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June 1, 2014

Egyptian President Sisi is expected to give a TV statement after security reasons prevented him from giving his speech in a Cairo square (AFP).
16:19 GMT

Egypt's newly elected President Sisi is expected to give his first presidential statement on Egypt's "new politics", expressing a strong stance on adopting national independence.

Iran says its ballistic missiles have technology the United States does not (File Archive/ AFP).
15:25 GMT

Iran says its ballistic missiles can destroy moving targets with pinpoint precision, making Iran and Russia the only countries in the world with this technology.

Prime Minister Erdogan warned against people joining the anniversary protests (File Archive/ AFP).
14:04 GMT

More than 100 people have been arrested and fatalities reported during the one-year anniversary of Turkey's anti-government demonstrations.

Arsal has seen an increase in violence since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

Nusra Front briefly kidnapped and tortured three Lebanese teenagers in Arsal.

Netanyahu urges the world to not sanction a Palestinian unity government with Hamas (File Archive/ AFP).
13:31 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calls on the international community to not sanction a Fatah and Hamas government as it "will strengthen terrorism".

Iraq has been plagued with violence since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. (AFP/File)
12:56 GMT

The U.N. says the death toll in Iraq during the month of May was nearly 800 people.

The neighborhoods without water are all isolated by a separation wall. (AFP/File)
11:45 GMT

An Israeli NGO reports that thousands of Palestinians have been without water since March because the Israeli government cut their water supplies.

Prime Minister Mahlab said he will help make changes to the government if Sisi asks him for help in forming a new government. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT

Egypt's current prime minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, said Sunday that he will step down next week when president-elect Abdel Fatah al Sisi is sworn in.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that Israel will boycott the new unity government. (AFP/File)
09:41 GMT

Three future Palestinian ministers have been denied entry to the West Bank by Israel.

Arms smugglers frequently use the Libyan-Egyptian border to transport their goods. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

Six Egyptian border guards were killed after being targeted by smugglers along the western border region.

Anti-government protests have swept Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Opposition parties in Bahrain have decided to boycott the parliamentary and municipal elections that are scheduled to take place in October.

Current President Bashar al Assad is widely expected to win the presidential election. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

Polls revealed that 95% of Syrian expats have taken part in Syria's presidential elections ahead of the June 3 vote that will take place inside the country.

Lebanon is currently home to over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanese authorities have asked refugees to refrain from entering Syria starting June 1 or risk losing their status in an attempt to organize the growing refugee crisis in the country.

May 31, 2014

Several people were also reportedly injured during the pro-Morsi protest in eastern Cairo (File/AFP)
18:24 GMT

Two women were among the dead after police fired rounds during a rally for ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, Friday.

Israel's naval forces frequently harass Palestinian fisherman in the three-mile limit zone imposed on them (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Israeli forces injured a Palestinian fisherman on the Gaza Strip coastline, medical officials say.