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June 1, 2014

Anti-government protests have swept Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Opposition parties in Bahrain have decided to boycott the parliamentary and municipal elections that are scheduled to take place in October.

Current President Bashar al Assad is widely expected to win the presidential election. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

Polls revealed that 95% of Syrian expats have taken part in Syria's presidential elections ahead of the June 3 vote that will take place inside the country.

Lebanon is currently home to over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanese authorities have asked refugees to refrain from entering Syria starting June 1 or risk losing their status in an attempt to organize the growing refugee crisis in the country.

May 31, 2014

Several people were also reportedly injured during the pro-Morsi protest in eastern Cairo (File/AFP)
18:24 GMT

Two women were among the dead after police fired rounds during a rally for ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, Friday.

Israel's naval forces frequently harass Palestinian fisherman in the three-mile limit zone imposed on them (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Israeli forces injured a Palestinian fisherman on the Gaza Strip coastline, medical officials say.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won 93 percent of votes during Egypt's presidential election (File/AFP)
13:14 GMT

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has vowed for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to take his post as the country's new leader on time, according to a legal aide.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011 (File/AFP)
12:41 GMT

Twenty civilians are believed to have been killed in Syria's city of Aleppo after militants bombarded several neighbourhoods with mortar shells.

Palestine's new unity government is expected to form within days (File/AFP)
12:12 GMT

Israeli officials warned that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas will be held responsible for any violence against the Jewish state by Hamas, once a new unity government is underway.

It is estimated that at least 27 percent of Lebanon's population is now made up of Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
11:16 GMT

The UNHCR has opposed plans by Lebanese authorities to build refugee camps close to the border with Syria due to security issues.

Yemen's Houthi fighters have been in conflict with then central government for many years (Image: Twitter)
09:15 GMT

Violent clashes between Houthi fighters and Salafi tribesmen in western Yemen left at least 12 people dead, officials say.

Militant groups in Syria have stepped up attacks ahead of the presidential elections on June 3 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A four-year-old is said to be among the dead after Syrian militants attacked a residential area in Damascus Friday, killing at least two civilians.

May 30, 2014

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pictured with Pope Francis during his Middle East trip last week (File/AFP)
15:51 GMT

Pope Francis invited both presidents from Palestine and Israel to pray in the Vatican for peace and stability in the Middle East on June 8.

Gruesome videos have been released on numerous occasions of extremists executing people in Syria (File/AFP)
15:09 GMT

Video footage has been released, allegedly showing the execution by Syrian militants of a teenage boy accused of robbery.

The UN has expressed concern over Lebanon's failure to elect a new president (File/AFP)
14:23 GMT

The UN has urged Lebanon to elect a president "as soon as possible" before there is further political uncertainty in the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a "terrorist group" in December 2013 (File/AFP)
12:39 GMT

President Adly Mansour cancelled ousted leader Mohamed Morsi's decree to pardon 52 men, imprisoned on terrorism charges.