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May 5, 2014

A wounded man sits as he is treated at a makeshift hospital following a reported bombardment with explosive-packed "barrel bombs" by Syrian government forces on May 4, 2014 in the al-Sakhour district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL RIFAI)
06:38 GMT

The head of the United Nations said Sunday that “bureaucratic resistance” by Bashar Assad’s government was preventing aid getting to millions of Syrians in need due to the 3-year-old conflict.

Initially, only 113 lawmakers voted for Maiteeq on Sunday, falling short of the 120 votes necessary to secure his win. (Image courtesy of The Guardian)
06:31 GMT

Libyan Businessman Ahmed Maiteeq has taken oath of office after being elected as the North African country’s new prime minister.

On April 23, the Fatah-led PLO and Hamas announced a national unity deal to end seven years of political division between the parties. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Qatar has donated $5 million to the Gaza government to support Palestinian reconciliation, an official said Sunday.

May 4, 2014

Iraq's security forces have been fighting al-Qaeda affiliated militants since December last year. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Shelling in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, held by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, has claimed 11 lives in less than 24 hours, as the Arab country continues to grapple with violence.

Iran said that southern Lebanon is now its first line of defence. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

A senior Iranian military official described south Lebanon as Iran’s first line of defense, an Iranian News Agency reported over the weekend.

One Lebanese man was wounded and two were kidnapped during the clashes. (AFP/File)
17:47 GMT

One Lebanese man was wounded and two others kidnapped in clashes between residents of the east Lebanon border village of Arsal and Syrian armed rebels.

"Price tag" attacks against Palestinian property have become more prevalent in recent months. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

A mob of roughly 100 settlers attacked a group of Israeli police officers while they attempted to investigate an Israeli couple thought to be connected to a recent "price tag" attack.

Al Nusra Front is considered the official Al Qaeda-linked opposition group in Syria (File Archive/AFP)
13:35 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front announced Sunday its conditions to end fighting in Syria with its rival extremist group.

The violence comes in the wake of rising instability and almost daily attacks in the region since the army's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last year. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

A retired Egyptian colonel was shot dead on Sunday in the northern Sinai Peninsula, army sources said.

Sana'a, in conjunction with the U.S. government, has been conducting massive air strikes and attacks on AQAP strongholds since April 20 (Yemeni Ministry of Defense/AFP)
12:46 GMT

Yemen's armed forces killed at least 37 Al Qaeda suspects on Sunday alone as part of Sanaa's campaign to oust the global terrorist network from the country's southern regions.

At least ten Shia pilgrims have been killed and several others wounded in terrorist attacks in northern Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

At least ten Shia pilgrims have been killed and several others wounded in terrorist attacks in northern Iraq.

The Sinai Peninsula has been hit by a string of attacks since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. (AFP/File)
11:06 GMT

An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that killed three people and wounded eight on Friday in the southern Sinai Peninsula.

Palestinians says signing up to international conventions will strengthen the stance of the Palestinian Authority. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has officially joined five United Nations treaties amidst the collapse of the so-called peace talks with Israel, Press TV reports.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) meeting with members of the Syrian Higher Relief Committee on May 3, 2014 in Damascus. (AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA)
08:48 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad has urged government bodies who are tasked with providing aid and humanitarian relief in Syria to increase their “cooperation” with international and local organizations, Syrian state TV reported.

Turkey is now home to over 700,000 Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

Ongoing clashes between al Nusra Front and ISIL have caused 60,000 to flee Deir Ezzor province in Syria.