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May 23, 2014

Militants from the group Fatah al-Islam fought heavy battles with Lebanon's army in the past (File/AFP)
16:05 GMT

The UN Relief and Works Agency was forced to close its offices Friday in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared due to violent clashes.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said "the door is still open" for talks with separatists from the south of Yemen (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on pro-independence leaders from Yemen's south to join dialogue on the country's political future.

Shady El-Mene'i was allegedly killed late on Thursday according to Egyptian security officials (File/AFP)
13:49 GMT

The leader of militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis was reportedly killed in North Sinai according to security sources.

The attack by militants took place during an election rally in southern Syria (File/AFP)
10:43 GMT

More than 20 people were reportedly killed and dozens others injured in a mortar attack by militants in southern Syria.

Libya continues to be divided over the actions of "renegade" ex-army general Khalifa Haftar (File/AFP)
10:14 GMT

Libya's Muslim Brotherhood has criticized statements made by rogue ex-army chief Khalifa Haftar against the group and said it works "within the framework of the law."

Boko Haram has been responsible for bombings and attacks across Nigeria since 2009 (File/AFP)
09:24 GMT

The UN has blacklisted terrorist group Boko Haram for carrying out numerous attacks in Nigeria and kidnapping 300 school girls that are still missing.

Tunisia tightened security and has been battling the hardline group Ansar al-Sharia since the revolution in 2011 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Tunisian authorities arrested eight Libyans for allegedly planning attacks in the country, according to the interior ministry.

May 22, 2014

Protesters took to the streets of Turkey, marking the one year anniversary of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan who was killed by police (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

A protester in Istanbul was allegedly shot in the head after being caught in between clashes with police on Thursday.

Economic Minister Naftali Bennett proposed annexing Area C of the West Bank, which is home to some 300,000 Palestinians (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Israel's right-wing Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has proposed annexing 65% of the West Bank in a so-called "Stability Plan" for the region.

The refugees were initially denied entry to Tunisia after having fled Syria via Beirut (File/AFP)
15:22 GMT

Thirty Palestinian refugees fleeing violence in Syria have been given 30-day visas by Tunisian authorities until a more viable solution can be found.

Aden's rally was organized by the Southern Movement and other senior leaders in what is now the former South Yemen (File/AFP)
15:06 GMT

Thousands of people took to the streets of Aden, calling for independence in southern Yemen.

Hopes aren't high for the fifth round of Lebanon's presidential elections (File/AFP)
14:11 GMT

Lebanon's presidential elections are widely expected to fail for the fifth time, three days before outgoing President Michel Sleiman's term is over.

Hamdallah is the prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT

Fatah and Hamas have agreed on Rami Hamdallah as the Prime Minister for the new unity government.

Tensions are high in Cairo ahead of the presidential vote that Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to win (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT

Two people believed to be carrying explosives died in southern Cairo after detonating their bombs, according to a ministry source.

Concerned Arab countries are monitoring Libya's security situation closely (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

The Arab League are due to meet to discuss ongoing violence in Libya, according to Egypt's representative, Tarek Adel.