Main headlines

April 27, 2014

It is not yet clear how the government plans to coordinate the election nationwide under the present civil war conditions that have killed at least 150,000 and forced at least half of the country's population to flee their homes (Fadi Al Halabi/AFP)
13:32 GMT

Four more candidates are now running in Syria's June 3 presidential election against incumbent leader President Bashar Al Assad.

The UN-OPCW mission visited Syria's chemical weapon facilities in late 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
12:48 GMT

Syria still possesses nearly eight percent of its chemical weapons stockpile as Damascus' own self-imposed deadline for the arsenal's removal expired Sunday.

Iraqi forces have been battling anti-government fighters, including the ISIL, in Anbar province since late 2013 (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
11:49 GMT

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,

Many Iraqi fighters affiliated with the country's Hezbollah Brigades have gone to Syria to fight for the regime against the opposition (Haidar Hamdani/AFP)
08:16 GMT

At least 33 people are now dead from two bombings that targeted a Shiite political rally in Baghdad ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections.

Zawahiri also expressed support for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in the recorded interview released to media outlets this weekend (File Archive/AFP)
07:50 GMT

Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri has urged his followers to use Western kidnappings as a tactic to encourage the release of jailed jihadists.

Lebanese army soldiers were deployed to Tripoli earlier this year to implement a new security plan to restore order to the country's restive northern city (File Archive/AFP)
07:14 GMT

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.

Rami Hamdallah offered his resignation this weekend, and his Hamas counterpart Ismail Haniyeh is expected to hand in his resignation in the upcoming days as well (Abbas Momani/AFP)
06:56 GMT

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.

A Syrian boy runs from snipers in Aleppo's old city (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Syrian army has regained control of a city in the Aleppo region, pushing back militants, according to military sources.

April 26, 2014

Israel has refused to participate in any negotiations involving Hamas (File/AFP)
18:40 GMT

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.

Saudi Arabia's health ministry announced on Friday that over 300 MERS cases have now been detected in the country (File/AFP)
18:08 GMT

An Egyptian man has been diagnosed with MERS virus upon his return from Saudi Arabia, the country's state TV reported on Saturday.

Thousands of civilians are currently living under siege as Syria's civil war continues (File/AFP)
17:33 GMT

Fighting between rebels and Syrian forces has left 88 people dead in two days.

The men were sentenced to death for assassinating the former prosecutor of Zabol (File/AFP)
15:28 GMT

Three men were sentenced to death by hanging for their part in killing a senior Iranian prosecutor.

The helicopter crashed in the troubled region of Kandahar (Patrick Baz/AFP)
14:49 GMT

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.

Over 60 civilians have been killed by the IDF in 2014, according to the UN (Marco Longari/AFP)
13:55 GMT

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.

Israel has neither confirmed or denied its nuclear capabilities (File/AFP)
13:03 GMT

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.