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April 12, 2014

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.
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.
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.

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.