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April 14, 2014

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 13, 2014 shows pro-regime forces holding a position during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)
14:00 GMT

Syrian forces have entered the town of al-Sarkha in the strategic Qalamoun region, retaking the full control of the town from rebels operating inside Syria.

Lebanese soldiers were deployed to Tripoli in late March to implement a new security plan for the restive city (File Archive/AFP)
13:31 GMT

At least 38 individuals have been charged for involvement in gun battles in Lebanon's Tripoli.

Hebron is home to approximately 250,000 Palestinians and roughly 600 Jewish settlers. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a Jewish family may move back into a contested house in Hebron.

Another Saudi border guard was killed last week by unidentified Yemeni militants (Courtesy of Your Middle East)
12:09 GMT

Unidentified militants from Yemen killed a Saudi border guard and injured another.

The ICC has charged Saif al-Islam with murder and persecution of civilians. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is accused of orchestrating a campaign of murder, torture and bombardment of civilians during Libya's eight-month civil war in 2011.

Syrian regime fighters claimed victory in the rebel stronghold of Yabroud in March (File Archive)
11:01 GMT

Syrian regime soldiers have reclaimed Maaloula in the Damascus province four months after Islamist rebels took over the Christian stronghold.

Just over 65 percent of Syria's internationally declared chemical weapons stockpile has been removed from the war-torn country, the Associated Press reported. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT

The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog has said that the Syrian government must speed up its movement of raw materios for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to successfully destroy its stockpile on time.

The Israeli military is preparing for any possible scenario in the besieged Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon, Gantz said. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT

The Israeli military's Chief of Staff Benny Gantz says Tel Aviv is getting ready for what he called future wars against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

A three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held without the presence of US envoy Martin Indyk on Sunday ended without clear signs of progress. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT

A three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held without the presence of US envoy Martin Indyk on Sunday ended without clear signs of progress.

Militant attacks occur almost daily throughout Yemen under the current government leadership (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:07 GMT

Yemenis held massive protests in Sana'a Sunday calling for the downfall of the government.

A man is helped away as dust settles following an alleged air strike by Syrian regime forces on the city of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, an opposition bastion since early in the revolt against President Bashar Assad. (AFP)
06:57 GMT

As fighting raged across Aleppo and Damascus, Syria's President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he was planning to run for a third term in July's elections and that the conflict was coming to a "turning point".

Pro-Israeli U.S. representatives are leading the initiative in Washington to impose sanctions against the PA (File Archive)
06:51 GMT

Palestine's envoy in Washington told media outlets Sunday that U.S. congress members are calling for sanctions against the Palestinian Authority in response to the latter body's applications to join 15 international treaties.

A file picture taken on March 12, 2014 shows Libya's interim premier Abdullah al-Thani speaking during a press conference in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT

Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni abruptly quits his post a week after the parliament tasked him with forming a new cabinet.

April 13, 2014

The Lebanese army will soon take control of Beirut's western neighborhood, southern suburbs, and Tariq al-Jadideh district. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

The army and Internal Security Forces' security plan that has been implemented in the northern city of Tripoli and in the eastern Bekaa Valley will soon be brought to Beirut.

The Syrian war has seen over 150,000 civilians killed (File/AFP)
18:29 GMT

Syrian President Assad says his regime's battle with opposition fighters worked in his favour.