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April 15, 2014

Fallujah has been under the control of anti-government fighters since January (File Archive/AFP)
20:14 GMT

A prominent army officer and seven others died in Iraq Tuesday.

Jordan's ambassador was kidnapped from his car by militants Tuesday (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
20:02 GMT

Jordan's ambassador to Libya is being held by Al Qaeda-affiliated kidnappers who are demanding the release of a Libyan who is serving a life prison sentence in Jordan.

Bandar previously served as KSA's ambassador to the United States (File Archive/AFP)
19:51 GMT

Saudi Arabia has replaced its intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan "at his own request."

529 Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death by Egypt's courts last month (File Archive/AFP)
19:41 GMT

An Alexandria court banned all members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running for election in the upcoming presidential polls.

Two Saudi soldiers were also killed by suspected Yemeni militants last week (Getty/AFP)
18:20 GMT

A Saudi soldier died after coming under attack near the Yemen border. The kingdom's interior ministry is in contact with Yemeni authorities to investigate.

The Syrian government holds Turkey, U.S. and Saudi Arabia accountable for arming opposition rebels (Carl Court/AFP)
17:23 GMT

Canada's National Defence has drawn up plans for military operations in Syria according to leaked documents.

The IDF fired tear gas at Palestinians in Aida refugee camp (File/AFP)
16:30 GMT

A 44-year-old woman died in Beit Jala Public Hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army.

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.