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April 7, 2014

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.

Smoke billows from buildings in the southern city of Aswan on April 6, 2014 following fighting between the Bani Hilal, an Arab tribe, and the Dabudiya, a Nubian family. (AFP)
07:17 GMT

At least two more people were killed on Sunday in the southern governorate of Aswan, renewing deadly tribal clashes that have killed almost two dozen people in three days of fighting.

Jordan's King Abdullah is due to visit Russia on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah is due to pay a working visit to Russia on Wednesday, during which he will meet President Vladimir Putin.

The purpose of the sanctions is to deal a blow to the Lebanese group’s finances and reduce its capacity to "sow instability in Middle East". (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

U.S. lawmakers are seeking to implement more sanctions against Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and its partner, Al-Manar television station.

The West must face up to the fact that Assad "will not be overthrown," the analyst said. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An Iranian-sponsored analyst has called on Western governments to halt their support for the Syrian opposition and to recognise that Syrian President Bashar Assad is still "standing tall".

April 6, 2014

Menendez accused Iran of "plotting in the back room" over the nuclear talks. (AFP/File)
19:03 GMT

At a conference in New York City on Sunday, several prominent members of America's Israeli lobby accused Iran of "plotting in the back room" and seeking to ruin a nuclear deal with world powers.

Peace talks have been on the verge of collapsing since Israel refused to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners at the end of March as promised under the initial peace talks framework from July 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of undermining the peace process minutes after Israeli Prime Minister accused Palestinians of "making unilateral moves" that harmed the talks' progress.

Homs used to be one of the major rebel stronghold areas in Syria (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least 50 rebels were killed from explosions targeting Homs Sunday.

Ali Benflis hopes to defeat President Bouteflika, who is seeking his fourth term, in the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Presidential hopeful Ali Benflis condemned violence that broke out at a campaign rally for his rival, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Iraq's elections are set to take place on April 30 (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP)
13:20 GMT

At least 10 people were killed in Iraq on Sunday in attacks south of Baghdad and in the northern provinces.

The Lebanese army has increased security near the Syrian border in recent months. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

The Lebanese army arrested four Syrian men after a shootout in Arsal.

Damascus has experienced heavy mortar fire in the past month. (AFP/File)
11:27 GMT

Mortar attacks killed two in Damascus on Sunday.