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April 15, 2014

Manama now has the authority to sentence protesters to death for participation in "unauthorized demonstrations" (File Archive/AFP)
10:27 GMT
A Manama court has sentenced 11 Shiite protesters to five years in jail each for allegedly "attacking police."
Israeli forces have erected checkpoints near Hebron in response to the death of an Israeli in Hebron Monday. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT
Israeli soldiers have blocked main roads and erected military checkpoints in two villages near Hebron.
A Libyan official said that the militants opened fire at al-Etan's vehicle, wounding his driver and forcing the diplomat out at gunpoint. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT
Unidentified Libyan gunmen on Tuesday abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli, officials reported.
America has done its best to keep secret its role in supplying the Syrian armed opposition. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups.
According to immediate reports, two police officers were injured in Tuesday's blast. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT
Two policemen were injured in a bomb attack that struck central Cairo on Tuesday morning, state television reported.
Yuval Steinitz is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT
Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz recently criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his comments on Iran's nuclear program.
The Iraqi army has been battling al-Qaeda linked militants since December 2013. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT
Iraqi Water Resources Minister Muhanad al-Saadi said in a statement on Monday that militants have “completely closed the gates of the Fallujah dam since Sunday morning.”
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows bodies lying on the ground, allegedly of rebel fighters after they were killed by Syrian government forces in Adra, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)
06:52 GMT
France is set to host the meeting in the hopes of leading an international group who will bring the Syrian government to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Hebron is experiencing heightened tensions after the Israeli government ruled Monday that an Israeli family could move back into their contested house in a settlement. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Palestinian gunmen shot and killed one Israeli and injured two others in Hebron.

April 14, 2014

Ghali served under Hosni Mubarak until he was overthrown in January 2011. (AFP/File)
19:41 GMT
Interpol arrested Youssef Boutros Ghali on Monday as he arrived in Paris.
16,000 people have been detained since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT
A student loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi was shot dead by Egyptian security forces as clashes took place in Cairo University, also leaving two journalists injured.
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man outside the al-Aqsa compound, Jerusalem (File/AFP)
17:45 GMT
Gazans protested against Israel's strict measures for access to Islam's third most holiest site during the Jewish Passover holidays. Only Palestinian males, aged 50 and over will have access to al-Aqsa mosque until further notice.
Sisi is widely expected to win the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
16:12 GMT
Abdel Fattah al Sisi's lawyer handed in the required documents Monday for Sisi to run for president.
Navy Pillay has been the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2008. (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT
Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, denounced widespread torture in Syria on Monday.
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 13, 2014 shows pro-regime forces holding a position during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Syrian forces have entered the town of al-Sarkha in the strategic Qalamoun region, retaking the full control of the town from rebels operating inside Syria.
Lebanese soldiers were deployed to Tripoli in late March to implement a new security plan for the restive city (File Archive/AFP)
13:31 GMT
At least 38 individuals have been charged for involvement in gun battles in Lebanon's Tripoli.
Hebron is home to approximately 250,000 Palestinians and roughly 600 Jewish settlers. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a Jewish family may move back into a contested house in Hebron.
Another Saudi border guard was killed last week by unidentified Yemeni militants (Courtesy of Your Middle East)
12:09 GMT
Unidentified militants from Yemen killed a Saudi border guard and injured another.
The ICC has charged Saif al-Islam with murder and persecution of civilians. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is accused of orchestrating a campaign of murder, torture and bombardment of civilians during Libya's eight-month civil war in 2011.
Syrian regime fighters claimed victory in the rebel stronghold of Yabroud in March (File Archive)
11:01 GMT
Syrian regime soldiers have reclaimed Maaloula in the Damascus province four months after Islamist rebels took over the Christian stronghold.
Just over 65 percent of Syria's internationally declared chemical weapons stockpile has been removed from the war-torn country, the Associated Press reported. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT
The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog has said that the Syrian government must speed up its movement of raw materios for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to successfully destroy its stockpile on time.
The Israeli military is preparing for any possible scenario in the besieged Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon, Gantz said. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
The Israeli military's Chief of Staff Benny Gantz says Tel Aviv is getting ready for what he called future wars against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
A three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held without the presence of US envoy Martin Indyk on Sunday ended without clear signs of progress. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
A three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held without the presence of US envoy Martin Indyk on Sunday ended without clear signs of progress.
Militant attacks occur almost daily throughout Yemen under the current government leadership (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:07 GMT
Yemenis held massive protests in Sana'a Sunday calling for the downfall of the government.
Doha is a popular spot for foreign investors. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The current rift between Qatar and the other Gulf states may bode well for Qatar in the long run.
A man is helped away as dust settles following an alleged air strike by Syrian regime forces on the city of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, an opposition bastion since early in the revolt against President Bashar Assad. (AFP)
06:57 GMT
As fighting raged across Aleppo and Damascus, Syria's President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he was planning to run for a third term in July's elections and that the conflict was coming to a "turning point".
Pro-Israeli U.S. representatives are leading the initiative in Washington to impose sanctions against the PA (File Archive)
06:51 GMT
Palestine's envoy in Washington told media outlets Sunday that U.S. congress members are calling for sanctions against the Palestinian Authority in response to the latter body's applications to join 15 international treaties.
A file picture taken on March 12, 2014 shows Libya's interim premier Abdullah al-Thani speaking during a press conference in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni abruptly quits his post a week after the parliament tasked him with forming a new cabinet.

April 13, 2014

The Lebanese army will soon take control of Beirut's western neighborhood, southern suburbs, and Tariq al-Jadideh district. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The army and Internal Security Forces' security plan that has been implemented in the northern city of Tripoli and in the eastern Bekaa Valley will soon be brought to Beirut.
The Syrian war has seen over 150,000 civilians killed (File/AFP)
18:29 GMT
Syrian President Assad says his regime's battle with opposition fighters worked in his favour.
Last week, Israel would stop the tax money transfers in retaliation for the Palestinians pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Saeb Erekat, Palestine's chief negotiator with the Israelis, said "the Israeli decision to withhold these funds [from Palestine] is piracy. ... It cannot be maintained".
Over 300 people were killed in clashes during Tunisia's revolution in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT
A Tunisian military court has ordered the release of the country's former leadership who were jailed after the country's 2011 revolution.
Israeli officials say the Palestinians were arrested because they were working without permits. (AFP/File)
13:02 GMT
Israeli forces have arrested 49 Palestinians throughout the week.
Ghardaia Province has been the scene of sectarian violence since last December (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
Two people and dozens others - including two policemen - were injured during clashes in Algeria's northern province of Ghardaia.
A suicide car bomb killed at least seven policemen in Kirkuk Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
11:52 GMT
At least a dozen people were killed in Iraq Sunday from bomb attacks in Kirkuk and Sulaiman Bek.
At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed by suspected Al Qaeda militants (File Archive/AFP)
11:25 GMT
At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed in three separate attacks throughout the country Sunday.
Prominent Israeli right-wing organizations have urged Jews to flock to Al-Aqsa Mosque during Passover in what many worshipers consider a provocation, according to Ma'an. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Israeli forces stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning, attacking worshipers with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, as Muslim worshipers braced for raids by right-wing Jewish groups as Passover approaches.
According to the U.N., over 2 million Syrians have registered as refugees. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The UN reports that only one fifth of pledged aid to Syrian has been delivered.
Over 90,000 Algerians in France cast their vote on the opening day of the polls (Bertrand Langlois/AFP)
08:18 GMT
France's Algerians population headed to the polls this weekend to vote in their home country's presidential election which is set to take place nationally April 17.
Kuwait's opposition held a conference last week about their new initiative, the "national political reform programme" (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
07:55 GMT
Kuwait has imposed a news blackout on reports related to a recording that suggests there is a plot to overthrow the ruling government.
A collage of portraits of those missing since Lebanon's civil war. (Image courtesy of The Independent)
07:46 GMT
Relatives of those who disappeared during the civil war want answers and hope that a new commission will help.
The U.S. recently listed Ansar Beit Maqdis as a terrorist group (File Archive/AFP)
07:33 GMT
Egyptian troops have allegedly killed a prominent Sinai Peninsula militant this weekend.
Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has seen fierce fighting since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
Government forces battled rebel fighters in Aleppo in the fiercest fighting since 2012.
Amnesty International have slammed Egypt's controversial counter-terrorism law. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
Amnesty International issued a statement this weekend denouncing a counter-terrorism law drafted by the Egyptian government, saying that it must be scrapped or fundamentally revised.
An Israeli border guard aims his weapon at Palestinians stone throwers during clashes in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron on April 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER)
06:41 GMT
Israeli forces surrounded the central West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and declared it a "closed military zone" on Saturday, subsequently injuring two Palestinian civilians, a local group said.
The Syrian opposition and regime both blame each other for Saturday's attack. (AFP/File)
06:28 GMT
The Syrian regime and opposition forces accused each other on Saturday of carrying out a chemical attack on the village of Kafr Zeita, located in the embattled country’s western-central province of Hama.
The World Bank recently reported that Ben Ali embezzled billions of dollars. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Switzerland will hand over $40 million to Tunisia. The money comes from a Swiss bank account belonging to former dictator Ben Ali.

April 12, 2014

Yemeni security forces have been the target of multiple attacks since 2012. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT
At least one soldier is dead after gunmen fired on an army vehicle in Hadramawt Province.
Massive protests for government reform began in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
The Opposition Coalition in Kuwait is suggesting major government reforms, such as instituting political parties.
Many Libyans want a larger share of oil profits. (AFP/File)
16:46 GMT
Anti-government protestors forced the Zawiya oil terminal to close and blocked the entrance to the port, preventing oil workers from entering.
According to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, over 100 structures have been demolished in 2014 alone. (AFP/File)
14:40 GMT
The Israeli government has demolished several humanitarian residential buildings that were partially funded by the EU.
One person was killed after demonstrators clashed with Egyptian police in Alexandria. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
Clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces have left one dead in Alexandria.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, said Sunday that Iran would pursue legal action against the United States' decision to deny Aboutalebi a visa. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT
Iranian officials said there is no alternative to Hamid Aboutalebi, their pick for U.N. Ambassador.
Fighting between Egyptian security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters is the biggest obstacle for peace in the country (File/AFP)
11:07 GMT
At least two Muslim Brotherhood members have been killed by security forces in an exchange of gunfire on Friday.
City in lockdown: Heavy security presence in Tripoli (File/AFP)
10:11 GMT
The military in Lebanon continued to maintain a heavy presence in Tripoli, setting up checkpoints and barriers across the city on Friday.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third most holiest site for Muslims (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT
Palestinian activists have condemned plans by Israeli officials to build a temple close to al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews have turned out in huge numbers to protest the new law. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A controversial new bill seeks to force yeshiva students to serve in the Israeli military, but the Ultra-Orthodox community is pushing back.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians broke down over the last week after Israel refused to release Palestinian prisoners. It is unclear whether talks will resume. (photo courtesy: www.standard.co.uk)
06:26 GMT
Labour party leader Ed Miliband avoided tough questions on current Israel-Palestine negotiations while at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Saleh al-Mutlaq was left unhurt after the attack in Baghdad (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Deputy PM Saleh al-Mutlaq escaped from an assassination attempt, alleges an Iraqi lawmaker accompanying him on a trip to Abu Graib.

April 11, 2014

Sixty six people have died from MERS in Saudi Arabia so far (File/AFP)
17:03 GMT
Five hospital workers have been placed in quarantine due to a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus outbreak in Al Ain, UAE.
This year's marathon was a good turnout, organizers say (File/AFP)
14:52 GMT
Palestinians and foreigners alike took on Bethlehem's hilly roads and ran the marathon as part of the "Right to Movement" campaign on Friday.
Terror suspect Mohammed Qassem was arrested in the Lebanese village of Arsal by the army (File/AFP)
13:25 GMT
The Lebanese military have captured a terrorist allegedly involved in carrying out deadly attacks across the country.
Egypt has come under scrutiny for detaining journalists (File/AFP)
12:14 GMT
Journalists under fire: A reporter for a pro-Muslim Brotherhood website has been jailed for allegedly posting leaked videos of military officials.
Rebel groups, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and Nusra Front continue to fight each other (File/AFP)
11:33 GMT
Rival groups fighting each other in Syria have brought the death toll up in recent days, complicating the country's civil war further.
Easter is an important time for Palestine's 200,000 Christians (File/AFP)
09:33 GMT
Archbishop Atallah Hanna and Palestinian Christian groups have accused Israel of discriminating against their right to worship freely in the holy city.
Eric Harroun was jailed for six months when he returned to the U.S. for fighting alongside terrorist groups (File/Facebook)
09:08 GMT
Famous for fighting alongside Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria, "The American Jihadist" Eric Harroun died of an accidental overdose in Arizona.
Egypt has seen various "waves"  of revolution over the past years, but will real reforms be implemented if Mubarak-era Sisi wins the upcoming election? (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Arab regimes will never be a source of true reform in the MENA region. So-called "dialogues" and "agendas for change" are mere distractions to perpetuate the status quo.
Turkey's Twitter ban was lifted last week while YouTube remains blocked (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Ankara continues to draw criticism after the Turkish government ignored a court ruling to lift a ban on YouTube.

April 10, 2014

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians broke down over the last week after Israel refused to release Palestinian prisoners. (AFP/File)
19:47 GMT
Israeli Finance Minister Naftali Bennett believes Israel should annex 60 percent of the West Bank in light of failed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
As peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians falter, some fear a return to violence. (photo courtesy: timesofisrael.com)
18:22 GMT
140 Palestinians made their way into a closed military zone on the border with Israel, sparking violence.
Family members of Palestinian prisoners protest for their release (File/AFP)
15:56 GMT
Ten Palestinian prisoners are at the forefront of Israeli discussions to deport them to Gaza, according to a senior official.
The majority of the government approved clerics were trained at Al Azhar University. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT
The Egyptian government is adopting measures to expand control over mosques.
Border checkpoints in Yemen are frequently targeted by Al Qaeda militants in the country (File Archive/AFP)
13:55 GMT
At least two Saudi soldiers were killed by unidentified gunmen on the Yemeni border.
An IDF soldier walks passed a bus graffitied by Israeli settlers in the West Bank (AFP/file)
12:05 GMT
Five Israeli settlers were arrested for attacking army soldiers and vandalizing IDF vehicles, bringing the total number of arrests to eight this week.
A Syrian refugee family waits at a UNHCR registration center in Lebanon (Joseph Eid/AFP)
11:52 GMT
Some 20 Syrian refugee families with ties to the regime have returned to their hometown of Flita, according to Syrian army sources.
Lebanese army retaliated in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli (file/AFP)
10:35 GMT
Armed men opened fire on the Lebanese army, prompting an overnight battle in Tripoli, north of Lebanon.
The issue of Palestinian prisoners being released has sparked protests on both sides and delayed the peace talks. Some Israelis claim that the prisoners are terrorists and therefore should not be released. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to extend peace talks past the April 29 deadline.
Israel says that Hezbollah is repeatedly violating UN resolutions. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT
Israel has asked the United Nations to take action against Hezbollah after the party's secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said that his group was behind a blast that targeted Israeli troops last month.
Approximately 1,400 people have been killed in chemical weapons attacks in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:33 GMT
The U.S. and Turkey will follow up on new accusations that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons in recent months.
The latest GCC summit did not include the Qatar rift issue on the agenda (File Archive)
08:31 GMT
Kuwait expects "positive steps" to be implemented to end the Gulf rift between Qatar and other GCC countries.
Egypt is planning to hold elections for the presidency at the end of May (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:38 GMT
Anti-Morsi actors in Egypt are accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of trying to "infiltrate" the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE have entered Bahrain in an effort to quell demonstrations. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Bahrainis continue to hold anti-government protests across the country, despite a heavy government crackdown.
More than 3,000 people have died in Iraq from violent attacks since the beginning of 2014 (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
07:25 GMT
Violent attacks in mostly Shiite areas in Iraq left at least 34 people dead Wednesday.
Hezbollah is allegedly facing an economic crisis over its continued role in the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
Hezbollah is facing an economic crisis stemming from its involvement in the Syrian civil war, and budget cuts in Iran as a result of new president Hassan Rouhani's austerity policies, Lebanese sources say.
A 2013 United Nations study found that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT
A UN report shows that in 2013, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women experienced some form of sexual harassment.
Hamas has called on Abbas to end negotiations with Israel and recruit regional and international opposition to the occupation (Mohamed El Shahed/AFP)
07:04 GMT
Hamas told reporters Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority should end security cooperation with Israel.
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows vehicles burning in al-Khudary Street in the Karm el-Loz neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs. (AFP)
06:57 GMT
At least 25 people, including women and children, have been killed in two car bomb attacks in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
Negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis are threatening to collapse after nine months of talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited the region over a dozen times in an attempt to salvage negotiations.(photo courtesy: www.thetakeaway.org)
05:00 GMT
The Arab League stated that buying time is a 'strategic objective' for Israel.

April 9, 2014

The explosion in a vegetable market outside Islamabad comes during peace talks between the Taliban and the Pakistani government. (photo courtesy: www.presstv.ir.com)
18:42 GMT
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Human rights groups around the world criticized the Egyptian ruling. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
The men were sentenced for wearing women's clothing and organizing sex parties.
Previous hearings for Morsi's cases have been delayed for protests, lack of evidence, and even weather (File Archive/AFP)
13:38 GMT
An Egyptian appeal court ruled Wednesday that the original judges hearing two cases on former president Mohammed Morsi are not allowed to be replaced in future hearings.
 Members of the Syrian Red Crescent arrive with aid at the rebel controlled Jisr al-Haj checkpoint in the Bustan al-Qasr district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 8, 2014. It's the first time aid has been delivered to Aleppo in 10 months. (AFP)
12:19 GMT
Much needed aid and humanitarian supplies were delivered to rebel-held areas of Aleppo by the Syrian Red Crescent and the UN on Wednesday for the first time in 10 months
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Netanyahu is "giving fuel and matches to those who hate Israel. (AFP/File)
11:45 GMT
In the wake of the Mideast peace talk's failure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed all Israeli government ministries to cease civilian and economic cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.
Italy had to deny that the U.S. had vetoed weapons bound for the Lebanese Army. (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT
Italy’s ambassador to Lebanon denied that the United States had 'vetoed' weapons bound for the Lebanese Army in remarks published Wednesday.
Since 2013, violence has been escalating in Iraq. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT
A series of car bombs hit Baghdad's Shiite neighborhoods on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people according to officials.
Most of the anti-Semitic tweets came from Egypt. (AFP/File)
09:14 GMT
When the hugely popular Egyptian TV host used scholar Ben Judah's work in a local newspaper, things quickly got out of hand, revealing the extent of anti-Semitic feeling in the Arab world.
Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been accused by the Syrian government of having an overwhelming bias towards the opposition. (AFP/File)
08:47 GMT
The Syrian regime has claimed that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is biased towards the opposition, slamming her recent accusations that Damascus has committed human rights violations.
Syrian regime fighters ousted rebels from Yabroud last month (File Archive)
08:00 GMT
The Syrian regime forces have "stepped up their offensive" on the last rebel stronghold in the strategic Qalamoun area, Rankous.
Egypt security forces have been deployed to Aswan in an effort to end the clashes (Ahmed El Moghrabi/AFP)
07:29 GMT
Inter-tribal clashes in Egypt's Aswan has now left 26 dead as of Tuesday and an additional 56 injured.
Iran is likely to continue its uranium enrichment program under the final agreement say some delegates (Dieter Nagl/AFP)
07:21 GMT
Iranian negotiators told media outlets Tuesday following high-level talks in Vienna that a final nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers will be completed within the next six months.