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April 12, 2017

A Syrian opposition fighter walks in a poppy field in Deraa, April 10 2017. (AFP/Mohammad Abazeed)
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Towns besieged by both the opposition and the Syrian government will be evacuated under the deal.
Syrian residents of Khan Sheikhoun hold placards and pictures on April 7, 2017 during a protest condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack on their town that killed at least 86 people, among them 30 children. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The United States, Britain and France are among the nations accusing Bashar al-Assad's regime of gassing civilians.
Iranian President Rohani at a press conference in Tehran. (AFP)
13:00 GMT
The European Council of member states said it decided to extend the sanctions in response "to serious human rights violations in Iran."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AFP/file)
12:00 GMT
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies surveyed 18,000 people across the region, and this is what they found.
Syrians protest outside the UN's office in Damascus in support of the President, Bashar al-Assad, April 11 2017. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
11:00 GMT
The resolution has been brought forward by the UK, US and France, and calls for the Syrian government to cooperate fully with the investigation.
The Jordanian parliament. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
The MP later apologised, but other legislators suggested the bill - designed to prevent domestic violence - was a western conspiracy against Jordan.
The Grande-Synthe camp near the port of Dunkirk in France was 80 percent destroyed by a blaze. (Twitter)
09:00 GMT
The blaze started during a fight between Kurds and Afghans at the Grande-Synthe camp, near the port of Dunkirk.
This file photo taken on October 05, 2015 shows a Turkish police officer stand guarding a street in Silvan, after clashes between Turkish army and Kurdish rebels. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
08:40 GMT
Despite the Turkish military campaign in Kurdish cities, the AKP enjoys broad support among conservative Kurds.
A tank of the Yemeni forces loyal to the Saudi-backed exiled president is pictured during clashes with Shiite Houthi rebels oustide the country's third-city of Taez on April 6, 2017. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The fighting broke out after Houthis tried to infiltrate army positions, killing nine Houthis and two Yemeni army soldiers.
Sadr supporters gather in Baghdad. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
Sadr also condemned the American missile strike, urging all foreign parties involved in the Syria conflict to withdraw.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir salutes during the joint Sudan and Saudi Arabia airforce drill near Khartoum. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
It is believed that Khartoum's decision was triggered following the arrests of several Arab nationals after a blast in the capital in February.

April 11, 2017

It is not clear if the mortar belonged to militants or government forces. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
Four children and seven other civilians injured when a mortar shell exploded in Afghanistan.
Judges in the case said the plot was thwarted early on and no concrete implementation of the attack had taken place. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Supplies and instructions for building an explosive device were found during a raid of the Cologne asylum shelter where the teen lived.
People and emergency workers are seen working at the site of a strong blast near the riot police headquarters in the center of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on April 11, 2017. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
14:00 GMT
One person was killed in the blast and several others were wounded.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 3, 2017. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
13:00 GMT
It significantly widens the sort of military activity by Assad that would warrant a response from the United States.
Most families in the country will no longer be able to feed themselves if basic food prices increase or fighting worsens. (AFP)
12:00 GMT
The World Food Program warns of 'unprecedented levels of vulnerability' among the Iraqi population due to years of war.
A plume of smoke could be seen in Diyarbakir following the blast. (Twitter)
11:30 GMT
Medics on the scene said at least four people were injured, with no fatalities reported so far.
A hangman's noose. (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
The rights group said that China was the world's leading executioner, but that countries from the Middle East and North Africa region took up the next five spots in the rankings.
Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari at a conference on Syria in Brussels, Belgium, April 5 2017. (AFP/John Thys)
10:00 GMT
For the first time in six years of war, the Iraqi government issued a statement condemning the actions of Syria's Assad after the chemical attack in Idlib.
The body of Mahmud Hattab, 16, at his funeral in al-Jalazun refugee camp, March 24 2017. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
09:00 GMT
Jassem Muhammad Nakhla, 17, died in hospital in Tel Aviv.
Russia's Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov. at a Security Council Meeting April 7 2017. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
08:33 GMT
Russia knew about the attack and did nothing to stop it, the US official told the Associated Press.
The Israeli side of the Taba border crossing with Egypt. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
A statement from Prime Minister Netanyahu's office said Israelis would not be allowed to cross into Egypt, however, citizens in Egypt would be allowed to cross back into Israel.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) speaks with High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini during a meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers from the G7 on April 10, 2017 in Lucca, Tuscany. (AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)
06:00 GMT
The US, UK and Germany voiced support for possible sanctions against Syrian and Russian military figures.

April 10, 2017

Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass, on April 9, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)
16:00 GMT
46 Egyptian Christians were killed in two bombings targeting churches on Palm Sunday.
People wave "YES" banners and Turkish national flags on April 8, 2017 during a campaign rally for the "yes" vote in a constitutional referendum in Istanbul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Rallies for the referendum led to a feud with European countries, while opposition campaigners at home are often banned from appearing on TV.
Egyptian Christians gather around and carry coffins during the late night funeral of the victims of a blast which killed worshippers attending Palm Sunday mass at the Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 75 miles north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
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“We were not expecting people who live with us in the same country, people whom we’ve shared love and friendships with, and whom we’re familiar with, to do these things,” said a priest.
A soldier stands guard near a car destroyed in a bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, 10 April 2017. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)
13:00 GMT
The attack came after the country's President declared a "state of war" against Islamist rebels.
A file photo of an Egyptian soldier. (AFP)
12:09 GMT
As Israel closed its border with Egypt amidst warnings of an attack, militants in Sinai fired a rocket into the country.
ICC chief prosecutor Bensouda said in November 2016 that the United States could have carried out war crimes in Afghanistan. (AFP)
11:00 GMT
The activists hope Bensouda could finally ask the judges in the ICC to authorize a full-scale inquiry into alleged crimes committed by international forces including US troops, the Taliban and Afghan government forces.
Smoke from clashes rises above Ein el-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon, Lebanon, 9 April 2017 (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
10:00 GMT
Days of clashes between secular Palestinian faction Fatah and hardline Islamist factions in Ein el-Hilweh have left seven people dead.
The Passover holiday in 2016 was marked by near-daily conflict as right-wing Israelis descended on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to perform religious rituals.(File/AFP)
10:00 GMT
For Palestinian Jerusalemites, the Jewish holiday season means an escalation in arbitrary detentions, house raids, and searches -- measures that terrify families.
Hamas police escort an ambulance carrying the bodies of three men executed on 6 April 2017 in Gaza City. (AFP)
09:00 GMT
In the wake of last week's executions of 3 "collaborators", the authorities in Gaza have announced plans to execute more people.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
Defeating Daesh "the Islamic State group" remains the top priority for the United States in Syria, even before stabilising the country, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced late on Sunday a three-month state of emergency following the bombings of two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.