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May 29, 2014

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai is currently visiting Palestine where he vowed to help the Christian community (File/AFP)
17:40 GMT

Security forces in Lebanon denied allegations that two Syrians worked with a regional intelligence agency to assassinate Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.

Turkey is now home to up to one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
17:26 GMT

Up to 4,500 Syrians fled to Turkey in the past three days due to a high number of air strikes carried out by Assad's regime.

Around 565 people have contracted the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia according to health officials (File/AFP)
17:08 GMT

Saudi authorities recorded 13 deaths from the MERS virus, bringing the total people killed to 186 since 2012.

Nuri Al-Maliki spoke out against terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Wednesday (File/AFP)
13:24 GMT

Nuri Al-Maliki said he will fight the Al Qaeda linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country's Anbar province where a civil war ensues.

Two Lebanese bishops and a cameraman are believed to have been kidnapped in Syria last year (File/AFP)
12:51 GMT

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil sought help from his Turkish counterpart to free two kidnapped Orthodox bishops in Syria along with a Lebanese cameraman.

General Haftar says he wants to crush the militias that are causing chaos around Libya. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT

Former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has resumed airstrikes on the city of Benghazi.

Sisi was largely expected to win. (AFP/File)
10:01 GMT

Abdel Fattah al Sisi's campaign has declared victory in Egypt's presidential elections.

Iraq has been plagued by ongoing violence for over ten years. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT

Numerous bombings this week have killed over 60 people in Iraq.

Assad's air forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo multiple times in recent months. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

Air raids in Aleppo killed over 40 people on Wednesday.

Al-Qidra said that the victim was 16 years old but did not identify him by name. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

A Palestinian fisherman was shot by Egyptian boats in the sea near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The opposition members said they were taken to Qatar by a group of Americans who taught them basic military training and outfitted them with military gear. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

In a recent documentary, the Syrian opposition claims it has already received training from the CIA. The opposition members said they were taken to Qatar by a group of Americans who taught them basic military training and outfitted them with military gear.

U.S. Ambassador David Hale said in a statement that it was “unfortunate” the polls “did not occur on time, in accordance with the Lebanese constitution." (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

The Obama administration is planning to issue a statement that would back the Lebanese government after the presidential vacuum and call for the swift election of a new head of state, diplomatic sources said.

 El-Sisi's only contender, leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, garnered a humble 3.5 percent, with less than 800 000 votes. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is Egypt's new president after securing a landslide victory of over 96 percent of the popular vote, with over 23 million voters casting their ballots for him, according to an unofficial vote count as of early Thursday.

May 28, 2014

Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Sources from the European Commission said they are concerned about reports where Syrian refugees were allegedly denied vital healthcare treatment in Lebanon.

Palestinian worshippers were pepper sprayed and tear gassed as they protested against far-right Israelis entering the Al Aqsa compound (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

At least four Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces Wednesday when right-wing Jews entered the Al Aqsa compound to commemorate the taking of East Jerusalem in 1967.