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June 1, 2014

Iraq has been plagued with violence since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. (AFP/File)
12:56 GMT

The U.N. says the death toll in Iraq during the month of May was nearly 800 people.

The neighborhoods without water are all isolated by a separation wall. (AFP/File)
11:45 GMT

An Israeli NGO reports that thousands of Palestinians have been without water since March because the Israeli government cut their water supplies.

Prime Minister Mahlab said he will help make changes to the government if Sisi asks him for help in forming a new government. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT

Egypt's current prime minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, said Sunday that he will step down next week when president-elect Abdel Fatah al Sisi is sworn in.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that Israel will boycott the new unity government. (AFP/File)
09:41 GMT

Three future Palestinian ministers have been denied entry to the West Bank by Israel.

Arms smugglers frequently use the Libyan-Egyptian border to transport their goods. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

Six Egyptian border guards were killed after being targeted by smugglers along the western border region.

Anti-government protests have swept Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Opposition parties in Bahrain have decided to boycott the parliamentary and municipal elections that are scheduled to take place in October.

Current President Bashar al Assad is widely expected to win the presidential election. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

Polls revealed that 95% of Syrian expats have taken part in Syria's presidential elections ahead of the June 3 vote that will take place inside the country.

Lebanon is currently home to over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanese authorities have asked refugees to refrain from entering Syria starting June 1 or risk losing their status in an attempt to organize the growing refugee crisis in the country.

May 31, 2014

Several people were also reportedly injured during the pro-Morsi protest in eastern Cairo (File/AFP)
18:24 GMT

Two women were among the dead after police fired rounds during a rally for ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, Friday.

Israel's naval forces frequently harass Palestinian fisherman in the three-mile limit zone imposed on them (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Israeli forces injured a Palestinian fisherman on the Gaza Strip coastline, medical officials say.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won 93 percent of votes during Egypt's presidential election (File/AFP)
13:14 GMT

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has vowed for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to take his post as the country's new leader on time, according to a legal aide.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011 (File/AFP)
12:41 GMT

Twenty civilians are believed to have been killed in Syria's city of Aleppo after militants bombarded several neighbourhoods with mortar shells.

Palestine's new unity government is expected to form within days (File/AFP)
12:12 GMT

Israeli officials warned that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas will be held responsible for any violence against the Jewish state by Hamas, once a new unity government is underway.

It is estimated that at least 27 percent of Lebanon's population is now made up of Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
11:16 GMT

The UNHCR has opposed plans by Lebanese authorities to build refugee camps close to the border with Syria due to security issues.

Yemen's Houthi fighters have been in conflict with then central government for many years (Image: Twitter)
09:15 GMT

Violent clashes between Houthi fighters and Salafi tribesmen in western Yemen left at least 12 people dead, officials say.