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May 15, 2014

Thousands must wait in long lines to retrieve fuel. (AFP/File)
10:52 GMT

Many Yemenis are outraged over major fuel and electricity shortages and feel the transitional government is doing nothing to help.

Airstrikes across Syria have reduced numerous towns to rubble. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT

Airstrikes in northern Syria have killed over 40 people, mostly civilians.

The Islamists are expected to step up their protests ahead of a presidential election called for May 26-27. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT

One person was killed on Wednesday evening during clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of former president Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian security officials reported Thursday.

Iraq has witnessed a steady increase in car bombs since last year. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT

The U.S. plans to sell $1 billion worth of arms to Iraq in an effort to help bring stability to the country.

Only 600,000 of the 6-8 million Egyptians living abroad are registered to vote in the presidential polls (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:43 GMT

Egyptian expats will head to the polls starting Thursday to cast their votes for their country's upcoming presidential election.

The U.S. and several European countries are keen to begin monitoring just where Hezbollah gets its money from. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

Sources close to the central command at Hezbollah say the party has begun to take budget-cutting measures due to the shortage of Iranian aid caused by the Islamic Republic’s tough economic situation.

University officials say the security forces normally deployed in front of the university will be needed elsewhere during the elections. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Al Azhar University has decided to freeze exams, evacuate dorms, and give all employees a holiday during the week of Egypt's presidential elections.

More than 1,000 people - mostly civilians - were killed across Iraq the past month as the country grapples with a surge in sectarian violence. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
06:38 GMT

Separate terrorist attacks targeting security forces have left 13 people dead in Iraq.

The change to ISIL's name reflects inter-organizational dynamics between it and Al Qaeda's senior leadership. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of State announced on Wednesday that it has amended the foreign terrorist designation for Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood loyalists have also been sentenced to death in mass trials that garnered international media attention. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 79 supporters of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to prison terms of between five and 10 years over their involvement in the country's unrest, juidical sources reported.

May 14, 2014

According to a Hamas official, the formation of the proposed unity cabinet is nearly complete. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Hamas and Fatah officials held a three-hour meeting in Gaza on Wednesday in what officials described as a "positive" atmosphere.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 14, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)
19:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urged Gulf Arab states to unite against common security threats, despite a splintering of unity over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Torture and ill-treatment of pro-Mosri supporters came under scrutiny by Amnesty International (File/AFP)
18:13 GMT

Human rights group Amnesty International has said that torture was "endemic" in Egypt within a 2014 report on worldwide torture.

According to the UN, an average of two Palestinian children are arrested every day (File/AFP)
16:52 GMT

Israeli police arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian boy during an overnight raid in Jerusalem, bringing to light, the Jewish state's barbaric detention of minors.

Over one million Syrian refugees are now registered in Lebanon (File/AFP)
16:29 GMT

Japan's government has donated $4.3 million to Syrian refugees in Lebanon to help the "most vulnerable children and families" affected by the crisis.