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May 12, 2014

Kerry attempted to finalize a peace deal in April but was unsuccessful. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT

Mahmoud Abbas will meet with John Kerry in London on Wednesday.

Many of Adra's residents are Alawites. (AFP/File)
18:01 GMT

Syrian rebels say they will free 1,500 families in Adra in exchange for food and the release of jailed opponents of Assad.

Al Nusra Front enjoys general support from other opposition groups, while ISIL has drawn criticism for brutal attacks on civilians. (AFP/File)
17:01 GMT

The Syrian opposition group ISIL has threatened to take its war with rival opposition group al Nusra Front to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Speaker Nabih Berri recently met with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly. (AFP/File)
15:44 GMT

The U.N. voiced its concern over Lebanon's elections in a recent meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri.

Al Nusra Front and the Islamic Front worked together to take the villages in Hama from Assad's forces. (AFP/File)
15:26 GMT

Members of the Syrian opposition have reclaimed two villages in Hama.

Ain al Hilweh camp is known to harbor extremists. (AFP/File)
15:05 GMT

Two members of the Palestinian joint forces were injured inside the Ain al Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon.

The Free Syrian Army has been fighting against Assad's regime since the uprising in March of 2011. (AFP/File)
14:35 GMT

A member of the Free Syrian Army was arrested in Egypt because he was allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Cairo.

Ayman al Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, disavowed ISIL in February. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT

A new statement from ISIL says the group will not leave Syria and asks Zawahiri to remove the leader of al Nusra Front.

President Michel Suleiman's six-year term ends on May 25. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT

Several high-profile ambassadors in Lebanon are scheduled to meet in Beirut next week to discuss what will happen if Lebanon fails to elect a president within the constitutional deadline.

Palestine has been applying for entry into several UN conventions, much to the chagrin of Israel. (AFP/File)
09:27 GMT

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was notified officially Sunday that the UN accepted Palestine as a signatory to the UN Convention Against Corruption of 2003.

The Yemeni government also recently launched an offensive on AQAP and allegedly took over the group's last stronghold last week in Azzan (STR/AFP)
09:21 GMT

A drone strike in the eastern part of Yemen left six alleged Al Qaeda affiliates dead.

El-Sisi, who is expected to win the coming elections, said he would step down if people demanded him to. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT

Egypt's presidential hopeful and former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in an interview with Sky News Arabia on Sunday that the army wouldn't have to intervene if Egyptians came out against him, were he to become the country's next president.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT

Bahrain’s main opposition bloc Al-Wefaq says some 170 protesters, including 29 children, were arrested by regime forces in April.

Nine Turkish nationals were killed by IDF forces in the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid (File Archive)
07:30 GMT

Israel and Turkey may finalize the 2010 Gaza Flotilla compensation deal this week and normalize relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara upon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's return to Israel.

Syrian rebel-regime fighting has in recent weeks advanced to the Qunaitra crossing near the Golan Heights' ceasefire line (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
07:12 GMT

Parts of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights remained closed for a second day Monday after Tel Aviv's defense forces announced Sunday that it would transform the territory into a "military zone" due to the spillover from Syria's war.