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June 4, 2013

A top Iraqi minister warned Israel that it cannot use its airspace to attack Iran.
07:09 GMT

A top Iraqi minister warned Israel that it cannot use its airspace to attack Iran.

At least 300 people were wounded in a battle outside the Lebanon border on Monday.
06:21 GMT

Fighting in Qusayr - a strategic town near the Lebanon-Syria border - was attacked on Monday. A doctor said at least 300 people are said to be wounded.

Fighters of the jihadist group Al-Nusra Front, an offshoot of Al Qaeda, stand with a machinegun in Aleppo, Syria. AFP Photo.
04:00 GMT

Al Qaeda, the internationally recognised terrorist organisation, has set up a complaints department in the northern Syrian town of Raqqa, for those who have issues with "any element of the Islamic state".

June 3, 2013

John Kerry, US Secretary of State.
13:00 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Jordan in the upcoming days, as he strives to push the Palestinian-Israeli peace process forward.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas chairs a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 28 (Abbas Momani/ AFP)
10:45 GMT

British educated Rami Hamfallah will replace Salam Fayyad as Palestinian Prime Minsiter when he officially quits office later this month

Egyptian police forces were kidnapped and held in Sinai last month (AFP)
10:32 GMT

A police checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai region came under attack for the 39th time since the Egyptian Revolution, when unidentified gunmen shot at policemen, who returned fire at the attackers

A Lebanese soldier walks past anti-Assad graffiti in Tripoli, Lebanon (AFP)
10:06 GMT

Violence in Lebanon continues as one person was killed in overnight clashes in the northern city of Tripoli

Iranian presidential candidates attend a live debate on state TV in Tehran on May 31 (Mehdi Dehghan/ AFP)
09:53 GMT

Iran says it has thwarted an alleged terror network backed by Israeli intelligence that was plotting to disrupt the upcoming presidential elections

Protesters stand in front of burning objects on the street in Istanbul on Sunday night. AFP Photo
08:36 GMT

In the face of growing discontent, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected claims that he is a "dictator" and has criticised his people for protesting.

It was perhaps the most deadly clash between Syria and Lebanon. Rockets were fired, but only caused material damage.
07:32 GMT

The floodwaters from the Syrian crisis rose higher in Lebanon Sunday, with Lebanese security sources reporting that for the first time fighting between Hezbollah and Syrian rebels had occurred on Lebanese soil.

Syrian officials have denied Red Cross aid, citing that they will not be able to enter until the war is over.
07:07 GMT

With reports of up to 1,500 wounded citizens trapped in Qusair, Syria insisted Sunday that the Red Cross would not be allowed access to the strategic town until fighting was over.

Two journalist were attacked in Lebanon on Sunday morning, officials said.
06:34 GMT

Separate attacks targeting two journalists who have been covering the ongoing violence in the north drew condemnation from political and professional circles over the weekend.

Qassam Al Rimi speaking in his video on Sunday to Muslims in America. Photo courtesy of The Guardian
04:00 GMT

The head of the military branch of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Qassim Al Rimi on Sunday he called on Muslims living in America to remain steadfast in their religion and to continue building 'easy' bombs such as those used in Boston.

A view of the destruction of the embattled town of Qusair. Citizen journalist image
04:00 GMT

Aid will only be given to the suffering citizens of the Syrian town of Qusair, which has seen brutal fighting over the past month, when the violence ends, the Red Cross announced on Sunday.

June 2, 2013

Rami Hamdallah.
20:59 GMT

Academic Rami Hamdallah announced on Sunday that he accepted a request from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to form the new Palestinian government and become the Prime Minister, following Salam Fayyad's resignation in April.