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April 29, 2014

Out of the 11 candidates running for election, two are women and one is Christian (File Archive/AFP)
13:24 GMT

At least four more candidates have registered their bids for the Syrian presidency Tuesday ahead of the June 3 polls.

Israel has destroyed more than 600 structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

Israeli bulldozers have demolished three homes and a mosque near the Palestinian town of Nablus.

Baghdad has deployed a number of anti-terrorism forces throughout the country to protect polling stations ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
12:31 GMT

A former Al Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing attack Monday in a Kurdish stronghold area northeast of Baghdad.

Violence continues in Benghazi as Libya struggles to develop a stronger government. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT

A car bomb in Benghazi has killed two soldiers.

Violence has increased across Iraq as Iraqis head to the polls this week to elect a new Prime Minister. (AFP/File)
10:39 GMT

At least 10 people have been killed in bombings in a town northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday.

The Syrian opposition has stepped up attacks on government-controlled Damascus in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

Twelve citizens were killed and 50 wounded in Damascus after heavy shelling.

Israeli settlements were a point of contention during the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT

An NGO reported that Israel issued tenders for close to 5,000 new homes during the negotiating process with Palestinians.

The United Nations has urged the United States to curb its highly controversial drone program. (AFP/File)
08:37 GMT

U.S. lawmakers have rejected a provision that would make overseas drone strikes more transparent.

The Tunisian people overthrew Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

Tunisian family members of those killed during the 2011 revolution are going on a hunger strike after a Tunisian court released former regime officials who are accused of killing peaceful protesters during the revolution.

The Jordanian ambassador was pulled from his car by gunmen in April. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

Jordan has agreed to hand over a Libyan militant in exchange for the release of its ambassador who was kidnapped in Libya in April.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry firmly believes that a two-state solution is the only real option for peace. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has denied that he recently said Israel risks becoming an "apartheid" state.

The military-backed government in Egypt has been cracking down on members of the Muslim Brotherhood since former President Mohamad Morsi's ouster. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of State condemned Egypt's recent mass trials and death sentences handed down to members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

April 28, 2014

Students at Egyptian universities have taken to the streets to show their support for ousted President Morsi. (AFP/File)
19:05 GMT

Clashes continue to erupt between Egyptian security forces and students at Azhar University in Cairo.

Clashes continue to break out at Universities around Egypt because of the country's current political landscape. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT

Egyptian security forces stormed Alexandria University on Monday after clashes broke out between student supporters of Morsi and the university's security personnel.

Settlements in the West Bank doubled in 2013. (AFP/File)
16:39 GMT

An Israeli minister has called for Tel Aviv to annex Area C of the West Bank in response to the recent unity agreement between Palestinian groups.