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May 18, 2014

Hermel is hit rather frequently by rockets from Syria's war (File Archive)
07:31 GMT

Rockets from the neighboring war in Syria hit Lebanese towns Hermel and Arsal Saturday evening. No casualties were reported.

Ex-rebel groups led by former general Kaftar have launched an offensive on Islamist groups in the country in their effort to purge Libya of "terrorists" (File Archive/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Clashes between armed groups in eastern Libya have left at least 79 people dead and 141 others wounded Saturday.

Libya militiamen detained the truck drivers on Thursday. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

A group of 250 Egyptian truck drivers who were detained in Libya have been released.

Arrests based on the political affiliation of Palestinians living in the West Bank are continuing despite progress made towards establishing a unity government. (AFP PHOTO/ THOMAS COEX)
06:41 GMT

Despite the signing of a recent national unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah, arrests on the basis of political affiliation continue unabated in the West Bank.

More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq during April alone, according to official figures (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Election results in Iraq are due within the next few days, the country's electoral commission said.

May 17, 2014

Deadly attacks are now commonplace in Iraq (File/AFP)
16:58 GMT

Two separate bombings killed five people in Baghdad Saturday, officials said.

Mahmoud Abbas met his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Thursday (File/AFP)
16:18 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed an oil deal to receive over 240,000 barrels of oil while on a trip to Venezuela.

Around 520 MERS cases have been recorded in Saudi Arabia since 2012 (File/AFP)
14:56 GMT

The Saudi Health Ministry reported three further deaths from the MERS virus bringing the total number of fatalities to 163 as concern amounts over preparations for Hajj in the coming months.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi said his country is in a state of "open war" with militants (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

Yemeni officials vowed on Saturday to pursue members of Al-Qaeda as Sana'a announced capturing dozens of militants in recent days.

Turkey's government faces increasing criticism over the mining tragedy (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

The death toll in Soma rose to 298 while rescue efforts continue as mounting criticizm grows against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Thousands attend the funeral of the two Palestinians shot dead during a Nakba rally (File/AFP)
10:06 GMT

Amnesty International condemned Israel on Thursday for killing two Palestinians during a peaceful Nakba Day protest.

Christian groups in Palestine have also asked Patriarch Beshara Rai to cancel his trip (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT

Hezbollah criticized Lebanon's Maronite leader Patriarch Beshara Rai over his intention to visit occupied Jerusalem, saying it would have "negative consequences".

Over one million Syrian refugees currently reside in Lebanon according to the UN (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon is preparing a plan to address the high numbers of Syrian refugees in the country, Friday.

May 16, 2014

Both Palestinians were shot during a peaceful rally on Thursday to commemorate 66 years of Israel's ethnic cleansing (File/AFP)
18:38 GMT

Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank attended the funeral of a teenager and young man shot dead by Israeli forces during a peaceful Nakba rally the previous day.

Palestinian President Abbas arrived in Caracas on Thursday (File/AFP)
17:02 GMT

Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Venezuela to hold talks with President Nicolas Maduro.