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May 26, 2014

Ashton and Zarif will review the progress of the nuclear negotiations in their meetings. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are meeting in Turkey to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

Egyptians are voting for a new president on May 26 and 27. (AFP/File)
17:54 GMT

An NGO coalition has reported some violations at Egypt's polls Monday.

The Syrian ambassador was asked to leave the country after he repeatedly insulted the kingdom of Jordan. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Syria has chosen to expel the Jordanian diplomatic envoy in response to Amman expelling the Syrian ambassador Monday.

Disputes over settlements in the West Bank have persisted for years and recently derailed the peace process. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Leaders of the Knesset Land of Israel Caucus proposed ten bills that would annex major settlement blocs in the West Bank.

Mahlab said no election violations have been reported by international election observers. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Egypt's cabinet will resign as soon as the presidential election results are announced.

The international community considers all settlements in East Jerusalem to be a violation of international law. (AFP/File)
14:43 GMT

Israel has approved plans for 50 new settler homes in East Jerusalem.

Hamas and Fatah officials in Gaza are expected to announce a unity government this week (AFP/ File Archive)
13:22 GMT

Hamas and Fatah officials meet in Gaza today to continue negotiations about forming a unity government.

Suleiman must leave the Kingdom within 24 hours (File Archive/AFP)
13:05 GMT

Jordan expelled the Syrian ambassador Bahjat Suleiman from the Kingdom Monday.

A picture taken with a smartphone on May 25, 2014, shows emergency teams gathering at the site of a car bomb attack in a regime-held area in Syria's central city of Homs. 10 people were killed in the blasts. (AFP/SAM SKAINE)
10:34 GMT

Al Qaeda's branch in Syria - the Nusra Front - have claimed responsibility for the two latest car bombings in a pro-government neighborhood of the central city of Homs in which 10 people were killed.

Russia has not yet agreed with the rest of the Security Council on the French draft resolution (File Archive/AFP)
09:39 GMT

The UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution from France that pushes for a new head of state in Lebanon in order to avoid a presidential vacuum.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said that the Syrian regime hit the areas of al-Ajram and Wadi al-Zaarour with six rockets. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT

Syrian warplanes raided on Monday the outskirts of the border town of Arsal in northern Bekaa with several rockets.

A record six candidates are due to run for the position of President of Israel - Shimon Peres is set to be replaced - in the upcoming June elections. All six hopefuls have received backing of Knesset members. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT

A record six candidates are due to run for the position of President of Israel in the upcoming elections. All six hopefuls have received backing of Knesset members.

More than one million refugees are registered in Lebanon with the UNHCR (File Archive/AFP)
08:24 GMT

The UN refugee agency's top medical expert warned Monday that aid workers can no longer provide critical health treatment to Syrian refugees due to lack of funding.

Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohamad  was previously sentenced to life in prison in Lebanon in 2010, following a terrorism conviction, but was released on bail after witnesses recanted their testimony
07:01 GMT

A firebrand Islamist preacher who was banned from the UK after praising Al Qaeda attacks on the West has been arrested in Lebanon for allegedly supporting terrorism.

Polls will be open for Egyptians to vote on Monday and Tuesday this week (Marwan Naamani/AFP)
06:54 GMT

Egyptians will head to the polls to vote for the country's next president starting Monday.