Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki, said on Monday that he will overhaul the country's security strategy, in light of the devastating wave of sectarian violence and bombs that has swept the country, causing 72 casualties in two days.
IDF soldiers came under fire from inside Syria late Monday evening and returned fire
The US Secretary of State is making his fourth regional visit in two months as he tries to set the terms for a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine
An Israeli man stormed into a bank in the Israeli city of Bersheeba on Monday and killed four people before turning the gun on himself.
After increasing violations on Islamic and Christian holy sites in East Jerusalem, UNESCO planned a trip to the holy city to investigate but Israel has barred the UN commission from entering the city over fears that Palestinians will "politicize the issue'.
Iran's Guardian Council has come forward to say those who are physically weak and only able to work "a few hours a day" will be rejected from the upcoming elections, which may affect the Rafsanjani, Iran's former president, who is aged 78.
British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Monday that if tyrant Syrian President Bashar Assad doesn't take the upcoming peace negotiations seriously, then "no option is off the table" with regards to foreign action in the war-torn state.
28 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in the vicious battle for the Syrian town of Qusair, whilst some 20 Syrian Army fighters were reported dead.
May 20, 2013
The Arab nation has a rich history of football meshing with politics and the latest soccer-related protests could be a sign of things to come on the streets
The move could be a signal that the Morsi government is prepared to use force in a bid to return the captive soldiers
Two al-Qaeda suspects were killed in the bombing in central Yemen, which comes days after a similar strike was carried out in the south of the country, killing four
20 killed in attacks across the Iraqi capital, with 11 killed in the Southern city of Basra
Just one day after Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu said that he would "take all necessary measures to protect Israel's security from the Syrian conflict", Syrian gunfire hit the Israeli occupied Golan Heights over night.
After clashes between Salafist hardline Islamist group Ansar Al Sharia and Tunisian security forces across the country on Sunday, there has been one reported fatality, three injured protestors and 11 policemen wounded.
At least 10 policemen were shot dead by gunmen in Rawah, Anbar province
Around 20 Hezbollah fighters are reported to have been killed as opposition forces fought to defend the strategic town of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border and linking Damascus with the coast
Key foreign ministers from the Arab League will meet on Thursday for an emergency discussion over Syria, just days ahead of the internationally backed peace conference that seeks to find a political solution to the crisis.
On Sunday, Egyptian police closed down their Awja border with Israel in protest of the abduction of policemen by suspected Israeli militants on Thursday.
Violence erupted on Sunday between Sunni and Alawite members of the Tripoli community, with two fatalities being reported as sectarian tensions rise, influenced by neighbouring Syria.
May 19, 2013
A video appeared online on Sunday which apparently shows the seven members of Egypt's security forces kidnapped last Thursday in the Sinai peninsula
Clashes between police and protestors erupted in Tunis on Sunday, after the government banned a planned rally
Two Iranian men accused of passing security information to the CIA and Mossad were hanged at dawn on Sunday after the Tehran Revolutionary Court and the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead.
Heavy shelling in the strategically vital town of Qusayr on Sunday morning - reports
Bashar al-Assad vowed to “face the storm” in an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin
As the Iranian presidential elections draw nearer, the government is closely monitoring and censoring the internet, even denying citizens to effectively check their emails.
8 people were killed in sectarian violence in Iraq on Saturday, just hours after a wave of massive bombings shook Baghdad, leaving 60 people dead
Battles in Qusayr, Homs, have left at least 10 Hezbollah fighters dead. More Lebanese militants said to be heading to the the town
Egyptian President has been urged by the Egyptian army to give them the green light that will allow them to launch an attack on the kidnappers that seized policemen in Sinai on Thursday. AFP Photo
May 18, 2013
Supporters of a new petition that seeks to out Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clashed in Cairo on Friday, with teenagers and security forces in Tahrir Square.
Bombs exploded outside Sunni mosques and one targeted a funeral party in Baghdad and Madain, just south of the capital yesterday, killing some 60 Sunni Muslims in the latest wave of sectarian violence sweeping Iraq.
Saudi Arabia keeps Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood at an arm's length in spite of its open support to Arab Islamist movements.
US and Turkey sing in unison: Assad must step down.
Calling a spade a spade, it's rape not a Holy War.
May 17, 2013
An Israeli official has come forward to say that the Israeli government may attack Syria again so as to prevent the transfer of weapons to what he called "Islamist militants".
After adding sanctions to the Syrian government, including blacklisting several ministers and institutions that it says helped President Bashar Assad begin the civil war, as well as labelling Mohammad Al Golani, the leader of the Al Qaeda linked Al Nusra front a terrorist.
May 16, 2013
Surge in violence in Afghanistan: at least 15 victims in a car bomb attack in Kabul on Thursday.
The only fake thing about the 2012 World Press Photo of the Year proves to be the rumor around it.
Yemeni tribesmen released three kidnapped employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the humanitarian agency and a Yemeni security source said on Thursday.
The manhunt has begun after seven officers were kidnapped by unknown assailants in North Sinai on Thursday.
A video uploaded to Youtube shows the al-Qaeda linked Al Nusra Front executing 11 men they accused of carrying out massacres against the Syrian people
Turkish police apprehended four suspects late Wednesday in connection with car bomb attacks in Reyhanli at the weekend
Opposing Palestinian factions have reached an agreement to work on forming a unity government.
May 15, 2013
Syrian rebels placed car bombs outside a prison in Aleppo in an attempt to free some of its 4,000 detainees.
Hard-line Iranian lawmakers are gunning for two contenders in next month's elections, a moderate former President and a the incumbent's protege
"There is not one law in Saudi Arabia that regards violence toward women as an illegal activity": what's really behind Saudi's domestic abuse problem?
The ad is meant to define domestic violence in Saudi Arabia as being a social issue and divert attention from the government’s lack of laws that protect women, writes Mohamed Hemish about a new Saudi campaign on domestic violence.
Attacks on east Baghdad alcohol shops leave 12 dead
Nakba Day for Palestinians remembering their 'loss' 65 years on in the West Bank did not go unmarked- by violence and injuries resulting after Israelis opened fire on a rally in Bethlehem.
The UN General Assembly is set to vote on a draft resolution that would legitimize the Syrian National Coalition as party to a potential political transition
May 14, 2013
Putin and Netanyahu are meeting on Tuesday to discuss both parties' involvement in the Syrian conflict. Israel might try to talk Russia out of selling missile systems to Syria.
The Iraqi government said on Tuesday that the arrival of Kurds from Turkey was a violation of the country's sovereignty
The four new cases have been confirmed in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province
The video, which can't be independently verified, appears to show a man mutilating the corpse of a uniformed man, pulling out organs and placing the heart in his mouth
Cameron: "Syria's history is being written in the blood of her people and it's happening on our watch."
United States and United Kingdom leaders came together in Washington on Monday to discuss the current situation in Syria and their respective positions on how to involve all parties, including Russia, in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.
May 13, 2013
Car bomb goes off near a hospital in Libya, triggering a massive demonstration. Conflicting reports from news agencies on the casualty figures, with claims of death toll between three and 17.
After the Jordanian delegate at the Arab League called for a meeting on Sunday following Wednesday's attacks by Israelis on the Al Haram Al Sharif, the League met yesterday and condemned Israeli behaviour.
"Sustainable peace is impossible without deliberately engaging women" writes Leigh Cuen
The Afghan Taliban says it will release four Turkish hostages, captured last month, soon
Respiratory virus has killed 15 people of the 24 that have contracted it in Saudi Arabia since it was identified in September 2012
Moscow and Washington attempt to find a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict could be attended by Syrian opposition
According to Egyptian interior minister, three militants with ties to an Al Qaeda cell were arrested in Cairo on Saturday after attempting to blow up an unidentified Western embassy.
May 12, 2013
Syria has denied being responsible for two car bombs which killed 46 people and wounded dozens more in a Turkish border town on Saturday.
In the aftermath of Israeli violations at Al Haram Al Sharif in East Jerusalem on Wednesday such as the obstruction of prayers and the arrest of the Grand Mufti, Jordan has taken immediate action to try and hold Israel responsible for its actions.
The attacks follow two similar bombings in the city on Friday
Victory for the British government this week as Muslim Cleric Abu Qatada, Palestinian of Jordanian nationality, has said he will return to Jordan of his own volition if and when Jordan ratifies a treaty with the UK ensuring that he will have a fair trial in the country.
686 individuals have signed up for the presidential race in Iran: they will now be vetted by the leadership
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi made the remarks in an interview with German title Der Spiegel
In what was billed as his first media interview since he was detained after his removal from power in 2011, former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak said it was too early to judge President Mohamed Morsi.
The four UN peacekeepers were captured by Syrian rebels last week in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler blames groups supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the twin car bombings in Turkey on Saturday, which killed at least 43 people and left 140 wounded.
May 11, 2013
Supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak rallied outside court in his support during his retrial.
Two car bombs exploded outside government buildings in a Turkish border town Saturday, killing at least 40 people, the government said.
The US charge d’affaires to Lebanon met with PM Mikati and expressed concern that Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria could drag the country into conflict.
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said on Friday that the only way to protect the country against Israeli aggression is to place Hezbollah's arms under Army control
With the international community finally taking a more active stance on the Syrian crisis, US Secretary of State John Kerry said said Friday there was “strong evidence” that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons.
May 10, 2013
Israeli policies in East Jerusalem "deteriorated socioeconomic conditions for Palestinians" - UN report
A new report, the first of its kind made by the UN, has provided insight on the ways in which Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem since the 1967 war has significantly decreased their standards of living, housing, health care and education.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that as a result of Israeli airstrikes on Damascus last weekend, the Shiite group would be provided with weapons he described as "game changing" by the Syrian regime.
May 9, 2013
Syria has already began payments for a $900 million purchase of an advanced air defense system from Russia and an initial delivery was due within three months..
Israel has given the go-ahead to build nearly 300 homes in the settlement of Beit El near Ramallah, a spokesman said, just two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly ordered a freeze on construction.
Jordan's Foreign Minister told John Kerry that Syrians could make up 40% of the Jordanian population by mid 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad cannot be part of a transitional government in Syria.
Syria's internet and phone services resumed on Wednesday afternoon following a two-day blackout that left much of the war-torn country cut off.
Acting President of the Syrian National Coalition George Sabra says that the two Greek Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in Syria are being held in a small village northwest of Aleppo by a rebel group.
May 8, 2013
Israeli police say they released Mohamed Hussein, the top Muslim cleric in the Holy Land, on Tuesday
Egypt's 'killing culture': As police and politicians lose their grip, mobs take justice into their own hands
Videos of brutal public executions have become increasingly common in Egypt. Experts say lynching phenomenon could spread to major cities.
Jordan’s Parliament votes to expel Israel’s ambassador from the Kingdom in retaliation for Israeli measures against Al-Aqsa mosque.
Jerusalem Mufti Mohammed Hussein was taken from his home in the city for questioning in relation to the disturbances
Hosni Mubarak's going nowhere fast as Egypt's Illicit Gains Authority extend his detention for another two weeks
Reports on Tuesday said that rebel pressure in both areas have pushed government forces into negotiations
Syria has "largely disappeared" from the internet according to reports on Wednesday
A strategic southern town in Syria has been captured by regime forces from rebel fighters.
Russia and the US say they have agreed to work towards holding an international conference to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
May 7, 2013
The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade said it was holding the peacekeepers for their own safety
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US efforts to renew peace talks.
Nine ministers have been replaced in the Egyptian government headed by Prime Minister Hesham Qandil.