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May 13, 2014

Prince Nasser is accused of being involved in the torture of Bahraini prisoners in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Bahrain News Agency)
11:58 GMT

Prince Nasser faces charges of torture but has immunity in Bahrain. If he travels to the United Kingdom, however, human rights lawyers may advocate for his arrest.

Rebel infighting escalated in parts of Deir el-Zour province on Monday (File/AFP)
11:50 GMT

Battles raged between al-Qaeda affiliated groups Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the Syrian borders with Iraq on Monday, according to a British based activist group.

The most recent wave of car bombs happened in mainly Shiite areas. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT

Car bombs across Iraq have killed at least 12 people Tuesday.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (C) leaves after a hearing in his trial for corruption linked to a major property development on May 13, 2014 at the district court of Tel Aviv. He was convicted on March 31, 2014 on two charges of bribery was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of $290,000 over his involvement in a corruption scandal. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / FINBARR O'REILLY)
10:01 GMT

Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rozen on Tuesday sentenced former prime minister Ehud Olmert to six years of prison time on conviction for two counts of bribery in the Holyland trial.

Demonstrations began in 2013 after the government proposed to demolish Gezi Park. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

Nearly a thousand people gathered to demonstrate outside a Turkish courthouse where eight men are standing trial for the killing of a Turkish student during the 2013 protests.

Residents of the Old City of Homs carry their belongings out from their neighbourhood on May 12, 2014. The Syrian government has been accused of using chlorine gas as a weapon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
08:57 GMT

There is strong evidence suggesting that the Syrian government used chlorine gas on three towns in mid-April in direct violation of the chemical weapons treaty that Damascus signed last year, Human Rights Watch reported Tuesday.

The Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped by gunmen earlier this month. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

The Jordanian ambassador who was kidnapped in Libya last month has been freed.

With Iran's help, Tehran says Assad has already won the war in Syria. (AFP/File)
06:34 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria, and the campaign by rebels has failed, senior Iranian foreign policy officials claimed.

According to the U.N., nearly 9,000 people died in Iraq in 2013. (AFP/File)
06:29 GMT

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens injured after a new wave of attacks.

A handout picture released by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on May 11, 2014 shows him sitting next to the captured US drone and its copy, at the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force exhibition in Tehran (AFP Photo)
06:22 GMT

A ceremony was held in Iran to recognize its reverse-engineering feat, displaying both the U.S. drone and its Iranian copy.

Qaradawi said that Egypt has not gained anything since Morsi was overthrown. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Influential cleric Youssef al Qaradawi has called for Egyptians to boycott the presidential elections.

May 12, 2014

Turmoil has gripped Egypt since President Morsi was overthrown. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Unidentified suspects have set fire to Sisi's campaign headquarters.

Kerry attempted to finalize a peace deal in April but was unsuccessful. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT

Mahmoud Abbas will meet with John Kerry in London on Wednesday.

Many of Adra's residents are Alawites. (AFP/File)
18:01 GMT

Syrian rebels say they will free 1,500 families in Adra in exchange for food and the release of jailed opponents of Assad.

Al Nusra Front enjoys general support from other opposition groups, while ISIL has drawn criticism for brutal attacks on civilians. (AFP/File)
17:01 GMT

The Syrian opposition group ISIL has threatened to take its war with rival opposition group al Nusra Front to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.