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March 22, 2014

Twitter usage did not decrease in Turkey despite the ban on the popular social networking site. (AFP/File)
16:50 GMT

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's Prime Minister, banned Twitter on Thursday, but Turkish citizens quickly found a way to circumvent the ban.

Last month, the Yemeni government voted to split Yemen into separate federations. (AFP/File)
15:31 GMT

At least 12 are dead after a gun battle between Houthi fighters security forces in Amran, Yemen.

Iraq has experienced increased violence this past year. It's the most the country has seen since 2008. (AFP/File)
14:39 GMT

Two bombings killed seven people in Tikrit, Iraq on Saturday.

The Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is working to remove all of Syria's chemical weapons. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

A top U.N. official says Syria can meet its deadline regarding its chemical weapons stockpile.

King Abdullah said Lebanese involvement in Syria was not constructive.  (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT

King Abdullah II expressed concern about the current political climate in Lebanon and urged all sides to stay out of Syria's conflict.

Egypt has been rocked by protests since the fall of Mohammad Morsi. (AFP/File)
09:51 GMT

Twenty three students were expelled for holding Al Qaeda's flag at a protest on campus.

IDF forces frequently clash with Palestinians living in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

The IDF killed three Palestinians who were allegedly members of Hamas in an attack on a Jenin house Saturday.

Yemenis are demanding a trail for Saleh and government officials involved in the killing of protesters on the "Friday of Dignity." (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets Friday to call for the trial of former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Lebanon's coalition government recently won a vote of confidence from Parliament. (AFP/File)
06:12 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama called Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam to congratulate him on the formation of the coalition government and to stress the importance of holding democratic elections.

March 21, 2014

The Syrian conflict has increasingly pulled neighboring countries such as Lebanon into the three-year-old civil war, putting a strain on the government's ability to operate properly. (photo courtesy:
18:40 GMT

Members of the international community have expressed frustration at Lebanon's inability to move forward with several development projects.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month threatened to ban social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook. (photo courtesy: business insider)
17:31 GMT

Turkish President Abdullah Gul's comments follow a firestorm of criticism over the Turkish government's ban on Twitter.

The Syrian conflict has increasingly pulled neighboring countries such as Lebanon into the three-year-old civil war. (photo courtesy:
15:48 GMT

Fighting over the last week between opponents and supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad threatens to further embroil Lebanon in the Syrian conflict.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad frequently denied that the Holocaust had occurred. During the end of his presidency, Ahmadinejad publicized that Holocaust denial was a major achievement during his time in office. (AFP/File)
11:53 GMT

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments threaten to inflame tensions between Western powers and Iran as talks over Tehran's nuclear program continue.

Iraq has faced an uptick in violence in recent months as al-Qaeda and other groups have shown themselves to be resilient and able to make gains across the country.(AFP/File)
10:47 GMT

Iraqi security forces were entering a house when an explosion erupted and killed at least 14 SWAT members.

Increased violence in the Syrian conflict has pushed refugees into neighboring countries such as Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. (photo courtesy:
09:00 GMT

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the number of refugees seeking asylum in developed countries doubled in the past year.