/AFP)
17:05 GMT

Pope Francis told 50,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square that his three-day visit to the Middle East would be a "pilgrimage of prayer."