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March 15, 2014

Algerian citizens normally are not allowed to peacefully protest. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT

Approximately 100 Algerians gathered to protest President Bouteflika in a rare demonstration. Protests are usually violently dispersed by security forces.

Yemen is soon to be divided into a six state federation. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT

Houthi rebels gathered in the town of Omran to protest the central government Friday.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon closed the Kerem Shalom crossing on Thursday. (AFP/File)
11:18 GMT

Gaza's single power plant shut down on Saturday because of lack of fuel.

Bashar Ja'afari, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, recently announced preconditions for negotiations. (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT

The Syrian ambassador to the U.N. says the opposition must acknowledge the presence of terrorism in Syria before the Syrian government will sit down for talks.

Rival neighborhoods Bab al Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen have fought since the Lebanese civil war. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT

Fighting continued in Tripoli, Lebanon Saturday after sniper fire broke out, killing one Syrian man.

Reports from the ground suggest that the opposition is retreating from Yabroud. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

The Syrian army and Hezbollah recently stormed the Syrian town of Yabroud as fierce fighting continues in the strategic town.

Violence against Egyptian security forces has increased since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

Gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in Cairo Saturday, killing at least five policemen.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed responsibility for the explosive device that detonated near Israeli soldiers patrolling the border. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

The Israeli army fired at southern Lebanon in retaliation for a bomb that targeted Israeli soldiers near the border.

The Syrian Electronic Army is a collection of computer hackers who are loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad. (AFP/File)
06:24 GMT

The Syrian Electronic Army says they have accessed U.S. military documents by targeting CENTCOM.

March 14, 2014

The Syrian parliament approved a new law on Thursday making it possible for multiple candidates to run for president. The new law passed unanimously by parliament paves the way for potential presidential contenders aside from Assad (AFP/File)
19:11 GMT

Representatives of the opposition call out future Syrian elections as a sham

Though tensions have increased between Jordan and Israel in recent months, the two countries continue to  adhere to the peace treaty signed in 1994 (photo courtesy: smh.com.au)
17:47 GMT

Clashes broke out on Friday in Amman as thousands of demonstrators protested against the killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is made up of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman. Saudi Arabia has long opposed the Muslim Brotherhood for fear that the group could challenge the monarchy. Qatar's continued support for the Muslim Brotherhood in the region continues to inflame tensions within the GCC (photo courtesy: photo-dictionary.com).
16:34 GMT

At a recent Gulf Cooperation Council meeting, Saudi Arabia demanded Qatar to shut down several organizations, including Al-Jazeera

A view of the Egyptian embassy located in Tripoli, Libya (photo courtesy: voanews.com)
14:04 GMT

A new spate of kidnappings takes place in Libya, with 70 Egyptians abducted

Iran and the major powers hope to agree upon a deal over the country's nuclear activities by July. (AFP/File)
12:45 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry explained on Thursday that sanctions against Iran are still in place and are being enforced

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem was the head of the Syrian delegation for the Geneva 2 conference  (photo courtesy: rferl.org).
08:58 GMT

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has reportedly been hospitalized in Lebanon for pressing medical checks