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May 12, 2014

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT

Bahrain’s main opposition bloc Al-Wefaq says some 170 protesters, including 29 children, were arrested by regime forces in April.

Nine Turkish nationals were killed by IDF forces in the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid (File Archive)
07:30 GMT

Israel and Turkey may finalize the 2010 Gaza Flotilla compensation deal this week and normalize relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara upon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's return to Israel.

Syrian rebel-regime fighting has in recent weeks advanced to the Qunaitra crossing near the Golan Heights' ceasefire line (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
07:12 GMT

Parts of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights remained closed for a second day Monday after Tel Aviv's defense forces announced Sunday that it would transform the territory into a "military zone" due to the spillover from Syria's war.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would assist Nigeria in bringing the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls home safely. (AFP)
06:55 GMT

Israel on Sunday offered assistance to Nigeria in locating 276 high-school girls still held after being abducted four weeks ago by the Boko Haram terrorist network.

A Syrian man carrying a bicycle walks on a heavily damaged street in the Juret al-Shayah district of the central city of Homs on May 10, 2014, a day after the last Syrian rebels left the city's neighbourhood under an evacuation deal that hands the government a symbolic victory. (AFP)
06:47 GMT

The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has wrested control of key parts of the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor from other rebel groups, activists said Sunday, worsening infighting that has handicapped the insurgency against President Bashar Assad.

Tension between the state security forces and al-Qaeda linked militants are at an all-time high in Yemen. (AFP/File)
06:28 GMT

A suicide bomber killed at least eight people in an attack on a police station Yemen, with some reports saying as many as thirteen died in the blast.

An increasing spate of 'price tag' attacks have been carried out against Muslim and Christian targets in recent months (photo courtesy:
04:00 GMT

The cleric's comments come just two weeks before Pope Francis' visit to Israel and the region.

May 11, 2014

An increasing spate of 'price tag' attacks have been carried out against Muslim and Christian targets in recent months (photo courtesy:
18:05 GMT

Settlers in Israel filed a complaint with police against Israeli author Amos Oz for his comments.

Negotiations between Iran and the West are progressing, with some believing that a final deal on Iran's nuclear status can be reached in the coming months. (photo courtesy:
17:34 GMT

Ayatollah Khamenei said that any reduction in missiles would be foolish when the West continues to threaten Iran.

Since Morsi was ousted last summer, more than 1,400 have been killed in Egypt and more than 15,000 people have been arrested. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced 36 students from the famous Al-Azhar university to four years in prison over their roles in violent protests in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, judicial sources reported Sunday.

Despite being his rival in the election, Sabbahi said he will help protect Sisi if he elected president. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Presidential hopeful candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has vowed to protect Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi if he is elected president in this year's elections.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that the victim was "tampering" with land that Palestinians are not allowed to access. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT

Israeli troops shot and injured a Palestinian man in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, locals and an army spokeswoman said.

Iraq has seen an uptick in violence in 2014. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

20 Iraqi soldiers were killed after being kidnapped in northern Iraq.

Security forces have increased checkpoints in Yemen to combat al Qaeda attacks. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT

Three militants thought to be members of AQAP were killed while trying to attack a security checkpoint near the presidential palace on Sunday.

Rouhani’s remarks come ahead of a fresh round of high-level nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed Western allegations that the Islamic Republic is pursuing a secret nuclear program.