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June 2, 2014

Social networking sites such as Twitter will be targeted in the new review of the Anti-Cybercrime Law (Ingvar Bjor/ Shutterstock.com).
08:54 GMT

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reviewing its 2007 Anti-Cybercrime Law to define legal proceedings against social networking sites that promote adultery, homosexuality and atheism.

Prime Minister Salam has emphasized that ministers should focus on securing the presidential elections (File Archive/ AFP).
08:13 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister Salam states that the presidential vacuum should not be used to relinquish of his constitutionally appointed powers.

Sabahi won only 3.5 percent of the Egyptian vote and questioned the credibility of the results (Mohammed Al Shahed /AFP).
07:39 GMT

Complaints of poor electoral proceedings lodged by presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi's campaign party have been rejected by Egypt's Presidential Election Commission.

Lebanon's Interior Minister Machnouk says that Lebanese authorities are growing increasingly concerned about election-related violence (Joseph Eid/ AFP).
06:59 GMT

Lebanon's decision to consider revoking refugee status for Syrians who return to their country to vote was based on security concerns Interior Minister Machnouk said on Sunday.

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet to discuss the  suspended Palestinian-Israeli peace talks (AFP).
05:00 GMT

United States Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a two-day visit to Jordan.

June 1, 2014

Rami Hamdallah will remain prime minister and Ziad Abu Amr will be the deputy prime minister and minister of culture (Thomas Coex/ AFP).
20:01 GMT

The names of 17 members of the new Palestinian unity government have been leaked ahead of their scheduled announcement on Monday.

Egyptian activist Safwan Mohamed was arrested for a sticker similar to the ones shown here (Associated Press).
19:15 GMT

Police in Alexandria have arrested Safwan Mohamed for a sticker on his bag that said "No to Military Trials".

More than 100 Palestinian prisoners have been hospitalized since beginning their hunger strike on 24 April 2014 (Moshe Shai/Flash90).
18:07 GMT

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Legislative Council have called for increased international pressure on Israel as the health of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike worsens.

Hezbollah has given the impression it will nominate, though has not officially endorsed, Lebanon's Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun (AFP) as its presidential candidate.
17:19 GMT

Hezbollah announces that it has chosen, though not publicly identified its presidential candidate and claims that the March 14 coalition is using a time-wasting strategy.

Egyptian President Sisi is expected to give a TV statement after security reasons prevented him from giving his speech in a Cairo square (AFP).
16:19 GMT

Egypt's newly elected President Sisi is expected to give his first presidential statement on Egypt's "new politics", expressing a strong stance on adopting national independence.

Iran says its ballistic missiles have technology the United States does not (File Archive/ AFP).
15:25 GMT

Iran says its ballistic missiles can destroy moving targets with pinpoint precision, making Iran and Russia the only countries in the world with this technology.

Prime Minister Erdogan warned against people joining the anniversary protests (File Archive/ AFP).
14:04 GMT

More than 100 people have been arrested and fatalities reported during the one-year anniversary of Turkey's anti-government demonstrations.

Arsal has seen an increase in violence since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

Nusra Front briefly kidnapped and tortured three Lebanese teenagers in Arsal.

Netanyahu urges the world to not sanction a Palestinian unity government with Hamas (File Archive/ AFP).
13:31 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calls on the international community to not sanction a Fatah and Hamas government as it "will strengthen terrorism".

Iraq has been plagued with violence since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. (AFP/File)
12:56 GMT

The U.N. says the death toll in Iraq during the month of May was nearly 800 people.