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May 19, 2014

The Bahrain government has been violently cracking down on dissent for years, but it was not until the country's 2011 uprisings that Bahrain's domestic tensions really captured international attention (File Archive/AFP)
06:50 GMT

The Bahraini government intensified crackdowns on anti-government protests, and even clashed with funeral mourners of an anti-government demonstrator in Sitra this weekend.

Mahmoud Abbas is expected to serve as the interim leader of the new unity government (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hamas told reporters Sunday that the new Palestinian "consensus government" will be finalized over the next few days.

May 18, 2014

“Not everyone who supported Mubarak is corrupt, nor are those who supported Morsi terrorists," Sabbahi told Asharq al-Awsat. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi said he will attempt to rebuild consensus in Egypt if he becomes president.

The Israeli Defense Force frequently clashes with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Israeli Defense Forces shot and wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in 2013. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced another 126 Muslim Brotherhood members to 10 years in prison for engaging in terrorist activities.

The parliamentary election results are set to be announced any day (File Archive/AFP)
13:00 GMT

Militants kidnapped one of Iraq's election candidates while the country awaits the results of last month's poll.

“Opportunity shouldn’t be missed again like in 2005,” Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.
11:41 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers is “possible” if the parties to the talks with the Islamic Republic do away with “illusions.”

Hamas and Fatah hope to announce the unity government before the end of this month. (AFP/File)
09:48 GMT

Hamas and Fatah have reached an agreement on cabinet ministers for their new unity government.

Livni faced harsh criticism from Israeli politicians over her meeting with Abbas. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni recently met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said she was only representing herself and not Israel.

The Egyptian presidential election is set for May 26 and 27. (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT

Three people were injured at a rally for Abdel Fattah al Sisi in Cairo when a man on a motorcycle threw a homemade bomb in the direction of the rally.

The rifles were granted to Lebanon as part of a military deal with Washington. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

The United States has provided the Lebanese army with hundreds of new rifles as a part of a military deal between Washington and Beirut.

Hermel is hit rather frequently by rockets from Syria's war (File Archive)
07:31 GMT

Rockets from the neighboring war in Syria hit Lebanese towns Hermel and Arsal Saturday evening. No casualties were reported.

Ex-rebel groups led by former general Kaftar have launched an offensive on Islamist groups in the country in their effort to purge Libya of "terrorists" (File Archive/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Clashes between armed groups in eastern Libya have left at least 79 people dead and 141 others wounded Saturday.

Libya militiamen detained the truck drivers on Thursday. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT

A group of 250 Egyptian truck drivers who were detained in Libya have been released.

Arrests based on the political affiliation of Palestinians living in the West Bank are continuing despite progress made towards establishing a unity government. (AFP PHOTO/ THOMAS COEX)
06:41 GMT

Despite the signing of a recent national unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah, arrests on the basis of political affiliation continue unabated in the West Bank.