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February 21, 2014

Late last  year, Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister, met with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss ways to improve relations between the two countries. (AFP/File)
10:46 GMT

Iran and the UK normalize relations by re establishing direct contact with one another for the first time since 2011.

Egyptian football fans clash with police at Cairo Stadium. (AFP/File)
09:48 GMT

Egyptian football fans chanted anti-police slogans and torched cars in a clash with police on Thursday.

Boko Haram, an Islamist terror organization, has killed thousands in Nigeria since 2009.  (AFP/File)
06:09 GMT

Boko Haram attacks town in northeast Nigeria, killing 60 people.

LIBYA, Tripoli : Election staffers count ballots at a polling station as Libyans voted to elect a constituent assembly on February 20, 2014 at a polling station in Tripoli. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Libyans voted on Saturday to elect a panel that will draft the country’s constitution amid reports of paltry turnout reflecting deep political disillusion with the chaos pervading Libya since the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

February 20, 2014

Demonstrators gather in Qatif in the Shiite-populated east of Saudi Arabia on July 8, 2012. [AFP]
22:16 GMT

Two Saudis wanted for their involvement in unrest in the eastern town of Awamiya and two policemen were killed on Thursday in a clash in the predominantly Shiite area, the Ministry of Interior announced.

Syrians waving national flags gather behind a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a rally in his support on February 20, 2014 in Qudsaya, west of Damascus. [AFP]
19:43 GMT

The Arab Democratic Party issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Lebanese authorities Thursday following the assassination of a party official in the restive northern city of Tripoli.

Israeli border detain a Palestinian activist during a protest near the village of Burin, south of Nablus, in the West Bank, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. [AP]
18:51 GMT

Six Palestinians were injured in clashes after Israeli settlers attacked a high school south of Nablus on Thursday, according to a Palestinian Authority official.

 Lebanese security forces and civil defence members work in the aftermath of an explosion in Beirut's southern district of Bir Hassan on February 20, 2014. [AFP]
17:33 GMT

Lebanese authorities have identified one of the suicide bombers behind this week’s twin bombings in the Bir Hasan neighborhood of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 20, 2014 shows Syrian children attending a rally in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (portrait on the flag) in the northern coastal city of Tartous. [AFP]
17:23 GMT

Saudi Arabia will hold next week a “Day of Solidarity” for the thousands of Syrian children affected by the war in their country, the kingdom’s state-run agency said on Thursday.

Two policemen were also killed in the clashes in Saudi's Eastern Province. (AFP/File)
14:28 GMT

Two policemen and two wanted suspects were killed in clashes in Saudi Arabia's Shiite eastern town of Awamiya on Thursday.

Critics of the bill say that it will simply mean that Arab Muslims in Occupied Palestine will face even more discrimination. (AFP/File)
12:24 GMT

A proposal to legally differentiate Christian and Muslim Arabs in Israel passed its second and third readings in the Knesset Labor, Health, and Welfare Committee on Wednesday, the daily news website the Jerusalem Post reported.

Aid to the besieged refugee camp has been continually disrupted. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis inside Yarmouk continues to grow. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT

UNRWA, the United Nation's agency for Palestinian refugees, has resumed its distribution of aid and food to the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, a spokesman said Thursday.

Iraq has previously been a significant purchaser of Russian arms. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in Iraq on Thursday discussing "regional issues" with Baghdad.

Israel has controlled Gaza's waters since 1967. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT

Israeli naval boats on Thursday opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Rafah in southern Gaza, witnesses said.

The Egyptian army has been conducting a crackdown on suspected militants in Sinai since Morsi left office in July 2013. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

11 suspected militants have been killed in the Sinai peninsula this week as the Egyptian army continues with its extensive campaign against Islamist insurgency in the restive region.