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April 27, 2014

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.

Violence erupted in Tripoli again after Lebanon's army enforced a security plan on April 1 in an attempt to quell protests (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

A military judge on Saturday charged 79 suspects with direct involvement in Tripoli clashes. In recent weeks, Lebanese authorities have cracked down on individuals thought to be involved in the violence.

The UN estimates that an estimated 400,000 Iraqis have been displaced due to violence this year (File/AFP)
10:59 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki has accused Saudi Arabia of meddling in Baghdad's affairs and further antagonizing the Syrian conflict by arming rebels.

Israel reacted to the Palestinian deal by canceling all negotiations (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

The recent reconciliation deal between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority has received the stamp of approval from neighboring Jordan.

Syrian rebels in Hama released video footage of the gas attack earlier this month, causing France and the U.S. to allege further chemical weapons were used by Assad's forces (File/AFP)
09:34 GMT

Accusations of Assad using further chemical weapons are "fabricated", according to Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday.

Bekaa Valley is also home to thousands of Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A Bengali domestic worker was mildly injured after rockets fired from Syria landed in the outskirts of Bekaa Valley on Friday.