April 27, 2014
Four more candidates are now running in Syria's June 3 presidential election against incumbent leader President Bashar Al Assad.
Syria still possesses nearly eight percent of its chemical weapons stockpile as Damascus' own self-imposed deadline for the arsenal's removal expired Sunday.
Iraq's army attacked a convoy of extremist rebel fighters inside eastern Syria, leaving eight dead Sunday as the vehicles approached the country's border,
At least 33 people are now dead from two bombings that targeted a Shiite political rally in Baghdad ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri has urged his followers to use Western kidnappings as a tactic to encourage the release of jailed jihadists.
Student clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli killed the school's headmaster as he tried to break up the fighting between the students. The headmaster's death represents the first of its kind in Lebanon.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah offered his resignation this weekend to "pave the way" for the unity government between Fatah and Hamas proposed last week.
The Syrian army has regained control of a city in the Aleppo region, pushing back militants, according to military sources.
April 26, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas won the appraisal of Hamas during a speech in the West Bank days after a unity deal was announced between the longtime rivals.
An Egyptian man has been diagnosed with MERS virus upon his return from Saudi Arabia, the country's state TV reported on Saturday.
Fighting between rebels and Syrian forces has left 88 people dead in two days.
Three men were sentenced to death by hanging for their part in killing a senior Iranian prosecutor.
Five NATO troops have died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar. A Taliban spokesman said it was shot down by insurgents, but the claim has not yet been verified.
Human Rights Watch has called on the Israeli army to stop shooting innocent Palestinians in Gaza, referring to the four civilians shot dead in recent weeks.
Iran's UN envoy has said Israel is the only obstacle to a nuclear-free Middle East, accusing the Jewish state of failing to comply with international treaties for weapons of mass destruction.