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May 1, 2014

Clashes broke out in Zabadani with Syrian forces also making gains in other towns (File/AFP)
18:09 GMT

Fourteen militants have reportedly been killed with many more injured in fierce battles with the Syrian army between the country's border with Lebanon.

May Day march: Lebanese women walk alongside the country's communist party in Beirut (Image: Cryptome)
17:50 GMT

May Day parades took place across Lebanon on Thursday despite nationwide strikes by civil servants, unhappy with the unresolved wages dispute.

The UN's refugee agency opened the camp to help ease the pressure of Syrian refugees entering Jordan (File/AFP)
17:23 GMT

A new refugee camp opened on Wednesday 100 kilometers east of Amman to hold 130,000 Syrians, fleeing violence.

Last week, Human Rights Watch criticized Israel for shooting innocent Palestinians in Gaza (File/AFP)
17:08 GMT

Several Israeli army tanks and vehicles entered Gaza on Thursday, witnesses said.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank have caused violence and tensions in the region. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT

The Israelis are displeased with the U.S. State Department's 2013 Country Report on Terrorism because it includes a reference to Jewish settlers who harass and attack Palestinians in the West Bank.

ISIL is one of the deadliest groups fighting in Syria today. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT

ISIL publicly crucified two members of the Syrian opposition in retaliation for an earlier attack.

The Israeli government rarely issues land permits to Palestinians in the West Bank and swiftly demolishes homes for lack of these permits. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT

Israeli government forces have demolished more Palestinian homes near Hebron.

Roughly 60% of the population turned out to vote in yesterday's elections. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT

The United Nations Security Council commended the Iraqi people on their commitment to the democratic process.

Protests also broke out last May Day because of a similar ban on demonstrations. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT

Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons to stop protestors from demonstrating inside Taksim Square on Thursday.

Al Qaeda is becoming increasingly decentralized but no less dangerous. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism says there has been a 43% increase in terrorist attacks in 2013.

Iraqi civilians went to the polls Wednesday to choose new MPs. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

Approximately 60% of Iraqis turned out to vote despite brutal violence and bombings from al Qaeda linked militants.

Civilians are often caught in the middle of the brutal civil war. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Syrian rebels have attacked an asphalt factory in the province of Hama and kidnapped three people.

Protests have occurred regularly in Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT

Bahrainis once again took to the streets to protest the government and show their solidarity for female prisoners.

April 30, 2014

Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad al-Hindi (pictured), traveled to Egypt on Wednesday for talks (File/Al Monitor)
20:00 GMT

Islamic Jihad leaders traveled to Egypt to meet with other factions to discuss roles in the PLO-Hamas unity government on Wednesday.

"The voice of a revolution", Bassem Sabry won respect across the political spectrum for his writing on the Arab uprisings of 2011. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)
19:00 GMT

Egyptian pro-democracy blogger Bassem Sabry died Tuesday at the age of 31, reportedly from a fall off a balcony in Cairo.