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May 6, 2014

Many refugees in Lebanon's town of Arsal faced severe winter conditions in late 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
19:07 GMT

Militants from the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front kidnapped four Syrians from a refugee camp in the Lebanese border town of Arsal Tuesday evening.

Israeli police constantly allow Jewish groups to tour the Al Aqsa site, breaching peace agreements (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Israeli police allowed only Palestinians aged 50 and over into the Al Aqsa compound since Monday evening, an official said.

More than one million refugees from Syria are registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Lebanon's Central Security Council has called on the General Security to design a new framework to govern the entry of refugees from Syria into Lebanon Tuesday based on a set of "clear standards."

Walid Jumblatt has urged the Syrian National Coalition to take a stance against alleged cooperation with Israel (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt has criticized reports of alleged cooperation between Syrian rebels and Israel, calling it "a very dangerous issue."

Terrorists attacked compounds in Saudi's capital Riyadh in 2003 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia "dismantled a terrorist organization" that was plotting to attack government facilities and foreign interests.

At least 72 militants and another 24 soldiers have been killed under the government's offensive on the south in its effort to oust Al Qaeda militants from the country (File Archive/AFP)
15:27 GMT

At least two Al Qaeda-linked militants were killed in Yemen's southern Shabwa province under Sanaa's shelling offensive.

Government forces have been trying to retake Fallujah since January this year after anti-government fighters took over control of the city (File Archive/AFP)
14:22 GMT

At least eight people were killed in Iraq Tuesday in clashes near the militant-held city of Fallujah and near Iraq's capital.

The Nusra Front is an al Qaeda linked organization that has been fighting to topple the Assad regime. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

A roadside bomb killed a Nusra leader inside Syria on Tuesday.

Egypt officially banned the Muslim Brotherhood in September 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
12:41 GMT

Egypt's presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah Al Sisi told reporters this week that there will be no Muslim Brotherhood movement in the country if he becomes the head of state.

Syrian rebels frequently place bombs in tunnels to attack government checkpoints. (AFP/File)
11:52 GMT

A tunnel bomb has killed at least 30 Syrian soldiers.

Syrian President Bashar Assad will be running against two other candidates in the elections. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT

The U.S. government conveyed a clear message to the Lebanese government asking it not to facilitate the voting process of thousands of Syrians living in Lebanese territories in the Syrian elections next month.

Following the ouster of Mubarak in 2011, a court ruling dissolved his National Democratic Party. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banned on Tuesday members of Hosni Mubarak’s now defunct National Democratic Party from running in parliamentary, presidential as well as local unit elections.

A poll by The International Federation for Human Rights states at least 89 people have been killed in Bahrain since February 2011. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT

A Bahraini police post in a small Shiite village near the capital was attacked by assailants throwing Molotov cocktails overnight, an interior ministry official said Tuesday.

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has been battling ISIL for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Infighting between al Nusra Front and ISIL in the eastern Syria has killed 74 people.

The IAEA inspectors are expected to visit the Saghand uranium mine and the Ardakan concentration plant in Yazd on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed on how the Agency will carry out inspections of the Arak heavy water plant in central Iran.