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March 30, 2014

Israeli soldiers take aim at Palestinian protesters earlier this month (Hazem Bader/AFP)
07:30 GMT

Israeli forces used tear gas against a demonstration in Jerusalem Saturday marking Land Day as Palestinians wait for the fourth and final group of prisoners to be released as part of the ongoing peace talks.

Prime Minister Erdogan has been rallying support throughout Turkey in preparation for upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

Local elections began in Turkey today. The results will have implications for the presidential elections in August.

This most recent attack is most likely the work of an radical Islamist group that disagrees with Hezbollah's participation in the Syrian conflict. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

A suicide attack at a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Arsal has killed three soldiers and wounded four others.

Egypt's former military chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi also made his long-awaited announcement this week that he will be running for president in the upcoming elections (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:07 GMT

Fires at an unofficial fuel depository that is used for smuggling energy supplies out of Egypt left at least 10 people dead and dozens injured this weekend.

Nasrallah has been the head of Hezbollah since 1992. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Hasan Nasrallah hinted in a recent speech that Hezbollah could boycott the National Dialogue because of fierce criticism from Lebanese President Michel Sleiman.

March 29, 2014

The Gaddafi family fell from power in 2011 after a popular uprising. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Saadi Gaddafi, who is awaiting trial in Libya, recently asked the Libyan people for forgiveness in a recorded interview filmed in prison.

Abdul Fattah al Sisi is expected to win upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Egypt's state television has come under fire for airing a documentary on Sisi's only rival in the upcoming presidential elections.

Egyptian police have been criticized for their heavy use of force against protestors. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

Four people have been killed at a protest in Cairo after clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces.

Erdogan's reelection campaign has been marred by allegations of corruption. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan withdrew from election rallies on Friday because reportedly needs to rest his voice.

The plan to release prisoners is deeply upsetting to some Israelis who say the Palestinian prisoners are terrorists. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT

Israel has decided not to release Palestinian prisoners on Saturday as they had originally agreed to do.

King Abdullah and President Obama discussed Egypt, Syria, Iran, and the Mideast peace process. (AFP/File)
12:24 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah met on Friday to discuss various Mideast policies.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam hopes the effects of the security plan will be felt quickly. (AFP/File)
11:45 GMT

The Lebanese army will put into effect a new security plan in response to recent violence.

The U.S. faced criticism for its inaction in Syria, but many believe U.S. military involvement would have further fanned the flames of the complex conflict. (AFP/File)
10:46 GMT

In a televised interview Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama said military action could not have prevented the Syrian civil war.

SodaStream is one of many companies to face boycotts because of its association with Israel. (AFP/File)
10:13 GMT

The EU parliament sent a letter to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton calling for EU firms to stop trading with companies associated with Israeli settlements.

March 28, 2014

King Abdullah and Barack Obama once close allies (File/AFP)
13:40 GMT

In an attempt to improve ties with Saudi Arabia, the U.S. president has arrived in Riyadh for brief talks.