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June 20, 2013

A Qatari man and woman look out at the Doha skyline. (Albawaba/ J. Zach Hollo)
13:59 GMT

In May 2012, a fire broke out in Qatar's Villaggio shopping mall, killing 13 children, four nursery employees, and two firefighters, most of whom were trapped in an upstairs nursery. Today, a court in Qatar sentence five of the seven defendants to prison terms.

An Iraqi woman casts her vote at a polling station during provincial elections on June 20, 2013 in the Anbar province. Iraqis in two Sunni-majority provinces voted under heavy security in delayed provincial polls as the country grapples with a surge in nationwide violence and months of angry protests. (AFP/AZHAR SHALLAL)
12:18 GMT

As Iraq faces an upsurge in violence, citizens of Anbar and Nineveh provinces vote in provincial elections that were postponed for two months due to security concerns.

Hamas' political leader, Ghazi Hamad. (AFP)
11:25 GMT

The political leader of Hamas revealed that the Palestinian group has been regularly meeting with top EU and US officials in capitals across the Arab world, including Amman.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov straightens the headphones during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 11 (Vanderlei Almeida / AFP)
11:13 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told state TV that Russia will honor all its weapons contracts in full

Smoke rises from a bomb attack that hit Damascus earlier this year. The capital's southern suburbs have been targeted by army troops, with Hezbollah, in an attempt to diminish any rebel presence. (file AFP)
10:38 GMT

As the Syrian government's forces try to isolate pockets of rebel-held areas in the southern suburbs of Damascus, reports come in from across Syria that Hezbollah are proving a significant presence on the ground.

A masked gunman opposed to the Shiite party Hezbollah, stands in the southern town of Sidon's eastern suburb of Abra, on June 18, 2013. (File photo / AFP)
10:13 GMT

Hezbollah is exposing Lebanon to internal tensions and Israeli aggression by continuing its military campaign in Syria, President Michel Sleiman said in comments published Thursday.

The Golan Heights crossing between Israel and Syria. (Al Bawaba file photo)
07:50 GMT

A Syrian fired mortar shell hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday morning, but is being treated as a stray rocket and not a premeditated attack.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (Al Bawaba file photo)
07:26 GMT

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been considering all options for the planned protests on June 30, that call for his resignation, in conjunction with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday refused to specify the exact nature of new US military aid to Syrian rebels, despite signals from top US officials that they will be receiving small arms and ammunition. (File photo / Al Bawaba)
07:26 GMT

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday refused to specify the exact nature of new US military aid to Syrian rebels, despite signals from top US officials that they will be receiving small arms and ammunition.

The opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) claims that chemical weapons were used on Wednesday in a Damascus town by Hezbollah fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. (File photo / Al Bawaba)
06:41 GMT

The opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) claims that chemical weapons were used on Wednesday in a Damascus town by Hezbollah fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

June 19, 2013

Anti-Hezbollah protesters burn an image of Hezbollah's leader, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah. (Al Bawaba/AFP file photo)
21:04 GMT

A UK bid to put the Hezbollah on the European Union's terror list failed on Wednesday, as it failed to garner a unanimous vote from other EU member states.

Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egypt's leading Muslim cleric. (AFP file photo, courtesy of dailynewsegypt.com)
20:42 GMT

Egypt's top Muslim cleric Sheik Ahmed Al Tayeb has said that the anti-Morsi protests planned for June 30 are religiously acceptable, as long as they are peaceful.

An Iraqi policeman casts his ballot in Ramadi on June 17, 2013 as security forces vote in provincial polls ahead of the rest of Iraqis in the Anbar province. Iraq held provincial elections in April except in six provinces, including Anbar and Nineveh, where polls were delayed because authorities said security could not be guaranteed (Azhar Shallal / AFP)
14:51 GMT

The head of a provincial political party was killed in a suicide bombing on the eve of regional elections in the Nineveh province, northern Iraq

Prime Minister of the Syrian National Coalition Ghassan Hitto (File photo: AFP)
13:29 GMT

The Syrian opposition spoke out after the G8 leaders released a statement which called for a 'political solution' to the Syrian conflict

Syrian television said that six people were injured in an 'accidental explosion' (YouTube)
11:43 GMT

An explosion at a military site near the coastal town of Latakia has injured at least 13 soldiers, according to a pro-opposition watchdog. State TV blamed the blast on technical fault