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May 5, 2013

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition came top in provincial elections held two weeks ago, according to results released on Saturday. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
07:58 GMT

A coalition led by Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki wins the most seats in seven of 12 provinces, in the first elections since US troops withdrew in 2011.

Damascus sky lights up following the heavy blasts that shook the capital early Sunday. (Al Arabiya)
05:57 GMT

Syrian state TV says Israeli rockets have hit an army research center near Damascus, as huge explosions shake the outskirts of the capital.

May 4, 2013

Syrian army forces, who are loyal to President Assad, who are those believed to have perpetrated the recent attacks in the west of Syria. Image for illustrative purposes.
11:10 GMT

Residents of the Sunni districts in the city of Banias in Syria on Saturday were fleeing their homes, amid fears of a massacre that occurred in a nearby village.

IDF warplanes. For illustrative purposes from
07:20 GMT

Israeli airplanes have allegedly launched an airstrike inside Syria, targeting Hezbollah-linked chemical weapon delivery systems

May 3, 2013

Fighters from the rebel al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam Brigade take part in a briefing at the brigade's base at an undisclosed location near the al-Turkman mountains, in Syria's northern Latakia province earlier this week. AFP Photo
10:12 GMT

Syrian regime forces engaged in fierce fighting with the rebels in the coastal town of Baida on Thursday, amid reports of a death toll in excess of 100 and executions.

Tensions ran rife in the West Bank earlier this week as Palestinian land was burned and destroyed by Israeli settlers in retaliation to the stabbing of an Israeli man on Tuesday. AFP photo
06:00 GMT

The stabbing of an Israeli man on Tuesday by a Palestinian in the West Bank, near the city of Nablus, has sparked Israel settlers in the local area to plan building a "revenge colony" as payback.

May 2, 2013

April was Iraq's deadliest month since June 2008, according to the UN
13:43 GMT

April was the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008, the United Nations said on Thursday/

The World Health Organisation says it is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus.
10:24 GMT

At least five people have died in Saudi Arabia from a virus similar to the one that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the country’s health ministry says.

President Morsi had intended to replace ten ministers, the source added, but the number was trimmed to six because he could not persuade enough replacements to join his cabinet.
10:15 GMT

Egypt's cabinet reshuffle will see six ministers replaced, Al-Ahram Arabic news website has reported, citing a government source.

A car bomb in north-eastern Baghdad killed at least three people and wounded 14, police and hospital sources said. Another car bomb north of the city of Ramadi killed two policemen and wounded another 10.
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08:05 GMT

At least 15 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq on Wednesday, police and medics said,

Jordan is looking for "international support"
03:59 GMT

Last Friday’s summit between Jordan's King Abdullah and US President Barack Obama at the White House again highlights Jordan’s determination and relentless efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

May 1, 2013

Black hooded human rights activists hold banners demanding the closing of Guantanamo during a protest, part of the Nationwide for Guantanamo Day of Action, outside the White House in Washington DC in April. Photo courtesy of The Week
11:16 GMT

US President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he is committed to closing the Guantanamo Bay military jail, calling it "expensive and inefficient".

On Tuesday, Nasrallah said Syria’s friends would not let the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad fall.
10:37 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) denounces remarks made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as “nothing but threats,” warning against the Lebanese Shia group’s intervention in the Syrian conflict.

The parked car bomb exploded in the Shia-dominated district of Hussainya, east of Baghdad, on Wednesday morning, killing four civilians.  (Photo used for illustrative purposes)
10:21 GMT

A car bomb in a Shia suburb of Baghdad killed four people and wounded 12 others on Wednesday morning.

U.S. President Barack Obama is gearing up to send lethal weapons to the Syrian opposition, according to senior administration officials speaking to The Washington Post on Wednesday. (Photo: AFP / Saul Loeb)
07:50 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama is gearing up to send lethal weapons to the Syrian opposition, according to senior administration officials speaking to The Washington Post on Wednesday.