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May 6, 2014

Government forces have been trying to retake Fallujah since January this year after anti-government fighters took over control of the city (File Archive/AFP)
14:22 GMT

At least eight people were killed in Iraq Tuesday in clashes near the militant-held city of Fallujah and near Iraq's capital.

The Nusra Front is an al Qaeda linked organization that has been fighting to topple the Assad regime. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

A roadside bomb killed a Nusra leader inside Syria on Tuesday.

Egypt officially banned the Muslim Brotherhood in September 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
12:41 GMT

Egypt's presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah Al Sisi told reporters this week that there will be no Muslim Brotherhood movement in the country if he becomes the head of state.

Syrian rebels frequently place bombs in tunnels to attack government checkpoints. (AFP/File)
11:52 GMT

A tunnel bomb has killed at least 30 Syrian soldiers.

Syrian President Bashar Assad will be running against two other candidates in the elections. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT

The U.S. government conveyed a clear message to the Lebanese government asking it not to facilitate the voting process of thousands of Syrians living in Lebanese territories in the Syrian elections next month.

Following the ouster of Mubarak in 2011, a court ruling dissolved his National Democratic Party. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banned on Tuesday members of Hosni Mubarak’s now defunct National Democratic Party from running in parliamentary, presidential as well as local unit elections.

A poll by The International Federation for Human Rights states at least 89 people have been killed in Bahrain since February 2011. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT

A Bahraini police post in a small Shiite village near the capital was attacked by assailants throwing Molotov cocktails overnight, an interior ministry official said Tuesday.

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has been battling ISIL for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Infighting between al Nusra Front and ISIL in the eastern Syria has killed 74 people.

The IAEA inspectors are expected to visit the Saghand uranium mine and the Ardakan concentration plant in Yazd on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed on how the Agency will carry out inspections of the Arak heavy water plant in central Iran.

The former Egyptian general is expected to win May's presidential elections. (AFP/File)
07:06 GMT

In his first interview since announcing his candidacy, Sisi said that he has survived two attempts on his life.

A handout picture released by the United Nation Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on February 26, 2014 shows residents of Syria's besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. (AFP/UNRWA)
06:47 GMT

Clashes raged Monday in the Yarmouk neighborhood in southern Damascus around the Palestinian refugee camp as the latest mediation effort got underway to end the regime blockade of the rebel-held area.

Syrians gather at the site of reported air strikes by government forces on May 1, 2014 in the Halak neighbourhood in northeastern Aleppo. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 33 civilians were killed in the attack. (AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI)
06:37 GMT

The Obama administration gave approval Monday for the Syrian opposition to open a formal diplomatic mission in Washington, on the first day of a visit to the American capital by National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba.

Syrian Opposition leader Ahmad Jarba is an advocate for greater U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. government will now recognize offices of the Syrian opposition as "foreign diplomatic missions."

May 5, 2014

The 2006 conflict between Hamas and Fatah left Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip and Fatah in control of the West Bank. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT

Hamas released six prisoners affiliated with Fatah on Monday.

Numerous embassies are located in Sana'a. (AFP/File)
17:46 GMT

A Frenchman was killed and another wounded in an attack in Sana'a.