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May 7, 2014

Yemeni security forces have been pursuing militants responsible for recent attacks and kidnappings. (AFP/File)
14:28 GMT

Yemeni security forces killed three militants linked to recent attacks on diplomats in Sanaa.

Iran and the P5+1 have been working since late 2013 to reach a nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
13:46 GMT

Iranian diplomats suggested that Israel is attempting to torpedo the nuclear deal between the P5 +1 group of world powers and Iran, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Current President Michel Suleiman's term ends in a matter of weeks. (AFP/File)
13:35 GMT

Lebanese parliament failed for a third time in a row to elect a new president on Wednesday.

A 102-year-old Palestinian refugee holds up the key to her home in the village of Iraq al-Manshiyya, from where she was expelled (File/AFP)
12:15 GMT

Thousands gathered on Tuesday to remember the "Nakba" when more than 760,000 Palestinians were displaced by the creation of Israel in 1948.

Lebanese officials vowed to tighten security along the country's border despite the neighboring Syrian conflict spilling over (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Syrian warplanes on Wednesday raided the outskirts of a Lebanese border town where rebels are believed to be hiding. No casualties were reported, security officials say.

Yemen's army is currently launching a major offensive against Al Qaeda in the country's mountainous south. (AFP/File)
10:42 GMT

Militants have blown up Yemen's main oil export pipeline, local officials reported Wednesday, adding that the attack has halted crude flows as elsewhere, gunmen caused a huge power outage by attacking electricity lines.

Almost three years of resistance in Homs is coming to and end as rebels leave the besieged city. (AFP)
09:43 GMT

Hundreds of Syrian rebels have started to evacuate their bastions in the central city of Homs on Wednesday under the conditions of a ceasefire deal struck last week with the government, opposition activists and the governor of the besieged city reported.

Sisi is largely expected to win the country's presidential election that is tentatively set to take place May 26-27 this month (File Archive/AFP)
07:22 GMT

Egypt's presidential hopeful Abdel Fattal Al Sisi said Tuesday that he will not receive an Israeli prime minister in Cairo if he becomes president without Tel Aviv giving concessions to Palestinians in peace talks.

Peres and Abbas secretly met in Amman in 2011 to negotiate a peace deal that was later rejected by Netanyahu and his right-wing government (File Archive/AFP)
07:04 GMT

Israel's President Shimon Peres told Jewish media Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a secretly negotiated 2011 peace agreement with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

According to recent statistics, at least 27% of Lebanon's population is Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
06:57 GMT

Lebanon has forcibly returned 41 Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria, human rights activists claim.

El-Sisi said that the US saw Morsi's removal from office as a coup, as according to US law. (AFP/File)
06:39 GMT

Former US ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson requested the Egyptian army to delay the removal of Mohamed Morsi from office "for a day or two", presidential contender Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said.

Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice will lead the U.S. delegation In Tel Aviv Wednesday (Jim Watson/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Top officials from the United States are due to commence "high-level talks" with Israeli officials in Tel Aviv today.

May 6, 2014

No candidate has yet received the necessary two-thirds majority of MP votes to succeed President Michel Sleiman (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Lebanese parliamentarians will try to elect a president for a third time Wednesday.

Many refugees in Lebanon's town of Arsal faced severe winter conditions in late 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
19:07 GMT

Militants from the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front kidnapped four Syrians from a refugee camp in the Lebanese border town of Arsal Tuesday evening.

Israeli police constantly allow Jewish groups to tour the Al Aqsa site, breaching peace agreements (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Israeli police allowed only Palestinians aged 50 and over into the Al Aqsa compound since Monday evening, an official said.