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March 23, 2014

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, 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.

Twitter usage did not decrease in Turkey despite the ban on the popular social networking site. (AFP/File)
16:50 GMT

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's Prime Minister, banned Twitter on Thursday, but Turkish citizens quickly found a way to circumvent the ban.

Last month, the Yemeni government voted to split Yemen into separate federations. (AFP/File)
15:31 GMT

At least 12 are dead after a gun battle between Houthi fighters security forces in Amran, Yemen.

Iraq has experienced increased violence this past year. It's the most the country has seen since 2008. (AFP/File)
14:39 GMT

Two bombings killed seven people in Tikrit, Iraq on Saturday.

The Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is working to remove all of Syria's chemical weapons. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

A top U.N. official says Syria can meet its deadline regarding its chemical weapons stockpile.