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May 22, 2014

Economic Minister Naftali Bennett proposed annexing Area C of the West Bank, which is home to some 300,000 Palestinians (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Israel's right-wing Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has proposed annexing 65% of the West Bank in a so-called "Stability Plan" for the region.

The refugees were initially denied entry to Tunisia after having fled Syria via Beirut (File/AFP)
15:22 GMT

Thirty Palestinian refugees fleeing violence in Syria have been given 30-day visas by Tunisian authorities until a more viable solution can be found.

Aden's rally was organized by the Southern Movement and other senior leaders in what is now the former South Yemen (File/AFP)
15:06 GMT

Thousands of people took to the streets of Aden, calling for independence in southern Yemen.

Hopes aren't high for the fifth round of Lebanon's presidential elections (File/AFP)
14:11 GMT

Lebanon's presidential elections are widely expected to fail for the fifth time, three days before outgoing President Michel Sleiman's term is over.

Hamdallah is the prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT

Fatah and Hamas have agreed on Rami Hamdallah as the Prime Minister for the new unity government.

Tensions are high in Cairo ahead of the presidential vote that Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to win (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT

Two people believed to be carrying explosives died in southern Cairo after detonating their bombs, according to a ministry source.

Concerned Arab countries are monitoring Libya's security situation closely (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

The Arab League are due to meet to discuss ongoing violence in Libya, according to Egypt's representative, Tarek Adel.

The siege brings an end to a month long battle between militants attempting to release prison inmates and Syria's army (File/AFP)
12:46 GMT

The Syrian army broke a siege of Aleppo's prison in a battle with rebels who had been in the compound for over 18 months.

Lebanon will enter an official "political vacuum" by Monday if no president is elected before then (File Archive/AFP)
11:20 GMT

No vote could be held to elect Lebanon's next president due to a lack of quorum in the country's parliament Thursday.

Syrian residents help an injured woman following reported air strikes by government forces on May 18, 2014 in Aleppo's Al-Qatarji neighborhood. (AFP PHOTO / AMC / TAMER AL-HALABI)
09:46 GMT

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have joined in an operation to deliver food aids to 60,000 people in Syria’s Aleppo Province.

Several Yemeni lawmakers have called on Prime Minister Basindwa to resign. (AFP/File)
09:45 GMT

Lawmakers in Yemen have demanded the resignation of the country's government and are specifically asking the Prime Minister to step down.

The ICC has decided that Saif al Islam Gaddafi should be transferred to The Hague. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT

The International Criminal Court has denied a request by Libya to try Saif al Islam Gaddafi in Libya.

The pope is set to visit the Holy Land from May 24-26 (Ahmed Gharabli/AFP)
07:23 GMT

Israeli police issued a statement Wednesday confirming that Tel Aviv has decided to place young Jewish extremists under house arrrest during Pope Francis' visit to Jerusalem this weekend.

Khatib has blamed foreign powers in part for failed negotiations in Geneva earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
07:06 GMT

Former president of the Syrian opposition National Coalition believes that direct negotiations between the Syrian regime and the opposition is the only way to "save the warring parties" from further losses.

Sabahi believes the elections will be free and fair. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

Egyptian presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi has said he does not fear ballot rigging in the upcoming election.