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May 14, 2014

Thousands of Egyptian nationals work as laborers in Libya, but now fear their security amid increasing violence (File/AFP)
11:47 GMT

An Egyptian worker was shot dead by gunmen in Benghazi on Tuesday, according to Al-Wasat news. A post-mortem of the victim's body is now being carried out.

Eight people were wounded when rival gunmen clashed in Ain al-Hilweh camp on Monday (File/AFP)
10:51 GMT

Calm prevailed over the Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh days after clashes between rival factions, which left eight people wounded.

The Prime Minister has ordered flags to be flown at half mast. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

Turkey has declared a three day mourning period after the coal mining accident that has left over 200 people dead.

Iran's Deputy FM Hossein Amir Abdollahian's comments come in response to Saudi Arabia's invitation announced on Tuesday (Courtesy of PressTV)
08:52 GMT

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters Wednesday that Tehran "has not received a written invitation for its foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia," but is planning to in the near future.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi are representing Iran in the nuclear talks. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says the U.S. must make tough decisions when it comes to the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1.

Despite bombings in some areas of the country, Lebanon remains a popular tourist destination. (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT

Saudi Arabia will most likely lift the travel ban on Lebanon at the end of May.

Jarba met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week in Washington as well (Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP)
07:38 GMT

President Obama met with Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba Tuesday in what has been described by the media as "productive talks."

Officials say a faulty electrical transformer caused the explosion. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

The death toll in Turkey's coal mine accident has risen to at least 201.

Fatah leader Azzam Al Ahmad arrived in Gaza last night for the latest round of unity government talks set to commence Wednesday (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Hamas and Fatah leadership commenced the latest round of talks to form a transitional government in Gaza Wednesday.

Lebanon's parliament failed three times to elect a new president. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister warned that an empty presidential seat may increase insecurity in the country.

Previous ICC cases regarding torture in Iraq were dismissed in 2006 under former chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo due to what he described as "not enough evidence" (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has reopened investigations into war crimes committed by British soldiers in Iraq during the 2003 U.S. invasion after new allegations were submitted earlier this year.

May 13, 2014

Fatah and Hamas leadership met and signed a unity deal last month, saying that a unity government between the two rival factions would be established within five weeks (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Fatah official Azzam Al Ahmad and his convoy arrived in Gaza Tuesday for the next round of talks with Hamas counterparts regarding a unified Palestinian governing body.

A previous mine explosion left many Turkish workers trapped in Bursa in 2009 (File Archive/AFP)
18:40 GMT

A fire in a coal mine in western Turkey has trapped hundreds of miners and has already killed four.

Brahimi replaced former Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the UN Arab League Special Envoy to Syria in 2012 (File Archive/AFP)
18:16 GMT

The UN Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will resign from his post May 31 said Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon Tuesday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Riyadh Tuesday (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Riyadh announced Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is "ready to negotiate" with its rival Iran.