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April 4, 2014

Israel settlement construction doubled in 2013. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israeli forces have demolished multiples homes and structures belonging to Palestinian Bedouins in East Jerusalem.

April 3, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is spearheading efforts to reach a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. (AFP/File)
20:04 GMT

A source close to the talks says Israelis will not go ahead with the most recent prisoner release.

The price tag attack came as a shock to the Christian community of Jish, in northern Israel (File/AFP)
13:47 GMT

Israeli extremists went on a rampage, spraying racist graffiti and slashing car tires in a predominantly Arab village, north of Tel Aviv. Police are still investigating.

U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat, Palestinian Intelligence officer head Majid Faraj, and Israeli negotiators Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho attended the nine-hour meeting. (AFP/File)
13:42 GMT

A heated meeting in Jerusalem ended Thursday without any sign that Israelis or Palestinians will return to the negotiating table.

Peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli officials are on the brink of collapse (File/AFP)
13:08 GMT

Frustrated U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Palestine and Israel to compromise after both sides disagreed on Palestinian prisoners being released, prompting the peace talks get complicated.

Ban Ki Moon stated his concerns during a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy at a European Union-African summit in Brussels. (AFP/File)
11:19 GMT

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon recently expressed concern over an Egyptian court's decision to sentence over 500 Muslim Brotherhood members to death.

The Brotherhood has called on the UK to include Egypt's violent crack down on its organization's members in the framework of its investigation (File Archive/AFP)
10:43 GMT

The Muslim Brotherhood has called on UK officials to stop its review of the Islamist organization's activities after British premier David Cameron called for a probe into the Brotherhood's activities earlier this week.

Damascus, Syria's capital city, has experienced an increase in violence this week. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

At least 13 civilians have been killed by recent mortar fire in several cities in Syria.

Yasser Abed Rabbo wants U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to continue his efforts. (AFP/File)
08:09 GMT

Yasser Abed Rabbo, the secretary general of the PLO's executive committee, said he hopes the U.S. will continue its efforts to secure a peace deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

It is not yet clear how many militants were involved in the Aden attack Wednesday (Gamal Noman/AFP)
07:34 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked attacks in Yemen's southern city of Aden left at least 20 people dead according to new death toll information Wednesday night.

Ahmad Jarba is the current President of the Syrian National Coalition. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition will meet in Istanbul this weekend to discuss seven recent resignations.

Nusra Front is allegedly plotting several terrorist operations in Lebanon that are being funded by fundamentalists and Islamist scholars who live abroad (File Archive/AFP)
07:12 GMT

A large number of Nusra Front fighters from Syria have "infiltrated" Lebanon in the past few days, according to reports, and are planning to conduct several terrorist attacks throughout the country.

Egyptian Brigadier-General Tarek Al Mergawi was killed in Tuesday's bombings at Cairo University (Ahmed Gamil/AFP)
06:59 GMT

Egypt's Prime Minister called for an emergency meeting Tuesday following three bombings at Cairo University this week.

The Iranian government says the tests done at Arak are for cancer research. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

U.S. analysts say changes to Iran's Arak reactor could prevent it from producing nuclear weapons and still allow it to be useful for research.

April 2, 2014

Peace talks recently stalled because of Israel's refusal to release a batch of Palestinian prisoners as promised. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

John Kerry phoned Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday to discuss the peace negotiations that are rapidly deteriorating.