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April 23, 2014

Blood and carnage: The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza (File/AFP)
18:57 GMT

Seven people were injured when an airstrike hit Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Wanted fugitive Mohammed Abdullah Jumaa was attacked by masked gunmen in the Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh, but managed to escape (File/AFP)
17:21 GMT

A wanted Palestinian member of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, narrowly escaped assassination in a refugee camp near Sidon on Wednesday.

Defusing the tension: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain had withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar during the dispute (File/AFP)
16:55 GMT

Qatar's foreign minister said in a statement on Wednesday that his country's disagreement with fellow GCC nations was "over".

Construction takes place in the illegal Israeli settlement Har Homa, in East Jerusalem (Menahem Kahana/AFP)
15:23 GMT

An anonymous Israeli official has said that building settlements in Jerusalem will not be halted unless "an agreement is reached on other issues."

Turkey's Erdogan released his statement in solidarity with the Armenian people on the eve of the anniversary of the 1915 mass deportations of Armenians from present-day Turkey (Adem Altan/AFP)
13:56 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister offered condolences to descendants of the victims from the Armenian genocide during World War I, representing the first such overt comment ever publicly stated by a Turkish leader in reference to the killings.

Jarba has requested that Saudi Arabia provide more support to the rebel Free Syrian Army in their fight against the Assad regime, as well as ISIL (File Archive/AFP)
13:37 GMT

Syria's main opposition coalition has requested more aid and support from Saudi Arabia for the rebel Free Syrian Army.

Elections will take place June 3 despite heavy ongoing fighting within the country. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT

Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar announced Wednesday that he will run against President Bashar Assad in the upcoming presidential elections.

Netanyahu and Israel rejected Abbas' conditions for extending the peace talks earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
11:45 GMT

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas must choose whether he wants peace with Israel or Hamas "because he cannot have both."

Lebanon's parliament was later adjourned Wednesday due to a lack of quorum after many March 8 members walked out of the session (Lebanese Parliament/AFP)
11:27 GMT

Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president in the first round of voting Wednesday after no candidates received the necessary two-thirds majority of votes to win the seat.

Hamas and Fatah have tried to establish a unity government previously, but all such efforts collapsed (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
09:56 GMT

Rival Palestinian factions officially agreed Wednesday to form a government of national unity within the "next five weeks."

Attacks against police officers have increased since the former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last summer. (AFP/File)
09:47 GMT

A car bomb killed one policeman on the outskirts of Cairo Wednesday.

The Lebanese government recently heightened security in Tripoli due to ongoing violence in the region. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT

Two hand grenades exploded in Tripoli. No casualties were reported.

Arsal has frequently fallen victim to spillover attacks from Syria's civil war (File Archive)
09:03 GMT

A Syrian war plane launched several rockets onto the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Al Labweh and Al Nabi Othman. No casualties were reported.

Bahrainis are calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT

A Bahraini court sentenced 12 protesters to life in prison this week and sentenced others to 15 years in jail.

Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to the besieged town. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

Aid workers reached the Lebanese town of Tfail Tuesday. The village is surrounded by the Syrian army, the Syrian opposition, and Hezbollah.