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April 22, 2014

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.

Demonstrators gathered across Bahrain to express their anger over the death of an anti-government protestor. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT

Bahrainis held protests across many villages on Monday.

Amnesty International is collection evidence to prosecute the Israeli government. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT

Amnesty International announced Monday that it had serious concerns about Israel's excessive use of force against Palestinians and others.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon recently criticized the upcoming elections in Syria. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT

Syria's opposition has dismissed the upcoming presidential elections in Syria, calling them a "farce."

Turkey's government recently said that the government would not allow unions to hold rallies at Taksim Square. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Clashes have broken out in Istanbul between police forces and union members.