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May 30, 2014

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won an overwhelming majority of votes on Thursday (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The EU hailed Egypt's presidential elections as "democratic and free" as Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the majority of votes, Thursday.

May 29, 2014

The 16-year-old is said to have driven a tuk tuk on the wrong side of the road (File/AFP)
19:28 GMT

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead in Cairo by a police officer over a traffic dispute where the teen was allegedly driving down the wrong side of the road, Thursday.

Palestinians on hunger strike are protesting against detention without charge (File/AFP)
18:48 GMT

Palestinians hunger striking against unlawful detention in Israeli prisons since April 24 have been hospitalized and are in serious condition, according to a lawyer.

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai is currently visiting Palestine where he vowed to help the Christian community (File/AFP)
17:40 GMT

Security forces in Lebanon denied allegations that two Syrians worked with a regional intelligence agency to assassinate Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.

Turkey is now home to up to one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
17:26 GMT

Up to 4,500 Syrians fled to Turkey in the past three days due to a high number of air strikes carried out by Assad's regime.

Around 565 people have contracted the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia according to health officials (File/AFP)
17:08 GMT

Saudi authorities recorded 13 deaths from the MERS virus, bringing the total people killed to 186 since 2012.

Nuri Al-Maliki spoke out against terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Wednesday (File/AFP)
13:24 GMT

Nuri Al-Maliki said he will fight the Al Qaeda linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country's Anbar province where a civil war ensues.

Two Lebanese bishops and a cameraman are believed to have been kidnapped in Syria last year (File/AFP)
12:51 GMT

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil sought help from his Turkish counterpart to free two kidnapped Orthodox bishops in Syria along with a Lebanese cameraman.

General Haftar says he wants to crush the militias that are causing chaos around Libya. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT

Former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has resumed airstrikes on the city of Benghazi.

Sisi was largely expected to win. (AFP/File)
10:01 GMT

Abdel Fattah al Sisi's campaign has declared victory in Egypt's presidential elections.

Iraq has been plagued by ongoing violence for over ten years. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT

Numerous bombings this week have killed over 60 people in Iraq.

Assad's air forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo multiple times in recent months. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

Air raids in Aleppo killed over 40 people on Wednesday.

Al-Qidra said that the victim was 16 years old but did not identify him by name. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

A Palestinian fisherman was shot by Egyptian boats in the sea near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The opposition members said they were taken to Qatar by a group of Americans who taught them basic military training and outfitted them with military gear. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

In a recent documentary, the Syrian opposition claims it has already received training from the CIA. The opposition members said they were taken to Qatar by a group of Americans who taught them basic military training and outfitted them with military gear.

U.S. Ambassador David Hale said in a statement that it was “unfortunate” the polls “did not occur on time, in accordance with the Lebanese constitution." (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

The Obama administration is planning to issue a statement that would back the Lebanese government after the presidential vacuum and call for the swift election of a new head of state, diplomatic sources said.