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May 14, 2014

Around 238 workers were killed as over 100 miners remain trapped underground (File/AFP)
15:52 GMT

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Ankara in protest, blaming government negligence for the country's worst industrial disaster in history.

General Mohsen Saeed al-Ghazali was killed along with four soldiers in Shabwa Province, but the death toll is set to rise (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

An aide to Yemen's defence minister was killed along with four soldiers in an attack by gunmen, army officials say.

Hagel arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday as part of his regional tour where he will adress pressing issues such as the conflict in Syria and Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
13:56 GMT

The U.S. called on its Gulf ally Saudi Arabia Wednesday to "confront common threats" with Washington in the region, particular in terms of Iran.

Many Bahrainis who are Shiite wish to achieve greater representation in their government. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT

Protesters clashed with police in the village of Eker near the Island of Sitra in Bahrain.

Israeli settlements increased 70 percent in 2013 alone (File Archive/AFP)
12:15 GMT

Israeli bulldozers demolished three Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem early Wednesday.

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.