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April 21, 2014

Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket battery often intercepts rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Three rockets from Gaza were fired into Israel on Monday morning, the IDF Spokesperson's office said.

Sheikh's hostage video was posted on social networking sites. He is being held by a largely unknown group calling themselves Shabab Al-Tawhid. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

A Libyan jihadist group on Monday released a video showing a kidnapped hostage from the Tunisian embassy pleading with the Tunisian government to negotiate with his captors.

According to UN figures, 20,000 civilians are at risk of starving to death in Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The United Nations says its food aid has finished in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Sisi will only face Sabahi in the polls. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT

Egypt's election commission says only two candidates, one of them former army chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run in next month's presidential election.

The leadership in Ramallah is seriously considering the dismantling of the PA if and when negotiations with Israel completely break down. (AFP/File)
06:32 GMT

US envoy to the Middle East peace process Martin Indyk did not present any new proposals on how to salvage the currently stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during a meeting on Friday, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday.

April 20, 2014

The four men are accused of planning to help "would-be" jihadists enter Syria from Jordan. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Four citizens residing in the Jordanian city of Irbid were arrested late last week for allegedly attempting to facilitate the entry of “would-be Islamist fighters” into Syria, according to Islamist and official sources.

When Egypt's protest law was put forward in November 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood vowed to defy it, a move that has resulted in the arrest and sentencing of many of their members. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

A Cairo misdemeanor court has sentenced 30 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to three-and-a-half years in jail for rioting and illegal protesting.

Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran is complying with the terms of its nuclear agreement with six world powers. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Iran has finished diluting half of its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium to five-percent purity and is to convert the rest to uranium oxide, an Iran nuclear official says.

File photo shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad receiving Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi in Damascus. (Photo courtesy of PressTV)
17:00 GMT

Syria’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch told President Bashar Assad on Sunday that Christians in the country will not “submit and yield” to extremists fighting against the Syrian government.

France has information but no solid proof that the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

France has information but no solid proof that the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

U.S. drone strikes on Yemen have increased during President Obama's administration. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Five people were killed Sunday as the U.S. continues drone strikes in Yemen.

Qaradawi is one of the most influential Muslim scholars living today. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

Egyptian-born cleric Youssef al Qaradawi has released a statement aimed at easing tensions with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Many Algerians in Kabylie took to the streets last Thursday in protest of Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term as president (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
13:05 GMT

At least eleven soldiers were killed in the south of Algeria at the hands of Islamist militants Sunday.

The picture uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency on April 20, 2014, shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad looking at icons as he visits a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
12:47 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited the recently recaptured Christian town of Maaloula on the occasion of Easter.

The government air strikes targeted Al Qaeda-affiliated training camps in the south of Yemen (AFP/HO/Al-Malahem Media)
11:21 GMT

At least 13 people were killed in two government air strikes in Yemen this weekend.