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Security forces guard the courthouse in Kuwait City, Kuwait. (AFP/File)
May 29, 2016 - 08:19 GMT
Kuwait transferred 47 Iranian prisoners to serve the remainder of their sentences in Tehran.
Lebanese guards watch over the line for a polling station on May 8, 2016. (AFP/File)
May 29, 2016 - 07:50 GMT
The final round of elections begin in North Lebanon today.
Syrian regime security forces overlook the Hama province. (AFP/File)
May 29, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Prisoners in the Assad-backed Hama prison have rioted, taking ten policemen hostage while demanding to be released.
Smoke rises over the Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
May 29, 2016 - 06:30 GMT
The IDF created a special unit to handle the needs of Syrian civilians at the northern border.
Relatives and friends chant slogans during the funeral of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron. (AFP/File)
May 29, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
The body of al-Sharif was returned to the family on Friday after being held by Israeli authorities for over two months.
A file photo of Daesh fighters parading through Raqqa. (AFP/File)
May 29, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
The "entire area of A'zaz," near the Turkish border, was unsafe and civilians need a humanitarian corridor to be allowed to get to safety, Karl Schembri, spokesman for the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Middle East, told dpa.
Palestinians take part in a protest outside a UN distribution center in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, against the reduction of educational programs given by UNRWA, August 4, 2015. (AFP/File)
May 28, 2016 - 13:24 GMT
Spokesman for the committees, Husni Odeh, told Ma'an that the committees decided during a meeting Friday evening that they would close UNRWA social affairs offices and directors' offices in the West Bank, and block movement of UNRWA cars in all areas.
This file photo shows Syrian refugees, who had fled Tal Abyad, re-entering Syria with their belongings from Turkey, June 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
May 28, 2016 - 11:08 GMT
Hundreds of thousands of people in Syria have been trapped in the Daesh-held northeastern city of Raqqah as well as the outskirts of Aleppo as both cities face offensives by government and Kurdish forces.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) meets Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Cairo on May 9, 2016. (AFP/File)
May 28, 2016 - 09:46 GMT
The two presidents are scheduled to discuss the latest regional developments, including the French initiative for a Palestinian-Israeli peace conference and the upcoming international support group for peace negotiations in Paris on Friday 3 June.
Despite plans before the operation for safe corridors, few civilians have managed to flee the Fallujah battle in recent days. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
May 28, 2016 - 09:40 GMT
At least 50,000 civilians are thought to be still inside the city, which is around 65 kilometres west of Baghdad.
Israel returns body of Palestinian attacker shot dead by IDF soldier in Hebron. (AFP/File)
May 28, 2016 - 08:07 GMT
Al-Sharif's family told Ma'an his funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon, and that they have rejected all Israeli authorities' conditions for the release of his body.
The recorders' underwater locator beacons only transmit ping signals for about 30 days, the typical duration of their battery life. (AFP/File)
May 28, 2016 - 07:37 GMT
Airbus shared the signal's location information with Egyptian officials, which helped narrow the search area to a 5 kilometer zone now being scoured by air and sea.
Syrian civil defence volunteers pull a body from under the rubble following a reported attack by Syrian government forces on May 27, 2016, in the Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
May 28, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
A civil defense official said Russian and Syrian warplanes launched at least 40 airstrikes on Aleppo province.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, the head of hardline nationalist party Yisrael Beitenu, are seen during a ceremony in which they signed a coalition agreement on May 25, 2016 at the Knesset. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
May 28, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Only 26 percent, mostly self-described right-wingers, believe a diplomatic solution is on the way in Israel.
A funeral of a Palestinian killed by Israeli forces is seen in Jenin. (AFP/File)
May 27, 2016 - 16:00 GMT
Sawsan Mansour would have started her high school exams this week.
Iraqi government forces advance near al-Sejar village, north-east of Fallujah, as smoke billows in the background on May 26, 2016, as they take part in a major assault to retake the city from the Islamic State (IS) group. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
May 27, 2016 - 15:00 GMT
Tens of thousands of civilians are still trapped inside Fallujah, caught between Daesh and airstrikes by Iraqi forces.