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May 19, 2015

A displaced Yemeni child takes refuge in a school with her family after fleeing fighting from the southern Yemeni city of Taez May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
UN chief Ban Ki-Moon expressed disappointment after a five-day humanitarian ceasefire between Yemen and Saudi Arabia was not extended.
Three bombs blew up an electricity pylon near Aswan in Upper Egypt on Monday. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Three bombs blew up an electricity pylon near Aswan in Upper Egypt on Monday.
An Israeli NGO said Monday that 94 percent of Israel's investigations into attacks on Palestinians by Jewish settlers ended without indictments. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
An Israeli NGO said Monday that 94 percent of Israel's investigations into attacks on Palestinians by Jewish settlers ended without indictments.

May 18, 2015

Egyptian security forces stand guard outside the police academy during the trial of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on May 16, 2015 in the capital, Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
18:03 GMT
The death penalty in Egypt have been met with widespread criticism.
The PA's foreign minister said Palestine plans to resort to all international forums to put an end to Israel's "destructive policy." (AFP/File)
17:51 GMT
The PA's foreign minister said Palestine plans to resort to all international forums to put an end to Israel's "destructive policy."
Daesh has seized two of Syria's gas fields northeast of Palmyra on Monday. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
17:43 GMT
Daesh has seized two of Syria's gas fields northeast of Palmyra on Monday.
A BBC journalist recounted how he and his team were arrested and detained in Qatar while filming the country's low-paid workers. (AFP/Prakash Mathema)
16:00 GMT
A BBC journalist recounted how he and his team were arrested and detained in Qatar while filming the country's low-paid workers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a meeting at the parliament, the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on May 13, 2015, to vote on a bill to increase the number of ministers permitted. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
14:39 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged others who do not support the Iran nuclear deal to stop the plan before its too late.
French soldiers patrol in Paris, January 14, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
Eleven people have been detained in connection with an ambush of a Saudi prince's diplomatic convoy in Paris last year, the prosecutor's office said Monday.
Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb blast which killed on May 9, 2015 at least seven people and wounded 20. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
13:06 GMT
A series of bombs ripped through several residential neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
The Saudi-Pakistan talks come amid the P5+1 negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan reportedly held talks over the purchase of nuclear weapons, a senior US official told The Sunday Times.
A member of the Tunisia's national guard stops a fishing boat in the sea bordering Tunisia and Libya as they check vessels for illegal migrants trying to reach Europe on May 5, 2015 off the coast of Tunisia's southeast port of Zarzis. (AFP/Fethi Belai)
12:05 GMT
Tunisian officials are currently negotiating with a Fajr Dawn-linked militia for the released of 172 Tunisian nationals.
A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:36 GMT
At least five people including two children were killed by rockets Monday after Daesh militants raided residential neighborhoods in the Syrian city of Palmyra.
Iraqi families flee the violence in Ramadi. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
11:25 GMT
The US-led coalition fulfilled requests to increase support to Iraqi military forces in Ramadi.
Yemeni separatists move positions in the port city of Aden while clashes with Shia Houthis continue, May 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT
A militant group linked to Al-Qaeda said it killed 31 Shia Houthi fighters in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwah Sunday.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) walks after the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2015. (AFP/Alexander Zemlianchenko)
10:42 GMT
Dissenters resort to humor to criticize Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's crackdown on democratic practices.
Former Interior Minister Hussein Hazza Majali walks out of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque during his visit to the Al-Aqsa mosques compound, Islam's third holiest site, on April 23, 2012. Jordan. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
10:20 GMT
Two high ranking members of the Jordanian government resigned yesterday due to failure to coordinate over "key issues" relating to public security.
People stand at the site of an explosion at the office of pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) in Mersin on May 18, 2015. (AFP/IHLAS NEWS AGENCY/TURKEY OUT)
09:12 GMT
Two explosions occurred simultaneously at the offices of the Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) in Adana. Three people were injured in the incident.
Palestinians ride their donkey-carts in the middle of rubble and destroyed buildings, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighbourhood, which were destroyed last year during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
08:57 GMT
Palestinians ride their donkey-carts in the middle of rubble and destroyed buildings, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighbourhood, which were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
Supporters of Yemen's Southern Separatist Movement gather in the port city of Aden, as battles against Shiite Houthi rebels continue, on May 17, 2015. (AFP/Saleh Obeidi)
08:22 GMT
Airstrikes have resumed in Aden after Yemen's five-day humanitarian truce expired.
Israeli settlers wave national flags outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's old city on May 17, 2015, as they take part in the "flag march" to mark the 48th anniversary of the capture of Arab east Jerusalem in the Six Day War of 1967. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
07:47 GMT
Roughly 10,000 settlers, as well as some politicians, danced and paraded Israeli flags around Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem
A member of the Iraqi interior ministry's anti-terrorism forces stands guard on a vehicle outside the Habaniyah military base, near Anbar province's capital Ramadi, on May 8, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:27 GMT
Shiite volunteer forces will fight with Iraqi military troops to rid Ramadi of Daesh after the militants seized the city last night.
Millions of families are in need of aid in Algeria, according to the NGO. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Ten million Algerians live in poverty and are denied basic needs such as food and water, according to an NGO.
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini criticized on Sunday the recent court decision to refer ousted Egyptian President Morsi to the Grand Mufti for the death sentence. (AFP/Emmanual Dunand)
06:00 GMT
The EU, which denounces capital punishment, criticized on Sunday the recent court decision to refer ousted Egyptian President Morsi to the Grand Mufti for the death sentence.
In the wake of last week's failure by lawmakers to elect a president, Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam expressed doubts that a solution to the crisis would come anytime soon. (AFP/Eric Lalmand)
05:00 GMT
In the wake of last week's failure by lawmakers to elect a president, Prime Minister Tammam Salam expressed doubts that a solution to the crisis would come anytime soon.

May 17, 2015

Shiite militiamen train in Iraq.  Iraq's Shiite Popular Mobilization force has been instrumental in combatting Daesh.  (AFP/File)
23:30 GMT
"Ramadi has fallen," says Anbar government spokesman.
A Shiite fighter in Iraq's Popular Mobilization force, which has played a substantial role in combatting Daesh, seen on the outskirts of Tikrit, March 8 2015.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
19:59 GMT
Iraqi government announced Sunday its plans to send Shiite Popular Mobilization fighters to combat Daesh in Ramadi.
In a measure similar to one introduced in December for men, Egyptian women aged 18-40 must obtain security clearance before traveling to Turkey.  (AFP/File)
18:44 GMT
In a measure similar to one introduced in December for men, Egyptian women must obtain security clearance before traveling to Turkey.
The General Court in Riyadh.  Saudi Arabia on Sunday beheaded a Pakistani national convicted of smuggling heroin, bringing the total executions in 2015 to 84.  (AFP/File)
17:39 GMT
Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani national convicted of drug smuggling, bring the number of executions in 2015 to 84.
Iraqi police and security forces in Ramadi.  (AFP/Azhar Shallal)
17:12 GMT
Military officers say Daesh militants overtook a military base outside Ramadi, seized more neighborhoods from Iraqi government forces.
A Syrian policeman patrols the ancient city of Palmyra, 2014.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
16:13 GMT
Syrian forces were reportedly able to push Daesh militants from ancient UNESCO world heritage site Palmyra on Sunday, officials say.
Displaced people from Ramadi arrive in Baghdad.  (AFP/File)
15:17 GMT
Nearly 8,000 Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence in Ramadi, as Daesh militants fight to wrest control of Anbar province's capital from Iraqi government forces.
Four men remain missing with no confirmed reports about their condition. (AFP/File)
14:32 GMT
Four men remain missing with no confirmed reports about their condition.
Residents from the city of Ramadi flee their homes on May 16, 2015 as Daesh militants tighten their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
14:23 GMT
A series of suicide car bombs have killed ten Iraqi troops in the Daesh stronghold days after the militants took over the city.
Displaced Yemeni children receive aid from UNICEF, the UN children's agency.  The UN envoy to Yemen Sunday called for an extension to the five-day humanitarian truce in the country.  (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT
UN Yemen envoy speaks out at talks in Riyadh, calling on extension of five-day ceasefire set to expire Sunday.
Egyptian judge Shaban el-Shamy (C) reads out the verdict sentencing deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death at the police academy in Cairo on May 16, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:30 GMT
The prisoners were tried over connections with the Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey takes part in a briefing at the Pentagon on May 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
11:20 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that a US military operation in eastern Syria killed 32 Daesh militants, although US officials reported a smaller number.
Syrian refugees living in Ouzaii compound are evacuated after a fire broke out in the building on May 7, 2015 in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
11:01 GMT
Soldiers inspected refugee camps in the town of Barr Elias in Zahle.
View of the Israeli nuclear facility in the Negev Desert outside Dimona. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
10:48 GMT
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog calls for government to hold cabinet meeting in south as three cities go on strike in solidarity with workers.
Armed Yemeni tribal gunmen from the Popular Resistance Committees loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, monitor a street in the southern city of Taiz during ongoing clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels on May 15, 2015. (AFP/Abdul Rahman Alballah)
09:42 GMT
According to sources, Houthi militants shelled residential areas of Taiz on Sunday.
A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
Daesh seized parts of Palmyra Saturday following heavy shelling and numerous casualties.
Afghan and foreign security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on May 17, 2015. (AFP/ Shah Marai)
08:10 GMT
At least two Afghan nationals and a foreigner were killed in the explosion, while 20 others were injured.
Karim Wasfi, former director for the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, plays on his cello next to debris in Baghdad's Sunni Adhamiya district, in a symbolic act of protest against violence. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
07:57 GMT
Karim Wasfi, former director for the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, plays on his cello next to debris in Baghdad's Sunni Adhamiya district, in a symbolic act of protest against violence. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) vessel arrives in the port of Messina, on May 16, 2015 following rescue operations of migrants at sea off the coast of Sicily in partnership with NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF). (AFP/Giovanni Isolini)
07:44 GMT
According to a senior adviser to the Libyan government, Daesh is infiltrating Europe aboard the many migrant ships.
Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi raises his hands from behind the defendant's cage as the judge reads out his verdict sentencing him and more than 100 other defendants to death at the police academy in Cairo on May 16, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
07:24 GMT
Morsi supporters condemned the sentence while his detractors celebrated it as a victory.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Saturday's death penalty ruling against ousted Egyptian president Morsi a "capital punishment against the ballot box."  (AFP/Adem Altan)
06:00 GMT
The Turkish president called the ruling a "capital punishment against the ballot box."
A Hezbollah militant patrols a Lebanese town near the Syrian border.  (AFP/Sam Skaine)
05:00 GMT
Fighting goes on to rid Lebanon's border region of militants, says Hezbollah leader Nasrallah.

May 16, 2015

A member of Iraq's anti-terrorism unit flashes a victory sign at a military base near Anbar province's capital, Ramadi, May 8, 2015. (AFP/File)
18:56 GMT
Daesh militants were pushed out of the government's headquarters in the Iraqi city of Ramadi Saturday, a day after raising their black flag on the building.
Syria's ancient city of Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage cite. (AFP/File)
17:38 GMT
Daesh militants took the northern section of Syria's ancient city Palmyra Saturday following fighting with government forces.
A man carries two children after a Syrian regime airstrike in Aleppo, July 9, 2014.  (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
16:24 GMT
Activists groups say regime jets dropped two vacuum bombs over residential area in northern Syria's Kafr Obaid and a marketplace in Saraqib, killing 47, including women and children.
Demonstrators commemorate Nakba Day, which marks the mass exodus of Palestinians from their homes upon creation of Israel in 1948. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
16:00 GMT
Israeli forces opened fire on demonstrators participating in a Nakba Day march in Huwwara.
The aircraft reportedly flew into Turkish airspace prior to being shot down. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT
A Syrian aircraft was shot down by Turkish military jets Saturday for reportedly violating Turkey's airspace.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas walks with Pope Francis during a meeting with a private audience, May 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
15:21 GMT
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas urged for unity with Christians during a meeting with Pope Francis in Italy Saturday.
Over 100,000 Syrians live in and around the ancient city of Palmyra. (AFP/File)
15:07 GMT
Daesh militants allegedly killed nine Syrian children near the ancient city of Palmyra, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
An Egyptian soldier on patrol in the Sinai, the location of attacks by Daesh-alligned Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group.  Gunmen from the group shot dead three judges in response to Morsi's death penalty verdict Saturday. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
Gunmen from Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis killed three prosecutors and a driver Saturday, reportedly in response to death penalty sentence handed down to ex-president Mohamed Morsi.
Hamas spokesman Sami Bu Zuhri called the Egypt court's death verdict against Hamas members "politicized" following the decision Saturday to refer defendants to a grand mufti to consider the death penalty.  (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas denounced as "politicized" an Egyptian court's death verdict for members who participated in a 2011 prison break.
In an overnight helicopter raid US special forces kill Daesh oil minister Abu Sayyaf and capture wife for questioning.  (AFP/Park Ji-Hwan)
13:48 GMT
In an overnight helicopter raid US special forces kill Daesh oil minister Abu Sayyaf and capture wife for questioning.
Clashes claim lives in Yemen's third city Taiz despite five-day humanitarian ceasefire, set to end Sunday.  (AFP/Taha Saleh)
13:30 GMT
Clashes claim lives in Yemen's third city despite five-day humanitarian ceasefire, set to end Sunday.
Grand Mufti to consider death penalty sentence for ousted Islamist president Morsi and 128 other defendants in mass prison-break trial.  (AFP/Tarek el-Gebass)
10:45 GMT
Grand Mufti to consider death penalty sentence for ousted Islamist president Morsi and 128 other defendants in mass prison-break trial.
A federal jury sentenced 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for 2013 bombing of Boston Marathon, which killed 3 and injured over 260.  (Federal Bureau)
09:37 GMT
Federal jury sentences 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for 2013 bombing of Boston Marathon, which killed 3 and injured over 260.
U.S. President Obama and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders after a summit meeting at Camp David in Maryland, May 14, 2015.  (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
08:58 GMT
US president Obama reaffirmed security ties with Gulf allies and predicted the Syria crisis to continue after he leaves office.
Iraqi Sunni volunteers from the Anbar province, who joined Iraq's Popular Mobilization force as part of government efforts to make the fight against Daesh, take part in their first training session at a training base in Amriyat al-Fallujah, on May 8, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:57 GMT
US pledges weapons shipment to Iraq following Daesh seizure of main government compound in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province.
Court to deliver verdict Saturday in trial of Morsi, who faces spy, jailbreak charges and could receive death penalty.  (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT
Court to deliver verdict Saturday in trial of Morsi, who faces spy, jailbreak charges and could receive death penalty.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri was a senior official under Saddam Hussein. (Albawaba/File)
06:00 GMT
The TV channel of Iraq's former ruling Baath party on Friday released an audio recording purportedly of Saddam Hussein’s deputy some officials said had been killed last month, AFP reported.
Palestinians vow to return to their homeland at a rally on "Nakba Day." Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/FIle)
05:00 GMT
Dozens of Palestinians staged a march on Friday – organized by resistance faction Hamas – in the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip to mark the 67th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian "Nakba."

May 15, 2015

Qat is known to give chewers 'bubble cheeks.' (Albawaba/File)
17:48 GMT
Tribesmen associated with Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) outlawed qat, a mild narcotic, in the southern port city of Mukalla, the capital of Yemen's Hadramawt province, according to Middle East Eye.
The Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
16:12 GMT
The United Nations (UN)’s cultural agency has expressed grave concerns over the threats posed by ISIL (also known as Daesh) to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria’s western province of Homs.
An Iraqi soldier stands guard near Ramadi. (AFP/Azhar Shallal)
13:56 GMT
ISIS (also known as Daesh) militants have seized the government headquarters of Ramadi Friday and raised their flag over the compound, according to Iraqi officials.
A displaced Palestinian family walks through a northern Beit Hanun neighborhood in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT
At least 70 Palestinians including 50 children were injured by an unexploded Israeli F-16 rocket in the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian waves the national flag during a protest in the village of Kfar Qaddum near Nablus, May 8, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Twenty-one Palestinians were injured Friday during clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus after a group of Israelis toured Joseph's Tomb.
The recording, believed to have been released from November 2014 has not yet been verified. (AFP/File)
09:41 GMT
An audio recording has emerged of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calling on Muslims across the world to take up arms against "infidels".
Six children under the age of ten were also arrested by Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Three Palestinian children were shot and injured by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank town of al-Bireh.
Yemeni men gather outside a shop during the five-day ceasefire with the Saudi-led coalition, May 14, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Special UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged both Saudi Arabia and Yemen to respect the five-day humanitarian ceasefire.
US President Barack Obama sits with GCC leaders at Camp David in Maryland, May 14. 2015. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Gulf countries were seeking assurances from Barack Obama regarding Iran and Daesh during a two-day summit at Camp David Thursday.

May 14, 2015

Gaza officials 50 injured after Israel ordnance
20:08 GMT
Palestine's interior ministry said the blast happened after an unexploded F-16 rocket was dismantled Thursday.
The US president is hosting leadership from the GCC at his retreat in Camp David, hoping to sell Arab powers on the nuclear deal. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
18:52 GMT
The US president is hosting leadership from the GCC at his retreat in Camp David, hoping to sell Arab powers on the nuclear deal.
Daesh executed the civilians after accusing them of conspiring with the Syrian regime Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (AFP/File)
17:28 GMT
Daesh executed the civilians after accusing them of conspiring with the Syrian regime Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Diplomatic relations with Iran may sour as Yemen accuses the Islamic Republic of supporting Houthi rebels. (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT
Diplomatic relations with Iran may sour as Yemen accuses the Islamic Republic of supporting Houthi rebels.
Afghan army forces have killed more than 80 Taliban militants and wounded over two dozen others during cleanup operations across the country. (AFP/File)
16:41 GMT
Afghan army forces have killed more than 80 Taliban militants and wounded over two dozen others during cleanup operations across the country.
A meeting at the P5+1 talks with Iran at UN headquarters in Vienna, on July 3, 2014. (AFP/Joe Klamar)
14:29 GMT
Representatives from the P5+1 member countries have started the third day of nuclear talks in Vienna.
The ceasefire will allow humanitarian aid to reach those caught in the crossfire. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Yemeni officials, speak anonymously, stated that a Saudi-led coalition helicopter fired a truck transporting Houthi weapons in Saada province.
Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar announced his group's allegiance to Daesh in an audio clip, reports said Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT
Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar announced his group's allegiance to Daesh in an audio clip, reports said Thursday.
Israeli security forces investigate the site where a Palestinian driver rammed his car into pedestrians, November 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
A Palestinian rammed his car into three Israelis in the West Bank.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with King Abdullah following a press conference in Berlin, May 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
King Abdullah met German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss regional developments including the conflict in Syria Wednesday.
Syrian emergency services personnel wheel a burnt body on a gurney at the site of a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces on the Jasr al-Haj neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 12, 2015. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
12:02 GMT
Syrian forces conducted airstrikes against three adjacent villages in northern Syria.
A Palestinian child girl looks out of the door of her home in Gaza City's al-Shati refugee camp on May 13, 2015. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:37 GMT
Six Palestinians from refugee camps in Nablus were detained by Israeli forces early Thursday morning.
Both defendants were charged with attempted murder and inciting unrest. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
A Cairo court sentenced two people to life imprisonment for their roles in clashes with Egyptian forces from November 2013.
Ambulances transport the coffins of the victims of an attack on Pakistani Shiite Ismaili minority community members to a graveyard for their burial in Karachi on May 14, 2014. (AFP/Assif Hassan)
09:45 GMT
Taliban splinter group says it killed 45 Ismaili Shias on bus in Pakistani port city Karachi on Wednesday.
The Vatican signed a treaty recognizing Palestine as a state on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT
Senior members of the PLO welcomed the Vatican's decision to recognize Palestine as an independent state, calling it a "very positive development".
An man takes part in a reenactment outside the Imam al-Kadhim shrine as Iraqi Shiite Muslim worshipers gather to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam.  (AFP/ Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
08:56 GMT
An man takes part in a reenactment outside the Imam al-Kadhim shrine as Iraqi Shiite Muslim worshipers gather to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam. (AFP/ Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
Farid Ismail was sentenced to seven years in Pirson in July 2014. (Photo: Ikhwan Web)
08:30 GMT
The former MP and leading Muslim Brotherhood figure died after suffering from a stroke.
US President Barack Obama welcomes the emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah to the White House in Washington, DC, on May 13, 2015. Obama is hosting leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to allay their fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss regional security issues. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
08:28 GMT
As the United State's Arab allies prepare to convene for meetings at Camp David this week, one must wonder how the American President will play the new Arab world order.
Dozens of fugitives and suspected militants were arrested by Lebanese forces across the country. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Lebanese security forces arrested 150 suspected militants Wednesday during raids in Beirut, Bekaa Valley and Akkar.
Iraqi Sunni volunteers from the Anbar province, who joined Iraq's Popular Mobilization force as part of government efforts to make the fight against Daesh, take part in their first training session at a training base in Amriyat al-Fallujah, on May 8, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:29 GMT
Iraqi forces clashed with Daesh in Iraq's northern and western regions, killing 26 militants in multiple operations.
Iraqi security forces fly over the Imam al-Kadhim shrine in Baghdad, May 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
America's military denied bombing a mosque in Iraq 45 miles west of Mosul, contrary to media reports.
Sixteen people including four women were rescued from the guesthouse during clashes. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
A guesthouse popular with foreigners was stormed by gunmen in Kabul late Wednesday resulting in clashes with Afghan security forces. At least 16 people including four women were rescued from the building.
Egyptian riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration outside the high court in central Cairo on Jan. 30, 2013. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
06:00 GMT
Egypt's Court of Cessation accepted a policeman's challenge of a prison sentence handed to him for killing a suspect, ordering a retrial.
A 74-year-old Saudi man died of the virus Tuesday, rising the total number of fatalities to 431 in the kingdom since 2012. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A 74-year-old Saudi man died of the virus Tuesday, rising the total number of fatalities to 431 in the kingdom since 2012.

May 13, 2015

Antiquities theft is a persistent problem for Egypt, which is rich in ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman artifacts.(AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The conference is an attempt to raise awareness for the cultural heritage in the Middle East.
A military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to four and a half years in prison on charges of terrorism Wednesday. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
18:00 GMT
A military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to four and a half years in prison on charges of terrorism Wednesday.