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May 13, 2014

Demonstrations began in 2013 after the government proposed to demolish Gezi Park. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

Nearly a thousand people gathered to demonstrate outside a Turkish courthouse where eight men are standing trial for the killing of a Turkish student during the 2013 protests.

Residents of the Old City of Homs carry their belongings out from their neighbourhood on May 12, 2014. The Syrian government has been accused of using chlorine gas as a weapon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
08:57 GMT

There is strong evidence suggesting that the Syrian government used chlorine gas on three towns in mid-April in direct violation of the chemical weapons treaty that Damascus signed last year, Human Rights Watch reported Tuesday.

The Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped by gunmen earlier this month. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

The Jordanian ambassador who was kidnapped in Libya last month has been freed.

With Iran's help, Tehran says Assad has already won the war in Syria. (AFP/File)
06:34 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria, and the campaign by rebels has failed, senior Iranian foreign policy officials claimed.

According to the U.N., nearly 9,000 people died in Iraq in 2013. (AFP/File)
06:29 GMT

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens injured after a new wave of attacks.

A handout picture released by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on May 11, 2014 shows him sitting next to the captured US drone and its copy, at the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force exhibition in Tehran (AFP Photo)
06:22 GMT

A ceremony was held in Iran to recognize its reverse-engineering feat, displaying both the U.S. drone and its Iranian copy.

Qaradawi said that Egypt has not gained anything since Morsi was overthrown. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Influential cleric Youssef al Qaradawi has called for Egyptians to boycott the presidential elections.

May 12, 2014

Turmoil has gripped Egypt since President Morsi was overthrown. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Unidentified suspects have set fire to Sisi's campaign headquarters.

Kerry attempted to finalize a peace deal in April but was unsuccessful. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT

Mahmoud Abbas will meet with John Kerry in London on Wednesday.

Many of Adra's residents are Alawites. (AFP/File)
18:01 GMT

Syrian rebels say they will free 1,500 families in Adra in exchange for food and the release of jailed opponents of Assad.

Al Nusra Front enjoys general support from other opposition groups, while ISIL has drawn criticism for brutal attacks on civilians. (AFP/File)
17:01 GMT

The Syrian opposition group ISIL has threatened to take its war with rival opposition group al Nusra Front to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Speaker Nabih Berri recently met with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly. (AFP/File)
15:44 GMT

The U.N. voiced its concern over Lebanon's elections in a recent meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri.

Al Nusra Front and the Islamic Front worked together to take the villages in Hama from Assad's forces. (AFP/File)
15:26 GMT

Members of the Syrian opposition have reclaimed two villages in Hama.

Ain al Hilweh camp is known to harbor extremists. (AFP/File)
15:05 GMT

Two members of the Palestinian joint forces were injured inside the Ain al Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon.

The Free Syrian Army has been fighting against Assad's regime since the uprising in March of 2011. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT

A member of the Free Syrian Army was arrested in Egypt because he was allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Cairo.