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March 25, 2014

Campaign posters for PM Maliki's third terms cover Baghdad (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
17:00 GMT

The entire board of Iraq's electoral commissioned resigned Tuesday in protest of what they have described as "political and judicial interference."

The Gaza Flotilla was intended to bring much needed aid supplies to the blockaded Palestinian territory (File Archive)
16:10 GMT

Ankara announced Tuesday that Israel will finally compensate the families of the Turkish activists who were killed four years ago by IDF soldiers during the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid.

At least seven were killed during the gun attack at the army checkpoint Tuesday (Ahmed Al Rubaye/AFP)
15:46 GMT

A gun attack on a government army patrol north of Baghdad left at least seven people dead and 13 others wounded.

The Nusra Front is one of many groups fighting to topple Bashar Assad. (AFP/File)
14:46 GMT

Syrian rebels seized the strategic town of Samra early Tuesday.

Egyptian relatives of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi cry sitting outside the courthouse on March 24, 2014 in the southern province of Minya, after the court sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death.
14:13 GMT

The United Nations on Tuesday criticized an Egyptian court’s decision to sentence 529 Muslim Brotherhood to death, saying that it contravened international law.

Ahmed Jarba is representing the Syrian opposition at the summit in Kuwait. (AFP/File)
13:15 GMT

Ahmed Jarba asked Arab leaders to supply the opposition with better weaponry.

Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi have endured a bloody crackdown since 2013. (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT

Roughly 700 Morsi supporters will be tried at the Minya Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Lebanese army soldiers take positions near the capital's Tariq Jedideh district, following clashes between pro- and anti-Damascus factions on March 23, 2014. The Syrian conflict is increasingly spilling over into Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO/AFP)
12:22 GMT

Two rockets fired from Syria hit Tuesday the outskirts of Hor Taala, near the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek, security sources said.

Arab leaders gathered at Kuwait summit. (AFP/file)
12:16 GMT

Qatar's emir condemns fellow Arab countries at Kuwait summit.

Syria's chemical weapons stockpile was allegedly used to gas the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in August 2013. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed satisfaction with the progress in the operation to remove Syria's chemical weapons.

Ali Benflis is credited with establishing the most influential human rights organization in the country. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT

Ali Benflis, a former prime minister and candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, recently slammed current president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's record.

A Syrian flag (C) is displayed next to the empty Syrian seat during the opening session of the Arab League Foreign Ministers' meeting in Kuwait City on March 23, 2014 ahead of the annual Arab League summit. (AFP)
08:02 GMT

As the Arab Summit kicks off in Kuwait Tuesday, the ongoing Syrian conflict is expected to take centre stage of the talks whilst an ongoing spat between Gulf states over Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is likely to stay off the agenda.

The defendants are accused of killing a police officer during a protest in August. (AFP/File)
07:45 GMT

The defense team for the Morsi supporters who were recently sentenced to death will appeal the verdict.

Abbas reportedly agreed to extend the peace talks if Israel makes some concessions. (AFP)
07:12 GMT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to extend the peace talks if certain conditions are met - including Israel freezing all settlement construction and releasing more Palestinian prisoners.

A Syrian woman cries as she leaves a residential block reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18, 2014 in Aleppo. (KHALED KHATIB/AFP)
06:50 GMT

Human Rights Watch said Monday that the Syrian regime's use of barrel bombs in Aleppo was tantamount to terrorism and that civilians are the main recipients of the bombs' brutality.