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May 22, 2014

The grant from the World Bank is the sixth in a series totaling $240 million. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The World Bank announced that it had approved a $40 million grant to the Palestinian Authority to support "strategic reform priorities" focused on public finances and improving the Palestinian business environment.

May 21, 2014

Amnesty International has voiced concern over the ongoing crackdown on protesters in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Bahraini security forces have killed an anti-regime protester who had participated in a rally in the island of Sitra.

“Today, the majority of people in the world trust the Iranian nation and praise this nation,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Iranian nation has proved that it is possible to progress in social and scientific fields and have dignity without depending on the US.

Retired Libyan Army general Khalifa Haftar speaks during a press conference in the town of Abyar, 70 km southwest of Bengahzi, on May 17, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
17:50 GMT

Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar, commander-in-chief of a breakaway military force, is increasingly dividing Libya's government forces and military.

Lebanese security forces check cars in Bekaa Valley (File/AFP)
17:26 GMT

Lebanon's army announced it arrested 18 Syrians over a three-day period for entering the country with fake documents.

It is believed that Pope Francis will also visit Palestinian Authority chief, Mahmoud Abbas (File/AFP)
17:05 GMT

Pope Francis told 50,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square that his three-day visit to the Middle East would be a "pilgrimage of prayer."

Nadeem Nawara aged 17 and Mohammad Salameh, 16, were fatally shot while they were walking in the street (File/AFP)
16:25 GMT

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman dismissed international calls for Israel to investigate the killing of two innocent Palestinians after a video went viral of the incident.

The international community grows concerned amid the increasing violence in Libya (File/AFP)
14:52 GMT

A Chinese national was killed in Benghazi by gunmen and two people died in Tripoli as violent clashes took place.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have held frequent protests since Morsi was overthrown. (AFP/File)
13:45 GMT

155 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to jail Wednesday by an Egyptian court.

Over 1 million Syrian refugees now live in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

A lack of funding has caused many Lebanese medical institutions to turn away Syrian refugees who need medical assistance.

Francois Hollande pictured with the head of Syria's National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, at a press conference in 2013 (File/AFP)
11:56 GMT

Francois Hollande issued a strong warning to the Syrian regime on Tuesday "denouncing" Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.

Lawmakers have failed multiple times to successfully elect a successor to President Michel Sleiman. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Hezbollah MPs will boycott Thursday's parliamentary session to elect a new president.

Eight soldiers were wounded on Tuesday after they were attacked by alleged pro-Salafist militants (File/AFP)
10:39 GMT

Three militia leaders believed to be responsible for Tuesday's attack that left eight Lebanese soldiers wounded in Tripoli have handed themselves in.

Mubarak was overthrown during a popular revolution in January of 2011. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT

Former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been sentenced to jail on corruption charges.

Palestinian refugees are an estimated 10% of Lebanon's population. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT

Eight human rights organizations have asked Lebanon to halt their deportation of Palestinian refugees who are fleeing the Syrian civil war.