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June 2, 2013

Hezbollah supporters at a rally in Lebanon (file photo)
20:36 GMT

Violence in Lebanon escalates as at least 12 Syrian rebels were killed in east Lebanon after they were ambushed by Hezbollah militants

Hassan Rowhani, a moderate Iranian presidential candidate and former top nuclear negotiator, waves as he arrives for to campaign at the Jamaran mosque in Tehran (Atta Kanare/ AFP)
13:34 GMT

The moderate candidate had criticized heightened security measures during a rally in which pictures of the detained opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi were displayed

Palestinians celebrate Nakba. AFP Photo
12:45 GMT

A Muslim cemetery in Jaffa says it has found the remains of hundred of Palestinians who died during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Visitors to some news websites in Jordan were greeted with the message "The requested URL is banned at the request of the telecommunication regulatory commission."
12:43 GMT

Contradictory reports of Jordanian news websites being banned emerged from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission on Sunday, with the Head of the Press and Publications Department Shawabkah denying such a step but several sites were inaccessible shortly after his announcement

Shura Assembly building in Cairo, Egypt
11:07 GMT

Top court in Cairo rules Shura Council was illegally elected and will be dissolved once the new parliament is elected

A Lebanese policemen speaks on the phone while inspecting a damaged apartment after two rockets exploded in Shiah, a southern suburb of Beirut last week. AFP Photo
09:24 GMT

Eastern Lebanon has been hit with two more rockets fired from Syria, as two shells hit the Bekaa Valley after more than a dozen were reported falling on the country on Saturday.

An image grab taken on May 30, 2013 from Lebanon's Shiite Muslim party Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad smiles as she speaks during an interview with al-Manar in Damascus (al-Manar/ AFP)
09:12 GMT

At least eight members of the Syrian security forces have been killed in an explosion in central Damascus

Tear gas surrounds a protestor holding a Turkish flag with a portrait of the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as he takes part in a demonstration in support of protests in Istanbul in Ankara on Saturday
08:30 GMT

Police have withdrawn from the Turkish capital Istanbul after a a peaceful protest over the removal of trees in the city turned violent on Friday with police forces firing tear gas at protestors and causing widespread outrage.

The leaders of Hamas and Iran chat. Image via
05:00 GMT

After the Palestinian movement Hamas sided with Sunni fighters in the Syrian civil war, Iran has cut its funding.

June 1, 2013

A protestor throws back a canister of tear gas to Turkish riot policemen during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park on Friday.  AFP Photo
08:40 GMT

What started as a protest against the removal of trees in an Istanbul square turned violent on Friday, as riot police fired tear gas and people called for the government to resign.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on May 29, 2013 allegedly shows members of the Al-Tawhid brigade firing missiles from Syria towards the Lebanese town of Hermel, a few kilometres from Baalbek in the Bekaa valley. (AFP)
08:27 GMT

Four rockets fired from Syria landed in the eastern district of Bekaa in Lebanon on Saturday, causing no causalities, further embroiling Lebanon in Syria's bitter civil war.

Three more people in Saudi Arabia have died from the SARS-like virus. Image for illustrative purposes only.
08:05 GMT

Saudi Arabia's health ministry announced that three more people in the country have died from a SARS related respiratory virus, bringing the global death toll from the disease to 30.

US Secretary of State John Kerry.
07:52 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to stop arming the Syrian regime with weapons, warning that it may significantly extend the civil war.

Lawmakers attend a Parliament session in Beirut on Friday. Image via The Daily Star
04:00 GMT

The Lebanese Parliament extended its term by 17 months on Friday, for the first time in decades, as the Syrian crisis has an increasingly greater impact on the country.

May 31, 2013

Adel Al Jubeir, Saudi Ambassdor to the US. Image via
05:00 GMT

Manssor Arbabsia, an Iranian-American man, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison over a plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the US