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June 10, 2014

Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT

Prime Minister Tammam Salam denied on Tuesday that the U.S. warned of repercussions of establishing Syrian refugee camps inside Lebanon.

Reuven Rivlin, one of the two main candidates in Israel's second round presidential voting (AFP/ File).
12:27 GMT

Israel has advanced to its second round of voting in the presidential elections following failure in the first round to win an outright 61- vote majority.

Syrian forces targeted opposition posts along the border with Lebanon overnight (Image: Alalam)
12:06 GMT

Syrian warplanes raided the border with Lebanon overnight in the Eastern Mountain range, according to Voice of Lebanon Radio.

Iran's President Hasan Rouhani shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan during a meeting in January (File/AFP)
11:47 GMT

Tehran and Ankara are to promote bilateral relations including economic and commercial ties, according to a statement.

Over 1,400 people have been killed during Egypt's political violence since July 2013, according to HRW (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

Amnesty International and HRW called on Egypt's new president, Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, to end "rampant abuses" in the country.

Mosul's governor Atheel Nujaifi, was trapped inside the building but managed to escape (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT

Militants from the Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stormed government headquarters in Mosul in a fourth day of fighting.

Saudi Arabia is notorious for showing what rights advocates describe as zero-tolerance toward dissent (AFP/ File).
10:34 GMT

A Jeddah court sentenced two Shia activists to death for attacking security forces during a 2012 anti-regime protest on Monday.

The international community commonly refers to East Jerusalem as "occupied" (AFP/ File).
09:32 GMT

On Monday the Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs summoned Australian Charge D'Affairs in Amman, John Feakes, to express concern regarding Australia's decision to no longer refer to East Jerusalem as "occupied".

The Palestinian Authority announced its boycott of settlement produce in early 2010 (AFP/ File).
09:16 GMT

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture seized and dumped half a ton Israeli settlement grown dates on Monday

Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohan believes that negotiations with former Palestinian hunger strikers in 2012 was a mistake (AFP/ File).
08:01 GMT

Israel's Shin Bet security service wants Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from negotiating with Palestinian hunger-striking detainees and advance a bill to allow force-feeding.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea says that he cannot accept General Aoun as president (AFP/ File).
07:23 GMT

On Monday, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea proposed selecting two then voting in one nominee from the March 14 and the March 8 coalitions other than himself and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.

Whilst Assad's prisoner amnesty for those accused under the controversial terrorism law is unprecedented, it is not the first amnesty that has been offered in the name of national reconciliation (AFP/ File).
06:59 GMT

Syria's newly re-elected President Bashar Assad announced a prisoner amnesty for all crimes committed before June 9; including for those accused under Syria's controversial terrorism law.

The Syrian conflict has killed over 160,000 people. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Qatar's prime minister has called on the U.N. Security Council to impose a ceasefire to end Syria's brutal civil war.

June 9, 2014

Many Egyptians continue to protest the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
20:33 GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced 112 anti-government protesters to one year in jail.

Yemen faces devastating economic circumstances. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT

The U.N. says Yemen's fragile democracy is vulnerable to sever humanitarian needs.