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April 2, 2014

Self-preclaimed Prime Minister of the rebel group Abb Rabbo Al Barassi says that he and related rebel leadership will meet with a government delegation in Ajdabiya in the next two days to finalize the plan to end the blockade (Courtesy of The Cairo Post)
07:58 GMT

Eastern rebels in Libya have agreed to end their blockade of the country's major oil exports within days.

Lebanese soldiers from the government army have been deployed on multiple occassions to maintain order in the restive northern city of Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
07:35 GMT

Lebanon's army arrested 75 people in Tripoli Tuesday in a government-sponsored crack down on the restive northern city.

Dozens of Bahrainis on record have been killed in Manama's crackdown on opposition protests since 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Bahrain's main opposition is calling for massive demonstrations ahead of Manama's world class event, the Formula One Gran Prix, which is sure to put the Gulf country in the global spotlight for both the good--and the bad.

Jarba was elected to serve as the opposition coalition president for the first time in June 2013, and re-elected to the leadership position in January 2014 (File Archive/AFP)
07:08 GMT

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba allegedly visited Latakia Tuesday as violent clashes escalate between rebel and regime fighters in the coastal province.

Kerry met with Abbas in Amman last Wednesday regarding the peace talks (Jacquelyn Martin/AFP)
05:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State will meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah today.

April 1, 2014

Yemenis carry the coffin of a soldier who was killed by Al Qaeda militants over the weekend in the country's Hadramawt province (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Clashes in Yemen left at least four dead Tuesday.

The Dubai official's comment has already received backlash from regional Twitter followers (Courtesy of UAE Interact)
19:00 GMT

A top UAE official called Qatar its "eighth emirate," in a move that is likely to escalate already heightened Gulf tensions between Doha and its neighbors.

Abbas' decision to re-seek membership at UN agencies may derail final pushes to keep Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on the table (File Archive/AFP)
18:47 GMT

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced Tuesday that Palestinians would seek membership in 15 U.N. affiliated organizations in response to Israel's failure to release the final group of Palestinian prisoners on schedule.

Sana'a has accused Tehran of supporting Yemen's Shiite rebels who reside in the north of the Gulf country (Gamal Noman/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Iran dismissed Yemen leadership's commentary earlier this week that Tehran needs to stop "interfering" in domestic Yemeni affairs.

Pro-Morsi supporters have been targeted in the courts and in the streets by Egypt's government authorities (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Egyptian police reportedly clashed with university students Tuesday at Cairo's Ein Shams University as well as in three other cities.

Britain's PM ordered the investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday (File Archive/AFP)
15:52 GMT

Britain's Prime Minister ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday over "concerns that the group is planning radical activities" from the UK base.

Netanyahu met with Kerry on Monday this week (Jacquelyn Martin/AFP)
15:08 GMT

Israeli sources close to the ongoing peace talks told reporters Monday that Tel Aviv may freeze settlement activity temporarily to "keep the talks alive."

Anti-government fighters are still in control of Fallujah, despite Iraqi authorities' efforts to reclaim the city (Saddam Hussein/AFP)
14:38 GMT

At least five people were killed in Iraq Tuesday from a suicide car bomber north of Baghdad.

Aid distribution resumed this week in the besieged town of Yarmouk, according to Syria's state news agency (SANA/AFP)
14:23 GMT

Some sources say that rebel fighters have claimed strategic positions in ongoing fighting in Latakia, while others sources suggest that the regime still has the upper hand in the coastal province.

Qatar has come under fire for treatment of migrant workers who travel to the country for construction jobs related to the FIFA World Cup. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT

The International Labor Organization says Qatar must stop the mistreatment of migrant workers.