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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)
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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.
The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt - signed by Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin and witnessed by US president Jimmy Carter in 1979 - turned 35 last month. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
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Should Sisi be elected as president of Egypt as is generally assumed, he will have to decide whether to go along with the cold peace or to take the bold decision to promote cooperation with Israel for the greater benefit of both countries.
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)
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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.

April 16, 2014

Kidnappings have become frequent in Libya since the country fell into chaos after the overthrow of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
A U.S. Embassy security guard has escaped her kidnappers in Libya.
A recent U.N. report found that 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
A new report issued Wednesday by a coalition of feminists and human rights groups blames the Egyptian government for not doing enough to stop sexual violence in Egypt.
Health authorities say MERS is unlikely to cause an epidemic and people "need not worry" (File/AFP)
17:19 GMT
Following the death of a Filipino woman who contracted Mers-Coronavirusm, three new cases have appeared in Abu Dhabi.
53 people were killed last year during a pro Morsi protest. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
An Egyptian court sentenced 120 Morsi supporters to three years in prison on Monday.
Bahrain's security forces continue to clash with protesters (File/AFP)
16:28 GMT
Complicating things: Opposition group says over 200 houses have been raided and 187 arrests were made by Bahraini forces in March.
Thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Arsal, Lebanon to escape the fighting in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT
The Syrian army launched two airstrikes against the town Arsal Wednesday.
Two suicide bombers in Ramadi targeted the Anbar provincial capital's government headquarters (File Archive/AFP)
13:55 GMT
Two suicide bombers in Iraq's Ramadi left at least five people dead on Tuesday, and other violence was also reported in the country's Saba Al Bur area.
A meeting scheduled between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators on Wednesday evening has been postponed. (AFP/File)
13:54 GMT
After Israel accuses PA of encouraging Monday's shooting, PA endowments minister tells Israeli reporters that he is "pained" by murder of police officer; PA says meeting delayed to allow for Indyk's arrival.
Jordan's armed forces is expected to release a more detailed report later Wednesday (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
12:24 GMT
Jordan's air force shot down armored vehicles trying to enter the Kingdom from Syria Wednesday.
Regime airstrikes continue to also destroy the country's second largest city Aleppo (File Archive/AFP)
11:18 GMT
At least four people died from Syrian regime airstrikes in the rebel-held town of Zabadani along the Lebanese border.
The cause of the blast is unclear. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Three Palestinians were injured and five were wounded on Wednesday after an explosion went off in the Gaza Strip, a medical official reported.
Tuesday’s ruling marked the longest prison term handed down to a non-Jordanian suspected of providing military support to the FSA. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT
The Jordanian State Security Court on Tuesday sentenced three Syrians to five-year prison terms for attempting to provide arms and explosives to the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The director of Al Aqsa Mosque told reporters that approximately 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound Wednesday (File Archive/AFP)
09:49 GMT
Clashes between worshippers and Israeli forces on Wednesday morning have left dozens injured at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The trench will be 17 kilometers, or 19.6 miles when completed (Safin Hamed/AFP)
08:31 GMT
The autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq is digging a trench along its border with Syria in order to prevent militants from the neighboring civil war from entering its territory.
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told Israel Radio on Wednesday that Netanyahu should order Israeli negotiators not to meet with their Palestinian counterparts until Palestine apologizes. (AFP/File)
08:03 GMT
Following the death of an Israeli man in Hebron earlier this week, Israel's Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told Israel Radio on Wednesday that Prime Minister Netanyahu should cancel the peace talks until the Palestinians condemn the killing.
The U.S. has refused to issue Iran's new UN envoy a visa to the U.S. due to Aboutalebi's role in the 1979 Iranian revolution (AFP)
07:17 GMT
The U.S. has refused to issue a visa to Iran's newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi.
Prince Salman's poor health recently motivated King Abdullah to appoint Prince Muqrin as the successor to the throne. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The Saudi law of succession moves horizontally from brother to brother, a rule that complicates the succession process as the ruling generation ages.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas submitted applications this month for Palestine to join 15 UN bodies and treaties in response to Israel's failure to release the fourth and final group of Palestinian prisoners (File Archive/AFP)
06:55 GMT
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are in process to extend the crumbling peace process beyond the April 29 deadline, according to U.S. officials.
According to video footage, rebel forces fighting against the Syrian government are now equipped with US-made anti-tank missiles. (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT
New footage coming out of Syria shows rebel forces fighting against the Syrian government with US-made anti-tank missiles.
The Syrian army on Tuesday entered rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT
Syrian army troops backed by pro-regime militiamen entered rebel-held neighborhoods of Homs Tuesday after seizing the last village in the mountainous Qalamoun region on Lebanon’s border.
Over one million Syrian refugees are registered with UNHCR in Lebanon (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Lebanon's interior minister announced Tuesday that Syrian refugees now represent 27% of Lebanon's population

April 15, 2014

Fallujah has been under the control of anti-government fighters since January (File Archive/AFP)
20:14 GMT
A prominent army officer and seven others died in Iraq Tuesday.
Jordan's ambassador was kidnapped from his car by militants Tuesday (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
20:02 GMT
Jordan's ambassador to Libya is being held by Al Qaeda-affiliated kidnappers who are demanding the release of a Libyan who is serving a life prison sentence in Jordan.
Bandar previously served as KSA's ambassador to the United States (File Archive/AFP)
19:51 GMT
Saudi Arabia has replaced its intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan "at his own request."
529 Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death by Egypt's courts last month (File Archive/AFP)
19:41 GMT
An Alexandria court banned all members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running for election in the upcoming presidential polls.
Two Saudi soldiers were also killed by suspected Yemeni militants last week (Getty/AFP)
18:20 GMT
A Saudi soldier died after coming under attack near the Yemen border. The kingdom's interior ministry is in contact with Yemeni authorities to investigate.
The Syrian government holds Turkey, U.S. and Saudi Arabia accountable for arming opposition rebels (Carl Court/AFP)
17:23 GMT
Canada's National Defence has drawn up plans for military operations in Syria according to leaked documents.
The IDF fired tear gas at Palestinians in Aida refugee camp (File/AFP)
16:30 GMT
A 44-year-old woman died in Beit Jala Public Hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army.
Iraqi authorities cite security concerns as the reason behind closing the prison (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT
The notorious prison which was brought to the world's attention when U.S. military personnel committed grave human rights violations against detained Iraqis, has been closed.
Pro-regime forces backed by Hezbollah retook Aasal al-Ward from rebels (File/AFP)
13:19 GMT
Pro-regime forces backed by Hezbollah fighters retook a village in the Qalamoun region with the intention of expanding military operations in the area.
Lebanon currently hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
Lebanese authorities plan to stem the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon.
Assad has all but officially said that he will run in the next round of proposed elections for the presidency (File Archive/AFP)
12:20 GMT
Syria's parliament will announce the date of the country's presidential election to be held this year despite the country's ongoing civil war.
The United States regularly targets AQAP in its drone strike campaign in Yemen. (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT
Gunmen who are believed to be affiliated to Al Qaeda on Tuesday shot dead the vice govenor of Yemen's Baida province, an official reported.
Manama now has the authority to sentence protesters to death for participation in "unauthorized demonstrations" (File Archive/AFP)
10:27 GMT
A Manama court has sentenced 11 Shiite protesters to five years in jail each for allegedly "attacking police."
Israeli forces have erected checkpoints near Hebron in response to the death of an Israeli in Hebron Monday. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT
Israeli soldiers have blocked main roads and erected military checkpoints in two villages near Hebron.
A Libyan official said that the militants opened fire at al-Etan's vehicle, wounding his driver and forcing the diplomat out at gunpoint. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT
Unidentified Libyan gunmen on Tuesday abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli, officials reported.
America has done its best to keep secret its role in supplying the Syrian armed opposition. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups.
According to immediate reports, two police officers were injured in Tuesday's blast. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT
Two policemen were injured in a bomb attack that struck central Cairo on Tuesday morning, state television reported.
Yuval Steinitz is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT
Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz recently criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his comments on Iran's nuclear program.
The Iraqi army has been battling al-Qaeda linked militants since December 2013. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT
Iraqi Water Resources Minister Muhanad al-Saadi said in a statement on Monday that militants have “completely closed the gates of the Fallujah dam since Sunday morning.”
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows bodies lying on the ground, allegedly of rebel fighters after they were killed by Syrian government forces in Adra, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)
06:52 GMT
France is set to host the meeting in the hopes of leading an international group who will bring the Syrian government to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Hebron is experiencing heightened tensions after the Israeli government ruled Monday that an Israeli family could move back into their contested house in a settlement. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Palestinian gunmen shot and killed one Israeli and injured two others in Hebron.

April 14, 2014

Ghali served under Hosni Mubarak until he was overthrown in January 2011. (AFP/File)
19:41 GMT
Interpol arrested Youssef Boutros Ghali on Monday as he arrived in Paris.
16,000 people have been detained since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT
A student loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi was shot dead by Egyptian security forces as clashes took place in Cairo University, also leaving two journalists injured.
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man outside the al-Aqsa compound, Jerusalem (File/AFP)
17:45 GMT
Gazans protested against Israel's strict measures for access to Islam's third most holiest site during the Jewish Passover holidays. Only Palestinian males, aged 50 and over will have access to al-Aqsa mosque until further notice.
Sisi is widely expected to win the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
16:12 GMT
Abdel Fattah al Sisi's lawyer handed in the required documents Monday for Sisi to run for president.
Navy Pillay has been the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2008. (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT
Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, denounced widespread torture in Syria on Monday.
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 13, 2014 shows pro-regime forces holding a position during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Syrian forces have entered the town of al-Sarkha in the strategic Qalamoun region, retaking the full control of the town from rebels operating inside Syria.
Lebanese soldiers were deployed to Tripoli in late March to implement a new security plan for the restive city (File Archive/AFP)
13:31 GMT
At least 38 individuals have been charged for involvement in gun battles in Lebanon's Tripoli.
Hebron is home to approximately 250,000 Palestinians and roughly 600 Jewish settlers. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a Jewish family may move back into a contested house in Hebron.
Another Saudi border guard was killed last week by unidentified Yemeni militants (Courtesy of Your Middle East)
12:09 GMT
Unidentified militants from Yemen killed a Saudi border guard and injured another.
The ICC has charged Saif al-Islam with murder and persecution of civilians. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is accused of orchestrating a campaign of murder, torture and bombardment of civilians during Libya's eight-month civil war in 2011.
Syrian regime fighters claimed victory in the rebel stronghold of Yabroud in March (File Archive)
11:01 GMT
Syrian regime soldiers have reclaimed Maaloula in the Damascus province four months after Islamist rebels took over the Christian stronghold.
Just over 65 percent of Syria's internationally declared chemical weapons stockpile has been removed from the war-torn country, the Associated Press reported. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT
The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog has said that the Syrian government must speed up its movement of raw materios for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to successfully destroy its stockpile on time.
The Israeli military is preparing for any possible scenario in the besieged Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon, Gantz said. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
The Israeli military's Chief of Staff Benny Gantz says Tel Aviv is getting ready for what he called future wars against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
A three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held without the presence of US envoy Martin Indyk on Sunday ended without clear signs of progress. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
A three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held without the presence of US envoy Martin Indyk on Sunday ended without clear signs of progress.
Militant attacks occur almost daily throughout Yemen under the current government leadership (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:07 GMT
Yemenis held massive protests in Sana'a Sunday calling for the downfall of the government.
Doha is a popular spot for foreign investors. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The current rift between Qatar and the other Gulf states may bode well for Qatar in the long run.
A man is helped away as dust settles following an alleged air strike by Syrian regime forces on the city of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, an opposition bastion since early in the revolt against President Bashar Assad. (AFP)
06:57 GMT
As fighting raged across Aleppo and Damascus, Syria's President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he was planning to run for a third term in July's elections and that the conflict was coming to a "turning point".
Pro-Israeli U.S. representatives are leading the initiative in Washington to impose sanctions against the PA (File Archive)
06:51 GMT
Palestine's envoy in Washington told media outlets Sunday that U.S. congress members are calling for sanctions against the Palestinian Authority in response to the latter body's applications to join 15 international treaties.
A file picture taken on March 12, 2014 shows Libya's interim premier Abdullah al-Thani speaking during a press conference in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni abruptly quits his post a week after the parliament tasked him with forming a new cabinet.

April 13, 2014

The Lebanese army will soon take control of Beirut's western neighborhood, southern suburbs, and Tariq al-Jadideh district. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The army and Internal Security Forces' security plan that has been implemented in the northern city of Tripoli and in the eastern Bekaa Valley will soon be brought to Beirut.
The Syrian war has seen over 150,000 civilians killed (File/AFP)
18:29 GMT
Syrian President Assad says his regime's battle with opposition fighters worked in his favour.
Last week, Israel would stop the tax money transfers in retaliation for the Palestinians pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Saeb Erekat, Palestine's chief negotiator with the Israelis, said "the Israeli decision to withhold these funds [from Palestine] is piracy. ... It cannot be maintained".
Over 300 people were killed in clashes during Tunisia's revolution in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT
A Tunisian military court has ordered the release of the country's former leadership who were jailed after the country's 2011 revolution.
Israeli officials say the Palestinians were arrested because they were working without permits. (AFP/File)
13:02 GMT
Israeli forces have arrested 49 Palestinians throughout the week.
Ghardaia Province has been the scene of sectarian violence since last December (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
Two people and dozens others - including two policemen - were injured during clashes in Algeria's northern province of Ghardaia.
A suicide car bomb killed at least seven policemen in Kirkuk Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
11:52 GMT
At least a dozen people were killed in Iraq Sunday from bomb attacks in Kirkuk and Sulaiman Bek.
At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed by suspected Al Qaeda militants (File Archive/AFP)
11:25 GMT
At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed in three separate attacks throughout the country Sunday.
Prominent Israeli right-wing organizations have urged Jews to flock to Al-Aqsa Mosque during Passover in what many worshipers consider a provocation, according to Ma'an. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Israeli forces stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning, attacking worshipers with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, as Muslim worshipers braced for raids by right-wing Jewish groups as Passover approaches.
According to the U.N., over 2 million Syrians have registered as refugees. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The UN reports that only one fifth of pledged aid to Syrian has been delivered.
Over 90,000 Algerians in France cast their vote on the opening day of the polls (Bertrand Langlois/AFP)
08:18 GMT
France's Algerians population headed to the polls this weekend to vote in their home country's presidential election which is set to take place nationally April 17.
Kuwait's opposition held a conference last week about their new initiative, the "national political reform programme" (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
07:55 GMT
Kuwait has imposed a news blackout on reports related to a recording that suggests there is a plot to overthrow the ruling government.
A collage of portraits of those missing since Lebanon's civil war. (Image courtesy of The Independent)
07:46 GMT
Relatives of those who disappeared during the civil war want answers and hope that a new commission will help.
The U.S. recently listed Ansar Beit Maqdis as a terrorist group (File Archive/AFP)
07:33 GMT
Egyptian troops have allegedly killed a prominent Sinai Peninsula militant this weekend.
Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has seen fierce fighting since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
Government forces battled rebel fighters in Aleppo in the fiercest fighting since 2012.
Amnesty International have slammed Egypt's controversial counter-terrorism law. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
Amnesty International issued a statement this weekend denouncing a counter-terrorism law drafted by the Egyptian government, saying that it must be scrapped or fundamentally revised.
An Israeli border guard aims his weapon at Palestinians stone throwers during clashes in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron on April 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER)
06:41 GMT
Israeli forces surrounded the central West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and declared it a "closed military zone" on Saturday, subsequently injuring two Palestinian civilians, a local group said.
The Syrian opposition and regime both blame each other for Saturday's attack. (AFP/File)
06:28 GMT
The Syrian regime and opposition forces accused each other on Saturday of carrying out a chemical attack on the village of Kafr Zeita, located in the embattled country’s western-central province of Hama.
The World Bank recently reported that Ben Ali embezzled billions of dollars. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Switzerland will hand over $40 million to Tunisia. The money comes from a Swiss bank account belonging to former dictator Ben Ali.

April 12, 2014

Yemeni security forces have been the target of multiple attacks since 2012. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT
At least one soldier is dead after gunmen fired on an army vehicle in Hadramawt Province.
Massive protests for government reform began in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
The Opposition Coalition in Kuwait is suggesting major government reforms, such as instituting political parties.
Many Libyans want a larger share of oil profits. (AFP/File)
16:46 GMT
Anti-government protestors forced the Zawiya oil terminal to close and blocked the entrance to the port, preventing oil workers from entering.
According to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, over 100 structures have been demolished in 2014 alone. (AFP/File)
14:40 GMT
The Israeli government has demolished several humanitarian residential buildings that were partially funded by the EU.
One person was killed after demonstrators clashed with Egyptian police in Alexandria. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
Clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces have left one dead in Alexandria.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, said Sunday that Iran would pursue legal action against the United States' decision to deny Aboutalebi a visa. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT
Iranian officials said there is no alternative to Hamid Aboutalebi, their pick for U.N. Ambassador.