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May 25, 2014

Nabeel Rajab was imprisoned for criticizing the Bahraini government and for partaking in anti-government demonstrations. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has called for serious dialogue in Bahrain.

The Muslim Brotherhood was deemed a terrorist organization by the current Egyptian government. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

A judicial disciplinary body in Egypt has suspended 16 judges for their alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Many Syrian citizens in Homs have been caught in the crossfire during the civil war. (AFP/File)
14:19 GMT

A car bomb in Homs has killed 10 people and injured at least 40 others.

Egypt has not yet responded to the Libyan claims that it will create a buffer zone with their neighbour. (AFP/File)
13:29 GMT

Forces loyal to retired commander of Libyan landforces Khalifa Haftar are ready to create a temporary buffer zone with Egypt in order to besiege terrorist groups, according to Haftar's spokesman.

Sources say the militants had recently returned from fighting in Syria. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

The Yemeni army killed three jihadist fighters Sunday in an armed offensive.

Ban Ki-moon is  “deeply concerned by recent developments in Libya, in particular the growing military mobilization in and around the capital Tripoli.” (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties in Libya to abide by their moral and legal obligations in order to protect civilians in the North African country.

The regime is currently in control of the cities in the Idlib province, but the countryside areas are under the control of the rebels (File Archive)
12:47 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria detonated four suicide bombs on army positions in an attempt to cut of Idlib province from coastal access.

Netanyahu said that he appreciates "the Pope's strong stand against anti-Semitism". (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Pope Francis to Israel, when he spoke Sunday before the weekly cabinet meeting.

Mansour urged Egyptians to vote in his last speech before the presidential elections. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT

In his last speech before the presidential election, interim President Adly Mansour has called on Egyptians "to express their free will" in choosing a candidate that will help build the state.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis denied in an online statement on Sunday that Shadi El-Menei had been killed along with five other fighters in a Thursday shootout. (The Cairo Post/File)
10:15 GMT

An Egyptian militant group has dismissed claims that its top leader was killed days earlier in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, near the Israeli border.

This is the first time that the Pope has visited the Holy Land (Jack Guez/AFP)
09:44 GMT

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for peace on a pilgrimage on Sunday to Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, urging an intensified effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Haftar spent nearly 20 years in exile in the United States, and is often accused of working with the CIA (File Archive/AFP)
08:46 GMT

Libya's rogue general Khalifa Haftar released a statement this weekend saying that the people of Libya have given him a "mandate" to "crush jihadist militants in the country."

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman reviews the honor guard as he leaves the presidential palace in Baabda on the last day of his presidential mandate on May 24, 2014. Suleiman called on parliamentarians to elect a successor without delay, as his mandate comes to a end amid huge divide between the country's two main camps. (AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO)
07:52 GMT

With President Michel Suleiman’s term in office coming to an end on Sunday, Lebanon is officially entering a “presidential vacuum,” with rival March 14 Alliance and March 8 Alliance lawmakers so far unable to choose the next head of state.

An emergency response worker checks the bodies of two victims of a shooting at a Jewish Museum in Brussels, on May 24, 2014. Three people were killed and one badly injured in a shoot-out today near the Jewish Museum in Brussels city centre, Belga news agency said, quoting firefighters' emergency services. (AFP PHOTO / STRINGER)
07:38 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the shooting and killing of four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday, saying "This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state. Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored".

Pope Francis prays as he takes part in a visit of Bethany, a site on the eastern bank of the River Jordan where some Christians believe Jesus was baptised, on May 24, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / SAMI KHAHMAN)
07:05 GMT

The Palestinians hope to use this weekend’s papal visit to highlight their suffering and rally worldwide support for their rights and demands, Palestinian officials say.