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June 2, 2014

Libyans have taken to the streets to protest the intense violence that has swept across the country. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The latest violence in Libya's city of Benghazi has left at least 7 people dead.

Opposition groups have threatened to carry out attacks in rebel-held areas on election day. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Multiple groups in Syria's opposition have issued warnings for Syria's June 3 election.

Anti-government protests swept the nation after the Gezi Park protests in May 2013. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

Turkish prosecutors have demanded prison sentences of up to 100 years for five protesters who recently took part in anti-government protests last year.

Roughly 50 people have been killed in Aleppo over the past three days. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT

At least 27 people have been killed by shelling in Aleppo.

Last minute disagreements are causing uncertainty ahead of the Palestinian unity government's scheduled announcement (File Archive/ AFP).
11:30 GMT

Cracks have appeared just hours before the Hamas-Fatah unity government was expected to be announced, with issues regarding a minister for prisoners.

This is the first instance of Palestinian projectile fire and Israeli retaliation in a month (File Archive/ AFP).
10:32 GMT

The Israel Air Force bombed two Gaza targets and into Syria in separate incidents over the past 48 hours.

Cabinet ministers agreed to pause negotiations with and reduce money to the Palestinian Authority (File Archive/ AFP).
09:58 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday and agreed to completely halt negotiations with the Palestinian Authority for as long as it unites with Hamas.

Social networking sites such as Twitter will be targeted in the new review of the Anti-Cybercrime Law (Ingvar Bjor/ Shutterstock.com).
08:54 GMT

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reviewing its 2007 Anti-Cybercrime Law to define legal proceedings against social networking sites that promote adultery, homosexuality and atheism.

Prime Minister Salam has emphasized that ministers should focus on securing the presidential elections (File Archive/ AFP).
08:13 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister Salam states that the presidential vacuum should not be used to relinquish of his constitutionally appointed powers.

Sabahi won only 3.5 percent of the Egyptian vote and questioned the credibility of the results (Mohammed Al Shahed /AFP).
07:39 GMT

Complaints of poor electoral proceedings lodged by presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi's campaign party have been rejected by Egypt's Presidential Election Commission.

Lebanon's Interior Minister Machnouk says that Lebanese authorities are growing increasingly concerned about election-related violence (Joseph Eid/ AFP).
06:59 GMT

Lebanon's decision to consider revoking refugee status for Syrians who return to their country to vote was based on security concerns Interior Minister Machnouk said on Sunday.

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet to discuss the  suspended Palestinian-Israeli peace talks (AFP).
05:00 GMT

United States Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a two-day visit to Jordan.

June 1, 2014

Rami Hamdallah will remain prime minister and Ziad Abu Amr will be the deputy prime minister and minister of culture (Thomas Coex/ AFP).
20:01 GMT

The names of 17 members of the new Palestinian unity government have been leaked ahead of their scheduled announcement on Monday.

Egyptian activist Safwan Mohamed was arrested for a sticker similar to the ones shown here (Associated Press).
19:15 GMT

Police in Alexandria have arrested Safwan Mohamed for a sticker on his bag that said "No to Military Trials".

More than 100 Palestinian prisoners have been hospitalized since beginning their hunger strike on 24 April 2014 (Moshe Shai/Flash90).
18:07 GMT

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Legislative Council have called for increased international pressure on Israel as the health of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike worsens.