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May 18, 2014

The parliamentary election results are set to be announced any day (File Archive/AFP)
13:00 GMT

Militants kidnapped one of Iraq's election candidates while the country awaits the results of last month's poll.

“Opportunity shouldn’t be missed again like in 2005,” Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.
11:41 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers is “possible” if the parties to the talks with the Islamic Republic do away with “illusions.”

Hamas and Fatah hope to announce the unity government before the end of this month. (AFP/File)
09:48 GMT

Hamas and Fatah have reached an agreement on cabinet ministers for their new unity government.

Livni faced harsh criticism from Israeli politicians over her meeting with Abbas. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni recently met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said she was only representing herself and not Israel.

The Egyptian presidential election is set for May 26 and 27. (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT

Three people were injured at a rally for Abdel Fattah al Sisi in Cairo when a man on a motorcycle threw a homemade bomb in the direction of the rally.

The rifles were granted to Lebanon as part of a military deal with Washington. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

The United States has provided the Lebanese army with hundreds of new rifles as a part of a military deal between Washington and Beirut.

Hermel is hit rather frequently by rockets from Syria's war (File Archive)
07:31 GMT

Rockets from the neighboring war in Syria hit Lebanese towns Hermel and Arsal Saturday evening. No casualties were reported.

Ex-rebel groups led by former general Kaftar have launched an offensive on Islamist groups in the country in their effort to purge Libya of "terrorists" (File Archive/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Clashes between armed groups in eastern Libya have left at least 79 people dead and 141 others wounded Saturday.

Libya militiamen detained the truck drivers on Thursday. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

A group of 250 Egyptian truck drivers who were detained in Libya have been released.

Arrests based on the political affiliation of Palestinians living in the West Bank are continuing despite progress made towards establishing a unity government. (AFP PHOTO/ THOMAS COEX)
06:41 GMT

Despite the signing of a recent national unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah, arrests on the basis of political affiliation continue unabated in the West Bank.

More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq during April alone, according to official figures (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Election results in Iraq are due within the next few days, the country's electoral commission said.

May 17, 2014

Deadly attacks are now commonplace in Iraq (File/AFP)
16:58 GMT

Two separate bombings killed five people in Baghdad Saturday, officials said.

Mahmoud Abbas met his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Thursday (File/AFP)
16:18 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed an oil deal to receive over 240,000 barrels of oil while on a trip to Venezuela.

Around 520 MERS cases have been recorded in Saudi Arabia since 2012 (File/AFP)
14:56 GMT

The Saudi Health Ministry reported three further deaths from the MERS virus bringing the total number of fatalities to 163 as concern amounts over preparations for Hajj in the coming months.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi said his country is in a state of "open war" with militants (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

Yemeni officials vowed on Saturday to pursue members of Al-Qaeda as Sana'a announced capturing dozens of militants in recent days.