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April 17, 2014

Human rights groups estimate that there are around 5,000 Palestinians in Israel's jails (Menahem Kahana/AFP)
20:11 GMT

Protesters across the occupied West bank and Gaza Strip took to the streets on Thursday to demonstrate against Israel's human rights abuses against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

In return for Iran's cooperation under the UN Geneva deal, six world powers granted the Islamic state some sanction relief (Joe Klamar/AFP)
19:37 GMT

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said Iran diluted half of its uranium, complying with an interim agreement between Tehran and six world powers including the U.S., France, U.K. and Germany.

The suspect allegedly has links to the Al Qaeda affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades (File/AFP)
18:35 GMT

Several arrest warrants were issued against Bilal Kayed Kayed before he was apprehended on Thursday.

Mosul is considered one of the most dangerous areas in Iraq (File Archive)
11:26 GMT

At least 12 soldiers were killed in northern Iraq Thursday by militants armed with automatic weapons.

Lebanon's parliament will meet on April 23 to vote for the country's next president before current President Michel Sleiman's six-year term ends in May (File Archive)
10:59 GMT

Lebanon's parliament will meet on April 23 to elect the country's new president.

Altercations at al Aqsa mosque have heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. (AFP/File)
10:55 GMT

Baruch Mizrahi, Israel's police chief was killed in al Khalil.

Israel has kidnapped Lebanese shepherds before. (Photo courtesy of fanack.com)
10:48 GMT

The Israeli army kidnapped on Thursday five shepherds, including 2 women and a child, from Lebanese territories in the South.

Both Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams will meet with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk (File Archive/AFP)
09:39 GMT

Israeli-Palestinian talks are scheduled to resume Thursday with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk.

Algerian youth represent 80 percent of the country's population (File Archive/AFP)
07:29 GMT

Many Algerian youth will not be participating in the presidential polls scheduled to take place nationwide today. Rather, they are boycotting what they see as an unfair election process that is being used to maintain Algeria's status quo.

Aitan was kidnapped in Tripoli on Tuesday by an anonymous armed group. (Courtesy of The Jordan Times)
07:19 GMT

Libyan authorities said they still have no news about the fate of Fawaz Aitan, the Jordanian ambassador who was abducted in Tripoli on Tuesday morning.

Multiple confrontations between students and Egyptian police have taken place at Azhar University in Cairo. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT

Egyptian riot police have clashed with students once again at Cairo's al Azhar University.

The Qatar-Saudi rift was not on the agenda of the most recent Gulf Cooperation Council meetings (File Archive/AFP)
06:55 GMT

Oman's Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf bin Alawi told reporters this week that the Gulf rift between Qatar and its neighboring states has now ended.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif represents Iran during the nuclear talks. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

Iran and six world powers will meet in New York City in May to resume talks about Iran's disputed nuclear program.

Syria's National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba told China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing that his country should take a larger role in the peace talks (AFP)
06:41 GMT

National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba said Wednesday a new round of Geneva peace talks would be possible if the government is “sincere” and urged China to play a bigger role in “stopping the crimes of the Assad regime.”

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is well on his way to contend in Egypt's elections (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received over half a million recommendations, well over the 25,000 requirement, according to his campaign's legal advisor.