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April 15, 2014

The Iraqi army has been battling al-Qaeda linked militants since December 2013. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT

Iraqi Water Resources Minister Muhanad al-Saadi said in a statement on Monday that militants have “completely closed the gates of the Fallujah dam since Sunday morning.”

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows bodies lying on the ground, allegedly of rebel fighters after they were killed by Syrian government forces in Adra, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)
06:52 GMT

France is set to host the meeting in the hopes of leading an international group who will bring the Syrian government to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Hebron is experiencing heightened tensions after the Israeli government ruled Monday that an Israeli family could move back into their contested house in a settlement. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Palestinian gunmen shot and killed one Israeli and injured two others in Hebron.

April 14, 2014

Ghali served under Hosni Mubarak until he was overthrown in January 2011. (AFP/File)
19:41 GMT

Interpol arrested Youssef Boutros Ghali on Monday as he arrived in Paris.

16,000 people have been detained since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

A student loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi was shot dead by Egyptian security forces as clashes took place in Cairo University, also leaving two journalists injured.

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man outside the al-Aqsa compound, Jerusalem (File/AFP)
17:45 GMT

Gazans protested against Israel's strict measures for access to Islam's third most holiest site during the Jewish Passover holidays. Only Palestinian males, aged 50 and over will have access to al-Aqsa mosque until further notice.

Sisi is widely expected to win the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
16:12 GMT

Abdel Fattah al Sisi's lawyer handed in the required documents Monday for Sisi to run for president.

Navy Pillay has been the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2008. (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT

Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, denounced widespread torture in Syria on Monday.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 13, 2014 shows pro-regime forces holding a position during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)
14:00 GMT

Syrian forces have entered the town of al-Sarkha in the strategic Qalamoun region, retaking the full control of the town from rebels operating inside Syria.

Lebanese soldiers were deployed to Tripoli in late March to implement a new security plan for the restive city (File Archive/AFP)
13:31 GMT

At least 38 individuals have been charged for involvement in gun battles in Lebanon's Tripoli.

Hebron is home to approximately 250,000 Palestinians and roughly 600 Jewish settlers. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a Jewish family may move back into a contested house in Hebron.

Another Saudi border guard was killed last week by unidentified Yemeni militants (Courtesy of Your Middle East)
12:09 GMT

Unidentified militants from Yemen killed a Saudi border guard and injured another.

The ICC has charged Saif al-Islam with murder and persecution of civilians. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is accused of orchestrating a campaign of murder, torture and bombardment of civilians during Libya's eight-month civil war in 2011.

Syrian regime fighters claimed victory in the rebel stronghold of Yabroud in March (File Archive)
11:01 GMT

Syrian regime soldiers have reclaimed Maaloula in the Damascus province four months after Islamist rebels took over the Christian stronghold.

Just over 65 percent of Syria's internationally declared chemical weapons stockpile has been removed from the war-torn country, the Associated Press reported. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT

The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog has said that the Syrian government must speed up its movement of raw materios for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to successfully destroy its stockpile on time.