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March 23, 2014

Hezbollah fighters have supported the Syrian regime inside the neighboring country's civil war, most recently helping Damascus secure victory in Yabroud over rebel forces (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Hezbollah officials told media outlets Sunday that the recent Syrian regime victory in Yabroud will "curb suicide and car bombings in Lebanon" as a result.

Yemen Huthi rebels block the main road leading into Amran city in the north Sunday (Gamal Noman/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen held massive protests outside of the northern city of Amran Sunday after clashes Saturday left 12 people dead.

This year will be a big one for Egyptian voters - they already headed to the ballot boxes to vote on Egypt's constitution. The presidential elections are expected to take place by mid-July 2014. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Egypt’s Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) is to meet on 30 March to announce a registration date for the candidates who will stand in the country’s presidential elections, a judicial source said on Saturday.

While border fighting continued over the weekend, so did regime barrel bombing of Syria's second largest city of Aleppo (Baraa Al Halabi/AFP)
12:44 GMT

Turkey gunned down a Syrian government warplane Sunday as Syrian regime and opposition fighters continued fighting near Turkish border for a third straight day.

A female Israeli border guard fires tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators (unseen) during a protest in the Aida Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on March 22, 2014, after three Palestinians were killed in Jenin. (AFP)
12:25 GMT

One day after three Palestinian men were killed in the West Bank's Jenin refugee camp, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the IDF would not stop using force against anyone plotting attacks against Israel.

A group of U.S. senators want Obama to be stricter and tougher with Iran during the ongoing nuclear negotiations. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT

A group of U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to take a firm stance on Iran amid ongoing nuclear negotiations.

Abbas said that Israel refusing to release the Palestinian prisoners acts as a violation of the peace talks agreement. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says no agreement can be reached with Israel without recognition of an independent state of Palestine.

Obama will be stopping in Saudi as part of an international tour. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected in Saudi Arabia on Friday where he will meet with King Abdullah and talk bilateral and regional issues.

Palestinian mourners pray as they attend the funeral of three Palestinians, including Hamza Abu Al-Heja, 20, a member of the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, who were killed during a raid in Jenin on 22 March 2014. (AFP)
07:55 GMT

Three Palestinian militant groups on Saturday vowed to retaliate against Israel after its army killed three militants in Jenin refugee camp overnight.

Yemeni tribesmen gathered in the country's capital Saturday in protest of what they have described as Qatar's financing of chaos in the poor MENA country (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:19 GMT

Yemen's tribal leader accused Qatar for "financing chaos" in their country vis-a-vis their support of "terrorist organizations."

Sisi is yet to actually announce his bid for presidency. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

Renowned Egyptian politician Amr Moussa has spoken out about what Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi will be like as president - despite the fact that the latter is yet to announce his bid to run. Moussa said Sisi would ensure that the new constitution was honored.

Embassies have been a frequent target of attacks since Gaddafi's oust (File Archive/AFP)
06:56 GMT

One of Tunisia's diplomatic staff was kidnapped in Libya this weekend.

The army has since intervened in the clashes, naharnet.com reported. (AFP/File)
06:44 GMT

Dawn clashes in Beirut between Salafists and supporters of the Arab Movement leader caused the death of one person on Sunday morning. At least 10 more were injured.

The Turkish government supported former President Mohammad Morsi. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Egypt has decided not to invite Qatar or Turkey to an Islamic conference because of their relations with the Muslim Brotherhood.

March 22, 2014

The outskirts of Damascus have been hammered with violence since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. (AFP/FIle)
17:45 GMT

Several Nusra Front members were killed by Syrian forces as fighting continues around Damascus.