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March 13, 2014

Adly Mansour is Egypt's interim President. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Adly Mansour, Egypt's interim President, said Wednesday that presidential elections will end before the end of July.

Hamas currently controls the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT

Mahmoud Abbas demanded Israel end its military escalation after a series of bombings this week.

According to AFP, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have failed to accredit Damascus' diplomats since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

Syria has decided to close its embassies in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait due to mounting pressure being put on its envoys in the Gulf states.

Washington suspended aid to Egypt last year in protest of the oust of President Mohammed Morsi and the subsequent crackdown on his supporters (File Archive/AFP)
07:55 GMT

Washington is expected to decide within the upcoming days whether to resume aid to Cairo after its decision to suspend funding last year after former Islamist president's Mohammed Morsi's oust.

If the Lebanese government fails to shake off its deadlock over its policy statement, it could mean the end for Tammam Salam. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam may quit politics if the last-minute talks that are seeking to end the government's deadlock over a policy statement fail, political sources said Wednesday.

Israeli soldiers and civilians stand next to a hole caused by a rocket launched from the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Sderot in the southern Negev desert on March 12, 2014. The attack prompted a retaliatory airstrike. (AFP)
06:45 GMT

Israeli air forces launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip late Wednesday, with no immediate reports of injuries. The Israeli air strikes came after Islamic Jihad said that it launched 130 rockets into southern Israel in response to Israel's killing of three of its members on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and his British counterpart David Cameron attend a joint press conference in Jerusalem on March 12 2014, following their meeting. (AFP)
05:00 GMT

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Britain will stand with Israel and will fight all efforts that seek to boycott Israeli goods.

March 12, 2014

Egypt has been orchestrating a major crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Morsi was ousted in July. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Two Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders, Akram El-Shaer and Mohamed El-Qabouty, have been arrested by INTERPOL in neighboring Gulf states, according to a statement issued by the Egypt's prosecutor-general on Wednesday.

In 2013, settlement activity in Israel increased by 70% despite international warnings and the resumption of the peace talks. (AFP/File)
18:46 GMT

Israel has announced plans to build more illegal settlements over the next four years in the occupied Golan Heights, despite warnings by the international community.

Algerians, whose shirts are reading "no to a fourth term" demonstrate in Algiers on March 6, 2014, against the bid by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fourth term in the up coming April 17 national elections. (AFP)
18:16 GMT

Algerian security forces on Wednesday prevented opposition leaders from marching to demand a boycott of next month’s election, in which long-reigning President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking a fourth term in office.

Maliki warned that terrorism stemming from the Syrian conflict could spillover into Europe. (AFP/File)
17:18 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on the international community to fight terrorism in Syria, warning that it could soon affect European countries.

An Israeli civilian stands next to a hole caused by a rocket launched from the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Sderot in the southern Negev desert on March 12, 2014. (AFP)
17:05 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel would respond "forcefully" against a volley of rocket fire launched against Israel, promising to maintain its security.

Israeli airstrikes frequently target Gaza. Here, a Palestinian man sits in the rubble of his home following a airstrike on the southern Gaza strip. (AFP/File)
16:07 GMT

Dozens of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Wednesday, a day after an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

A protester waves a black flag during clashes with riot police in Kadikoy, on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, on March 11, 2014. (AFP)
15:13 GMT

Thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul for the funeral of a Turkish teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma. The injuries were sustained after he was hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests last year.

Former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad (seated R), his wife Aniseh (seated L), sons Maher (standing, L-R), Bashar, Bassel, Majd and daughter Bushra (standing, L-R) pose for a undated family portrait. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
13:10 GMT

EU sanctions against the eldest sister of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were upheld by a European court on Wednesday, with officials saying her strong family ties made her inclusion on the sanctions list legitimate.