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March 27, 2014

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.

March 26, 2014

Sisi announced that he will run to become president of Egypt. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be running for president of Egypt, it was announced Wednesday as he told the nation he had resigned from his post as Egypt's Defense Minister.

A recent report said that 16,000 people have been detained since Morsi's ouster in July 2013. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

At least two students have been killed and several others injured in fresh clashes between Egypt’s security forces and student protesters at Cairo University.

Kerry is scheduled to discuss the Mideast peace process with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman. (AFP/File)
18:01 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has made an impromptu trip to Amman in what is being called a "last ditch attempt" to salvage the Mideast peace talks

Morsi and hundreds of his supporters are being tried in Egypt on charges of violence. (AFP/File)
17:53 GMT

After Monday's announcement of 529 death sentences handed out in Minya, Egypt's top prosecutor has referred 919 Morsi supporters to mass trial before the same court.

Islamist militants are increasingly targeting Shiite shrines in the battle for Syria. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Islamist militants belonging to a splinter group of Al Qaeda on Wednesday bombed a large Shiite Muslim shrine in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, activists reported.

45 people died in the August blasts and more than 800 were injured. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

21 people on Wednesday were convicted for their role in the deadly double blast that targeted two mosques in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli last summer. 45 people died in the attacks.