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June 20, 2014

It is not just the Houthis who are facing socioeconomic difficulties in Yemen: many locals in Sanaa have been protesting electricity cutoffs over the past few weeks (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Dozens of individuals have been killed over the past two days in ongoing clashes between government troops and Shiite Houthi rebels north of the capital.

An Egyptian court sentenced the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie to death earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

At least two people were killed in east Cairo Friday during a demonstration protesting the conviction of senior leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood earlier this week.

The ongoing nuclear talks between Tehran and the so-called P5+1 will resume on July second next month (File Archive/AFP)
17:25 GMT

Iran and world powers are still searching for common ground on the main issues of the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna says Tehran's Foreign Minister.

Iraqi soldiers were stationed at one of the border crossings earlier this year, but violence has forced many troops to withdraw from their posts (File Archive)
16:02 GMT

At least 34 Iraqi security forces were killed in the border town of Al Qaim Friday.

Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. is ready for "targeted" and "precise" action in Iraq to combat the growing violence in the MENA country (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Tehran said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama lacks a serious will to combat terrorism, and will inevitably as a result, heighten sectarian tensions in Iraq.

Israeli soldiers patrol the streets of Hebron in search of the missing teens Friday (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
14:43 GMT

A top Palestinian official told reporters Friday that Israel is overreacting to the disappearance of three missing Jewish teenagers from a West Bank settlement.

The mother of one of one of the Palestinian teens killed in the Israeli soldier raid weeps Friday (Hazem Bader/AFP)
13:46 GMT

A 22-year-old Palestinian youth was shot dead Friday afternoon, representing the second youth killing at the hands of Israeli soldiers in one day.

At least two people were killed in the car bomb blast Friday (Joseph Eid/AFP)
13:16 GMT

At least two people were killed in a bomb explosion in Lebanon Friday at a checkpoint in the eastern Bekaa valley, security sources reported.

The deadly attack was carried out by "The Islamic Front" in the province of Hama (File/AFP)
12:46 GMT

A car bomb killed at least 34 people and injured 50 others in the Syrian province of Hama early on Friday.

Germany's Foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said every "effort as possible" should be made to meet the July 20 deadline (File/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Germany's foreign minister pushed for talks over the Iranian nuclear program to be reached by the July 20 deadline.

Iraq's leader Nouri al-Maliki blamed Saudi Arabia for funding terrorism while the kingdom denied all allegations (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

Iraq's army in Baiji, north of Tikrit, reportedly killed Abu Khabib al-Jazaeeri, a Saudi national and top commander of ISIL.

The six men were also accused of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is listed a terrorist organization (File/AFP)
10:57 GMT

An Egypt court sentenced six supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to eight years in jail on charges of rioting.

Human rights groups accused Israel of "collective punishment" against Palestinians in the search for three missing settlers (File/AFP)
09:42 GMT

Israeli forces shot and killed a 13-year-old boy during clashes in Dura, close to Hebron.

Victims of the attack included women and children (File/AFP)
09:17 GMT

At least six people were killed in a car bomb attack and nine others injured in the Syrian city of Homs.

King Abdullah was previously in Morocco before his scheduled visit to Cairo for medical treatment purposes (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is expected in Egypt today for the first time since the 2011 uprising that ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak.