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May 30, 2013

 Syrian army soldiers walking nearby facilities of Dabaa military airfield during an operation that led to the control of the airport, north of the Syrian city of Qusayr. AFP Photo
11:56 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is set to meet on Sunday so that member states may discuss the possibilities of putting Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah on the list of terror organisations, in light of its involvement in the Syrian civil war.

Political leaders gather at the National Dialogue table at Baabda Palace last year. Image courtesy of The Daily Star.
11:38 GMT

Najib Mikati, Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister, announced on Wednesday that he wants to return to the National Dialogue in Lebanon, in the face of increasing violence in the country as the Syrian civil war encroaches on Lebanon.

An Iraqi policeman inspects a damaged vehicle on the scene of a car bomb attack in the commercial area of Karradah in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on May 30 (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP)
11:18 GMT

A wave of bomb attacks across Iraq killed 12 people on Thursday as sectarian violence escalates

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives an interview to a Syrian state news channel (AFP)
09:19 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says that the government has already received the first shipment of advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia

Lebanese women wave Hezbollah flags while holding a picture of the movement's chief Hassan Nasrallah in Mashghara in the western Bekaa Valley on May 25 (MahmoudZayyat / AFP)
08:03 GMT

The US State Department called for an immediate withdrawal of all Hezbollah fighters from Syria, as reports emerged that rebels had lost the strategic Dabaa air base to forces loyal to Assad

Waliur Rehman. AFP Photo
05:00 GMT

Four Taliban militants, including the number two in command Waliur Rehman, have been killed by a reported US drone in North Waziristan, near the Afghani border.

Israeli security forces fire tear gas during clashes with Palestinian protesters following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. AFP Photo
04:00 GMT

The Israeli military police has decided to launch an investigation into how Palestinians are treated by their servicemen after CCTV cameras shot footage of a Palestinian teenager being savagely beaten by Israeli soldiers.

May 29, 2013

Child walks through the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (UNICEF photo)
12:09 GMT

Anmar al-Hmoud, spokesman for Higher Committee for Syrian Refugees in Jordan says that almost 60,000 have returned to Syria from Jordan

An electron image of the nCoV virus.
10:18 GMT

A 65 year old French man who travelled to Dubai has died of the newly named nCoV SARS virus in a hospital in Lille.

Police officers gather at the site of the stabbing, in Paris. AFP Image.
08:48 GMT

A man has been arrested in connected to the stabbing of a French soldier earlier this week, and has been described as a follower of 'radical Islam'.

Megarief, the president of Libya's highest political body will resign on May 28, after a law was passed banning those who served under the ousted regime of late dictator Moamer Gaddafi an aide said on May 27 (Abdullah Doma/ AFP)
07:54 GMT

President of Libyan General National Congress submitted his resignation on Tuesday after the law banning Gaddafi-era officials from senior public posts

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris on May 27 (Jim Young/ Pool/ AFP)
05:55 GMT

The US is uneasy with the prospect of an Iranian presence at the peace conference, as they aim to keep the Islamic Republic isolated through wide ranging economic sanctions

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
05:36 GMT

Rights groups say the proposed legislation regulating rights groups is dangerously oppressive

FSA official, Brigadier General Salim Idris, gave Hezbollah a threatening ultimatium if it doesn't leave Syria in the next 24 hours. Image courtesy of Al Arabiya.
04:00 GMT

A Free Syrian Army official on Tuesday gave Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah 24 hours to leave Syria, warning that the FSA will "take all measures to hunt Hezbollah, even in hell" if they do not leave.

An Iraqi woman walks past burnt out vehicles and damaged buildings following a car bomb explosion in Baghdad. AFP Photo
04:00 GMT

27 people were killed in Iraq today as the government met to discuss ways to address the growing death toll in the country.