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May 19, 2014

Egyptians will head to cast their votes in the national polls set for early next week (File Archive/AFP)
12:44 GMT

Kuwait is set to deport 15 Egyptian nationals from the country for their participation in what has been coined "an illegal gathering" in support of presidential nominee Abdul Fattah Al Sisi.

The Knesset speaker must announce the date of presidential elections at least three weeks before the race. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT

The Israeli presidential elections will be held on June 10.

Assad Mustafa allegedly had a disagreement of sorts with opposition president Ahmad Jarba, pictured center here (File Archive/AFP)
11:53 GMT

Syrian opposition defense minister Asaad Mustafa resigned from his post Monday after alleged disagreements with other members of the leadership.

Syrians pray over the bodies of the deceased in the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
10:30 GMT

Over 162,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011 according to new figures released Monday.

Libya's parliament was attacked earlier this year by several rebel militant groups in protest of the central government's weak leadership and corrupt practices (File Archive/AFP)
08:11 GMT

Libya's capital is on high alert Monday following Sunday's attack on the parliament in which rebel brigades led by a former general stormed the General National Congress.

People mourn their relatives at the cemetery where some of the 301 people killed after an explosion and fire in a coal mine were buried, on May 18, 2014, at Soma in Manisa. (AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC)
07:55 GMT

Five officials including the Operations Manager, Akin Celik of the mining company at the centre of last week’s disaster in Turkey have been detained by police.

Many refugees as well as Jordanians returning home after fighting among the ranks of Islamist rebels in Syria  have crossed into the Kingdom through the border crossing in Ramtha (File Archive)
07:17 GMT

At least one gunman and several others were wounded this weekend when Jordanian border guards clashed with militants along the Syria border.

Palestine has two weeks left in which to announce a unity government. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

An adviser for the Gaza prime minister said the governments in the coastal enclave as well as the West Bank will offer their resignations once a unity government is agreed upon.

Near-daily regime barrel bomb attacks since December have reduced Aleppo to shambles (File Archive/AFP)
07:00 GMT

Merchants and civilians in the ISIL-held town of Manbij in Aleppo revolted against the extremist rebel group tgus weekend amid reports of harsh crackdowns.

Syrian residents carry an injured man following reported air strikes by government forces on May 18, 2014 in Aleppo's Al-Qatarji neighborhood. More than 150,000 people have died in three years in the Syrian conflict, and nearly half the population have fled their homes. (AFP PHOTO / AMC / TAMER AL-HALABI)
06:50 GMT

The head of Syria's air defenses has been killed in an attack by opposition forces fighting against the Syrian government.

The Bahrain government has been violently cracking down on dissent for years, but it was not until the country's 2011 uprisings that Bahrain's domestic tensions really captured international attention (File Archive/AFP)
06:50 GMT

The Bahraini government intensified crackdowns on anti-government protests, and even clashed with funeral mourners of an anti-government demonstrator in Sitra this weekend.

Mahmoud Abbas is expected to serve as the interim leader of the new unity government (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hamas told reporters Sunday that the new Palestinian "consensus government" will be finalized over the next few days.

May 18, 2014

“Not everyone who supported Mubarak is corrupt, nor are those who supported Morsi terrorists," Sabbahi told Asharq al-Awsat. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi said he will attempt to rebuild consensus in Egypt if he becomes president.

The Israeli Defense Force frequently clashes with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Israeli Defense Forces shot and wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in 2013. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced another 126 Muslim Brotherhood members to 10 years in prison for engaging in terrorist activities.