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April 15, 2014

Iraqi authorities cite security concerns as the reason behind closing the prison (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

The notorious prison which was brought to the world's attention when U.S. military personnel committed grave human rights violations against detained Iraqis, has been closed.

Pro-regime forces backed by Hezbollah retook Aasal al-Ward from rebels (File/AFP)
13:19 GMT

Pro-regime forces backed by Hezbollah fighters retook a village in the Qalamoun region with the intention of expanding military operations in the area.

Lebanon currently hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT

Lebanese authorities plan to stem the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon.

Assad has all but officially said that he will run in the next round of proposed elections for the presidency (File Archive/AFP)
12:20 GMT

Syria's parliament will announce the date of the country's presidential election to be held this year despite the country's ongoing civil war.

The United States regularly targets AQAP in its drone strike campaign in Yemen. (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT

Gunmen who are believed to be affiliated to Al Qaeda on Tuesday shot dead the vice govenor of Yemen's Baida province, an official reported.

Manama now has the authority to sentence protesters to death for participation in "unauthorized demonstrations" (File Archive/AFP)
10:27 GMT

A Manama court has sentenced 11 Shiite protesters to five years in jail each for allegedly "attacking police."

Israeli forces have erected checkpoints near Hebron in response to the death of an Israeli in Hebron Monday. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

Israeli soldiers have blocked main roads and erected military checkpoints in two villages near Hebron.

A Libyan official said that the militants opened fire at al-Etan's vehicle, wounding his driver and forcing the diplomat out at gunpoint. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT

Unidentified Libyan gunmen on Tuesday abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli, officials reported.

According to immediate reports, two police officers were injured in Tuesday's blast. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT

Two policemen were injured in a bomb attack that struck central Cairo on Tuesday morning, state television reported.

Yuval Steinitz is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT

Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz recently criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his comments on Iran's nuclear program.

The Iraqi army has been battling al-Qaeda linked militants since December 2013. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT

Iraqi Water Resources Minister Muhanad al-Saadi said in a statement on Monday that militants have “completely closed the gates of the Fallujah dam since Sunday morning.”

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows bodies lying on the ground, allegedly of rebel fighters after they were killed by Syrian government forces in Adra, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)
06:52 GMT

France is set to host the meeting in the hopes of leading an international group who will bring the Syrian government to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Hebron is experiencing heightened tensions after the Israeli government ruled Monday that an Israeli family could move back into their contested house in a settlement. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Palestinian gunmen shot and killed one Israeli and injured two others in Hebron.

April 14, 2014

Ghali served under Hosni Mubarak until he was overthrown in January 2011. (AFP/File)
19:41 GMT

Interpol arrested Youssef Boutros Ghali on Monday as he arrived in Paris.

16,000 people have been detained since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

A student loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi was shot dead by Egyptian security forces as clashes took place in Cairo University, also leaving two journalists injured.