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March 31, 2014

The Israeli government has continued to build settlements in the West Bank, despite demands from the Palestinians and the international community to stop. (AFP/File)
16:25 GMT

The Palestinians have rejected the Israeli proposal to extend peace talks, calling the proposal "blackmail."

Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been sentenced almost weekly to serve jail terms since the implementation of the nation's anti-protest law in November (File Archive)
14:19 GMT

Egyptian courts sentenced 33 more Muslim Brotherhood supporters to six-year jail terms for participating in "unauthorized prostests."

Kerry met with Abbas in Amman Wednesday last week (File Archive)
12:46 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is back in the Middle East in another effort to keep the crumbling Israeli-Palestinian peace talks going after Israel retracted its promise to release a final group of Palestinian prisoners earlier this week.

Czech police also found 12 unregistered firearms in the Palestinian embassy in recent months that were allegedly produced in the former Czechoslovakia in 1989 (Michael Cizek/AFP)
11:27 GMT

New evidence shows that the Palestinian ambassador who died in an explosion in Prague on New Year's day was actually responsible for his own death.

Interim president Hadi has been tasked with leading Yemen through a political transition in the post-Saleh period (File Archive/AFP)
09:00 GMT

Yemen's president publicly called on Iran Monday for Tehran to stop its involvement in Sanaa's internal domestic politics.

Ehud Olmert pictured here with former U.S. President George W. Bush, served as Israel's prime minister from 2006-2008 before resigning over graft allegations (File Archive/AFP)
08:23 GMT

Former Israeli leader Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday in a Tel Aviv district court for corruption, representing the first time that an Israeli premier has been convicted of bribery.

Men are more likely to vote for Sisi than women, according to the Baseera poll (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:15 GMT

In a recent opinion poll, only 39 percent of Egypt's populace said they would be voting for Sisi for the next president-elect.

Prime Minister Erdogan and his wife announced the AKP victory late Sunday night (Adem Altan/AFP)
07:04 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) after fifty percent of the results from Sunday's local municipal elections were announced late Sunday.

Israel was supposed to release the fourth and final group of pre-Oslo prisoners on March 29, but Jewish authorities still have not held up their end of the deal (File Archive)
06:54 GMT

Palestinian leadership will meet Monday to discuss further steps on how to respond to Israel's failure to comply with the fourth and final prisoner release as specified under a deal brokered at the commencement of a new round of peace talks last July.

Regime barrel bomb attacks have targeted Syria's Aleppo on an almost daily basis (File Archive/AFP)
06:44 GMT

Regime forces have continued to execute air strikes on rebel strongholds over Sunday and advanced their efforts to take over the mountainous Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border.

March 30, 2014

Family clashes at polling stations in Turkey's eastern provinces left at least six people dead Sunday (MIRA/AFP)
18:00 GMT

At least eight people died in Turkey Sunday after clashes erupted between rival candidate supporters at municipal election polls and the referendum on the ruling prime minister.

Egyptians have held both pro and anti-Sisi rallies in the past year. (AFP/File)
17:42 GMT

The Presidential Elections Commission announced Sunday that presidential elections will be held on May 26 and 27.

Students at Azhar were protesting Sisi's decision to run for president in upcoming elections. (AFP/File)
17:17 GMT

Riot police stormed Azhar University Sunday to stop students who were protesting against Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

Lebanese soldiers patrol the streets of Tripoli where the neighboring war in Syria has heightened tensions between various sects living in the restive northern city (Anwar Amro/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanon's army released a statement this week vowing to "fight terrorism" as attacks continued in Tripoli and Arsal this weekend.

Asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea say they are treated more like criminals than refugees. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Refugees mainly from Sudan and Eritrea are taking to the streets to protest Israel's controversial refugee policies. Asylum seekers are often detained for prolonged periods of time by the Israeli government or deported back to their countries.