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May 25, 2014

Police forensic experts search for evidence on the scene of a shooting near the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014. Three people were killed and one badly injured when a gunman attacked the Jewish Museum in the centre of Brussels on Saturday, authorities said, expressing "shock" at an apparent anti-Semitic act. (AFP PHOTO / BELGA PHOTO / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)
06:27 GMT

Israeli media reported on Sunday morning that a Tel Aviv couple in their 50's, who were on vacation in Brussels, were among the victims.

Assad said Russia has defended global stability and the Syrian nation against "terrorism" (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Bashar al-Assad thanked Russia for help "against terrorism" during a meeting with the Russian deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin.

May 24, 2014

The Pope pictured with King Abdullah in the Vatican last month (File/AFP)
19:08 GMT

Pope Francis was greeted by King Abdullah and Queen Rania upon his arrival to Jordan for a three-day visit to the Middle East.

Protesters have been gathering since Seyed Mahmood Seyed Mohsen was shot on Wednesday (File/AFP)
18:38 GMT

Angry protesters are preparing for the funeral of a 14-year-old teen, shot by Bahraini security forces near the capital Manama.

Weekly protests in Egypt are commonplace since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July last year (File/AFP)
14:25 GMT

Three protesters were killed across Egypt and 58 injured in clashes between pro-Morsi demonstrators and police, the country's health ministry said.

Human rights group Amnesty International has criticized Iran for use of the death penalty in recent years (File/AFP)
13:57 GMT

A businessman convicted of embezzling $2.6 billion was hanged early on Saturday in Iran's biggest fraud case in the country's banking history.

Lebanon failed to nominate a president for the fifth time on Thursday (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Saad Hariri on Saturday said Lebanon's democratic system will be jeopardized if a president isn't elected soon during a farewell bid to outgoing President Michel Sleiman.

Security sources say around 20 militants were among the dead (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Nearly 30 people were killed in overnight militant attacks on government buildings in the city of Seiyun.

A Jerusalem church was graffitied with "Price tag, King David is for the Jews, Jesus is garbage" earlier in May (File/AFP)
09:36 GMT

Jewish hardliners in Israel vandalized a church in Beersheba ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the holy land in yet another "price tag" attack against Palestinian Christians.

The Palestinian youth remains in hospital after being shot by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A rocket from Gaza hit southern Israel Friday in retaliation to a Palestinian youth being shot by the IDF.

May 23, 2014

Militant infighting has escalated within the past few months, bringing further complications to Syria (File/AFP)
19:03 GMT

Scores of people were killed after clashes between rival militant groups al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), close to the border with Iraq.

Tensions are high across Turkey as the anti-government protests continue (File/AFP)
16:36 GMT

Two people have been killed while over 10 others were wounded in clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators.

Militants from the group Fatah al-Islam fought heavy battles with Lebanon's army in the past (File/AFP)
16:05 GMT

The UN Relief and Works Agency was forced to close its offices Friday in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared due to violent clashes.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said "the door is still open" for talks with separatists from the south of Yemen (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on pro-independence leaders from Yemen's south to join dialogue on the country's political future.

Shady El-Mene'i was allegedly killed late on Thursday according to Egyptian security officials (File/AFP)
13:49 GMT

The leader of militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis was reportedly killed in North Sinai according to security sources.