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March 31, 2014

Men are more likely to vote for Sisi than women, according to the Baseera poll (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:15 GMT

In a recent opinion poll, only 39 percent of Egypt's populace said they would be voting for Sisi for the next president-elect.

Prime Minister Erdogan and his wife announced the AKP victory late Sunday night (Adem Altan/AFP)
07:04 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) after fifty percent of the results from Sunday's local municipal elections were announced late Sunday.

Israel was supposed to release the fourth and final group of pre-Oslo prisoners on March 29, but Jewish authorities still have not held up their end of the deal (File Archive)
06:54 GMT

Palestinian leadership will meet Monday to discuss further steps on how to respond to Israel's failure to comply with the fourth and final prisoner release as specified under a deal brokered at the commencement of a new round of peace talks last July.

Regime barrel bomb attacks have targeted Syria's Aleppo on an almost daily basis (File Archive/AFP)
06:44 GMT

Regime forces have continued to execute air strikes on rebel strongholds over Sunday and advanced their efforts to take over the mountainous Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border.

March 30, 2014

Family clashes at polling stations in Turkey's eastern provinces left at least six people dead Sunday (MIRA/AFP)
18:00 GMT

At least eight people died in Turkey Sunday after clashes erupted between rival candidate supporters at municipal election polls and the referendum on the ruling prime minister.

Egyptians have held both pro and anti-Sisi rallies in the past year. (AFP/File)
17:42 GMT

The Presidential Elections Commission announced Sunday that presidential elections will be held on May 26 and 27.

Students at Azhar were protesting Sisi's decision to run for president in upcoming elections. (AFP/File)
17:17 GMT

Riot police stormed Azhar University Sunday to stop students who were protesting against Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

Lebanese soldiers patrol the streets of Tripoli where the neighboring war in Syria has heightened tensions between various sects living in the restive northern city (Anwar Amro/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanon's army released a statement this week vowing to "fight terrorism" as attacks continued in Tripoli and Arsal this weekend.

Asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea say they are treated more like criminals than refugees. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Refugees mainly from Sudan and Eritrea are taking to the streets to protest Israel's controversial refugee policies. Asylum seekers are often detained for prolonged periods of time by the Israeli government or deported back to their countries.

Security forces are frequently targeted by militants in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT

One solider was killed after militants attacked a bus in the Sinai Peninsula Sunday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans earlier this year for more settlements to be constructed in Hebron by the end of the year (Hazem Bader/AFP)
13:00 GMT

Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes in the West Bank city of Hebron Sunday on the anniversary of Land Day.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters Sunday that the prisoner release delay may go on for days (Baz Ratner/AFP)
10:56 GMT

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been "exerting all efforts" to negotiate with Israelis for the fourth and final prisoner release. Israel, on the other hand, says that the prisoner debate still may go on "for a number of days," according to Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Abyan province was under AQAP control until government backed forces reclaimed the area in 2012. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

Two members of the Popular Resistance Committees were killed in an overnight ambush.

Iraqi government forces allegedly confiscated vehicles from militants in Ramadi this weekend (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
10:20 GMT

At least five people were killed in Sunni-majority areas in Iraq Sunday.

Abdel Fattah al Sisi is the favorite in the upcoming presidential election. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT

Abdel Fattah al Sisi has allegedly formed a new rapid intervention force that is capable of reaching all parts of Egypt.