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April 23, 2014

President Michel Suleiman said Tuesday that he hopes the parliament will elect the next president before Friday's deadline (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon's parliament will convene Wednesday to elect a president following the expiration of president Michel Suleiman's term.

April 22, 2014

A U.N. inspection team was sent to Syria following last August's chemical weapons attack (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapon stockpile according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons who is responsible for the oversight of the weapons removal.

Joining the Israeli army will remain voluntary for Christians, but now Tel Aviv will be mailing recruitment papers directly to all Christians on their sixteenth birthday (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Palestinian Christian citizens of Israel will not receive army conscription papers directly on their sixteenth birthday

Arab League leader Nabil Fahmy condemned Syria's election plans in an official statement Tuesday (File Archive/AFP)
18:07 GMT

The Arab League condemned Syria's plans to hold a presidential election while the country's civil war continues to envelope the country in violence Tuesday.

Former premier Rafik Hariri was assassinated in Beirut in 2005 (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued new arrest warrants Tuesday for the five suspects accused of involvement in the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.

Dan Ronen handed in his resignation after accusing the Minister of Military from withholding funds from his department (File/AFP)
17:11 GMT

Director general of Homefront Security, Dan Ronen resigned from his position on Tuesday over an alleged dispute.

The PLO delegation met with president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah ahead of their departure for Gaza City (Thaer Ghanaim/PPO/AFP)
16:57 GMT

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah met Tuesday in an effort to "reconcile their rival leaderships" as peace talks with Israel continue to deteriorate.

Mohamad Morsi stands accused of espionage and spying for Hamas (File/AFP)
16:03 GMT

Ex Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will stand trial again along with 34 Muslim Brotherhood leaders on April 28.

The Port Said massacre was the bloodiest day in Egypt's football history (File/AFP)
15:30 GMT

Eleven defendants who stand accused of participating in the Port Said football massacre, which left 72 fans dead, have had their trial adjourned.

Fatah officials say the planned protests will force militants to leave the camp (File/AFP)
15:05 GMT

Palestinian refugees in Syria's Yarmouk camp intend to protest against militant groups blocking aid from entering the besieged camp.

The attack on the ballot center took place in Daqouq, 260km north of Baghdad. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

Unidentified militant gunmen dressed in military garb killed 10 Iraqi guards when they stormed a balloting center in an overnight attack in the country's north, a senior police official said Tuesday.

International human rights organizations have recently criticized Israeli forces for using excessive force against Palestinians. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in the town of Awarta in the West Bank.

A "massive and unprecedented" military operation targeting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is underway in Yemen. (AFP/File)
09:34 GMT

A "massive and unprecedented" military operation targeting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is underway in Yemen, according to an unnamed Yemeni official.

Al Aqsa mosque compound is Islam's third holiest site. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

Jordan has summoned the Israeli ambassador to Amman over recent clashes at al Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. is investigating the allegations. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

The U.S. State Department is investigating allegations that a toxic chemical weapon was used in Syria this month.