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May 2, 2014

Terrorist attacks have rocked Egypt over the past several months (File/AFP)
15:43 GMT

A bomb blast at a Cairo checkpoint killed one police officer and injured four other security personal, the country's state owned news agency reported on Friday.

Eleven children are said to be among the dead in the twin suicide attack (File/AFP)
14:16 GMT

Seventeen civilians including 11 children have reportedly been killed in two bomb attacks in the Syrian city of Hama.

Despite calls for aid by officials, Lebanon's former PM Saad Hariri was praised for pledging to support a rehabilitation plan in the country (File/AFP)
12:48 GMT

Officials from Tripoli desperately requested aid and emergency assistance on Friday after people in the city have been affected by weeks of violence.

The victims are said to be a Jordanian medic and a Saudi male (File/AFP)
11:23 GMT

Two fresh cases of the deadly MERS virus have been detected in Jordan, the country's health ministry said.

The bloody figures were released a day after Iraqis took to the polls to vote in the country's parliamentary elections (File/AFP)
10:29 GMT

Over a thousand Iraqis were killed and just under 1,400 injured in attacks across Iraq last month, according to official figures released on Thursday.

The clashes took place after gunmen stormed a police station in Benghazi (File/AFP)
09:44 GMT

At least five Libyan soldiers were killed after clashes broke out with gunmen on Friday. Eleven others have reportedly been injured across the city.

Voters turned out in their thousands despite threats from al-Qaeda militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Nour al- Maliki has hailed the high turnout of voters for Iraq's parliamentary polls, calling it a "slap in the face of terrorism."

May 1, 2014

The five suspects were arrested in Beirut's southern suburbs Thursday (File/AFP)
20:06 GMT

Five men were arrested in Beirut on Thursday after the army seized ammunition and weapons from two separate areas.

Clashes broke out in Zabadani with Syrian forces also making gains in other towns (File/AFP)
18:09 GMT

Fourteen militants have reportedly been killed with many more injured in fierce battles with the Syrian army between the country's border with Lebanon.

May Day march: Lebanese women walk alongside the country's communist party in Beirut (Image: Cryptome)
17:50 GMT

May Day parades took place across Lebanon on Thursday despite nationwide strikes by civil servants, unhappy with the unresolved wages dispute.

The UN's refugee agency opened the camp to help ease the pressure of Syrian refugees entering Jordan (File/AFP)
17:23 GMT

A new refugee camp opened on Wednesday 100 kilometers east of Amman to hold 130,000 Syrians, fleeing violence.

Last week, Human Rights Watch criticized Israel for shooting innocent Palestinians in Gaza (File/AFP)
17:08 GMT

Several Israeli army tanks and vehicles entered Gaza on Thursday, witnesses said.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank have caused violence and tensions in the region. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT

The Israelis are displeased with the U.S. State Department's 2013 Country Report on Terrorism because it includes a reference to Jewish settlers who harass and attack Palestinians in the West Bank.

ISIL is one of the deadliest groups fighting in Syria today. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT

ISIL publicly crucified two members of the Syrian opposition in retaliation for an earlier attack.

The Israeli government rarely issues land permits to Palestinians in the West Bank and swiftly demolishes homes for lack of these permits. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT

Israeli government forces have demolished more Palestinian homes near Hebron.