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April 8, 2014

Extremist right-wing settlers from Yitzhar clashed with Israeli security forces over the destruction of illegally built homes. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

Israeli security forces descended on Yitzhar, just south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, and destroyed four buildings which authorities determined were built without a permit. Clashes between the IDF and right-wing settlers broke out.

Rebel fighters from the "Al-Mujahedin The Falcons of Islam" brigade looks at a map as they prepare an operation to "liberate" an area controlled by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:37 GMT

Syrian opposition groups have claimed gains in the city of Aleppo and Qunaitra area, which borders Israel, while regime troops launched a deadly offensive in the outskirts of Damascus, killing dozens of rebels.

The Assad regime used lethal chemical weapons on the Syrian people in 2013. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israel security sources say the Assad regime used a non-lethal chemical weapon on opposition fighters in March.

April 7, 2014

Iraqis will vote for parliament members on April 30. (AFP/File)
19:37 GMT

Iraqi security forces have killed 19 militants as violence continues ahead of elections.

Roughly 16,000 Egyptians have been jailed for protesting over the past few months. (AFP/File)
18:26 GMT

An Egyptian court has upheld prison sentences for three political activists and ruled Monday that each would be fined 50,000 Egyptian pounds.

The request from YouTube comes days after a court ruled to lift the ban on Twitter. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

YouTube has asked Turkey's Constitutional Court to lift a ban on the video sharing website.

Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, along with Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, visited Aswan to mediate a truce. (AFP/File)
15:14 GMT

The Bani Helal and Daboudiya clans in southern Egypt have agreed to a three-day truce.

Bashar al Assad is struggling to stay in power as Syrian rebels and foreign jihadists fight to topple his regime. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said his army will win the war within the year and go back to "fighting terrorists."

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat are expected to meet again late Monday. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT

Top negotiators from Israel and the Palestinian Authority held a "serious and beneficial" meeting Sunday.

Clashes between Bani Helal and Daboudiya began last Wednesday over the harassment of a girl and offensive graffiti (Radwan El Najar/AFP)
13:35 GMT

Fourteen people were arrested Monday for Friday's tribal clashes in Egypt's Aswan that left 25 dead.

Two were killed in Monday's clashes. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

Clashes in the Palestinian Refugee Camp of Mieh Mieh in the coastal city of Sidon Monday killed two people, including the commander of an armed group, and wounded five others, security sources said.

Iran's FM Javad Zarif will meet with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Monday evening (File Archive/AFP)
10:52 GMT

Iran's nuclear negotiation team, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, will meet with the EU's foreign policy chief Monday evening in preparation of Tuesday's high-level nuclear negotiations.

The eastern militias will immediately hand over the Zuwaitina and Hariga oil terminals under the new deal (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
10:40 GMT

Libya's main eastern militia has agreed to return control of four major state oil terminals to Tripoli.

Israeli soldiers stand together in the occupied Golan Heights. Hezbollah has taken responsibility for an attack on Israeli territory last month. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT

Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said that his organization is responsible for last month's attack on an Israeli military patrol in the occupied Shebaa Farms area.

Algeria's Kabylie region, which is home to many of the country's minority Berbers, is a main site for the anti-Bouteflika protests (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
07:35 GMT

Violence enveloped protests throughout Algeria over the weekend ahead of the country's upcoming presidential elections that are believed to be rigged in favor of incumbent and ailing leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.