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July 7, 2013

A Bahraini demonstrator hurls a rock towards riot police during clashes following the funeral of Hussein Abdullah, in the village of Saar, west of Manama, on June 26 (AFP)
08:37 GMT

A Bahraini policeman was killed in a bomb attack whilst on duty at the Sitra police station, six kilometres south of the capital Manama late on Saturday

A picture taken on July 6, shows Egyptian policemen inspecting the car of a Coptic Christian priest killed in al-Arish north of the Sinai peninsula (AFP)
08:22 GMT

Explosion hit the gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai peninsula following an escalation in attacks on security checkpoints in Egypt's eastern region

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour meeting with opposition National Salvation Front leader Mohamed El Baradei (AFP)
07:45 GMT

Egypt's media advisor said Saturday that Mohamed El Baradei had not taken up the post of interim prime minister, despite a number of media reports that he had been chosen for the post

 Syrian demonstrators posing with a banner referring to the situation in both Syria and Egypt during an anti-regime protest in Kfar Nubul in the northwestern province of Idlib (Shaam news network / AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition on Saturday elected Ahmad Assi Jarba as its president after a tight contest held in Istanbul

 A combo of image grab taken from a video uploaded to YouTube on July 5, 2013, shows an unidentified group of men taking refuge atop of a building while being surrounded by another group of men (Top-L), hurled of a ledge onto the roof of a building (Top-R, Bottom-L), and then beaten (Bottom-R) (Youtube / AFP)
04:00 GMT

Egyptian activists circulated on Saturday an online video showing what appeared to be Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohammad Mursi throwing two young men off a building during clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

July 6, 2013

For Illustrative Purposes (Source: Commons Wikimedia/ai@ce)
12:30 GMT

With 200 thousand Yemeni migrant workers forced to leave Saudi Arabia, Yemen has asked the International Organisation for Migration for medical, sanitary and housing assistance.

Syrian National Coalition Members November 2012 (Source: Wikimedia/SNC)
11:38 GMT

Members of Syrian National Coalition to have new leader by end of Saturday.

A pro-Morsi sign (Source: Commons Wikimedia/VOA)
10:20 GMT

An alliance of Islamist parties, including Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, called for ongoing protests on Saturday, amidst reports of at least 30 killed in Friday's clashes.

Photograph for illustrative Purposes Only. Photo by: PFC Charlie Chavez. (Source: Commons Wikimedia)
08:34 GMT

American newspaper USA Today has reported that American Marines have moved to Italy to prepare for potential assistance in Egypt.

July 5, 2013

 Iraqis inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack in the Al-Haq square in Samarra, a predominantly Sunni town north of Baghdad, on July 5 (AFP image used for illustrative purposes)
21:23 GMT

Shiite mosque target of a suicide bomb attack as sectarian violence continues to wreck Iraqi cities

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood gather in Cairo (AFP)
20:44 GMT

Clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi swept through Cairo and Alexandria on Friday, leaving at least 17 people dead and 210 injured

Cairo clashes erupt post-Morsi (Image Mahmud Hams / AFP)
17:34 GMT

Egyptian security forces Friday opened fire on a crowd of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, killing three men, officials said.

Damanhour, Egypt, objects to Morsi's deposition
17:22 GMT

Twenty-one people were injured in Beheira's Damanhour when the city's residents clashed with supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi on Friday lunch time.

Egypt's Prosecutor General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud steps back to previous position (image courtesy of Yahoo News)
17:10 GMT

Prosecutor General resigned from his post Friday for fear of conflict of interest

 Sidon's mufti Sheikh Salim Sousan (R) prays inside the Bilal bin Rabah mosque, in the Abra district of the southern city of Sidon on June 29, 2013 (Source: AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
07:19 GMT

Sheikh Ahmad al-Asir called on the Sunni community to “break the barrier of fear and fear only God,” urging them to protest “in a peaceful and civilized manner” after Friday prayers “in coordination with the Muslim clerics.”