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May 1, 2014

Iraqi civilians went to the polls Wednesday to choose new MPs. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

Approximately 60% of Iraqis turned out to vote despite brutal violence and bombings from al Qaeda linked militants.

Civilians are often caught in the middle of the brutal civil war. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Syrian rebels have attacked an asphalt factory in the province of Hama and kidnapped three people.

Protests have occurred regularly in Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT

Bahrainis once again took to the streets to protest the government and show their solidarity for female prisoners.

April 30, 2014

Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad al-Hindi (pictured), traveled to Egypt on Wednesday for talks (File/Al Monitor)
20:00 GMT

Islamic Jihad leaders traveled to Egypt to meet with other factions to discuss roles in the PLO-Hamas unity government on Wednesday.

"The voice of a revolution", Bassem Sabry won respect across the political spectrum for his writing on the Arab uprisings of 2011. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)
19:00 GMT

Egyptian pro-democracy blogger Bassem Sabry died Tuesday at the age of 31, reportedly from a fall off a balcony in Cairo.

The aid situation in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus has been particularly dire. UN officials described the scenes as "apocalyptic". (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Overcautious United Nations’ interpretation of international law threatens thousands of lives in Syria, a group of prominent international lawyers said, arguing that there is “no legal barrier” for the UN to provide cross-border aid in the war-torn country.

The U.S. restrictions come into play after a deal between Iran and five members of the UN Security Council to relieve sanctions in November 2013 (File/AFP)
16:35 GMT

The U.S. has stepped up unilateral sanctions against Iran by banning companies from China and the UAE from having any connection with Tehran.

Increasing poverty: Over 80 percent of Gaza's population survives on aid and UN handouts according to Israeli human rights group B'tselem (File/AFP)
15:53 GMT

The Palestinian Authority has shipped medical equipment to the Gaza Strip, creating a bigger bond with Hamas, who formed a joint government with Fatah last week.

Syria refugees flee across the dangerous border into Lebanon for safety (File/AFP)
15:07 GMT

Five Lebanese soldiers were injured on Wednesday when they were attacked by gunmen near the Rahwa region, bordering with Syria.

The al Qaeda linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the attack. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT

A monitoring group on the ground is now reporting that 100 people have been killed in Tuesday's twin car bomb attack in Homs.

Ashton said the trials were clearly in breach of international human rights laws. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the recent mass death sentences were alarming and raised concerns about human rights in Egypt.

Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the second round and scheduled the third round for May 7. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT

Lebanese lawmakers failed to elect a new president and have set the third round of voting for May 7.

The Syrian civil war rages on into its fourth year. (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT

At least nine people have died, including three children, after government forces bombed a school in Aleppo.

Iraqi women in Sadr City cast their votes Wednesday (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
09:29 GMT

A bomb targeting a polling station in Iraq's city of Kirkuk left two women dead Wednesday.

The peace talks expired on Tuesday with no agreement reached. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT

The Israeli government will use tax money that was collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority to offset debts to Israeli electricity and water companies.