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May 12, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would assist Nigeria in bringing the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls home safely. (AFP)
06:55 GMT

Israel on Sunday offered assistance to Nigeria in locating 276 high-school girls still held after being abducted four weeks ago by the Boko Haram terrorist network.

A Syrian man carrying a bicycle walks on a heavily damaged street in the Juret al-Shayah district of the central city of Homs on May 10, 2014, a day after the last Syrian rebels left the city's neighbourhood under an evacuation deal that hands the government a symbolic victory. (AFP)
06:47 GMT

The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has wrested control of key parts of the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor from other rebel groups, activists said Sunday, worsening infighting that has handicapped the insurgency against President Bashar Assad.

Tension between the state security forces and al-Qaeda linked militants are at an all-time high in Yemen. (AFP/File)
06:28 GMT

A suicide bomber killed at least eight people in an attack on a police station Yemen, with some reports saying as many as thirteen died in the blast.

An increasing spate of 'price tag' attacks have been carried out against Muslim and Christian targets in recent months (photo courtesy:
04:00 GMT

The cleric's comments come just two weeks before Pope Francis' visit to Israel and the region.

May 11, 2014

An increasing spate of 'price tag' attacks have been carried out against Muslim and Christian targets in recent months (photo courtesy:
18:05 GMT

Settlers in Israel filed a complaint with police against Israeli author Amos Oz for his comments.

Negotiations between Iran and the West are progressing, with some believing that a final deal on Iran's nuclear status can be reached in the coming months. (photo courtesy:
17:34 GMT

Ayatollah Khamenei said that any reduction in missiles would be foolish when the West continues to threaten Iran.

Since Morsi was ousted last summer, more than 1,400 have been killed in Egypt and more than 15,000 people have been arrested. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced 36 students from the famous Al-Azhar university to four years in prison over their roles in violent protests in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, judicial sources reported Sunday.

Despite being his rival in the election, Sabbahi said he will help protect Sisi if he elected president. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Presidential hopeful candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has vowed to protect Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi if he is elected president in this year's elections.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that the victim was "tampering" with land that Palestinians are not allowed to access. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT

Israeli troops shot and injured a Palestinian man in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, locals and an army spokeswoman said.

Iraq has seen an uptick in violence in 2014. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

20 Iraqi soldiers were killed after being kidnapped in northern Iraq.

Security forces have increased checkpoints in Yemen to combat al Qaeda attacks. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT

Three militants thought to be members of AQAP were killed while trying to attack a security checkpoint near the presidential palace on Sunday.

Rouhani’s remarks come ahead of a fresh round of high-level nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed Western allegations that the Islamic Republic is pursuing a secret nuclear program.

Security forces in Yemen are increasing security after continued attacks from AQAP. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

Security forces in Yemen prepare for reprisal attacks as violence continues in Yemen.

Anbar Province plunged into violence in December 2013, when the army removed an anti-government protest camp in Ramadi. (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT

Dozens of people have been killed and several others wounded in the latest wave of bombings and shooting attacks across Iraq.

Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad is due to visit Gaza soon to discuss the formation of the unity government. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT

A Fatah spokesman on Saturday said that the PLO-Hamas reconciliation deal was making the necessary progress to be implemented within five weeks of the April 23 agreement as planned.