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March 28, 2014

It is unclear who controls the oil fields, according to human rights groups (File/AFP)
06:29 GMT

ISIS and Islamist groups sustained casualties on Thursday after a battle for the Jafra oil field, east of Syria.

March 27, 2014

As the Syrian conflict enters its third year, the Assad regime has been gaining ground throughout parts of the country.  (AFP/File)
18:26 GMT

The explosion killed one and injured eleven others.

Turkey blocked YouTube on Thursday after an audio recording was posted detailing possible military operations in Syria. It is currently unclear how the Turkish court's ruling against the government on Twitter could affect the ban put in place on YouTube. (File)
17:26 GMT

The Turkish court's ruling comes as Erdogan's government blocked another popular site, YouTube, on Thursday.

Turkey's ban on Youtube follows the governments recent blocking of Twitter. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT

Turkey bans YouTube after an audio recording leaked detailing potential Turkish involvement in Syria.

The Syrian Army recently seized the strategic town of Yabroud. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

The Syrian Army and Hezbollah are making advances on the town of Flita.

Rebels fighter stand on the images of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad (R) and his son present Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Kasab border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia.
12:00 GMT

Syria has formally called on the United Nations to take all essential measures to halt Turkish involvement in rebel offensives taking place in Syria’s Kasab district.

The soldier was only lightly injured, according to media reports. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT

An Israeli soldier was stabbed and lightly injured in Jerusalem on Thursday, near near the illegal East Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Zeev, Israeli media reported.

Kerry was on a surprise visit to Jordan when he made the statement. (File/AFP)
10:47 GMT

U.S. Secretary John Kerry condemns Egypt court decision to sentence 529 Mohamed Morsi supporters to death, asking for those convicted to be given a fair trial.

Numerous human rights organizations have condemned Bahrain's treatment of protesters. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT

A Bahraini court gave 29 people prison sentences of up to 10 years for protesting against the government.

Kurdish officials said Thursday that the formation of a local government in the Kurdistan region will be announced soon (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

Kurdish officials said Thursday that the formation of a local government in the Kurdistan region will be announced soon, as they denied any differences in opinion between the region's President and Prime Minister-elect.

The twitter ban sparked outrage in Turkey and was quickly circumvented. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

A Turkish court ordered the recent Twitter ban be halted, calling the ban illegal.

Syria rebel soldiers have been intensely fighting along the Deir Ezzor front over the past few weeks as well (Ahmad Aboud/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Rebel fighters have infiltrated more villages in the government-stronghold of Latakia over the past week after the fall of the Kasab crossing to rebel fighters Sunday.

Tripoli is frequently rocked by violence fuelled by the ongoing conflict in neighboring Syria. (AFP)
07:12 GMT

The Lebanese army carried out raids in the northern city of Tripoli on Thursday after a soldier was killed in a drive-by shooting.

An image grab taken from Egyptian state television Al-Masriya on March 26, 2014 shows Egypt's Defence Minister and armed forces chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announcing his resignation from the army.
06:43 GMT

A Muslim Brotherhood official said that there can be no stability and security in Egypt if Abdel Fattah al-Sisi becomes president of the Middle East's most populous country.

Ashrawi called on the United States to hold Israel accountable for its human rights abuses against Palestinians. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said the United States must stand up for Palestinian human rights and hold Israel accountable, stressing that there was "no hope for peace" if it failed do so.