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May 15, 2014

The change to ISIL's name reflects inter-organizational dynamics between it and Al Qaeda's senior leadership. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of State announced on Wednesday that it has amended the foreign terrorist designation for Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood loyalists have also been sentenced to death in mass trials that garnered international media attention. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 79 supporters of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to prison terms of between five and 10 years over their involvement in the country's unrest, juidical sources reported.

May 14, 2014

According to a Hamas official, the formation of the proposed unity cabinet is nearly complete. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Hamas and Fatah officials held a three-hour meeting in Gaza on Wednesday in what officials described as a "positive" atmosphere.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 14, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)
19:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urged Gulf Arab states to unite against common security threats, despite a splintering of unity over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Torture and ill-treatment of pro-Mosri supporters came under scrutiny by Amnesty International (File/AFP)
18:13 GMT

Human rights group Amnesty International has said that torture was "endemic" in Egypt within a 2014 report on worldwide torture.

According to the UN, an average of two Palestinian children are arrested every day (File/AFP)
16:52 GMT

Israeli police arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian boy during an overnight raid in Jerusalem, bringing to light, the Jewish state's barbaric detention of minors.

Over one million Syrian refugees are now registered in Lebanon (File/AFP)
16:29 GMT

Japan's government has donated $4.3 million to Syrian refugees in Lebanon to help the "most vulnerable children and families" affected by the crisis.

Around 238 workers were killed as over 100 miners remain trapped underground (File/AFP)
15:52 GMT

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Ankara in protest, blaming government negligence for the country's worst industrial disaster in history.

General Mohsen Saeed al-Ghazali was killed along with four soldiers in Shabwa Province, but the death toll is set to rise (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

An aide to Yemen's defence minister was killed along with four soldiers in an attack by gunmen, army officials say.

Hagel arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday as part of his regional tour where he will adress pressing issues such as the conflict in Syria and Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
13:56 GMT

The U.S. called on its Gulf ally Saudi Arabia Wednesday to "confront common threats" with Washington in the region, particular in terms of Iran.

Many Bahrainis who are Shiite wish to achieve greater representation in their government. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT

Protesters clashed with police in the village of Eker near the Island of Sitra in Bahrain.

Israeli settlements increased 70 percent in 2013 alone (File Archive/AFP)
12:15 GMT

Israeli bulldozers demolished three Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem early Wednesday.

Thousands of Egyptian nationals work as laborers in Libya, but now fear their security amid increasing violence (File/AFP)
11:47 GMT

An Egyptian worker was shot dead by gunmen in Benghazi on Tuesday, according to Al-Wasat news. A post-mortem of the victim's body is now being carried out.

Eight people were wounded when rival gunmen clashed in Ain al-Hilweh camp on Monday (File/AFP)
10:51 GMT

Calm prevailed over the Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh days after clashes between rival factions, which left eight people wounded.

The Prime Minister has ordered flags to be flown at half mast. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

Turkey has declared a three day mourning period after the coal mining accident that has left over 200 people dead.