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April 24, 2014

Regime air strikes have reduced the city of Aleppo to rubble (File Archive/AFP)
13:05 GMT

At least 21 people were killed in an air strike near the Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday, including three children.

Six Israeli tanks entered the Gaza Strip on Thursday. (AFP/File)
11:51 GMT

Six Israeli military tanks on Thursday entered a border area in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said as Israel's navy opened fire on Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast.

Abbas has said that the pact does not contradict peace talks with Israel. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

A U.S. official said Thursday that a unity government between Hamas and the PLO may cause the U.S. to halt its aid to Palestinians.

Jordan's leadership has repeatedly expressed concern over the fact that the Kingdom may suffer from a Syrian civil war spillover effect, particularly in terms of more jihadists entering the Kingdom (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Jordan has added new controversial articles to its anti-terrorism law in its effort to stop local jihadists from heading to Syria to fight in the country's ongoing war.

The U.S. says the aid will be used for Egyptian authorities for "limited purposes" such as counterterrorism, border security and nonproliferation (Mohammed Al Shahed/AFP)
10:34 GMT

Washington will release $650 million in funding as it begins to ease its partial aid suspension against Cairo that began last year.

Hillah was the center of heavy fighting during the 2003 U.S. invasion into Iraq (File Archive/AFP)
09:33 GMT

At least 8 people were killed in Iraq from a car bomb explosion at a police checkpoint south of Baghdad Thursday.

Maan is experiencing an increase in civil unrest as citizens continue to clash with police forces. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

One man died after riots broke out in Maan earlier this week.

Regime fighters captured Yabroud, one of the last major rebel strongholds in Qalamoun, last month (File Archive/AFP)
07:16 GMT

Over 100 former rebel fighters have returned to the Syrian regime after they turned over their weapons and promised not to go back to anti-regime activities.

Abbas said that that overcoming the division between the rival Palestinian political parties will help the Palestinian negotiators reach the two-state solution, and he stressed that the move had both Arab and international support. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that the recently announced national reconciliation agreement between the Fatah-led PLO and Hamas would contribute to negotiations with Israel and achieving a two-state solution.

There have been conflicting accounts of the alleged chlorine attack on Kafr Zeita, with the government and the opposition trading blame. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT

Members of the U.N. Security Council called Wednesday for an investigation into new claims of a chlorine gas attack on a rebel bastion in Syria, expressing concern over the reports.

Sectarian violence has been on the rise over the past 18 months, with more than 2,750 being killed in 2014 alone. Here,  a boy walks in the wreckage of a car bomb in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The attack took place in Baybukh, a small village north of Mosul, and targeted members of the Shabak minority, Agence France Presse reported.

April 23, 2014

The court found the defendants guilty of organizing street protests and provoking violence. Here, Brotherhood supporters are seen in Cairo in August 2013. (AFP/File)
20:05 GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced 19 anti-government protesters to ten years in prison each, judicial sources say.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled upcoming peace talks over the news that Hamas and the PLO were reconciling. (AFP/File)
19:04 GMT

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a planned session of peace talks with Palestinian negotiators on Wednesday after news of a unity deal between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas was announced.

Blood and carnage: The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza (File/AFP)
18:57 GMT

Seven people were injured when an airstrike hit Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Wanted fugitive Mohammed Abdullah Jumaa was attacked by masked gunmen in the Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh, but managed to escape (File/AFP)
17:21 GMT

A wanted Palestinian member of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, narrowly escaped assassination in a refugee camp near Sidon on Wednesday.