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April 30, 2014

Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, who is seeking a third term in this round of elections, cast his vote early Wednesday (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
06:53 GMT

Iraq is set to hold its first parliamentary elections today nationwide since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011.

Last week's attempt to elect the country's next president failed after the necessary quorum of MPs present at the session fell short (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon's Change and Reform bloc hinted Tuesday that they may not attend the parliamentary session set for Wednesday to elect the country's next president.

April 29, 2014

Founding members of the April 6 moment who ousted Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Maher are behind bars (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The April 6 movement on Tuesday announced its decision to appeal a court ruling to ban the group.

Libya's parliament was attacked by militants and protesters earlier this year as well (Courtesy of Al Arabiya)
19:22 GMT

Gunmen stormed Libya's General National Congress (GNC) as it was preparing to elect a new prime minister.

Israeli defense forces killed nine Turkish civilians aboard the flotilla bound for Gaza with aid supplies in 2010 (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ready to quickly normalize relations with Israel after a compensation agreement for the victims' families over the 2010 Gaza Flotilla Raid was reached earlier this year.

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the death sentences make "a mockery of what we understand to be democratic principles" (AFP)
18:00 GMT

Germany summoned its Egyptian ambassador in Berlin Tuesday in response to a recent ruling that committed nearly 700 Muslim Brotherhood members to death sentences Monday.

Many Yemenis oppose the continued U.S. drone strikes in the country, and many have taken to the streets in recent weeks in protest as Sanaa's Al Qaeda offensive escalates (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Yemeni forces' recent offensive to oust Al Qaeda fighters from southern towns left at least nine people dead Tuesday.

Chemical weapon attacks in August 2013 left scores of civilians dead and prompted Washington to call for air strikes against Syria (File Archive/AFP)
16:00 GMT

The UN chemical watchdog OPCW will send a fact-finding mission to Syria to investigate the alleged use of chlorine gas in recent weeks as the country's civil war ravages on.

Many parts of Homs have been under siege since the country's civil war began three years ago (File Archive/AFP)
15:20 GMT

A car bomb in an Alawite district of Homs killed at least 36 people.

Abbas' said Tuesday that the release of prisoners is mandatory if Israelis want to continue peace talks past the deadline (File Archive/AFP)
14:15 GMT

President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed peace with Israel ahead of defining the borders of a future Palestinian state.

Out of the 11 candidates running for election, two are women and one is Christian (File Archive/AFP)
13:24 GMT

At least four more candidates have registered their bids for the Syrian presidency Tuesday ahead of the June 3 polls.

Israel has destroyed more than 600 structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

Israeli bulldozers have demolished three homes and a mosque near the Palestinian town of Nablus.

Baghdad has deployed a number of anti-terrorism forces throughout the country to protect polling stations ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
12:31 GMT

A former Al Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing attack Monday in a Kurdish stronghold area northeast of Baghdad.

Violence continues in Benghazi as Libya struggles to develop a stronger government. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT

A car bomb in Benghazi has killed two soldiers.

Violence has increased across Iraq as Iraqis head to the polls this week to elect a new Prime Minister. (AFP/File)
10:39 GMT

At least 10 people have been killed in bombings in a town northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday.