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May 8, 2014

Jarba said that providing the Syrian opposition with weapons would allow for a political solution in Syria. (AFP/File)
06:39 GMT

The leader of the Syrian opposition-in-exile opened a week of meetings and public appearances in the U.S. capital Wednesday with an impassioned call for weapons to help rebels defeat the regime’s well-armed military.

Qatar has come under fire for its treatment of migrant construction workers. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.N. is urging Qatar to change the way they deal with migrant workers in their country. The suggestions come after many human rights abuse allegations.

May 7, 2014

Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Hamas executed two men for collaborating with Israel.

Eric Lerner is a prominent scientist and researcher in America (Image:
18:00 GMT

U.S. science writer Eric Lerner is working with Iranian researchers to producer cheaper and greener energy, Press TV reports.

Abdel Fatah al Sisi is widely expected to win the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

In the second part of Sisi's first interview since announcing his candidacy, Sisi said financial aid from the Gulf states has surpassed $20 billion since June 30.

Syrian rebels were due to evacuate Homs earlier on Wednesday so aid could be delivered to Nubl and Zahraa villages (File/AFP)
15:49 GMT

Hundreds of Syrian rebels remain in the besieged city of Homs, after a convoy was prevented from delivering aid, according to reports from Al-Jadeed television.

Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman called the report "anti-Semitic" on Wednesday (File/AFP)
15:12 GMT

Israel spies on its biggest ally more than any other country, a Newsweek report alleges. The Jewish state's foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has denied all claims on Wednesday.

Yemeni security forces have been pursuing militants responsible for recent attacks and kidnappings. (AFP/File)
14:28 GMT

Yemeni security forces killed three militants linked to recent attacks on diplomats in Sanaa.

Iran and the P5+1 have been working since late 2013 to reach a nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
13:46 GMT

Iranian diplomats suggested that Israel is attempting to torpedo the nuclear deal between the P5 +1 group of world powers and Iran, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Current President Michel Suleiman's term ends in a matter of weeks. (AFP/File)
13:35 GMT

Lebanese parliament failed for a third time in a row to elect a new president on Wednesday.

A 102-year-old Palestinian refugee holds up the key to her home in the village of Iraq al-Manshiyya, from where she was expelled (File/AFP)
12:15 GMT

Thousands gathered on Tuesday to remember the "Nakba" when more than 760,000 Palestinians were displaced by the creation of Israel in 1948.

Lebanese officials vowed to tighten security along the country's border despite the neighboring Syrian conflict spilling over (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Syrian warplanes on Wednesday raided the outskirts of a Lebanese border town where rebels are believed to be hiding. No casualties were reported, security officials say.

Yemen's army is currently launching a major offensive against Al Qaeda in the country's mountainous south. (AFP/File)
10:42 GMT

Militants have blown up Yemen's main oil export pipeline, local officials reported Wednesday, adding that the attack has halted crude flows as elsewhere, gunmen caused a huge power outage by attacking electricity lines.

Almost three years of resistance in Homs is coming to and end as rebels leave the besieged city. (AFP)
09:43 GMT

Hundreds of Syrian rebels have started to evacuate their bastions in the central city of Homs on Wednesday under the conditions of a ceasefire deal struck last week with the government, opposition activists and the governor of the besieged city reported.

Sisi is largely expected to win the country's presidential election that is tentatively set to take place May 26-27 this month (File Archive/AFP)
07:22 GMT

Egypt's presidential hopeful Abdel Fattal Al Sisi said Tuesday that he will not receive an Israeli prime minister in Cairo if he becomes president without Tel Aviv giving concessions to Palestinians in peace talks.