April 23, 2014
An Egyptian court has sentenced 19 anti-government protesters to ten years in prison each, judicial sources say.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a planned session of peace talks with Palestinian negotiators on Wednesday after news of a unity deal between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas was announced.
Seven people were injured when an airstrike hit Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
A wanted Palestinian member of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, narrowly escaped assassination in a refugee camp near Sidon on Wednesday.
Qatar's foreign minister said in a statement on Wednesday that his country's disagreement with fellow GCC nations was "over".
An anonymous Israeli official has said that building settlements in Jerusalem will not be halted unless "an agreement is reached on other issues."
Turkey's Prime Minister offered condolences to descendants of the victims from the Armenian genocide during World War I, representing the first such overt comment ever publicly stated by a Turkish leader in reference to the killings.
Syria's main opposition coalition has requested more aid and support from Saudi Arabia for the rebel Free Syrian Army.
Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar announced Wednesday that he will run against President Bashar Assad in the upcoming presidential elections.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas must choose whether he wants peace with Israel or Hamas "because he cannot have both."
Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president in the first round of voting Wednesday after no candidates received the necessary two-thirds majority of votes to win the seat.
Rival Palestinian factions officially agreed Wednesday to form a government of national unity within the "next five weeks."
A car bomb killed one policeman on the outskirts of Cairo Wednesday.
Two hand grenades exploded in Tripoli. No casualties were reported.
A Syrian war plane launched several rockets onto the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Al Labweh and Al Nabi Othman. No casualties were reported.
A Bahraini court sentenced 12 protesters to life in prison this week and sentenced others to 15 years in jail.
Aid workers reached the Lebanese town of Tfail Tuesday. The village is surrounded by the Syrian army, the Syrian opposition, and Hezbollah.
The U.S. will lift its freeze on military aid to Cairo and deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt.
Ansar Beit al Maqdis has grabbed headlines recently because of increased attacks in Egypt, but much is still unknown about this relatively new terrorist organization.
Amnesty International recently slammed Qatar over its treatment of domestic workers. Migrant workers have reported both physical and sexual abuse.
Lebanon's parliament will convene Wednesday to elect a president following the expiration of president Michel Suleiman's term.
April 22, 2014
Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapon stockpile according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons who is responsible for the oversight of the weapons removal.
Palestinian Christian citizens of Israel will not receive army conscription papers directly on their sixteenth birthday
The Arab League condemned Syria's plans to hold a presidential election while the country's civil war continues to envelope the country in violence Tuesday.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued new arrest warrants Tuesday for the five suspects accused of involvement in the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.
Director general of Homefront Security, Dan Ronen resigned from his position on Tuesday over an alleged dispute.
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah met Tuesday in an effort to "reconcile their rival leaderships" as peace talks with Israel continue to deteriorate.
Ex Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will stand trial again along with 34 Muslim Brotherhood leaders on April 28.
Eleven defendants who stand accused of participating in the Port Said football massacre, which left 72 fans dead, have had their trial adjourned.
Palestinian refugees in Syria's Yarmouk camp intend to protest against militant groups blocking aid from entering the besieged camp.
Unidentified militant gunmen dressed in military garb killed 10 Iraqi guards when they stormed a balloting center in an overnight attack in the country's north, a senior police official said Tuesday.
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Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in the town of Awarta in the West Bank.
A "massive and unprecedented" military operation targeting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is underway in Yemen, according to an unnamed Yemeni official.
Jordan has summoned the Israeli ambassador to Amman over recent clashes at al Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem.
The U.S. State Department is investigating allegations that a toxic chemical weapon was used in Syria this month.
Bahrainis held protests across many villages on Monday.
Amnesty International announced Monday that it had serious concerns about Israel's excessive use of force against Palestinians and others.
Syria's opposition has dismissed the upcoming presidential elections in Syria, calling them a "farce."
Clashes have broken out in Istanbul between police forces and union members.
April 21, 2014
Egyptian presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi accused Sisi's campaign of bribing citizens.
Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti was denied a permit to enter the Gaza Strip Monday.
Libya's constituent assembly began drafting a new constitution Monday.
Syrian presidential candidates can begin registering for the upcoming election to be held on June 3rd.
Israel launched retaliatory airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Monday in response to seven rockets fired from Gaza earlier Monday landed in southern Israel.
Tunisia's former prime minister Beji Caid el Sebsi warned that the upcoming elections in Tunisia may be delayed.
Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday that a plan to rescue a Lebanese border town cut off by Syrian troops will go into effect on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Iraqi forces took control to the main entrances of Fallujah in a major offensive aimed at retaking the city.
Humanitarian convoys have entered Syria’s northern city of Aleppo as the Syrian army has secured the highway to the city.
Syria's parliamentary speaker announced Monday that the country will hold presidential elections on June 3 despite the ongoing civil war.
A suicide bomber in central Iraq left at least 10 people dead and wounded 35 others Monday.
A pair of mortar shells hit near the Syrian government's parliament building in central Damascus on Monday killing five people, state media reported.
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Saudi Arabia's Special Court has sentenced five terrorists to death for their involvement in three deadly blasts in Riyadh in 2003.
Opposition sources in Saudi Arabia say that the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Saud Al-Faisal will be removed from his post, following the removal of the Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
Three rockets from Gaza were fired into Israel on Monday morning, the IDF Spokesperson's office said.
A Libyan jihadist group on Monday released a video showing a kidnapped hostage from the Tunisian embassy pleading with the Tunisian government to negotiate with his captors.
The United Nations says its food aid has finished in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus.
Egypt's election commission says only two candidates, one of them former army chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run in next month's presidential election.
US envoy to the Middle East peace process Martin Indyk did not present any new proposals on how to salvage the currently stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during a meeting on Friday, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday.
April 20, 2014
Four citizens residing in the Jordanian city of Irbid were arrested late last week for allegedly attempting to facilitate the entry of “would-be Islamist fighters” into Syria, according to Islamist and official sources.
A Cairo misdemeanor court has sentenced 30 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to three-and-a-half years in jail for rioting and illegal protesting.
Iran has finished diluting half of its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium to five-percent purity and is to convert the rest to uranium oxide, an Iran nuclear official says.
Syria’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch told President Bashar Assad on Sunday that Christians in the country will not “submit and yield” to extremists fighting against the Syrian government.
France has information but no solid proof that the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
Five people were killed Sunday as the U.S. continues drone strikes in Yemen.
Egyptian-born cleric Youssef al Qaradawi has released a statement aimed at easing tensions with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
At least eleven soldiers were killed in the south of Algeria at the hands of Islamist militants Sunday.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited the recently recaptured Christian town of Maaloula on the occasion of Easter.
Egyptians must demand media reform if they truly desire a free society.
At least 13 people were killed in two government air strikes in Yemen this weekend.
At least nine people were killed across Iraq on Sunday after several bombing attacks rocked the country, security and medical officials said. Three were killed after a suicide bomber detonated at Baghdad's Imam Kadhim University.
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry has slammed Israel for preventing UN and European diplomats to pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in a church in Jerusalem.
At least 16 Palestinians were detained Sunday morning after clashes erupted between the worshipers and Israeli Defense Forces who were on the mosque's premises.
The members of the Gulf Cooperation Council have agreed on ways to implement a security agreement signed last year.
At least two policemen were killed by armed attackers on the road between Cairo and Suez Saturday shortly after a small jihadist group claimed attack for the Cairo bombs that struck Egypt's capital last week.
OPCW recently announced that Syria has either shipped out or destroyed nearly 80% of its chemical weapons.
The United Nations last night warned that more than 20,000 civilians are in imminent danger of starving to death in a Palestinian refugee camp that has become a key battleground in the Syrian civil war.
The PLO has been considering the option of disbanding the Palestinian Authority in response to the apparent failure of the current round of peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official said Saturday.
It is unclear whether the plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, received clearance from the United States to land in Iran.
April 19, 2014
Western officials fear that the Arak reactor could be used to provide Tehran with nuclear bomb making capabilities.
The introduced bill threatens to impose more controls on the average Turkish citizen's privacy.
Palestinian Christians along with worldwide pilgrims marked Holy Saturday, a day ahead of the Easter holiday despite Israeli soldiers using tear gas against pilgrims on Friday.
A foreigner has died of the deadly MERS virus in Riyadh, bringing the nationwide death toll to 73.
Lebanese villagers and Syrian refugees fled from the town Tfail, after Syria's army launched a series of artillery strikes in the area.
An American drone attack in Yemen has killed an estimated 20 people.
An 18-year-old British national has died in Syria, while fighting alongside rebels in Syria. Abdullah Deghayes from Sussex entered Syria through the Turkish border.
EU foreign policy chief called on Israel to reverse recent decisions made against the Palestinians.
Recent disagreements between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are deepening the divide between the two organizations.
Bouteflika won his fourth term with over 80% of the vote.
Sixty-five militants from the al-Nusra Front have reportedly been killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as fresh violence erupted in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
April 18, 2014
Interim President Adly Mahmoud Mansour rejected calls to pardon three anti-regime activists, saying he did not want to interfere in judiciary affairs.
Turkey's parliament approved a new bill that grant's the country's intelligence agency greater immunity.
A Riyadh court accused activist Fadhel al-Manasef of writing "anti-regime" blog posts and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
Ten people died on Friday after a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Homs.
Israeli extremists sprayed anti-Arab graffiti and set fire to a mosque in the northern Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm on Friday.
Two Hezbollah suspects planned an attack against Israeli tourists on April 13, according to the Bangkok Post on Friday.
The six Palestinians stand accused of the intent to carry out terrorist attacks in Lebanon.
A spate of attacks across Iraq have left at least 30 people dead, including soldiers and civilians on Thursday. One attack by militant group State of Iraq and the Levant killed 18 people.
The new Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Pierre Krahenbuhl said that Israel's blockade of Gaza “amounts to an illegal collective punishment.”