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May 11, 2014

Rouhani’s remarks come ahead of a fresh round of high-level nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed Western allegations that the Islamic Republic is pursuing a secret nuclear program.

Security forces in Yemen are increasing security after continued attacks from AQAP. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT

Security forces in Yemen prepare for reprisal attacks as violence continues in Yemen.

Anbar Province plunged into violence in December 2013, when the army removed an anti-government protest camp in Ramadi. (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT

Dozens of people have been killed and several others wounded in the latest wave of bombings and shooting attacks across Iraq.

Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad is due to visit Gaza soon to discuss the formation of the unity government. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT

A Fatah spokesman on Saturday said that the PLO-Hamas reconciliation deal was making the necessary progress to be implemented within five weeks of the April 23 agreement as planned.

ISIL maintains a strong presence in Syria's Raqa province (File Archive/AFP)
07:21 GMT

Over 100,000 civilians were forced to leave their homes in eastern Syria this weekend due to clashes between rival jihadist groups.

Protesters were demonstrating against the rampant violence across Libya since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

Four Libyans were killed in clashes between protesters and militants in Benghazi.

One congressional staffer familiar with the briefing said the testimony was "very sobering...alarming...even terrifying." (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT

In a classified congressional briefing on visa restriction legislation, it was revealed that the U.S. considers Israeli espionage "has crossed red lines" as it is known to spy on the U.S.

Damascus has pledged it will go ahead with the vote despite the war being waged across the country. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT

Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court says the three approved candidates, including incumbent President Bashar al-Assad, will begin their campaigning for the upcoming presidential election on Sunday.

Lebanon is currently home to one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The UN and Lebanese authorities on Saturday discussed the possibility of setting up refugee camps to assist the one million Syrian refugees in the country.

May 10, 2014

The attacks came as fighting continues between militants and Iraqi forces in Anbar, where at least 400,000 people have been forced to flee their homes (File/AFP)
16:34 GMT

A series of bombings and shootings have killed 16 people across Iraq on Saturday including security forces.

The UN's Richard Falk is no stranger to controversy after calling Israel an apartheid state in March 2014 (File/AFP)
15:49 GMT

Special rapporteur to the UN, Richard Falk, has called on the international community to boycott Israeli settlement products "through non-violent resistance."

Mohammed El-Beltagy is also accused of inciting violence, in addition to the libel charge (File/AFP)
14:59 GMT

A senior member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood has been fined for libel while he stands trail for a number of other charges.

A British soldier gives a 'thumbs up' sign to the camera next to a dead Taliban insurgent. The photo has now went viral (Image: Liveleak)
14:39 GMT

A British soldier posing next to a dead Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has stirred global controversy, prompting an investigation by the Ministry of Defence.

Syrian families return to the Christian Hamidiyeh neighbourhood of Homs (File/AFP)
12:59 GMT

Syrian residents finally returned back to Homs after the last batch of militants evacuated the city on Friday. Homs is now under full control of the Assad regime.

Many of the hunger strikers are elderly and have serious health conditions (File/AFP)
10:51 GMT

Over a hundred Palestinian prisoners continued their hunger strike on Saturday in protest to being detained without trial or charge.