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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (C) takes part in his swearing in ceremony for another term of five years at the parliament in Khartoum, on June 2, 2015. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)
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Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir was sworn in for another five-year term. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe all attended the ceremony.
The Haditha Dam overlooking the Euphatres River. (AFP/Jaime Razuri)
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Water cuts could cause more Iraqis to flee the city of Ramadi, increasing the number if internally displaced people.
US-led coaltion airstrikes targeted Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria (AFP/File)
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The United States and its allies carried out ten strikes in Syria and five in Iraq since Monday.
An Israeli armored vehicle patrols along the Israeli-Lebanese border near the disputed Shebaa Farms. (AFP/Atef Safadi)
13:38 GMT
Earlier local media claimed Israeli forces performed airstrikes on a Hezbollah outpost.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of Turkey's main opposition party, addresses media in Istanbul, on May 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The Chairman of Republican People's Party Kilicdaroglu accused Turkey's Supreme Election Board of acting like a subsidiary of the ruling Justice and Development Party.
An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off from the Hatzerim air force base in the Negev desert. (AFP/File)
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Israeli air raid targets east Lebanon border area near Brital.
Israelis take part in a demonstration in Tel Aviv called by members of the Ethiopian community against alleged police brutality and institutionalized discrimination, on May 3, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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In light of recent unrest following an unprovoked attack against an Ethiopian IDF soldier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduced new ministerial committee for the integration of Ethiopian-Israeli citizens into Israeli society.
Iraqi Shia fighters from the Popular Mobilization units reposition on the Tharthar front line on the edge of Anbar province, on June 1, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The Iranian ambassador to Baghdad denied reports that 15 military advisers from Iran were killed in a Daesh attack in Iraq's Anbar province on Monday.
Hamas security forces killed a member of a Salafi militant group in a shoot-out at his Gaza home on Tuesday, witnesses said. (AFP/File)
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Hamas security forces killed a member of a Salafi militant group in a shoot-out at his Gaza home on Tuesday, witnesses said.
A court in Cairo postponed the final decision of the former Egyptian president's death sentence until June 16. (AFP/File)
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A court in Cairo postponed the final decision of the former Egyptian president's death sentence until June 16.
Armed tribesmen of Yemen's central province of Ibb killed 18 Houthi fighters in an ambush, residents said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Armed tribesmen of Yemen's central province of Ibb killed 18 Houthi fighters in an ambush, residents said Tuesday.
Separatists from Baluchistan have been calling for the liberation of the province from Pakistan for decades. (AFP/File)
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Over nine suspected separatists were killed by Pakistani security forces in the southwestern Baluchistan province, officials said.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq needed the "support of the world", to combat Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Tuesday blamed the international community for not providing enough support against the rise of Daesh across the country.
The Daesh-affiliated group operating in Gaza said top Hamas commander Saber Siam was killed after militants placed a bomb in his car. (AFP/File)
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The Daesh-affiliated group operating in Gaza said top Hamas commander Saber Siam was killed after militants placed a bomb in his car.
Defenders of democracy must work out a better way to combat growing instability in the Middle East. (AFP/File)
09:54 GMT
Why are so many young Westerners opting to wage a violent jihad by joining Daesh? Could democracy be the way forward to stop this ideology?
An Egyptian worker sprays water towards his colleague during the demolition of the headquarters of the once-dominant party of ex-president Hosni Mubarak that was torched during the 2011. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
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An Egyptian worker sprays water towards his colleague during the demolition of the headquarters of the once-dominant party of ex-president Hosni Mubarak that was torched during the 2011. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
Israeli forces were involved in up to 35 incidents involving Gaza fishermen in March, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
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Three Palestinian fishermen were wounded after Israeli naval forces opened fire on their boats off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip Tuesday.
The FIDH called on Egyptian authorities to immediately release Mahienour el-Masry, an activist who was sentenced to 15 months in prison. (Google Plus)
09:14 GMT
The FIDH called on Egyptian authorities to immediately release Mahienour el-Masry, an activist who was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Iraqi mourners remembered policemen in the city of Najaf after 45 officers were killed in an attack by Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi mourners remembered policemen in the city of Najaf after 45 officers were killed in an attack by Daesh.
Syrian air force attacks in Aleppo reportedly killed around 100 people. (AFP/File)
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In a series of tweets, the US Embassy in Syria charged the regime with acting against the population in support of the newly launched Daesh offensive in Aleppo.
Mohamed Morsi was already in jail for 20 years, charged with violence against opposition protesters. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
An Egypt court Tuesday is set to decide the final verdict on whether or not former president Mohamed Morsi should receive the death penalty.
Human Rights Watch warned in February about crimes being committed by Shia militias in Sunni areas. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
The Kataeb Imam Ali militia denied setting fire to the body of an Iraqi civilian after a video of the incident was leaked online.
The Taliban have not yet claimed responsibility for the attack. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT
Seven aid workers were killed along with two guards in an overnight militant attack, believed to be carried out by the Taliban.
Fighting reportedly started after Daesh attempted to recruit young men in Taliban strongholds. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Dozens of militants from both sides were killed or injured after clashes erupted between the Taliban and Daesh in the western Afghan province of Farah.
At least 2,223 Syrians were killed in May from the country's civil war, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said Monday. (AFP/File)
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At least 2,223 Syrians were killed in May from the country's civil war, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said Monday.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Muslim woman who was not hired by a fashion retailer because she wore a headscarf during a job interview. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/Saygin Serdaroglu)
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The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Muslim woman who was not hired by a fashion retailer because she wore a headscarf during a job interview.

June 1, 2015

The sultanate is the only GCC nation not to have joined the Saudi-led coalition against rebels in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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The sultanate is the only GCC nation not to have joined the Saudi-led coalition against rebels in Yemen.
A Yazidi woman searches for clues that might lead her to missing relatives in the wake of Daesh's recent attacks on members of the minority. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights said the discovery of a mass grave of 80 Yazidis in a village west of Nineveh province.
EU rescue missions were jointly carried out by member states as an influx of migrants tries to make its way to Europe. (AFP/File)
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EU rescue missions were jointly carried out by member states as an influx of migrants tries to make its way to Europe.
A Jordanian soldier on the Jordan-Syria border near Mafraq. (AFP/File)
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Border guards on Sunday destroyed two vehicles trying to illegally enter the kingdom from Syria.
Tobacco use in Egypt is getting out of hand.
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Egyptian customs authorities seized over 64 million packs of smuggled cigarettes in May.
A man walks in a burnt makeshift Syrian refugee camp after it was attacked by residents of the neighboring eastern Lebanese village of Qsarnaba in the Bekaa valley on Dec. 2, 2013. (AFP/File)
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A massive fire engulfed several tents in an east Lebanon refugee camp Monday, killing five people and wounding ten, a security source said.
The incident was reportedly caused by a tank rigged with explosives. (AFP/File)
13:44 GMT
An explosion at an arms depot in Salahuddin has killed 45 Iraqi soldiers and injured numerous others.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) holds a press conference with Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah following a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 31, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
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German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Gaza on Monday and discussed economic aid and investment in the strip.
"I am regretting every moment," said 14-year-old Ahmed, who was able to flee the militants. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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"I am regretting every moment," said 14-year-old Ahmed, who was able to flee the militants.
The five Taliban members were freed in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl (AFP/US Army)
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The travel ban imposed on the five Taliban members who were freed in exchange for the release US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been extended.
“Iraqi army war planes dropped five barrel bombs on Fallujah city on homes of civilians and local markets, leaving 12 people dead and 28 others injured, including children and women,” the tribal chief stated. (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
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An Iraqi tribal chief told media channels that after heaving shelling, the Iraqi army dropped five barrel bombs on Fallujah city, destroying homes, mosques, and shops.
Egyptian defendants sit behind bars as journalists attend their retrial over a 2012 stadium riot in the canal city of Port Said that left 74 people dead on May 30, 2015 at the police academy in Cairo. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
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The defendants were sentenced to ten years in a maximum security prison for taking part of a protest outside the Qubba presidential palace in February 2013.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a Koran as he speaks during an opening ceremony at the Selehaddin Eyyubi airport on May 26, 2015, in eastern city of Hakkari. (AFP/STR)
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A media agency released a news exclusive purportedly showing Syria-bound Turkish intelligence trucks loaded with ammunition. Erdogan has vowed tor retaliate with legal action.
Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov was trained on US soil by Blackwater. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
The US State Department has confirmed that a Daesh member who recently appeared in a YouTube video was trained by Blackwater in the United States.
Airstrikes on an arms depot resulted in similar explosions on May 12, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Airstrikes on arms depots in the outskirts of Sanaa killed eight civilians and wounded 20 on Monday.
A displaced Iraqi child who fled Anbar province due to the ongoing conflict between pro-government forces and Daesh militants, carries jerrycans at a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Ameriyat al-Fallujah, 30 km south of Fallujah, on May 25, 2015. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
09:15 GMT
The recent increase in displaced people is due to the ongoing fighting in Ramadi.
Up to 800 British soldiers are currently stationed across the Middle East for training missions. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
Additional British soldiers will join 800 troops across the Middle East to train forces against Daesh in the region.
Palestinians throw stones towards Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP/File)
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Protesters throwing stones at vehicles could face upwards of ten years in Israeli prisons.
A Lebanese soldier paints graffitis on a wall during a festival organised in the profit of the Lebanese Autism Society (LAS) NGO in Beirut. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
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A Lebanese soldier paints graffitis on a wall during a festival organised in the profit of the Lebanese Autism Society (LAS) NGO
A picture taken from the Fakhr-al-Din al-Ma'ani Castle (or Palmyra cytadel) on top of a hill overlooking the ancient city on April 12, 2006 shows a general view of the Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old metropolis and an Unesco world heritage site located 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. (AFP/Jonathan Klein)
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Robert Fisk discusses the method of Daesh's madness when it comes to destroying ancient culture and history.
Israeli security try to detain a Palestinian protester during a demonstration outside al-Barak building, near al-Aroub Palestinian refugee camp, just north the West Bank town of Hebron on May 30, 2015, against the sale of the building to an Israeli. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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Twelve suspects, including four Hamas members were detained in overnight raids between Sunday and Monday.
Protesters attend a “Reclaim Australia” rally to oppose Islamic extremism in Sydney on April 4, 2015. Protesters carried banners reading 'Yes Australia. No Islam' and 'No Muslim. No Sharia. No Halal' (AFP/Peter Parks)
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Fights broke out between anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters at a rally in the Australian state of Victoria.
Since the end of March, there have been 182 Palestinian minors registered in Israeli jails. (AFP/File)
06:40 GMT
A lawyer for the Palestinian Authority said detained children are continuously beaten and tortured during interrogation by Israeli authorities.
A fighter from the Shia Houthi movement stands on the remains of a hotel hit by Saudi airstrikes, north of Sanaa, May 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:09 GMT
Arab forces led by Saudi Arabia hit Houthi positions in the central province of Taiz Sunday a day after shelling killed a Saudi border guard.
An Alexandria court sentenced human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Masry to 15 months in prison for "storming" a police station in 2013. (YouTube)
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An Alexandria court sentenced human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Masry and two others over "storming" a police station in 2013.
The Daesh advance could allow the group to move freely along a crossing between Aleppo and the Turkish province of Kilis. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants Sunday advanced against rival insurgents close to Syria's border with Turkey by capturing the town of Soran Azaz and two other villages.
Syrian refugee Amer washes his hands at a rented house in Amman, Jordan, on May 30, 2012. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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Only five percent of domestic water is used for drinking and cooking purposes, according to a new study.

May 31, 2015

CIA chief John Brennan said on Sunday that US and Qatari officials are currently in discussions over the fate of five Taliban figures released a year ago in exchange for US Sergeant Bowie Bergdahl.  (AFP/File)
19:27 GMT
The five Taliban figures were released in May 2014 in exchange for US Sergeant Bowie Bergdahl, who deserted post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Demonstrators in Cairo protest the military crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, August 2013.  (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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Egypt's National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) said on Sunday at least 2,500 civilians and security forces were killed following Islamist president Morsi's ouster in 2013.
The shells caused heavy damage to public and private property. (AFP/File)
17:51 GMT
At least 12 people have been killed following rocket attacks by militants in residential areas in Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo.
German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced plans to travel on Monday to the Gaza Strip, urges "concrete steps" to improve life in the territory. (AFP/Natalia Dobroszycka)
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German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced plans to travel on Monday to the Gaza Strip, urges "concrete steps" to improve life in the territory.
Yemen has been in turmoil since September last year. (AFP)
17:21 GMT
Four US citizens have been captured in Iran by Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to media reports.
Houthi fighters rally in the Yemeni capital city Sanaa, March 26 2015.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
16:27 GMT
Officials from Yemen's exiled government say US officials are holding talks in Oman with Houthi leaders, in a bid to find a political solution to the ongoing Yemen crisis.
Posters in Gaza City show Palestinian prisoners Mahmoud Issa, left, and Abdallah Barghouthi, right.  Both are currently serving multiple life sentences in Israeli prison.  (AFP/Adel Hana)
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Israeli authorities placed Hamas leader Abdullah al-Bargouthi, detained since 2003, into solitary confinement after he gave an phone interview to a Gaza radio station from within prison.
Iraqi army shelling in Fallujah killed at least 19 people in the last three days.  Meanwhile, Iraqi forces fight alongside Shiite militiamen to retake Anbar province's capital city Ramadi from Daesh. (AFP/File)
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As Iraqi forces engage in a military operation to retake Ramadi from Daesh, army shelling in nearby Fallujah kills 19 civilians, wounds 76.
At least 103 Daesh militants were killed in three of Iraq's provinces in operations staged by Iraqi forces and coalition warplanes. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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At least 103 Daesh militants were killed in three of Iraq's provinces in operations staged by Iraqi forces and coalition warplanes.
An Egyptian worker sprays water during the demolition of the headquarters of the once-dominant party of ex-president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on May 31, 2015. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
15:09 GMT
The building's demolition started on Sunday, a month after Egypt's cabinet issued the order.
Yemeni women survey the wreckage to homes in Sanaa following a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, May 18 2015.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
15:00 GMT
A Human Rights Watch report released Sunday says the Saudi-led coalition has continued to use internationally banned cluster bombs in Yemen.
Palestinian workers walk through a turnstile at the Eyal crossing, near the West Bank town of Qalqilya, on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
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Palestinians with Israeli citizenship will be allowed to visit Qalqiliya in private vehicles between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
A Syrian Kurdish woman and child await treatment at a hospital in Syria's majority-Kurdish northeastern city of Qamishli following a bomb attack, March 21 2015.  (AFP/File)
13:40 GMT
A fire broke out at a clinic in Syria's majority-Kurdish city Qamishli, killing 25 people, mostly children. State TV says the cause of the fire was a fuel tank explosion.
Riot police fire tear gas on demonstrators in Istanbul's Taksim Square, June 11 2013.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
12:58 GMT
On the second anniversary of mass demonstrations centering around Istanabul's Taksim Square, riot police and water cannons are stationed in the park as authorities seal off the area.
Another Misrata checkpoint was targeted by a suicide bomber just ten days earlier. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
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A suicide bomb exploded at a checkpoint west of Misrata.
Members of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah attend the funeral fighter of Mohamed Choucair, on May 26, 2015, in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut after he was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in the Qalamun region. (AFP/STR)
10:46 GMT
The deputy chairman of the organization's executive council announced that Hezbollah is prepared for a military operation in Arsal.
People gather at the scene after Syrian government forces allegedly dropped barrel bombs on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on May 30, 2015. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
09:41 GMT
Syrian envoy to the UN Staffan de Mistura stated that the attacks were "totally unacceptable" and also urged the regime to suspend the use of barrel bombs.
Hizb al-Tahrir is a pan-Islamic political organization. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT
The political group Hizb al-Tahrir claimed ten of its members had been kidnapped by PA authorities after criticizing a government decision to ban a conference in Ramallah.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on May 30, 2015 in Geneva. (AFP/Susan Walsh)
08:06 GMT
Unresolved issues include whether International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will be permitted to investigate Iran's nuclear projects.
An Armed Yemeni tribal gunman from the Popular Resistance Committees loyal to Yemen's fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, monitors a street in the southern city of Taez during ongoing clashes with Shiite Houthi rebels on May 24, 2015. (AFP/Abdul Rahman Alballah)
07:55 GMT
The city of Taiz has a historical disdain for former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi movement.
Flames rise from a gas pipeline attack in the Egyptian Sinai town of El Arish on February 5, 2011. (AFP/File)
07:15 GMT
Suspected Sinai militants have attacked the Egypt-Jordan pipeline south of al-Arish.
Mohamed Soltan was sentenced to life in prison in April. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Mohamed Sultan, an Egyptian-American, who was sentenced to life in prison in April has given up his Egyptian nationality and will be deported to the United States.
The peace talks were postponed after being initially set for May 28. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The UN special envoy to Yemen has started a special mission to talk about postponed Geneva peace talks on Yemen.

May 30, 2015

There are concerns the militant group is using children for terrorist attacks. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
Daesh has reportedly abducted around 500 children in Iraq, in the provinces of Anbar and Diyala.
The Syrian Christian reportedly found the Daesh member in the village of Tal Shamiram. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT
A Syrian Christian has killed a member of the jihadist group Daesh in northeastern Syria, in retaliation for abuses committed by the group.
(AFP/File)
15:51 GMT
Daesh is calling for further attacks against Shias in Saudi Arabia, following its recent attacks targeting two mosques in the country.
Iranian parliamentary elections will be held in February 2016. (AFP/File)
15:09 GMT
The president of Iran has stated that his government aims to hold "free" parliamentary elections in 2016, AFP has reported.
During the past 48 hours Iraqi forces have manage to free two areas west of Ramadi. (AFP)
13:32 GMT
The Iraqi military is pushing its way towards the city of Ramadi in the west of Iraq with the aim of driving out Daesh militants in the city.
UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Yemen yesterday. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed flew in to Sana'a yesterday for talks with political parties in the war-ravaged country, a rebel-run website reported.
Syrians run from a bomb exploding in the city of Al-Bab. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
10:46 GMT
Up to 45 civilians died when Syrian regime gunship helicopters dropped explosive-laden barrels on the northern city Aleppo on Saturday, according to the Syrian opposition media.
Last year, over 6,000 people died in road accidents in Egypt. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
09:58 GMT
Thirteen police officers and three civilians lost their lives and four others sustained injuries when an armored police truck vehicle colided with another truck in Upper Egypt.
A militant from the Army of Conquest alliance destroys a statue of Bashar al-Assad in Syria's Idlib Province. (Al Bawaba/File)
09:06 GMT
The Syrian government has abandoned Idlib province to concentrate on regions deemed vital for its survival, a security source and activists said Friday, allowing insurgents to seize the province’s last regime-held city.
Islamist militant groups have targeted Benghazi's residential areas in numerous attacks in recent months. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
Five people including three children and a woman, were killed and eight others, mainly kids, were wounded when a missile hit a park in Al-Hemeida neighborhood, Benghazi city of northeast Libya, on Friday
Syrian migrants receive medical treatment upon arrival in Italy, September 2014.  (AFP/Roberta Basile)
06:00 GMT
The Italian coastguard said it rescued over 3,300 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea Friday, in addition to finding 17 dead on several of the boats.
A refugee girl from Damascus' Palestinian Yarmouk camp stands in the streets of Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp located in Lebanon's capital Beirut.  (AFP/Anwar Amro)
05:00 GMT
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who fled Syria protested on Friday an UNRWA decision to cut aid to refugee families.

May 29, 2015

Demonstrators clash with Turkish riot police at a pro-Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) rally in Diyarbakir February, 2015.  (AFP/Ilyas Akangin)
19:05 GMT
Two were killed in a clash that broke out between opposing Kurdish parties in southeastern Turkey's Sirnak province Friday.
Turkish daily publication Cumhuriyet on Friday published images and video footage purporting to show Turkish authorities shipping weapons to rebel fighters in Syria. Turkey denies the accusations.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
18:18 GMT
A Turkish daily on Friday published images and video footage purporting to show Turkish authorities shipping weapons to rebel fighters in Syria.
Rafah border crossing, which connects Egypt and the Gaza Strip, was temporarily opened to allow Palestinians to return to the blockaded enclave.  (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT
Egypt closed Rafah crossing between Sinai and the Gaza Strip after a temporary opening to allow Palestinians to return home.
Exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi meets Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saudi at an air base in Riyadh, March 2015.  (AFP/File)
16:49 GMT
Yemen's exiled government demanded Thursday that Houthis withdraw from Sanaa and other areas it has occupied before negations can take place.
Damage to Baghdad's Babylon hotel after twin car bomb attacks Thursday night.  Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement released Friday.  (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
16:06 GMT
The car bomb attacks on two upscale Baghdad hotels Thursday night left 15 people dead.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced Friday an agreement between Iraq and Qatar to reopen the Qatari embassy in Baghdad.  (AFP/Thomas Samson)
15:32 GMT
Qatar and Iraq have agreed to reopen Qatar's embassy in Baghdad.
People displaced by violence in Ramadi wait to cross Bzeibez bridge into Baghdad, May 20 2015.  (AFP/Sabah Arar)
14:59 GMT
85,000 people have been displaced since Daesh overtook Ramadi two weeks ago, said a UNHCR spokesman Friday.
Locals examine the damage to Imam Ali mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia following last Friday's suicide bomb attack that left 21 dead.  (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT
A Daesh statement on Twitter claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Saudi that left four dead.
A Lebanese man was arrested Thursday in Cyprus after authorities found bomb-making materials in his Lanarca home.  (AFP/Iakovos Hatzistavrou)
13:30 GMT
A Lebanese man was arrested Thursday in Cyprus after authorities found bomb-making materials in his home.
A Libyan militia spokesman said his forces withdrew from the airbase Thursday after receiving no reinforcements.  (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
A Libyan militia spokesman said his forces withdrew from the airbase after receiving no reinforcements.
A Saudi man weeps amidst the debris, following a deadly suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Qatif, May 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
A car bomb outside a Shia mosque in the Saudi city of Damman killed at least four people Friday.
Militiamen loyal to fugitive President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi unload weapons in the Yemeni port city of Aden, May 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT
Dozens of Houthi militants were killed by Saudi coalition airstrikes in Yemen's second city of Aden Thursday.