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May 15, 2014

There are over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, making up at least 27% of the population (File/AFP)
13:42 GMT

Lebanon is due to limit the number of Syrian refugees entering the country, according to the Trade and Economy Minister Alain Hakim.

An Iraqi woman inspects the wreckage of a car on the aftermath of a bomb explosion in Baghdad's northern Shiite-majority district of Sadr City, on May 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
13:28 GMT

A car bomb went off in Baghdad’s Shia-dominated neighborhood of Karradah on Thursday, killing at least five people, including two policemen.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in London earlier this week ahead of Wednesday's Friends of Syria meeting  (Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Arab and Western foreign ministers and leaders met Thursday in London to discuss new strategies to support Syria's opposition.

Parliament will reconvene on May 22 for a fifth round of elections. (AFP/File)
13:07 GMT

Lebanese lawmakers failed, for a fourth time in a row, to elect a new president.

Turkish authorities have been accused of negligence as thousands including relatives of miners protest across the country (Image: REPORTTURK)
13:02 GMT

A photo has emerged of the Turkish Prime Minister's adviser Yusuf Yerkel kicking a restrained relative of a dead miner in the town of Soma.

Preparations for the 2022 World Cup have highlighted restrictive employment conditions for foreign workers in the Gulf state. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT

Preparations for the 2022 World Cup have highlighted restrictive employment conditions which mean for example a worker cannot change jobs without his employer’s permission.

Thousands must wait in long lines to retrieve fuel. (AFP/File)
10:52 GMT

Many Yemenis are outraged over major fuel and electricity shortages and feel the transitional government is doing nothing to help.

Airstrikes across Syria have reduced numerous towns to rubble. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT

Airstrikes in northern Syria have killed over 40 people, mostly civilians.

The Islamists are expected to step up their protests ahead of a presidential election called for May 26-27. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT

One person was killed on Wednesday evening during clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of former president Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian security officials reported Thursday.

Iraq has witnessed a steady increase in car bombs since last year. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT

The U.S. plans to sell $1 billion worth of arms to Iraq in an effort to help bring stability to the country.

Only 600,000 of the 6-8 million Egyptians living abroad are registered to vote in the presidential polls (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:43 GMT

Egyptian expats will head to the polls starting Thursday to cast their votes for their country's upcoming presidential election.

The U.S. and several European countries are keen to begin monitoring just where Hezbollah gets its money from. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

Sources close to the central command at Hezbollah say the party has begun to take budget-cutting measures due to the shortage of Iranian aid caused by the Islamic Republic’s tough economic situation.

University officials say the security forces normally deployed in front of the university will be needed elsewhere during the elections. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Al Azhar University has decided to freeze exams, evacuate dorms, and give all employees a holiday during the week of Egypt's presidential elections.

More than 1,000 people - mostly civilians - were killed across Iraq the past month as the country grapples with a surge in sectarian violence. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
06:38 GMT

Separate terrorist attacks targeting security forces have left 13 people dead in Iraq.

The change to ISIL's name reflects inter-organizational dynamics between it and Al Qaeda's senior leadership. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of State announced on Wednesday that it has amended the foreign terrorist designation for Al Qaeda in Iraq.