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April 29, 2014

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the death sentences make "a mockery of what we understand to be democratic principles" (AFP)
18:00 GMT

Germany summoned its Egyptian ambassador in Berlin Tuesday in response to a recent ruling that committed nearly 700 Muslim Brotherhood members to death sentences Monday.

Many Yemenis oppose the continued U.S. drone strikes in the country, and many have taken to the streets in recent weeks in protest as Sanaa's Al Qaeda offensive escalates (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Yemeni forces' recent offensive to oust Al Qaeda fighters from southern towns left at least nine people dead Tuesday.

Chemical weapon attacks in August 2013 left scores of civilians dead and prompted Washington to call for air strikes against Syria (File Archive/AFP)
16:00 GMT

The UN chemical watchdog OPCW will send a fact-finding mission to Syria to investigate the alleged use of chlorine gas in recent weeks as the country's civil war ravages on.

Many parts of Homs have been under siege since the country's civil war began three years ago (File Archive/AFP)
15:20 GMT

A car bomb in an Alawite district of Homs killed at least 36 people.

Abbas' said Tuesday that the release of prisoners is mandatory if Israelis want to continue peace talks past the deadline (File Archive/AFP)
14:15 GMT

President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed peace with Israel ahead of defining the borders of a future Palestinian state.

Out of the 11 candidates running for election, two are women and one is Christian (File Archive/AFP)
13:24 GMT

At least four more candidates have registered their bids for the Syrian presidency Tuesday ahead of the June 3 polls.

Israel has destroyed more than 600 structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

Israeli bulldozers have demolished three homes and a mosque near the Palestinian town of Nablus.

Baghdad has deployed a number of anti-terrorism forces throughout the country to protect polling stations ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
12:31 GMT

A former Al Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing attack Monday in a Kurdish stronghold area northeast of Baghdad.

Violence continues in Benghazi as Libya struggles to develop a stronger government. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT

A car bomb in Benghazi has killed two soldiers.

Violence has increased across Iraq as Iraqis head to the polls this week to elect a new Prime Minister. (AFP/File)
10:39 GMT

At least 10 people have been killed in bombings in a town northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday.

The Syrian opposition has stepped up attacks on government-controlled Damascus in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

Twelve citizens were killed and 50 wounded in Damascus after heavy shelling.

Israeli settlements were a point of contention during the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT

An NGO reported that Israel issued tenders for close to 5,000 new homes during the negotiating process with Palestinians.

The United Nations has urged the United States to curb its highly controversial drone program. (AFP/File)
08:37 GMT

U.S. lawmakers have rejected a provision that would make overseas drone strikes more transparent.

The Tunisian people overthrew Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

Tunisian family members of those killed during the 2011 revolution are going on a hunger strike after a Tunisian court released former regime officials who are accused of killing peaceful protesters during the revolution.

The Jordanian ambassador was pulled from his car by gunmen in April. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

Jordan has agreed to hand over a Libyan militant in exchange for the release of its ambassador who was kidnapped in Libya in April.