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June 9, 2014

An astounding 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment in some form. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Seven men were arrested after sexually assaulting a woman in Tahrir Square during celebrations for President Sisi's inauguration.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi will head the Iranian delegation. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Iran and the U.S. are beginning new nuclear talks in Geneva Monday.

Roughly 125 Palestinians have been refusing food since April 24. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT

Palestinians in the West Bank have closed their shops for one day in solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers.

Prince Zeid is considered generally popular with a solid reputation as a human rights advocate (AFP/ File).
14:43 GMT

His Royal Highness Prince Zeid, Jordan's former permanent representative to the UN has been nominated to replace South Africa's Navi Pillay as the UN high commissioner for human rights.

This is the sixth time the parliament has failed to elect a president. (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT

Lebanese parliament's latest attempt to elect a president has failed again.

Mahlab had initially announced that he would resign once Sisi took office. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab will remain the Prime Minister and will help newly elected President Sisi form a new government.

Bashar Assad has tortured thousands of his own people. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad has announced a "general amnesty" for all crimes committed during the civil war.

Sunday's meeting involved Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, a multi-faith classical ensemble and the planting of an olive tree (AFP/ File).
11:28 GMT

Despite Pope Francis' call for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to respond to their people's yearning for peace, no concrete signals of compromise resulted from the Pope's symbolic meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Al-Sisi stated during his speech that he embraced reconciliation between Egyptians, but will exclude those who have committed crimes or engaged in violence (AFP/File).
09:53 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi promised his people better lives within four years, based on honest engagement, not "shining hopes".

Robert Serry met with the Palestinian ministers in Gaza. (AFP/File)
09:39 GMT

U.N. envoy to the peace process Robert Serry met with four Palestinian unity ministers in Gaza Sunday.

Pakistan’s paramilitary forces have increased their numbers and re-launched their operation against renewed gunfire at the Jinnah International Airport today (AFP/ File).
08:46 GMT

All flights have been suspended to Pakistan's Jinnah International Airport following attacks late Sunday that have resumed today.

Former Syria Peace Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says that the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia were reluctant to assist his efforts in securing peace (AFP/ File).
07:51 GMT

Former Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has predicted that Syria, a country increasingly being run by warlords, faces becoming a failed state similar to Somalia.

Syria’s ambassador  to the United Nations  had recently complained that  people from as far away as  New Zealand had been lured to fight in the war  raging in Syria (AFP/ File).
06:54 GMT

New Zealand media have reported that its first citizen has been killed in Syria. Its Foreign Ministry is yet to provide further details.

June 8, 2014

Israel seized Jerusalem during the Six-Day War and continually constructs illegal settlements within its borders. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Palestine's foreign ministry has summoned Australia's representative over Australia's recent refusal to refer to Jerusalem as "occupied."

Students at al-Azhar frequently protest the current government and voice their displeasure with the overthrow of Morsi. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT

Students at al-Azhar University in Cairo protested against the inauguration of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Sunday.