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April 8, 2014

Over 150,000 people are estimated to have died in the three year old Syrian conflict. (photo courtesy:
17:58 GMT

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and later killed the priest in the besieged city of Homs.

Negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis are threatening to collapse after nine months of talks. (photo courtesy:
16:42 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is concerned that Israel will deny tax revenues to Palestine as peace talks falter.

Iran's appointment of Hamid Abutalebi comes amid nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. (photo courtesy:
15:49 GMT

Tehran's appointment, Hamid Abutalebi, is accused of taking part in the occupation of the US embassy in November 1979.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has filed for Palestine's recognition in 63 U.N. agencies, treaties, and conventions (File Archive/AFP)
13:00 GMT

Palestinian leadership is planning to seek more UN recognition from additional agencies and treaties, according to sources Tuesday.

Soldiers stand guard on the road leading to Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp on April 7, 2014 on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese port of Sidon after clashes occurred between two different Palestinian factions. The clashes left five people dead and 23 injuried.( AFP photo/Mahmoud Zayyat)
12:49 GMT

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Monday phoned a Hamas representative in Lebanon to check in on refugees in Mieh Mieh camp, a day after clashes between Palestinians killed nine.

The neighboring war in Syria has had a significant "spillover effect" into Iraq (File Archive/AFP)
12:35 GMT

At least 12 civilians died in attacks throughout Iraq and Baghdad killed 25 militants in the capital Tuesday.

Iraq's elections are set to take place on April 30 (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP)
11:40 GMT

Some areas of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province will not have ballot stations for the upcoming parliamentary elections due to "security concerns."

Yemen's military is increasingly being treated as a target by militant forces. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

Four Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a militant attack on a special forces’ checkpoint in southeastern part of the country, a security official says.

Assad may be granted a third term in office if he runs in and wins the July elections. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT

The upcoming Syrian elections that seem likely to put President Bashar al-Assad back in office for a third term will not be delayed, regardless of the ongoing war, the government said Tuesday.

Abbas called for the Arab League meeting in the face of the failure of the U.S.-led peace talks with Israel. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT

The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting requested by acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the failure of the so-called peace talks with Israel.

Israel has controlled Gaza's waters since its occupation of the area in 1967. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT

An Israeli naval squadron on Tuesday fired at Palestinian boats in Gaza waters, after six military vehicles entered the besieged Palestinian area.

Zarif said his talks with the P5+1 were "useful" but said that no final deal is yet being drafted. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran and the P5+1 group have not drafted the text of a final agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program yet.

Many Algerians have also taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term in the country's upcoming elections (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Renewed clashes between Algeria's Arabs and Berbers in the country's south left at least 35 people wounded Monday.

Extremist right-wing settlers from Yitzhar clashed with Israeli security forces over the destruction of illegally built homes. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

Israeli security forces descended on Yitzhar, just south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, and destroyed four buildings which authorities determined were built without a permit. Clashes between the IDF and right-wing settlers broke out.

Rebel fighters from the "Al-Mujahedin The Falcons of Islam" brigade looks at a map as they prepare an operation to "liberate" an area controlled by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:37 GMT

Syrian opposition groups have claimed gains in the city of Aleppo and Qunaitra area, which borders Israel, while regime troops launched a deadly offensive in the outskirts of Damascus, killing dozens of rebels.