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April 23, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Turkey on Saturday to review the treatment of refugees and show support for the EU migrant return deal.
A general view of the various delegations taking part in the Yemen peace talks in Kuwait city. (AFP/KUNA)
09:43 GMT
The ongoing Yemen peace talks in Kuwait may result in a positive outcome for the country.
A Libyan oil facility was set ablaze last month after attacks launched by Daesh militants to seize key export terminals. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Forces loyal to Libya’s government have pushed Daesh out of the key eastern city of Derna, with the fleeing to their main stronghold in Sirte.
One-on-one talks with Israel are out of the question, says Palestinian Foreign Minister. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced that France will host an international ministerial meeting on May 30 to try to breathe life into the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

April 22, 2016

Israeli soldiers check a map as they patrol the northern Israeli-Lebanon border. (AFP/File)
10:16 GMT
Israeli police announced tightened security measures in a statement Friday morning for the Jewish Passover holiday, with extra police units deployed in public areas and an emphasis on East Jerusalem's Old City.
A file photo of Turkish security forces blocking a road. (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT
Three soldiers were killed when an explosion hit a military vehicle in the eastern Turkish province of Tunceli.
A file photo of Taliban militants in Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Drone strikes hit Taliban and Daesh targets in the eastern Nangrahar province of Afghanistan.
President Sisi welcomes Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in Cairo International Airport, Egypt. (Twitter)
09:50 GMT
They discussed the security challenges that aimed to destabilize the region, violence and extremism as well as acts of terrorist groups.
Daesh gunmen in Mosul. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT
Iraqi army forces have freed scores of people who had been imprisoned by the Daesh group near the embattled northern city of Mosul.
Israeli soldiers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on June 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:14 GMT
Netanyahu's remarks came during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow.
Israeli security forces stand guard as firemen extinguish a burning bus following an attack in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016. (AFP/File)
08:03 GMT
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that 19-year-old Hamas operative Abd al-Hamid Abu Srour exploded the bomb on the bus, and that "a number" of other suspects linked to the incident have also been arrested.
Police officers in the Mount Lebanon region north of Beirut. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT
The National News Agency said the blast occurred in the town of Hermel, which had been the site of multiple car bomb attacks in recent years linked to the war in Syria.
After the Yemen ceasefire was implemented April 10, peace talks kicked off April 21. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The United Nations has officially opened delayed peace talks meant to end more than a year of deadly conflict in Yemen.
Children wrapped in covers stand in a harbour as migrants and refugees arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos while crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on March 2, 2016, in Mytilene. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The bloc's executive, the EU Commission, has said it depends on Ankara meeting the remaining conditions contained in a deal with the EU over stemming migration into Europe. The assessment is to be presented in a report next month.

April 21, 2016

Aftermath of Paris attacks. (AFP/Kenzo Troubilliard)
18:51 GMT
Abdeslam, a 26-year-old Frenchman, was arrested in Brussels on March 18, four days before deadly attacks on the Belgian capital's international airport and Maelbeek subway station.
The Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, on May 19, 2013. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
15:21 GMT
The escalation of violence in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp has prompted efforts by both Palestinian and Lebanese officials to contain the situation, as developments in the camp could impact Sidon and neighboring areas.
Supporters of the southern separatist movement wave the movements flag during a rally in Yemen. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT
Negotiations scheduled for Thursday between Yemen’s warring sides have not yet begun, awaiting the arrival of delegations representing Yemen’s Houthis and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, sources say.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
The two officials will discuss bilateral ties between Egypt and the Emirates. They will discuss regional issues within the Middle East, including efforts to combat extremism, the situations in Libya, Syria and Yemen as well as the matter of Palestine.
Jordanian women shout slogans as they protest in Amman on January 25, 2014. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
13:01 GMT
In its 2016 World Press Freedom Index, the Reporters Without Borders said Jordan ranked 135th last year compared to 143rd place a year earlier.
US President Barack Obama speaks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (left), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, during the US-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, on April 21, 2016. (AFP/Jim Watson)
11:52 GMT
US support for the lifting of sanctions against Iran in the run-up to last year's landmark nuclear agreement has strained ties between Washington and its traditional Gulf allies.
Turkish border patrol. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
Seven suspected militants were apprehended near the Syrian border.
Clean drinking water is in short supply in North Sinai. (Shutterstock)
10:34 GMT
North Sinai is battling a militant insurgency - but the water shortage might be even more deadly.
The kidnapping was interrupted when the victim's father surprised the attackers. (Shutterstock)
10:07 GMT
A group of unknown assailants tried to kidnap a man in southern Lebanon.
A marathon participant runs through the Sahara desert in Morocco. (AFP/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)
09:41 GMT
The GCC backed Morocco's claim to the Western Sahara and refuted Ban Ki-Moon's statements.
Turkish border guards watch as smoke rises from an airstrike in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
Turkish border guards shot at a group of mostly women and children trying to cross through a closed border on Sunday.
Yemeni ride past a damaged building outside of Aden. After a year of fighting, the destruction is widespread. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
08:48 GMT
Yemen peace talks will begin April 21, with all delegations present in Kuwait.
Firefighters respond to the scene of the Jerusalem bus blast. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
07:57 GMT
Hamas claimed responsibility for the Jerusalem bus bombing that killed over 20 people.
Smokes rises from a coalition airstrike in Syria. (AFP/File)
07:13 GMT
The US military approved delegation for lower level commanders to approve airstrikes.
Indian artist Sudarsan Pattnaik works on a sand sculpture depicting drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
UN reported survivors accounts of large ship capsizing at sea as smugglers transferred refugees.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
05:00 GMT
The Palestinian Authority has been under pressure from France and other countries to stop its efforts to push for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

April 20, 2016

Pakistani security personnel on the streets of Karachi after gunmen shot dead seven policemen guarding a polio vaccination team on April 20, 2016. (AFP/Asif Hassan)
16:57 GMT
Gunmen killed at least seven Pakistani policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in the port city of Karachi on Wednesday.
A masked Palestinian wearing a Hamas headband takes a burnt carpet out of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City during clashes at the compound. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The UN cultural body UNESCO has urged Israel to respect the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound which is the scene of frequent raids by Israeli extremists.
The remains of a burnt airplane seen at the Tripoli International Airport in Libya on July 16, 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
15:00 GMT
Dozens of Islamist militants were reported dead after troops loyal to the government based in eastern Libya swept into parts of the city.
Obama's visit comes amid strained relations between Washington and its decades-old ally, Riyadh.
13:57 GMT
Air Force One landed at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh for his final visit to Saudi Arabia before his presidential term ends in January.
Musician and artisan Ali Mohammed Abdali makes an oud at his workshop on Baghdad's Rashid Street. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT
Musician and artisan Ali Mohammed Abdali makes an oud at his workshop on Baghdad's Rashid Street
A Palestinian man stands next to a graffiti reading "Revenge," after a house was set on fire by Jewish settlers in the West Bank, July 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT
Some of the members of the network were issued administrative restraining orders even before the end of their investigation with the aim of neutralizing the danger they posed. Indictments are set to be filed against the suspects in the coming days, the Shin Bet said.
A representational image of bags of heroin. (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
A Jordanian man was caught attempting to smuggle heroin into Egypt.
An aerial view of Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Daesh has gained control over large portions of the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, and is torturing the remaining residents.
Residents of the besieged town, Madaya. (AFP/File)
09:55 GMT
Syrian regime and rebel forces are allowing the evacuation of a few hundred people from besieged towns.
The Grand Mosque in Mecca, filled with worshippers. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Saudi Arabia is putting a new security and safety plan into play as they expand the Grand Mosque.
Tunisian military forces on patrol after a series of Daesh attacks in the country. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
A group of militants smuggling weapons from Libya was arrested west of Tunis.
Egyptian soldiers in tanks roll through North Sinai. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT
A missile struck an Egyptian military vehicle, killing six soldiers in North Sinai.
A Houthi man carries a Yemeni flag in the capital city, Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
07:11 GMT
Delegations from the Houthi rebels and Saleh supporters are leaving Yemen today for peace talks in Kuwait.
An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds his weapon while on patrol in Bashiqa, a town northeast of Mosul. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Daesh militants attacked a Turkish military camp in northern Iraq and lost almost three dozen militants.

April 19, 2016

Afghan security forces at the site of a car bombing earlier on April 19. (AFP/Shah Marai)
16:33 GMT
A second blast struck central Kabul.
A house destroyed by an airstrike in the Idlib province. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT
Syrian regime airstrikes hit two civilian areas in the Idlib province.
Afghan forces gather at the site of a car bomb in Kabul on April 19. (AFP/Shah Marai)
14:43 GMT
Afghan media has released more details about he deadly Kabul attack, with at least 24 people killed.
Jordanian honour guards parade during an official welcoming ceremony for the French president. (AFP/File)
14:05 GMT
Jordanian honour guards parade during an official welcoming ceremony for the French president.
The build-up of refugees at Greece-Macedonia border has been described as a humanitarian disaster. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
Economically embattled Greece has been the main point of arrival for migrants and asylum seekers entering Europe, with most of them crossing by sea from Turkey until a deal was struck with Ankara last month to return people.
Some Twitter users compared the image used in wSieci for an article referring to the Cologne sexual assaults, to Nazi propaganda. The words translate as "The Islamic rape of Europe". (AFP/Janek Skarzynski)
11:49 GMT
Dr. Farid Hafez from the University of Salzburg and Dr. Enes Bayraklı analyze Islamophobia in Europe vis-a-vis their new annual report, 'European Islamophobia Report 2015'.
A police officer kicks a demonstrator during a protest in Rabat, Morocco. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
A street vendor, nicknamed in the Moroccan media as "The Baghrir (Moroccan pancake) vendor Umm Fatiha," committed self-immolation after a Kenitra police officer confiscated her stall.
Shoura member Haya Al-Minai said the success of women in municipal council elections is proof that women have the potential to contribute to the development of the Kingdom. (AFP/File)
09:41 GMT
Shoura member Haya Al-Minai said she is proposing to amend Article 36 in the Traffic Law to state that driving is an equal right for men and women.
Police escort Yosef Haim Ben-David, one of the Jewish suspects of the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, in the Disctrict Court in Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
08:31 GMT
Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Arab from Shuafat in east Jerusalem was abducted, burned and brutally murdered on July 2, 2014 while waiting to enter a mosque.
Muslims perform the third Friday prayer of the Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 03, 2015 in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT
The decision was reached after "some of our people in Palestine complained and expressed reservations toward the process," according to al-Nsoor.
Flash waters killed six people, three women and three children, and damaged about 20 houses and at least five acres of agricultural land in Samangan Province. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
At least 38 people have lost their lives due to heavy rains accompanied by flash floods in northern parts of Afghanistan, according to officials.
President Barack Obama of the United States and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT
The deal struck over Iran's nuclear programme last year, under which the US backed the gradual lifting of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic, did nothing to reassure Riyadh.
Black smoke was seen rising from the vicinity of the US embassy in Kabul. (Twitter)
06:27 GMT
There was no indication of the source of the blast, but rocket attacks remain common in the city.
UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura speaks at the United Nations Offices. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
High Negotiations Committee will remain in Geneva for 'technical discussions', UN envoy said.
Israeli security forces and emergency services gather around a burnt-out bus following an explosion by IED (improvised explosive device). (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld reported that bomb disposal experts had identified the cause of the blast as an explosive device on the bus.

April 18, 2016

Photos on social media show the bus engulfed in flames. (Twitter)
16:36 GMT
Bus in Talpiot neighborhood went up in flames; 15 people rushed to hospital, including two in serious condition; police say unclear if it was an attack.
An Egyptian street vendor sells the country's national flag and masks of Egypt's, then Defence Minister but now current president, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP/File)
15:26 GMT
Egyptian government had announced transferring sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia.
Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi and his French counterpart Francois Hollande review the honour guard during a welcome ceremony at the al-Quba presidential palace in Cairo on April 17, 2016. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
15:17 GMT
Francois Hollande was speaking alongside Sisi in Cairo at the Egyptian-French Business Forum; Egyptian president says Europe needs to see things through our scope and culture.
The mutaween were the subject of controversy after chasing and assaulting two women over their dress. (Twitter)
15:06 GMT
Last week saw Saudi’s rampant religious police’s powers clipped. A look at the timing and significance of this power-’strip’ geopolitically.
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh has instructed the Jordanian ambassador in Iran to return to Amman. (Twitter)
14:44 GMT
Jordan had also called Iran to respect the sovereignty of nations and respond to the Arab efforts to forge a balanced and solid joint ties based on respect for the principles of the international relations and international law.
Anti-refugee, anti-immigration movement demonstrates against refugees coming to Germany which has, to date, been the most welcoming of EU states to asylum seekers. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT
In an interview with state broadcaster NDR, the chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, said that for "the first time since Hitler's Germany there is a party that again seeks to discredit an entire religious community and threatens its existence."
Lebanon: US watching presidential elections closely, no favored candidate yet. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT
Telecommunications Minister Butros Harb, who was present at the session, slammed the "shameful" failure to elect a head of state, saying that he came to parliament because he has a "constitutional role to fulfill."
Protesters in Kerkennah chant slogans at the arriving military forces. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
12:30 GMT
Unemployment protests turned violent on the island of Kerkennah, prompting military intervention.
A Palestinian girl wraps a scarf around her face to protect from tear gas. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Israeli forces fired tear gas into a girls' school in Hebron, wounding eleven.
Free Syrian Army members raise their weapons and a revolutionary flag during a training session on the outskirts of Idlib, Syria. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
'We're not here to share power, but to establish a transitional government with full authority', said top opposition negotiator.
Taiz citizens protest the ongoing conflict in Yemen. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Basha)
10:46 GMT
Delegations refuse to meet in Kuwait to discuss peace after multiple ceasefire violations from both sides.
Former Libyan Prime Minister, Ahmed Maiteeq. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT
An attempted kidnapping of Libya's former Prime Minister caused military personnel to be deployed to Tripoli.
Turkish police forces on patrol. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT
Turkish police arrested 100 people associated with Fetullah Gulen, and accused of funding anti-state activities.
In this photograph taken on November 3, 2015, Afghan Taliban fighters listen to Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund (unseen), the newly appointed leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, at Bakwah in the western province of Farah. (AFP/Javed Tanveer)
09:00 GMT
Seven militants, including a commander, have been confirmed dead following a military operation carried out in Kunduz province. A further three people were wounded.
Afghan security forces in Kunduz, on a mission against Taliban militants. (AFP/Nasir Waqif)
09:00 GMT
Taliban and security force fighting in the Kunduz province has cause civilian fatalities and endangerment.
Beirut is the capital city of Lebanon. (AFP/Stephan De Sakutin)
08:30 GMT
Lebanon's government is meeting on Monday to address the security situation in the country.
Sirte, Libya has faced extensive bombings and fighting, pushing families outside of the city. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Libyan aid organizations are assessing the needs of thousands of families displaced from Sirte.
Tunisian police forces stand guard as Daesh attacks increase in the country. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Tunisian forces arrested six Daesh militants who had recently returned from fighting in Syria.
Thousands of Iraqis gather to protest for sweeping government reforms. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
06:50 GMT
Al-Sadr loyalists staged protests to demand a cabinet reshuffle in parliament.
A refugee family crossing through Serbia. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
06:00 GMT
The US State Department announced it is planning to let in some 1,500 Syrian refugees each month to meet President Barack Obama’s target of settling 10,000 refugees by September.
A picture taken from behind a windshield shows Egyptians driving past posters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande displayed on Cairo's Six October bridge on April 17, 2016, ahead of the visit of the French president in the capital. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
During Hollande's two-day visit to Egypt, Egyptian and French parties will address regional security, military aid, and potential tourism projects.

April 17, 2016

Watchtower: A UN peacekeeper on an observation tower on the Golan Heights. (AFP/Jack Guez)
18:13 GMT
Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and later annexed it, in a move never recognized by the international community.
The war in Yemen has killed more than 6,000 people, half of them civilians, and spread disease and hunger across the impoverished nation. (AFP/File)
17:50 GMT
It is hoped that a deal will defuse tension between regional powers Saudi Arabia and Iran, who have been backing opposing sides in Yemen's war which has exacerbated political and military struggles across the region.
Afghan children watch a platoon of American soldiers, 24 September 2012. (AFP/Tony Karumba)
17:05 GMT
Days into Taliban's fresh spring offensive, UN notec alarming spike in civilian casualties in Afghanistan, especially among children.
Lebanese PM Tamam Salam (R) meets with French President Francois Hollande at the government palace in downtown Beirut on April 16, 2016. (AFP/Stephane de Sakutin)
15:00 GMT
Hollande also noted that France will keep pushing for the implementation of the Saudi-French agreement on providing the Lebanese army with weapons, which was suspended earlier this year amid high tensions between the kingdom and Hezbollah.
A screenshot of inmates in Guantanamo Bay, United States. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT
The transfer, which took place just days before President Barack Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit of Gulf Arab allies, marked the latest step in his final push to close the controversial detention centre at the US naval base in Cuba before he leaves office in January 2017.
A member of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard in a post bearing the colours of the Kurdish flag in Khazir, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski Kalak, 40 kilometres West of Arbil. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT
A member of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard in a post bearing the colours of the Kurdish flag in Khazir, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski Kalak, 40 kilometres West of Arbil. (AFP/File)
The Syrian forces recently thwarted attacks on al-Dumayr military airfield, located in the eastern countryside of Damascus. (AFP/File)
12:14 GMT
The Syrian army forces have wrested control of a military airport near the capital, Damascus, marking the latest in a string of victories over the Daesh group.
Captagon pills. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT
Jordanian border guards caught two cars packed with drugs at the Syrian border.
People gather at the site of a car bombing near the Foreign Ministry in Aden on Friday. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
10:30 GMT
On the day peace talks are slated to begin, Yemeni police have stopped two car bombings.
Palestinian men in Hamas gear. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
A hand grenade explosion wounded two Palestinians at a Hamas training site.
Syrian pro-regime forces patrol in the Hama province, as families move back into the area. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
With the nearby towns stabilizing, over a hundred families returned to Hor Binafso.
The Abu Kabir Prison. (Wikimedia Commons)
08:30 GMT
A new report reveals torture and terrible conditions for journalists who have been arrested by Israeli forces.
Pro-Hadi troops patrol the streets of Aden as attacks by unknown assailants continue. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT
A car exploded near the Aden airport on the day peace talks are to begin.
Pope Francis welcomes a group of Syrian refugees to Rome after their plane lands. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)
08:00 GMT
The Pope brought three families of Muslim Syrian refugees back to Rome.
The Chergui gas field in Kerkeenah, operated by the UK-based Petrofac. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
07:30 GMT
Tunisia has deployed the military to restore order on an island facing unemployment protests.
Egyptian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against a controversial deal to hand two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia on April 15, 2016 outside the Journalists' Syndicate in central Cairo.
Egyptians gather outside the Journalists' Syndicate to protest giving two islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Mohamed Al-Shahed)
06:54 GMT
Protests continue across Egypt after the handover of two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia.
American President Barack Obama. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Release of the letter comes as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to present a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements to the UN Security Council in New York from April 21 to 23.
The war in Yemen has killed more than 6,000 people, half of them civilians, and spread disease and hunger across the impoverished nation. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The United Nations special envoy for Yemen says reconciliation between warring sides to the conflict gripping the Arab country has never been as close as it is now.

April 16, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas welcomed by French President Francois Hollande in Paris. (AFP/Dominique Faget)
11:57 GMT
France launched an effort earlier this year to host an international conference in the summer to revive peace talks. It initially vowed to recognize a Palestinian state if talks failed, but French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault later said the recognition would not be automatic.
Lebanon Palestinians face region's worst conditions. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
In the southern city of Sidon, the army arrested Palestinian Khalil Louai Khaled who had in an earlier incident opened fire from a military weapon at one of the houses located in the city.