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April 6, 2014

Peace talks have been on the verge of collapsing since Israel refused to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners at the end of March as promised under the initial peace talks framework from July 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of undermining the peace process minutes after Israeli Prime Minister accused Palestinians of "making unilateral moves" that harmed the talks' progress.

Homs used to be one of the major rebel stronghold areas in Syria (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least 50 rebels were killed from explosions targeting Homs Sunday.

Ali Benflis hopes to defeat President Bouteflika, who is seeking his fourth term, in the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Presidential hopeful Ali Benflis condemned violence that broke out at a campaign rally for his rival, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Iraq's elections are set to take place on April 30 (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP)
13:20 GMT

At least 10 people were killed in Iraq on Sunday in attacks south of Baghdad and in the northern provinces.

The Lebanese army has increased security near the Syrian border in recent months. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

The Lebanese army arrested four Syrian men after a shootout in Arsal.

Damascus has experienced heavy mortar fire in the past month. (AFP/File)
11:27 GMT

Mortar attacks killed two in Damascus on Sunday.

The next round of nuclear talks will begin on Tuesday and will be attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton. (AFP/File)
10:59 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 will soon begin drafting a final nuclear agreement.

The General Assembly of the Syrian National Coalition, the main Western-backed anti-Assad opposition group, began electing a new political authority during a meeting in Istanbul on Saturday. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

The Syrian National Coaltion - the main anti-Assad opposition group - have begun the process of electing a new political authority.

Israel needs to first formally join the ICC before it can lodge a complaint with an ICC prosecutor against Abbas (Courtesy of Human Rights Watch)
10:15 GMT

Israel threatened Sunday to take Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to be tried for war crimes.

Hezbollah's checkpoints will soon be dismantled. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

The Lebanese army have begun implementing a security plan in the Bekaa valley that includes dismantling all Hezbollah checkpoints and setting up stricter border policies.

Palestinian children in Gaza prepare for Ramadan festivities last year (File Archive/AFP)
07:11 GMT

Palestinian Authority minister of social affairs released a report this weekend showing that over 1,500 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000.

Zaatari is the world's second biggest refugee camp and Jordan's fourth largest city. It is home to some 106,000 refugees. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

The Jordanian authorities have dismissed reports that a Syrian refugee woman was killed at Zaatari camp after clashes with security forces broke out this weekend.

Indyk will meet with Israel's top negotiator Tzipi Livni as well as Palestine's Saeb Erekat (File Archive/AFP)
06:56 GMT

U.S. special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will meet with both negotiation teams Sunday in an effort to salvage the crumbling peace process.

A picture taken on April 4, 2014 shows the reflection of a Palestinian man as he inspects the damage following an overnight Israeli air strike on Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. (AFP)
06:29 GMT

Several targets in the Gaza Strip were hit by Israeli airstrikes on Sunday morning after a rocket fired from Gaza landed near an Israeli town on Saturday.

Anbar Province is a hotbed for al Qaeda activity. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

At least 15 soldiers have died in a blast and clashes with al Qaeda-linked militants near Fallujah.