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February 27, 2014

The explosion has killed four people. (Image courtesy of  Emirates 24/7)
10:47 GMT

Four people were killed in Doha on Thursday after a gas cylinder exploded in Qatar, state television reported.

"The report presents a body of evidence that shows a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces in the West Bank," an Amnesty official said. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT

Israeli military forces routinely use "unnecessary, arbitrary and brutal force" against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, with some killings amounting to war crimes, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Since 2011, a spate of pro-democracy protests have spread across Bahrain. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

Security forces disbanded a peaceful protest near Manama on Wednesday. Protesters were condemning the death of Jaffer al-Durazi.

A suicide bomb exploded near Iran's Embassy in Beirut in late 2013. The Lebanese based Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

Nidal Sweiden was arrested by the Lebanese army for his involvement in recent bombings.

The August 2013 chemical attack is considered the world's deadliest in the past 25 years (File Archive/AFP)
08:11 GMT

The Syrian regime has agreed to a new April deadline for its chemical weapons removal after failing to meet previous December and February deadlines.

According to Washington, the Syrian government has been arresting and rounding up relatives of the Genava II peace talks opposition delegation. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

The United States on Wednesday accused the Syrian government of undermining the Geneva peace talks by rounding up and arresting the relatives of opposition delegates, adding that Russia is amping up its assistance to President Bashar Assad.

Yemen security officials have been frequent targets of militant attacks throughout the country (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:25 GMT

A Yemeni security officer was killed by multiple gun wounds while at a restaurant in the southeast of the country.

Hezbollah vowed to respond with force to Monday's airstrike on an arms shipment belonging to the group. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT

The Israeli military was on heightened alert along the border with Lebanon Thursday after the Shiite Hezbollah movement vowed revenge for an Israeli airstrike.

February 26, 2014

The U.N's U.S. envoy described the move as "forward-leaning". (AFP/File)
18:12 GMT

A Security Council resolution that sets up a committee to sanction individuals interfering with Yemen's progress is "forward-leaning," the U.S. envoy said.

Amnesty International called the journalists "prisoners of conscience". (AFP/File)
17:16 GMT

An Egyptian military court trying two journalists should end their trial and free them immediately, human rights group Amnesty International said.

Should Israeli settlers be allowed to take up armed patrols across the West Bank? (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT

Israeli settlers have announced plans to operate armed patrols across the West Bank, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

A handout picture released by the United Nation Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on February 26, 2014 shows residents of Syria's besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. (AFP/UNRWA)
15:59 GMT

The United Nations agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) on Wednesday released shocking images of Palestinians queuing for food parcels in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp.

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri has called on all jihadists in Syria to unite and end their infighting. (AFP)
15:36 GMT

Some 3,300 people have been killed as a result of infighting between the rebel groups seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad since the start of 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. She said Germany would never boycott Israel. (AFP)
13:44 GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel categorically stated in Jerusalem on Tuesday that Germany will not participate in any boycott against Israel.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) allegedly shows the corpses of dozens of rebel fighters whom state media and a monitoring group said were killed on February 26, 2014 in an army ambush east of Damascus. (AFP)
13:29 GMT

Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar Assad killed dozens of Al Qaeda-linked rebels in an army ambush near Damascus, state media reported Wednesday.