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June 11, 2014

Bashar Assad said there is a need for "dialogue" to obtain peace in Syria (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Bashar Assad urged Syrians to support the country's government and insisted that people "trust the state and its president".

Residents claim the kidnappers were from Nusra Front.
15:00 GMT

Six people kidnapped from a quarry in the east Lebanon village of Ras Baalbek were released yesterday. Residents claim the kidnappers were from Nusra Front (AFP/ File).

Ali Sadreddine Bayanouni was "surprised" that the Syrian National Coalition sent El-Sisi a congratulatory letter (Image: scpss.org)
13:44 GMT

A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood resigned from the Syrian National Coalition, after it congratulated Egypt's newly elected president, Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi.

Al-Aqsa Mosque has been at the centre of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian worshippers in recent months (File/AFP)
13:13 GMT

A Jordan minister called for Al-Aqsa Mosque to be protected from "Israeli violations" in Jerusalem, amid growing restrictions imposed on Palestinian worshippers.

The banking crisis started last Wednesday with Hamas-affiliated police officers preventing PA employees from collecting their wages (AFP/ File).
13:06 GMT

Banks in the Gaza Strip are reopening following the stalemate over salaries for Hamas employees of the former Gaza government.

Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as militants captured Mosul (File/AFP)
12:27 GMT

Iraqi forces backed by tribal residents retook parts of Kirkuk in a battle with militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in Deir al-Zor killed over 634 people since April 30 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT

Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's offensive in the oil-rich Deir al-Zor province killed at least 634 people and displaced over 130,000 others.

Abdel Fattah is accused of protesting illegally. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

A Cairo court sentenced prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in prison for protesting illegally.

Robert Ford said cooperating with Assad "would not benefit American security." (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT

U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford, urged for "moderate opposition fighters" in Syria to be armed accordingly, while he said America will not engage with Bashar al-Assad.

A group of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons have been hunger striking for the past 48 days. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

Palestinian prisoners who are hunger striking remain steadfast in their mission. A statement released by the hunger strikers says they will continue "until victory or martyrdom."

Violence in Iraq has caused hundreds of thousands to flee. (AFP/FIle)
09:39 GMT

Hundreds of thousands flee Mosul after jihadist militants seize city.

Anti-government demonstrations have swept the country since 2011. (AFP/File)
08:07 GMT

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep concern over the Bahraini government's crackdown on political dissidents.

Iran and the U.S. have held multiple talks in Geneva to discuss Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

The U.S. and Iran have finished their two-day nuclear talks in Geneva.

The Libyan government has been unable to control powerful militias causing chaos across the country. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has agreed to a truce during Libya's upcoming election.

IS has carried out numerous bombings and shootings inside Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Militants of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State have seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and parts of the northern province of Kirkuk.