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An overview of Arsal, the Lebanese border town facing increased militant activity. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
A judge has issued two dozen indictments for people with extremist links in Lebanon.
A Palestinian man surveys a damaged vehicle after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza on May 5, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
17:00 GMT
Three children and an adult were wounded by Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
The Jordanian parliament in 2014. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Algeria and Jordan are bilaterally promoting women's participation in parliament.
Tunisian special forces on patrol near the Libyan border. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Tunisia is reevaluating its national security and monitoring potential militant activity.
Daesh militants have caused trouble outside of Saudi Arabia's Mecca. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Saudi forces killed four Daesh militants south of Mecca.
Iraqi soldiers re-group on the front line against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists near Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, on May 3, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)
13:00 GMT
Iraqi forces launched an offensive Tuesday to regain control over Fallujah.
Syrian refugees at the Jordanian border in 2014. (AFP/File)
12:17 GMT
Jordan has upped border security after discovering weapons and unrest at the Rugban refugee camp inside Syria.
A Doctors Without Borders hospital in Idlib, Syria was among their medical facilities attacked in the last year. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Seventy-five hospitals managed or supported by MSF have been bombed over the last year.
Egypt's government is facing international criticism over clampdowns on freedom of speech and human rights. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Egypt is facing criticism domestically and abroad for its deteriorating human rights and press freedoms.
Hassan Ali al-Sanad was kidnapped on April 26 as he left his factory. (Twitter/Al Arabiya)
10:30 GMT
Hassan Ali al-Sanad was abducted by a masked gang as he was on his way to the airport.
Two rockets were fired from the Syrian side of the border, damaging a high school and other buildings in Kilis. (Twitter/Hurriyet Daily News)
10:00 GMT
Since January, 20 people have been killed and 70 wounded by rockets falling inside Turkey from the Syrian border.
A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo's Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
09:00 GMT
Residents reported sporadic fighting, but none of the intense airstrikes of the past ten days.
An aerial view of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. (File photo)
08:00 GMT
The reaction comes after a US congressman called for measures against Iran's military drills in the gulf.
Turkish Prime Minister and leader of Turkey's ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ahmet Davutoglu greets members of parliament on May 03, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
07:30 GMT
Davutoglu announced he will not run for re-election as Prime Minister after weeks of increasingly public tensions with Erdogan.
A nun talks to a woman at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees near the village of Idomeni not far from the Greek-Macedonian border on May 4, 2016. (AFP/Tobias Schwarz)
07:00 GMT
The new plan would allocate refugees to other countries in the EU once a certain threshold is reached in a country seeing mass arrivals.
Syrian refugees waiting to cross over the Turkish border. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
A Turkish representative at the United Nations Population Fund said Turkey was working with international organizations to cope with the huge social-services caseload, involving people that do not speak Turkish and thus need a "different kind of care".
Masked Palestinian militants in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, June 12, 2014. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israeli forces have fired artillery shells at military towers belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

May 4, 2016

A Yemeni fighter loyal to the country's exiled president salutes on top of a tank at a checkpoint in Taez on Apr 11, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Basha)
17:00 GMT
UN-brokered talks began on April 11 in attempt to resolve one-year conflict.
The decision has since been extended for three-months at a time, with the latest being in January 2016. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
The extension, the seventh since August 2013, was reported to be pending approval from the country's parliament.
A man carries a young girl who was injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces on June 3 in Kallaseh district in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
At least three people were killed and an unspecified number of civilians injured in shelling by rebels on regime-held areas in Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Turkey PM pressures Merkel on visa-free travel in migrant deal. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
The freedom of entry and movement would apply within the passport-free Schengen area only.
Three young demonstrators hold images of Sami Janazreh. (Palsolidarity.org)
13:17 GMT
Janazreh, 43, from al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron, has been on a hunger strike for 63 days in protest of his administrative detention -- a widely-condemned Israeli policy that allows for internment without charge or trial for six-month intervals which can be renewed indefinitely.
A group of schoolgirls in Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Schoolgirls were targeted in a widespread poisoning attack in northern Afghanistan.
A Lebanese soldier monitors an area in the Abra district of the southern city of Sidon on June 28, 2013. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
12:30 GMT
The Abra battle of 2013 pitted loyalists of a radical preacher against the Lebanese army.
Algerian soldiers have thwarted several attempted attacks by Daesh. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
Daesh's attempt to start a branch in Algeria has largely failed.
A truck parked in front of a bombed building in Sirte, Libya. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Families continue to flee Sirte, and nearby towns face major infrastructure challenges to accommodate the new arrivals.
A file photo of a rocket fired from Gaza. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Palestinians and IDF soldiers exchanged fire at the border fence.
A picture taken on May 3, 2016 shows a Yemeni security forces member patrolling a street with a banner hung by Al-Qaeda militants in the Yemeni port of Mukalla, 300 miles east of Aden. (AFP/Stringer)
11:00 GMT
The Yemeni government stalled the peace talks following Houthi attacks on a military base on Sunday.
A representational image of a pigeon. (Shutterstock)
10:15 GMT
Jordanian border guards seized a homing pigeon and spy drone sent from Daesh.
Abu Sayyaf militants raise their weapons. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Abu Sayyaf threatened to behead the remaining Western hostages unless a ransom is paid immediately.
US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria was crucial to avoid more bloodshed. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The US and Russia are also working toward a new ceasefire that would include Aleppo.
Journalists celebrate after being held hostage in Libya during the 2011 uprising. (AFP/File)
08:36 GMT
Libya ranks as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, with 118 attacks on journalists last year.
Egyptian journalists protest outside of Syndicate headquarters in Cairo on World Press Freedom day. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
08:14 GMT
The prosecutor general issued a gag order about the police raid as the investigation continues.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man after he struck three soldiers while driving a truck. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Witnesses said it appeared the driver hit the soldiers by accident and fled the scene fearing for his life.
Defendant Aria L (C) talks with his lawyer Andreas Bensch as he waits for the opening of his trial at court in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on May 3, 2016.(AFP/Torsten Silz)
07:00 GMT
A 21-year-old man of Iranian origin was arrested in Frankfurt for allegedly posing for photos with severed heads of two victims in Syria.
Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government forces take position during an operation to retake the town of al-Bashir, near Kirkuk, from the Islamic State group (IS), on April 30, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
06:30 GMT
About 40 Daesh militants were reportedly killed in the clashes.
Yosef Haim Ben-David. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Israeli man who kidnapped and burned alive a Palestinian teenager has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.
Iraqi army forces. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iraqi forces retook four villages in the west of the country.

May 3, 2016

Migrants, mostly Afghan, wait outside a refugee reception centre in Tornio, Finland on September 25, 2015. (AFP/Panu Pohjola)
16:00 GMT
Afghanistan and Finland are collaborating on a plan to address the 7,000 asylum seekers currently in Finland.
The Jordanian flag. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Jordanian senate approved amendments to the constitution addressing the king's powers and rights of dual citizens.
A Palestinian artist paints murals on the walls of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
A Palestinian artist paints murals on the walls of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City.
Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The Minister of Maghreb Affairs gave a speech on Algerian-Libyan relations, and rehabilitating the war-torn country.
Medical aid workers help a man wounded by Daesh rocket fire in Kilis, Turkey. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
12:46 GMT
Turkey launched another offensive against Daesh, as the militant organization continues to shoot rockets at the Turkish town of Kilis.
This file photo taken on April 7, 2016 shows Russian army sappers check for mines in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (AFP/Max Delaney)
12:30 GMT
The documents reveal the extent of communication and coordination between two supposedly mortal enemies.
This picture taken on April 30, 2016 shows participants holding placard and candles during a vigil in Sydney for an Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru. (AFP/Saeed Khan)
12:00 GMT
The UNHCR has said conditions in Australian offshore detention camps 'do immense damage to physical and mental health.'
Results of an airstrike on an MSF hospital in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT
Syrian state media are reporting a number of people have been killed and injured in a rebel rocket attack on a government run hospital in Aleppo.
University of Jordan students perform communal funeral prayers for civilians killed in Aleppo this week. (Twitter/Rami Safadi)
11:30 GMT
Thousands gathered at the University of Jordan campus to raise awareness about the deadly escalation of violence in Aleppo this week.
Thousands of activists, as well as several journalists, have been detained since former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
11:00 GMT
Reporters in Egypt have been banned from covering certain issues, face censorship, physical violence and arrest when reporting in the field.
Jordanian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood gather during a protest in the capital Amman on August 8, 2014. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
10:00 GMT
The group comprises founding members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Action Front in Jordan.
An Iraqi man chants slogans as other wave their national flag during a demonstration against corruption. (AFP/File)
09:42 GMT
People in nine Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan, said they experienced worsening government corruption last year, according to a new study.
Women in Saudi Arabia will now have the right to receive a copy of her marriage contract and to check the details of it, including prenuptial agreements and whether the wife will be allowed to take a job. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
Many Saudi women have had issues with proving their marriage was legitimate and with inheritance in the case of the husband's death.
rotesters said the government and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should close the Pacific detention centres. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT
Young Somali woman moved to Australia with critical injuries, days after Iranian man died after self-immolation on Nauru.
A file photo of a Palestinian youth throwing stones. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT
Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that unknown assailants opened fire at the house of a 50-year-old Palestinian in the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariyye in northern Israel, among other incidents.
Reports said that another batch comprising of some seventy refugees are to be flown to Italy in another three weeks. (AFP/File)
07:56 GMT
One hundred Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, were flown out from Lebanon through the Rafic Hariri International Airport as part of a project organized by Sant'Egidio Catholic community, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Valdese Evangelical Church.
Smoke rises on a main road in the Salaheddin neighbourhood of Aleppo following a reported air strike on April 24, 2016. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT
At least three more deaths were reported in Aleppo on Monday as a result of Syrian government airstrikes.
Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight for speaking Arabic. The controversy, latest in a series of these incidents, tipped many to debate this shame/ guilt culture surrounding the Arabic language. (File photo)
07:09 GMT
Arabic, the language of the Dhad: In the wave of Arabs getting booted off aircrafts, and the recent debate on the perceived ‘shame’ of speaking Arabic, this quasi Arabic speaker addresses her own ‘guilt’ and crimes against a language.
Thousands of activists, as well as several journalists, have been detained since former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
06:29 GMT
The two journalists, arrested during the Interior Ministry's storming of the press syndicate on Sunday, were accused of "spreading false news, inciting the public, and plotting to overthrow the regime."
Female cadets in training from Afghanistan. (Anadolu Agency)
06:00 GMT
Since 2011, more than 2,600 Afghan policemen and women have trained in Turkey.
An injured man is evacuated from the aftermath of an air strike in the al-Qatarji area of Aleppo on Friday. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
05:00 GMT
Once Syria’s most populous city, Aleppo is now a humanitarian disaster zone. As fighting intensifies in several districts and bombs again rain down from the sky, tens of thousands of Syria’s forgotten civilians try to survive on the frontlines, dodging missiles and hiding from snipers.
United Nations envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The decision was described as highly controversial politically and legally, as the United Nations only recognizes the Unity Government as the representative of the Libyan people.

May 2, 2016

Niger says arrested more than 600 people for Boko Haram links since February. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said in a statement that at least three militants were killed while nine were captured in the operations in northeastern Borno State.
More electricity lines were cut as the power supply crisis worsened in Gaza. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The company's Public Information Officer Tariq Labad told Ma'an that Egypt promised to fix the problem as soon as possible.
Australian aid worker Katherine "Kerry" Jane Wilson. (Courtesy photo)
15:00 GMT
Australian aid worker was reportedly abducted in east Afghanistan by unidentified men claiming to be intelligence officers.
The UN Security Council, seen in session at the UN General Assembly on September 30, 2015 in New York. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
14:30 GMT
Egypt won a seat at the Security Council in a vote held last October.
Jordan was ranked fifth among Arab countries in terms of press freedom. (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
A recent Freedom House report ranked Jordan 145th out of 199 in press freedom globally.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with refugee children at a preschool, during a visit to a refugee camp on April 23, 2016 on the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep. (AFP/Stringer)
13:30 GMT
The group has strong support from Germans who criticized Angela Merkel's open-door policy for refugees.
Migrants are evacuated by French police officers and gendarmes from a makeshift camp under the Stalingrad metro station in Paris, on May 2, 2016. (AFP/Geoffroy Van der Hasselt)
12:30 GMT
1,350 people had gathered at the camp to be relocated to reception centers, where they are expected to request asylum.
A Palestinian farmer works in his fields in the Gaza Strip village of Khuzaa. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Witnesses told Ma'an that four armored military bulldozers and three digging machines escorted by Israeli military vehicles stormed the Gaza Strip buffer zone east of Rafah.
Iraqi soldiers inspect the wreckage of a car following an explosion. (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
Sources reported three separate explosions which killed nine people and injured 26 combined.
Citizenship means security, stability, and a passport. (Shutterstock)
11:30 GMT
Families of Afghanistan and Pakistan immigrants who die while fighting for Iranian forces may be granted citizenship.
Yemeni women show their hands painted with flags of Arab nations. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT
Baroud explores the political ties between Palestinians and other Arab states.
Yemeni security forces extinguish fire at a site where a bomb-laden car exploded in Aden's Mansura district on May 1, 2016. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
11:00 GMT
Yemeni government sources allege that Houthi rebels stormed an army installation and committed other ceasefire breaches.
Piles of garbage block the streets in Beirut as the trash crisis continues to linger. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Lebanese Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb announced that Beirut will be "free this week from trash mounds."
A man hangs a Turkish flag in the border town of Kilis, after Daesh rockets struck the town. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
10:00 GMT
The Turkish military launched an attack against Daesh after the militants shot rockets into Kilis.
Syrian and Lebanese protesters wave the Syrian flag as they take part in a demonstration in front of United Nations offices in Beirut in solidarity with the civilians of Aleppo on May 1, 2016. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
09:30 GMT
Aleppo has been the center of a deadly escalation of violence over the last week.
Protests outside the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in 2015. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The Journalists Syndicate in Cairo was raided by police forces, who arrested two journalists for "inciting protests."
A file photo of Sinai Province militants in northern Egypt. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Hamas, Israel, and Egypt are teaming up to fight a common enemy - the Daesh-linked Sinai Province.
Two Sadrist protesters walk through Baghdad's Green Zone, after a weekend of protests and sit-ins demanding parliamentary change (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
08:00 GMT
Sadrist protesters withdrew from the Green Zone after a weekend of protesting in and around Iraq's parliament.
Coptic Pope Tawadros II leads an Easter service in Egypt. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Coptic Pope Tawadros II included a call to political action in his Easter service.
Saudi police survey the aftermath of the Al-Asir mosque bombing in August 2015. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Saudi authorities arrested a man suspected of participating in the Asir bombing, shooting at mosque worshippers, and planning large-scale attacks.
Lebanese army soldiers on patrol, as their country's flag waves in the background. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
The Lebanese army released a video of explosions and artillery fire, and claims it was a successful operation against militants.
Egyptian protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in central Cairo against a controversial deal to hand over two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, April 15, 2016. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Egypt has put on trial 237 people detained during mass protests against a controversial government decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia.
Iraqi security forces stand guard outside the parliament in Baghdad on April 13, 2016. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The protesters loyal to influential Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr eventually left parliament on Saturday night, only to start an open-ended sit-in to push for long-delayed reforms.

May 1, 2016

Ambulances on the site of the blast. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Nine police officers were among the injured in the attack in Gaziantep, the report cited the governor as saying.
Founded in the early 1990s with seed money from late Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines gained international notoriety for kidnapping dozens of foreign tourists for ransom in the early 2000s. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Police sources confirmed the release of 10 sailors abducted from boat in March.
People carry the coffin of a Turkish policeman during a funeral ceremony at the Kocatepe Mosque in the capital, Ankara, on April 8, 2016. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT
The deaths took place in Mardin province's Nusaybin – a district on the Syrian border which has been the focus of counter-terrorism operations since March 14 – according to a security source speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
Thousands of Iraqi protesters invaded the main session hall of the parliament in Baghdad on April 30, 2016. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
09:07 GMT
The crowd moved into the assembly shortly after it adjourned a scheduled meeting to vote on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's new cabinet nominees.
Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo in another day of bloodshed. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
08:36 GMT
Nearly 30 strikes hit rebel-held areas of the city – the ninth straight day that Aleppo has been targeted by government forces.
A photo of the aftermath in Turkey's Gaziantep is trending on social media. (Twitter/Anadolu Agency)
08:20 GMT
One Turkish police officer reported dead and several injured in car bomb attack in Gaziantep, Turkey.
In this handout video capture released by the Italian Coast Guard on April 30, 2016, refugees arrive at Lampedusa harbor after a rescue operation at sea, off the coast of Libya. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Some 1,400 refugees were rescued over the last week after attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (C) arrives to give a press conference at the Information ministry in Kuwait City on April 26, 2016.  (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
05:00 GMT
The Saudi-backed government have accused the Houthis and their allies of attempting 'to alter the military equation' in the war.

April 30, 2016

Iraqi protesters climb over a concrete wall surrounding the parliament (unseen) after breaking into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" on April 30, 2016. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
16:49 GMT
All entrances to Baghdad have reportedly been shut down and a UN spokesman said embassies are in lockdown.
Saudi border guards are seen during training exercises. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
The interior ministry said the three were involved in the assassination of Col. Kitab al-Otaibi.
The Libyan coast guard watches over a group of African migrants after towing their boat to the Tripoli shore. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
The migrants were taken to the island of Lampedusa, but an unknown number of people may also be missing.
Iraqi passersby stand at the site of a suicide bombing in the Baghdad Jadida area on April 25, 2016. The blast ripped through shops in eastern Baghdad, killing at least seven people. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
12:00 GMT
The attack targeted a group of Shia pilgrims in southeast Baghdad.
Turkish special forces are seen during a raid in Diyarbakir. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Turkey has stepped up its effort to stop foreign fighters moving in and out of Syria.
There are currently 700 Palestinians being held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons, detention without charge or trial. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Sami Janazreh has been on hunger strike for 58 days to protest his administrative detention and solitary confinement.
An Iranian woman holds a child to help her cast her ballot as she votes in the second round of parliamentary elections in Robat Karim, some 40 kms southwest of Tehran, on April 29, 2016. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
09:00 GMT
If reformists' lead continues, a coalition with conservatives could win over half the available seats.
Two women walk along the beach with a child in Myrsini on April 20, 2016, a few metres away from a summer resort sheltering nearly 350 Syrian refugees. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
07:00 GMT
Central European countries are looking to Italy to prevent another mass influx of refugees from the Mediterranean.
People walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 28, 2016. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
06:00 GMT
Violence in Syria has surged back to levels not seen since a ceasefire went into effect.