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April 20, 2014

The American plane landed in Iran amid ongoing negotiations between Tehran and the West over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.  (photo courtesy: efabula.com)
04:00 GMT

It is unclear whether the plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, received clearance from the United States to land in Iran.

April 19, 2014

Negotiations continue between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear status. The United States recently released almost $500 million to Iran as part of the interim deal. (photo courtesy: azernews.az)
16:42 GMT

Western officials fear that the Arak reactor could be used to provide Tehran with nuclear bomb making capabilities.

Turkey has garnered international criticism in recent months over crackdowns on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube. (AFP/File)
12:56 GMT

The introduced bill threatens to impose more controls on the average Turkish citizen's privacy.

Under occupation: Many Palestinian Christians from the West Bank were prevented from celebrating Easter in Jerusalem this year by Israeli authorities (File/AFP)
12:06 GMT

Palestinian Christians along with worldwide pilgrims marked Holy Saturday, a day ahead of the Easter holiday despite Israeli soldiers using tear gas against pilgrims on Friday.

The World Health Organization has urged travelers to remain vigilant although no travel restrictions have been announced in the Kingdom (File/AFP)
11:47 GMT

A foreigner has died of the deadly MERS virus in Riyadh, bringing the nationwide death toll to 73.

Syrian army attack: The remote town, home to 3,000 Lebanese and around 5,000 Syrian refugees was also reportedly attacked on Tuesday (File/AFP)
11:33 GMT

Lebanese villagers and Syrian refugees fled from the town Tfail, after Syria's army launched a series of artillery strikes in the area.

The U.S. claims to use drone attacks against militants, but civilians usually fall victim (File/AFP)
11:08 GMT

An American drone attack in Yemen has killed an estimated 20 people.

Abdullah Deghayes entered Syria in February despite his parents disapproval (Photo: Facebook)
10:26 GMT

An 18-year-old British national has died in Syria, while fighting alongside rebels in Syria. Abdullah Deghayes from Sussex entered Syria through the Turkish border.

Israel is being increasingly pressured by the international community as peace talks with the Palestinians falter. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT

EU foreign policy chief called on Israel to reverse recent decisions made against the Palestinians.

Many Algerians believe that the election was already rigged in favor of the country’s incumbent 77-year old leader, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (photo courtesy: theguardian.com)
05:21 GMT

Bouteflika won his fourth term with over 80% of the vote.

Al-Nusra front rebels and other militant groups pit a war against one another (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Sixty-five militants from the al-Nusra Front have reportedly been killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as fresh violence erupted in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

April 18, 2014

1,400 people have been killed in political clashes since July 2013 according to Amnesty International (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Interim President Adly Mahmoud Mansour rejected calls to pardon three anti-regime activists, saying he did not want to interfere in judiciary affairs.

Opposition groups say the bill will turn Turkey into a surveillance state (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Turkey's parliament approved a new bill that grant's the country's intelligence agency greater immunity.

Getting worse: Human rights groups grow concerned at the clampdown on activists in the Kingdom (Photo: Facebook)
13:30 GMT

A Riyadh court accused activist Fadhel al-Manasef of writing "anti-regime" blog posts and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

The UN Security Council has expressed concern over civilians caught up in Syrian violence (File/AFP)
13:24 GMT

Ten people died on Friday after a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Homs.