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April 21, 2014

Current President Bashar al Assad will most likely run for president amid the ongoing civil war. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Syrian presidential candidates can begin registering for the upcoming election to be held on June 3rd.

No one was killed from Gaza's strike on southern Israel early Monday (Said Khatib/AFP)
14:02 GMT

Israel launched retaliatory airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Monday in response to seven rockets fired from Gaza earlier Monday landed in southern Israel.

Sebsi recently announced that he will run for president. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Tunisia's former prime minister Beji Caid el Sebsi warned that the upcoming elections in Tunisia may be delayed.

The Lebanese army will cooperate with Hezbollah to carry out the rescue operation. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT

Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday that a plan to rescue a Lebanese border town cut off by Syrian troops will go into effect on Tuesday.

The intense fighting in Anbar Province has caused thousands of Iraqi citizens to flee. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

On Sunday, Iraqi forces took control to the main entrances of Fallujah in a major offensive aimed at retaking the city.

Earlier this month, 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. (AFP)
12:25 GMT

Humanitarian convoys have entered Syria’s northern city of Aleppo as the Syrian army has secured the highway to the city.

Syria's parliamentary speaker announced the June 3 vote date Monday this week (Courtesy of Al Jazeera)
11:58 GMT

Syria's parliamentary speaker announced Monday that the country will hold presidential elections on June 3 despite the ongoing civil war.

Despite Iraq's deteriorating security situation, Baghdad is still insisting on holding parliamentary elections at the end of this month (File Archive/AFP)
11:37 GMT

A suicide bomber in central Iraq left at least 10 people dead and wounded 35 others Monday.

In this file photo, a pro-Assad supporter stands outside the parliamentary building in Damascus where mortar shells killed five people on Monday morning. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT

A pair of mortar shells hit near the Syrian government's parliament building in central Damascus on Monday killing five people, state media reported.

A Saudi man inspects a damaged compound in Riyadh on May 14, 2003, following a suicide bomb attack. (Image courtesy of
08:50 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Special Court has sentenced five terrorists to death for their involvement in three deadly blasts in Riyadh in 2003.

A possible scenario could be that Faisal submits his resignation in the coming days, the sources also said. (AFP/File)
08:10 GMT

Opposition sources in Saudi Arabia say that the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Saud Al-Faisal will be removed from his post, following the removal of the Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket battery often intercepts rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Three rockets from Gaza were fired into Israel on Monday morning, the IDF Spokesperson's office said.

Sheikh's hostage video was posted on social networking sites. He is being held by a largely unknown group calling themselves Shabab Al-Tawhid. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

A Libyan jihadist group on Monday released a video showing a kidnapped hostage from the Tunisian embassy pleading with the Tunisian government to negotiate with his captors.

According to UN figures, 20,000 civilians are at risk of starving to death in Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The United Nations says its food aid has finished in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Sisi will only face Sabahi in the polls. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT

Egypt's election commission says only two candidates, one of them former army chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run in next month's presidential election.