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June 3, 2014

The Palestinian man is believed to have opened fire at Israeli soldiers (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

A Palestinian man was killed at a checkpoint beside the West Bank city of Nablus late Monday. Israeli officials said the man opened fire at soldiers, while his family said he was unarmed.

Five people were killed in Monday's sandstorm, but the death toll could be higher (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT

Weather experts in Tehran have warned that another sandstorm could hit the capital Tuesday, a day after five people were killed in the extreme weather.

In the past two weeks, seven Hezbollah members have now been killed fighting in Syria (File/AFP)
12:31 GMT

An additional four Hezbollah members were killed in Syria violence Tuesday, bringing the death toll up to seven in the past two weeks from the Lebanese Shia group.

The Houthi movement in Yemen has been fighting against the central government for years. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

The death toll from recent clashes between Yemeni government forces and Houthi fighters has reached 120.

Bashar al-Assad voted on Tuesday alongside his British-born wife Asma (Image: Facebook)
11:17 GMT

President Bashar al-Assad voted with his wife Asma in Syria's widely criticized elections Tuesday according to the country's state broadcaster.

Ali Abdullah Saleh still remains at liberty in Yemen, unlike other leaders ousted during the Arab Spring (File/AFP)
10:30 GMT

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has denied accusations that he embezzled billions of dollars during his 33-year rule.

The Kurdish people have been fighting with Turkey since the 1980s over the issue of self-rule. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT

Turkish forces have fired on a village in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Assad is widely expected to win Syria's presidential election. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT

Hundreds of Syrian refugees flocked to border polling stations to vote in the presidential elections despite a threat from the Lebanese government that their refugee status might be revoked if they return to Syria.

Over 100 Palestinians have been on a hunger strike since April. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

Roughly 70 Palestinian prisoner who are on hunger strike have been taken to the hospital.

Libya's current Prime Minister, Abdullah al Thinni, is refusing to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT

The new Libyan government has taken office despite the refusal of Abdullah al Thinni's cabinet to leave power.

Ambassador Ron Dermer does not believe the U.S. should recognize a Palestinian government that includes Hamas. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

Israel's Ambassador expressed disappointment that the United States government will continue to uphold ties with the new Palestinian unity government.

Many analysts have argued that the Syrian elections will in no way be free and fair. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

Syrians are heading to the polls this morning to vote in the presidential elections.

The conflict in Syria has forced millions to flee. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, 334 people were tortured to death in Syria in the month of May.

June 2, 2014

Violence continues in Iraq as Iraqi forces clash with militant groups mainly linked to al Qaeda. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

At least 22 people have been killed in intense fighting in Iraq's Anbar Province Monday.

Al Aqsa mosque is the third holiest site for Muslims. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Palestinian women staged a sit-in at al Aqsa mosque on Monday.