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May 21, 2014

Militiamen stormed Libya's parliament on Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:33 GMT

Libya's election commission has proposed a June 25 election in an effort to stop recent violence.

Nusra rejected the code of honor because they say it accuses its comrades of embracing nonreligious values. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

The al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front rejected a "code of honor" announced by a group of Islamist militias.

Anti-government protests have swept Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:16 GMT

A member of Bahrain's parliament has been fired for criticizing conditions at a detention center where citizens are held for protesting against the government.

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco says a probe is needed as the two Palestinian teens were unarmed and posed zero threat to Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The U.N. has called for a probe into the killing of two unarmed Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank.

Car bombs targeted Shiite-dominant neighborhoods in Baghdad earlier this week (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Attacks throughout Iraq Tuesday left at least 13 people dead a day after election results confirmed premier Nour Maliki would continue for a third term in the leadership.

May 20, 2014

Mubarak's name has already been removed from many public facilities, but the official court order arrived Tuesday after three years of trial sessions (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

An Egypt court ruled Tuesday that ouster former dictator Hosni Mubarak and his wife's names must be removed from all national and public facilities.

Hundreds of Britons are believed to have joined the fighting in Syria (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

A British man was found guilty of participating in terrorist related offenses, a London court has found.

Both boys were shot near Israel's Ofer prison beside Ramallah (Image: Electronic Intifada)
18:00 GMT

Security footage released by Defence for Children International has emerged of Israel's army shooting dead two innocent Palestinian teenagers as the walked unarmed in the street.

While Tehran has confirmed the visit, the emir's office has not yet done so publicly (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Kuwait's top ruler will visit Iran for the first time at the end of this month, representing the latest sign that relations between Tehran and its Arab neighbors truly are thawing.

Thousands of Egyptians cross the border every day for work in Libya (File Archive/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Egypt suspended travel to Libya as of Tuesday due to the ongoing unrest and chaos in its neighboring country.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that Russia would veto the current draft resolution that refers Syria's current leadership to the International Criminal Court (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT

A top Russian official told reporters Tuesday that Moscow would veto any UN resolution that would refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Lebanese soldiers have been frequently targeted by gunmen in the restive northern city of Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
14:08 GMT

At least eight Lebanese soldiers were wounded in an ambush in the northern city of Tripoli Tuesday.

Ghazanfar Roknabadi is expected to leave his post this summer (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT

Iran's embassy confirmed that its current ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi will be replaced by a former economic advisor.

Regime forces struck another Aleppo town Sunday, leaving many wounded and killed (Tamer Al Halabi/Aleppo Media Centre/AFP)
13:23 GMT

Syrian regime missiles struck a rebel-held town in the northern part of the country Tuesday, leaving at least 23 people dead.

Lebanon is home to 900,000 Maronite Christians, making Cardinal Rai Bechara an influential figure in the country (File/AFP)
12:50 GMT

Head of Lebanon's Maronite church, Bechara Rai urged for closer ties with Iran in a meeting with the Iranian ambassador to Beirut.