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June 9, 2014

Syria’s ambassador  to the United Nations  had recently complained that  people from as far away as  New Zealand had been lured to fight in the war  raging in Syria (AFP/ File).
06:54 GMT

New Zealand media have reported that its first citizen has been killed in Syria. Its Foreign Ministry is yet to provide further details.

June 8, 2014

Israel seized Jerusalem during the Six-Day War and continually constructs illegal settlements within its borders. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Palestine's foreign ministry has summoned Australia's representative over Australia's recent refusal to refer to Jerusalem as "occupied."

Students at al-Azhar frequently protest the current government and voice their displeasure with the overthrow of Morsi. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT

Students at al-Azhar University in Cairo protested against the inauguration of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Sunday.

Turkish-Iranian ties have slowly improved in recent years. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

Iran and Turkey will establish a high council for strategic cooperation during President Rouhani's upcoming visit to Ankara.

The Israeli navy routinely harasses Palestinian fisherman. (AFP/File)
16:31 GMT

A Palestinian fisherman who was shot by the Israeli navy two weeks ago died from his injuries Sunday morning.

Lebanon has failed to pick a new president in recent weeks because of the absence of a consensus among political rivals. (AFP/File)
15:23 GMT

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour says he is not confident that an agreement on the presidential election will be reached soon.

Many Israelis dislike the idea of releasing Palestinian prisoners, but others argue it is a crucial bargaining chip in the israeli-Palestinian peace process. (AFP/File)
14:06 GMT

The Israeli cabinet has approved legislation that aims to prevent large scale releases of Palestinian prisoners.

Aleppo has been devastated by air strikes since the beginning of Syria's civil war. (AFP/File)
12:42 GMT

A family of six has been killed during air raids in Aleppo. The youngest casualty was a six-month-old baby.

Violence in Iraq killed nearly 800 people in May alone. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT

At least 19 people have died in bombings that targeted a Kurdish political office.

The hunger-striking Palestinians are protesting Israel's arbitrary detention policy. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

According to the inmates' lawyers, Palestinian prisoners who are on a hunger strike are treated with brutality.

Sisi will serve a four-year presidential term. (AFP/File)
09:52 GMT

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in Sunday by the Supreme Constitutional Court as the country's new president.

Pope Francis, Shimon Peres, and Mahmoud Abbas will take part in an interfaith peace prayer. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are heading to Vatican city today to pray with Pope Francis.

Sisi won Egypt's presidential election with a whopping 96% of the vote. (AFP/FIle)
08:04 GMT

Egypt is tightening security as it prepares for Sisi's inauguration ceremony later today.

Morsi supporters continue to protest against the current military-backed government. (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT

An Egyptian court has acquitted four police officers who were involved in the deaths of 37 detained protesters who supported the Muslim Brotherhood.

Diyarbakir has been the scene of multiple protests against the Turkish government recently. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT

Two Kurdish people died during clashes with Turkish police Saturday.