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March 27, 2014

An image grab taken from Egyptian state television Al-Masriya on March 26, 2014 shows Egypt's Defence Minister and armed forces chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announcing his resignation from the army.
06:43 GMT

A Muslim Brotherhood official said that there can be no stability and security in Egypt if Abdel Fattah al-Sisi becomes president of the Middle East's most populous country.

Ashrawi called on the United States to hold Israel accountable for its human rights abuses against Palestinians. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said the United States must stand up for Palestinian human rights and hold Israel accountable, stressing that there was "no hope for peace" if it failed do so.

March 26, 2014

Sisi announced that he will run to become president of Egypt. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be running for president of Egypt, it was announced Wednesday as he told the nation he had resigned from his post as Egypt's Defense Minister.

A recent report said that 16,000 people have been detained since Morsi's ouster in July 2013. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

At least two students have been killed and several others injured in fresh clashes between Egypt’s security forces and student protesters at Cairo University.

Kerry is scheduled to discuss the Mideast peace process with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman. (AFP/File)
18:01 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has made an impromptu trip to Amman in what is being called a "last ditch attempt" to salvage the Mideast peace talks

Morsi and hundreds of his supporters are being tried in Egypt on charges of violence. (AFP/File)
17:53 GMT

After Monday's announcement of 529 death sentences handed out in Minya, Egypt's top prosecutor has referred 919 Morsi supporters to mass trial before the same court.

Islamist militants are increasingly targeting Shiite shrines in the battle for Syria. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Islamist militants belonging to a splinter group of Al Qaeda on Wednesday bombed a large Shiite Muslim shrine in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, activists reported.

45 people died in the August blasts and more than 800 were injured. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

21 people on Wednesday were convicted for their role in the deadly double blast that targeted two mosques in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli last summer. 45 people died in the attacks.

Egypt's security forces have been trying to eradicate militants in Sinai since Morsi's ouster in 2013. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT

Security forces in North Sinai have arrested 21 suspected militants and destroyed eight tunnels connecting the border town of Rafah with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the army reported Wednesday.

Palestinian boats are permitted to fish up to six nautical miles from the Gaza coast. (AFP/File)
14:48 GMT

Israeli warships on Wednesday fired at and injured four Palestinian fishermen who were in their fishing boats off the southern coast of the Gaza Strip.

All potential presidential candidates must submit their bid to Egypt's Presidential Elections Committee on March 30 (File Archive/AFP)
13:38 GMT

Egypt's defense minister is expected to announce his resignation Thursday.

Kerry arrived to Amman Wednesday to meet with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to save the crumbling peace talks (Jacquelyn Marti/AFP)
13:20 GMT

Washington has suggested the idea of releasing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in a last-ditch effort to save the crumbling Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Syria rebels have also been fighting along the Deir Ezzor front in recent weeks (Ahmad Aboud/AFP)
12:46 GMT

Opposition and regime fighters clashed in another part of Latakia province only days after continuous fighting near the Kasab border crossing.

The Arab league also condemned the Syrian government and called for a political solution to end the three-year war in its final summit statement (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
11:27 GMT

Arab league leaders announced their official support to fully back Palestinians' refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and also condemned the Syrian government's killings in a final statement released at the end of the league's two-day summit in Kuwait.

Ali Zeidan was ousted from the premier post earlier this month (File Archive/AFP)
10:12 GMT

Ousted Libyan Prime Minister has described his country as in "danger of becoming an Al Qaeda terror base," particularly in terms of attacks directed at EU countries.