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April 19, 2014

Syrian army attack: The remote town, home to 3,000 Lebanese and around 5,000 Syrian refugees was also reportedly attacked on Tuesday (File/AFP)
11:33 GMT

Lebanese villagers and Syrian refugees fled from the town Tfail, after Syria's army launched a series of artillery strikes in the area.

The U.S. claims to use drone attacks against militants, but civilians usually fall victim (File/AFP)
11:08 GMT

An American drone attack in Yemen has killed an estimated 20 people.

Abdullah Deghayes entered Syria in February despite his parents disapproval (Photo: Facebook)
10:26 GMT

An 18-year-old British national has died in Syria, while fighting alongside rebels in Syria. Abdullah Deghayes from Sussex entered Syria through the Turkish border.

Israel is being increasingly pressured by the international community as peace talks with the Palestinians falter. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT

EU foreign policy chief called on Israel to reverse recent decisions made against the Palestinians.

Many Algerians believe that the election was already rigged in favor of the country’s incumbent 77-year old leader, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (photo courtesy: theguardian.com)
05:21 GMT

Bouteflika won his fourth term with over 80% of the vote.

Al-Nusra front rebels and other militant groups pit a war against one another (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Sixty-five militants from the al-Nusra Front have reportedly been killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as fresh violence erupted in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

April 18, 2014

1,400 people have been killed in political clashes since July 2013 according to Amnesty International (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Interim President Adly Mahmoud Mansour rejected calls to pardon three anti-regime activists, saying he did not want to interfere in judiciary affairs.

Opposition groups say the bill will turn Turkey into a surveillance state (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Turkey's parliament approved a new bill that grant's the country's intelligence agency greater immunity.

Getting worse: Human rights groups grow concerned at the clampdown on activists in the Kingdom (Photo: Facebook)
13:30 GMT

A Riyadh court accused activist Fadhel al-Manasef of writing "anti-regime" blog posts and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

The UN Security Council has expressed concern over civilians caught up in Syrian violence (File/AFP)
13:24 GMT

Ten people died on Friday after a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Homs.

Critics say Israel is not doing enough to tackle hate crime attacks against Palestinians and their properties (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Israeli extremists sprayed anti-Arab graffiti and set fire to a mosque in the northern Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm on Friday.

Daoud Farhat (left) and Youssef Ayad (centre), are said to have arrived in Thailand several days before the Jewish holiday of Passover, while the third suspect Bilal Bahsoun, may have not entered Thailand (Image courtesy of Stop910)
11:41 GMT

Two Hezbollah suspects planned an attack against Israeli tourists on April 13, according to the Bangkok Post on Friday.

Amid tensions in Tripoli, Lebanese authorities have been clamping down on any suspected terrorist activity across the country (File/AFP)
10:52 GMT

The six Palestinians stand accused of the intent to carry out terrorist attacks in Lebanon.

According to the UN, over 8,000 people caught between violence in Iraq died last year (File/AFP)
09:48 GMT

A spate of attacks across Iraq have left at least 30 people dead, including soldiers and civilians on Thursday. One attack by militant group State of Iraq and the Levant killed 18 people.

Israel illegally imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip in June 2007 worsening the poverty and humanitarian crisis (File/AFP)
09:33 GMT

The new Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Pierre Krahenbuhl said that Israel's blockade of Gaza “amounts to an illegal collective punishment.”