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May 16, 2014

Severe water shortages are affecting around one million people in Aleppo (File/AFP)
15:31 GMT

Residents in Aleppo are suffering high water shortages due to the ongoing civil war between militants and Assad's Syrian army despite a recent ceasefire.

Intense fighting took place between militias and Libyan forces, Friday (File/AFP)
14:16 GMT

Militants clashed with Libyan forces led by a retired general in the country's second city, Benghazi Friday.

In 2013, 71 journalists were killed while working in Syria (File/AFP)
12:53 GMT

Two British journalists were abducted by militants while covering stories in Syria. The Times reporter Anthony Loyd was shot in the leg while his photographer colleague Jack Hill was beaten trying to escape.

Two days now remain for Egyptian expats worldwide to vote (File/AFP)
10:16 GMT

Almost 65,000 Egyptian people worldwide voted on the first day of expat voting, with 20,000 coming from the UAE, according to the Presidential Elections Commission.

More than half Yemen's population is living in extremely impoverished conditions (File/AFP)
09:40 GMT

Over 14 million Yemenis, are in need of emergency aid, clean water and adequate sanitation, according to the country's newly appointed UN humanitarian coordinator, Johannes Van Der Klaauw.

An injured Syrian boy awaits treatment in Aleppo (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Over 29 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his vest on the outskirts of Aleppo. Turkish officials said they treated up to 50 civilians for injuries, Thursday

May 15, 2014

Libyan authorities have struggled to control militias since the 2011 revolution (File/AFP)
18:45 GMT

Militiamen detained up to 250 Egyptian truck drivers days after an Egyptian national was shot dead in Benghazi.

Rebels detonated the tunnel bomb underneath the Wadi al-Deif base on Thursday (File/AFP)
17:22 GMT

Syrian rebels detonated 60 tonnes of explosives in a tunnel under a large army base, a militant commander confirmed on Thursday.

Demonstrations took place across Palestine on Thursday to mark the Nakba when some 760,000 people were expelled from their homes in 1948 (File/AFP)
15:53 GMT

Two Palestinians aged 22 and 17 were killed by Israeli forces during the 66th commemoration of the Nakba in Ramallah Thursday.

Around 150,000 Palestinian refugees lived in the Yarmouk camp since fleeing Israel in 1957 (File/AFP)
14:33 GMT

A shootout in the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk prevented the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) from distributing aid, according to a statement Thursday.

There are over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, making up at least 27% of the population (File/AFP)
13:42 GMT

Lebanon is due to limit the number of Syrian refugees entering the country, according to the Trade and Economy Minister Alain Hakim.

An Iraqi woman inspects the wreckage of a car on the aftermath of a bomb explosion in Baghdad's northern Shiite-majority district of Sadr City, on May 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
13:28 GMT

A car bomb went off in Baghdad’s Shia-dominated neighborhood of Karradah on Thursday, killing at least five people, including two policemen.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in London earlier this week ahead of Wednesday's Friends of Syria meeting  (Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Arab and Western foreign ministers and leaders met Thursday in London to discuss new strategies to support Syria's opposition.

Parliament will reconvene on May 22 for a fifth round of elections. (AFP/File)
13:07 GMT

Lebanese lawmakers failed, for a fourth time in a row, to elect a new president.

Turkish authorities have been accused of negligence as thousands including relatives of miners protest across the country (Image: REPORTTURK)
13:02 GMT

A photo has emerged of the Turkish Prime Minister's adviser Yusuf Yerkel kicking a restrained relative of a dead miner in the town of Soma.