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Dubai's ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (AFP/File)
05:51 GMT
The recent appointments, announced on Twitter, represent the largest ministerial shake-up in UAE history.
A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) walks between sandbags on the front line in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on September 4, 2015 (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
05:28 GMT
Minnigh Air Base was the lat remaining militant-held base in the Syrian region of Aleppo.
Syrian migrants and refugees wait in front of the Turkish Oncupinar crossing gate, near the town of Kilis, to return to Syria on February 9, 2016. (AFP/Bulent Kilis)
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TTurkish premier Ahmet Davutoglu dismissed as hypocritical EU criticisms of Turkey's continued border closure.

February 10, 2016

A woman takes part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni, on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shaed)
17:30 GMT
Egyptian investigators have tracked the last movements and calls made by Italian national and Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni.
File photo shows Egypt's Cairo court. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Anas al-Fekky had been referred by prosecutors to court on accusations of "illegally obtaining" around $4.3 million.
Syrians carry the body of a victim following a reported Syrian regime air strike in a rebel-controlled area in the northern city of Aleppo, on February 8, 2016. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
16:30 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims at least 500 people have been killed in Aleppo, since the start of an offensive in early February.
The mother of Omar Maddi, 16, is comforted by a relative as she mourns the death of her son in the al-Mizan hospital in Hebron on February 10, 2016 after he was killed by Israeli security forces in Al-Arroub refugee camp. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
16:00 GMT
Tear gas, rubber bullets, and live fire were all used during clashes in al-Arrub refugee camp.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 10 accused the United States of creating a "pool of blood" in the region by failing to recognize Syrian Kurdish organizations as terror groups. (AFP/Adem Altan)
15:30 GMT
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was enraged after a US delegation met with PYD fighters in Kobani.
Rosin said having the committee draft a bill suggested by the prime minister turns the panel into a puppet show, using the rules of democracy to harm anyone who doesn't agree with the government. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)
14:30 GMT
A bill proposed to allow 90 MKs to vote out a colleague in Israel turned into row that accomplished nothing.
Sexy spies? (Shutterstock)
13:48 GMT
Reports indicated that Mossad is using Moroccan agents to gather information - through seduction.
Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on February 8, 2016 during a demonstration against the curfew in Cizre. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
13:30 GMT
Turkish soldiers and police clashed with PKK militants in two separate incidents.
Palestinians say that UNRWA's aid cuts will "condemn them to death."  (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
A small group of Palestinians blocked the entrance to the UNRWA offices in Beirut protesting what they say is a death sentence in aid cuts.
Syrian children in Jordan are facing the risk of sexual exploitation. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Jordan is taking steps to fight human trafficking and the sex trade of Syrian girls.
Anisa Makhlouf died February 6 at age 86. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Ahrar Al-Sham sends Grad missiles to funeral of Assad's mother.
Protesters hold Bahraini flags. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Four protesters have been handed ten-year sentences for "an attack on police forces."
Syrians gather at the site following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
11:00 GMT
Several aid workers were injured in the attack, with three reportedly in critical condition.
About 30,000 refugees are currently massed along the Turkish border town of Oncupinar.  (AFP)
10:06 GMT
A Syrian group was caught trying to carry explosives and suicide belts into southeastern Turkey on Wednesday.
Israeli soldiers outside Nahhalin in 2015. (Twitter)
09:41 GMT
Nahhalin is sealed off, and food suppliers and humanitarian cases cannot enter or exit the village.
Saudi trucks loaded with aid. (Twitter)
08:26 GMT
Saudi is distributing food baskets throughout Taiz.
The former Israeli PM is now facing 19 months in prison for various corruption charges. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Judge refuses plea bargain and gives former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert additional month in prison for secret tapes saga.
Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen  on April 13, 2015. (AFP / Fayez Nureldine)
06:37 GMT
On Tuesday, six Saudi soldiers were killed in retaliatory rocket attacks in southern Saudi Arabia.
The recently completed border fence is one of many new security updates for Tunisia. (Twitter)
06:00 GMT
Tunisia is increasing military and security patrols at the Libyan border.
Nigerian police on patrol. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
Nigeria arrested multiple militants and is tightening security against people leaving to train in Libya.
The Egypt State Council. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
Eleven groups issued a statement against the ongoing exclusion of women from major judicial bodies in Egypt.

February 9, 2016

The rubble of a house in the Idlib province after an airstrike. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Russian airstrikes hit civilian targets in the Idlib province.
A woman holds up a sign at a demonstration in Cairo demanding freedom for all political prisoners in July 2012. (AFP/Gianluigi Guerci)
18:00 GMT
Reports of 44,000 political prisoners in Egypt are a 'lie' according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
Smoke rises from an attack in the Sangin district of the Helmand province. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Afghan forces are moving in on the hotly-contested Sangin district.
Israeli Arab member of parliament, Hanin Zoabi, is one of three Palestinian lawmakers suspended. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Palestinian lawmakers vow to appeal their suspension as punishment for visiting victims' families.
A man walks past rubble from an airstrike in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
As Russian airstrikes increase, civilians are fleeing Aleppo in massive numbers.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Israel has responded to UN criticism of illegal occupation-related crimes by accusing the organisation of promoting 'terror'. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stands by his statements.
Experts says the best protection against the H1N1 virus is a yearly dose of the flu vaccine. (AFP/Jesus Alcazar)
14:30 GMT
A Palestinian man has succumbed to the H1N1 virus after being treated in an Israeli hospital.
Palestinian family looks on as Israeli authorities demolish home. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Israeli occupation forces bulldozed over 10 homes east of Nablus in the West Bank.
Cluster munitions. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Cluster bombs have killed dozens of civilians in 2016 alone.
Saudi tanks deploy in Jizan close to the Yemeni border. (AFP/Fayez Nuraldine)
13:00 GMT
Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri announced Saudi Arabia is prepared for land war in Syria to tackle Daesh as part of the international coalition against the organisation.
Along with dengue, Rift Valley fever, and the West Nile vrus, these pesky little creatures could also bring the Zika virus to the MENA region. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The Middle East region is Zika-free according to the WHO, but the presence of mosquitoes in the region still makes the virus a possibility.
Iraqi pro-government forces drive their armored vehicles in the Jwaibah area, on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, on February 8, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)
11:30 GMT
Iraqi forces and their allies were able to retake the last remaining Daesh strongholds surrounding Ramadi.
A powerful car bomb explosion in the centre of Damascus on February 21, 2013. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
A car bomb attack exploded in Damascus, killing at least eight and injuring others, according to initial reports.
Yemenis gather near the rubble of houses close to Sanaa Airport, March 31, 2015, after they were destroyed in an air strike a Saudi-led coalition warplanes. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
10:44 GMT
Saudi airstrikes targeting several areas across Yemen have killed at least five. Yemeni ballistics struck an airport in Saudi Arabia.
Detectives found 600 marijuana plants in a nursery near Nablus.  (AFP/ Raul Arboleda)
10:30 GMT
Palestinian Authority find a nursery full of marijuana plants in Nablus.
Israeli border guards keep position during clashes with Palestinian youths following a protest over the rights of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, on February 05, 2016. (AFP/Musa al Shaer)
10:00 GMT
The two girls were detained in separate incidents, one in Jerusalem and the other near the West Bank City of Hebron.
The city of Aden is subject to numerous skirmishes with the presence of Al Qaeda and Daesh militants. (AFP/Saleh Al Obeidi)
09:41 GMT
Al Qaeda fighters clashed with Yemeni forces loyal to the embattled president Hadi as they attempted to recapture parts of Aden city.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and US President Barack Obama speak during a joint press conference. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
08:25 GMT
King Abdullah and President Obama will tackle efforts to combat extremism across the Middle East.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby. (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT
The US responds to Turkish concerns over support to the PYD which is linked to the PKK, saying the US will continue to support any moderate groups fighting Daesh.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center-right) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) during the session of the Knesset in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
07:15 GMT
The bill was previously described as marking the return to a 'climate of hate'.
Egypt's interior minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar speaks during a press conference on February 8, 2016 in the capital Cairo. (AFP/Mostafa Abulezz)
06:46 GMT
“These accusations are totally unacceptable, and this is not Egyptian security policy at all," Egypt’s Interior Minister said.
In terms of foreign policy, Daesh and Iran have dominated this year's presidential discussions. (Shutterstock)
06:09 GMT
What does it all mean for the Middle East?
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
"Our first goal is to host these refugees outside of Turkey.”
"Massive and systematised violence -- including the killing of detainees in official and makeshift detention centres -- has taken place out of sight, far from the battlefield," the report stated. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:39 GMT
The scathing report details widespread incidents of torture, murder, and even sexual abuse.
Serry Siam was one of 28 parliamentarians to have been appointed by President Sisi. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Egyptian parliamentarian Serry Siam had complained about being marginalized during recent sessions.

February 8, 2016

Sources told Ma’an the man, identified only by his initials “M.M”, was a 24-year-old Palestinian from the village of Khirbet al-Aadas. (AFP/File)
20:06 GMT
The death comes along a string of tunnel collapses and flooding along the Strip.
A general view taken on February 3, 2016 shows the town of Tal Jabin, north of the Syrian embattled city of Aleppo. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
18:22 GMT
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, some of the barrel bombs contained toxic gas.
Activists and Italian nationals living in Egypt take part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
17:00 GMT
The results also confirmed that Regeni was not subject to any type of sexual abuse or assaults.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
German Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister of Turkey Davutoglu
UAE pilot Major Mariam Al Mansouri led a strike against Daesh in Syria in October 2014.
15:38 GMT
The army chief officials discussed several issues including the fight against extremism in the region
A member of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service sits in a vehicle after being wounded in fighting with Daesh militants on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
15:30 GMT
Some 4,500 soldiers are expected to arrive at a military base near Makhmur, 70 km southeast of Mosul.
A pair of Mi-17 helicopters operated by the Afghanistan air force. (Wikimedia)
15:00 GMT
An Afghan National Army official said the helicopter made an emergency landing due to technical issues.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP/Yuri Cortez).
14:28 GMT
Erdogan expressed anger at US support for Syrian Kurds and called on Washington to choose between Turkey and the PKK.
Several lawmakers are preparing legislation that would make attendance to presidential elections mandatory. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
Monday's session was adjourned until March 2 due to a lack of quorum.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 18, 2015. (AFP/Tolgas Bozoglu)
13:30 GMT
Merkel travelled to Turkey to meet the Prime Minister and the President concerning cooperation over the influx of refugees into Turkey and Europe.
Syrian government forces in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege of two government-held Shia villages, Nubol and Zahraa, on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
The Syrian regime tightens its grip around rebel held Fallujah and Aleppo preparing for a costly and possibly lengthy siege.
Two Boats capsized off the coast of Turkey, killing 33 (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
12:37 GMT
The capsizing of two boats in two separate incidents off the Turkish coast have cost 33 migrant lives.
Security forces inspect the aftermath of deadly attack carried out by Daesh in a mall in Baghdad. (Hindustan Times)
12:30 GMT
The Iraqi Interior Ministry's spokesman said the "wall" would include an increased number of checkpoints around Baghdad.
The aftermath of a car bombing in Baghdad in November. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
A string of attacks in Iraq yesterday left ten dead.
Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired from Yemen Monday morning. (AFP/Kim Jae-Hwan)
11:00 GMT
A Scud missile fired from Yemen missed its target after being intercepted by Saudi air defenses.
This file photo shows a Palestinian man arrested by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Israeli forces carried out overnight raids in Tulkarem on Monday, detaining at least 18 Palestinians.
Taliban militants. (AFP)
10:23 GMT
A bomb attack on a army minibus in Balkh killed three soldiers and injured another 18.
The King of Jordan went on a working visit to Dublin, Ireland, to discuss the refugee crisis with Irish President Michael D. Higgins. (Twitter)
09:52 GMT
As part of a drive to foster more support for humantarian efforts for the Syrian crisis, King Abdullah invited the German President of the Bundestag to the Royal Court in Jordan.
Giulio Regini. (Twitter)
09:33 GMT
How does the Italian PhD student's death parallel the ongoing struggles in Egypt?
According to investigators Giulio Regeni had suffered "something inhuman, animal-like, an unacceptable violence." (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Cut, stabbed, burned and his neck broken, a new autopsy reveals the tortuous last moments of Italian student Giulio Regeni.
Demonstrators in front of the Gaza ICRC. (Twitter)
09:30 GMT
The ICRC in Gaza closed on Sunday after Palestinian activists demonstrating outside turned violent.
Canada is planning withdraw its six F18s from the anti-Daesh campaign in March. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Prime Minister Trudeau wants a more holistic approach to the conflict with Daesh which means pulling its warplanes out of the US-led coalition.
Spanish police outside a suspect's apartment building. (Twitter)
07:49 GMT
Spain arrested people suspected of smuggling weapons under the guise of humanitarian aid.
Both the EU and UN have opposed the destruction of Palestinian homes. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
06:33 GMT
On Saturday, in opposition to Israel's settlement policies, the EU called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian homes.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (R) meeting with the new Saudi ambassador to Iraqi Thamer al-Sabhan in the capital Baghdad in January 2016. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia also plans to open an embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, following a 25-year hiatus.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov responded to a statement from NATO which said that Russia’s military campaign in Syria was “undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.”

February 7, 2016

Egypt hopes to end female circumcision by 2030
20:00 GMT
Egypt’s Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddine said his country plans to end female circumcision by 2030
Israeli soldier poses in Gaza tunnel. (vk.com)
19:30 GMT
According to Israeli minister, Egyptian authorities flooded the tunnels between Gaza and Egypt at the request of the Tel Aviv regime. The two countries launched a campaign to destroy the tunnels and security cooperation is reportedly "at its best".
International journalists call on Egypt's Sisi to release imprisoned colleagues. (Twitter)
18:30 GMT
A documented 782 violations against journalists in Egypt have been carried out in the past year according to annual report published by Egypt's Press Syndicate.
Records said the accused forced the woman to have sex with him. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
A legal consultant admits he raped woman in Dubai.
Hundreds of people have died crossing from Turkey to Greece this year alone. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Thousands of asylum seekers and migrants have lost their lives crossing by sea from Turkey to Greece aboard small inflatable boats like the ones seized.
The Pentagon has released photos from criminal investigations into allegations of misconduct. (Twitter)
17:00 GMT
The investigations are a response to allegations of abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Supporters of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed al-Qiq hold portraits as they demonstrate in solidarity with him on February 7, 2016, outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
16:30 GMT
Muhammad al-Qiq instead demanded an immediate release.
Aftermath of an airstrike dropped on eastern Libya. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
Airstrikes dropped by an unidentified warplane killed at least four people including a woman and her child.
Afghan Taliban Militants. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
The Afghan government announced plans to hold talks with the Taliban this month.
UAE ground troops are ready to fight Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
The United Arab Emirates is ready to send ground troops to Syria in a US-led coalition, official says.
Hamas and Fatah officials discuss reconciliation in Gaza, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
15:00 GMT
Delegations from Palestine's rival political groups will meet in the Qatari capital on Sunday to discuss a reconciliation agreement.
Camels resting in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, February 8, 2013. (Photo credit: Lucie March/Flash 90)
14:38 GMT
Social media sources confirm reports of an earthquake felt near Petra.
Al-Adly was arrested on suspicion of money-laundering less then a week after Mubarak stepped down. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Former interior minister Habib al-Adly and a dozen other officials have been banned by Egypt from travelling after facing "abuse of office" charges.
An Iraqi girl from an impoverished family searches through garbage for recyclable items at a waste dump on the outskirts of the shrine city of Najaf. (AFP/file)
14:29 GMT
An Iraqi girl from an impoverished family searches through garbage for recyclable items at a waste dump on the outskirts of the shrine city of Najaf. (AFP/file)
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, the most holy site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City, on February 5, 2016. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
13:22 GMT
Israel is planning to build a new "prayer plaza" at Jerusalem's Western Wall. Jordan has condemned the plan, saying that it would violate the site’s Islamic heritage.
A member of the Israeli security forces aims fire during clashes with Palestinian protestors in the village of Qabatiya, near the West Bank town of Jenin, on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
13:10 GMT
The suspect has been identified as Sudanese national Kamil Hassan. Hassan allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier at a bus station.
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near Turkish crossing gate. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
13:02 GMT
This week was full of omens that Syria in its already fractured and suffering condition should look forward to more misery.
Iraqi soldiers patrol a suburb close to the area of Jweibah, east of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
12:49 GMT
According to Iraqi media, Shobaib Abu Majd al-Kanani, a Saudi-born commander, was killed along with eight other Daesh commanders in an airstrike.
Twitter users have posted images of the civilian damage in Libya. (Twitter)
12:25 GMT
An airstrike hit Dema, Libya and killed three.
A man stands on the downed border fence. Turkish security personnel have worked to prohibit the Kurds from entering Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
11:57 GMT
As thousands of Syrian refugees flock to Turkish borders fleeing the regime and its back up of Russian airstrikes, Turkey has no plans of letting them in.
Police say they suspect the arsonists were from the nearby Palestinian town of Halhul. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Arson suspect in the Burning of a tent that was used as a synagogue dedicated to three Israeli teens.
Vaccination workers travel to rural areas to wipe out polio and other diseases. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Three vaccination workers have been found dead after being kidnapped two weeks ago.
The fence along the border. (Twitter)
09:00 GMT
Tunisia has finished building a 250km barrier on the Libyan border.
The two sons are suspects in the bombing of the Special emergency Forces Mosque in Asir in August 2015 (AFP/File)
08:32 GMT
A Saudi father has asked his two sons listed as suspects in the attack on the Special Emergency Forces Mosque to surrender to authorities.
An Israeli soldier suffered light wounds after being stabbed in Ashkelon Sunday morning. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Suspect shot and apprehended after stabbing of Israeli soldier in Ashkelon