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May 27, 2014

The four BDS activists were arrested in Ramallah by Palestinian security during a peaceful protest (Image: Wikimedia)
14:19 GMT

Human rights group Amnesty International urged the Palestinian Authority to drop charges against four activists from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement after they were arrested in April.

Thousands of foreign fighters have descended upon Syria to fight in the civil war. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT

Authorities in Morocco have arrested three people accused of recruiting and funding militants to fight in Syria against Assad's regime.

At least five soldiers were killed in the Tuesday's attacks (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
13:38 GMT

At least five Yemeni soldiers were killed on-duty from a Shiite rebel-led attack on the officials in the city of Amran.

Two policemen and one civilian were killed in the attacks (File/AFP)
12:35 GMT

Three people died on Tuesday in two separate car bomb attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to security officials.

The MERS virus has now reached Iran (File Archive/ AFP).
12:21 GMT

Iran’s Health Ministry has detected two confirmed cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona-Virus (MERS-CoV) in Kerman Province.

The explosion occurred on the second day of Egypt' presidential election. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

One person was injured when a bomb exploded in Cairo's Heliopolis district.

Ahmed Maiteeq was sworn in as prime minister late on Monday evening (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

Ahmed Maiteeq's home was attacked on Tuesday by gunmen who threw grenades into the property. One militant was killed in the battle between security forces and the gunmen, sources say.

Nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed after attacking Israeli Defence Force naval commandos during Israel´s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2010 (File Archive/ AFP).
11:01 GMT

Israel has appealed to Interpol against Turkey issuing warrants for former IDF officers involved in the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship during Israel´s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been labeled a terrorist organization by both the Saudi and the Egyptian governments. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT

Nine university professors have been arrested in Saudi Arabi for alleged links with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

Eygptians now have an extra hour to vote (File Archive/ AFP)
08:41 GMT

In Egypt´s final day of presidential elections citizens have received an extra hour to vote and government workers the day as a holiday.

Fallujah has seen an increase in violence since January.  (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

Human Rights Watch says the Iraqi government is using barrel bombs in Fallujah.

There has been a recent spate of vandalism in both Jerusalem and the West Bank. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT

A church in east Jerusalem has been vandalized by an Israeli settler following a visit by Pope Francis.

Ahmed Maiteeq has called for negotiations to end Libya's current crisis. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Ahmed Maiteeq has been sworn in as Libya's new prime minister.

May 26, 2014

The assault on the Turkish ship left nine activists dead. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

A Turkish court has ordered the arrest of four former Israeli soldiers who were involved in the 2010 Turkish flotilla raid.

Ashton and Zarif will review the progress of the nuclear negotiations in their meetings. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are meeting in Turkey to discuss Iran's nuclear program.