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June 6, 2014

Palestinians strongly criticized the announcement, calling it "disgraceful" (File/AFP)
16:14 GMT

Australia's government announced Thursday that it would not refer to Jerusalem as occupied, describing the word as "judgmental language." Palestinian officials criticized the move.

Adly Mansour approved a number of laws on Thursday including a new anti-sexual harassment law (File/AFP)
15:47 GMT

Interim President Adly Mansour signed a set of legislative measurers as he prepared to leave office Thursday.

At least seven people were killed in 37 others injured in the blasts (File/AFP)
13:35 GMT

Two bomb blasts killed at least seven people and injured 37 others in the northern Iraqi village of Tahrawa, police sources confirmed.

Palestinian fishermen look on at an Israeli police vessel beside the Rafah shore in Gaza (File/AFP)
11:40 GMT

Israel's navy forces opened fire at fishing boats off the coast of Gaza, Friday.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won 96.91 percent of Egypt's votes when results were announced on Tuesday (File/AFP)
11:12 GMT

An American delegation will attend Egypt's presidential ceremony for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo, a U.S. diplomat confirmed.

Bashar al-Assad's army is expected to make further gains, after his victory in the re-election this week (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT

Bashar al-Assad's army regained control of a town close to Damascus Friday, according to SANA news agency.

Former Lebanon PM Saad Hariri called the Syrian election a "farce" (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Saad Hariri on Thursday criticized Bashar al-Assad's victory in the Syrian elections as a "farce".

June 5, 2014

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in makeshift camps (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The UN's Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Derek Plumbly, expressed disappointment with Beirut's plans to build refugee camps along the border with Syria.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatens Nigerians with further violence in a video (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Terrorist group Boko Haram is believed to have killed around 245 villagers in Nigeria in separate attacks this week.

The 14-year-old Syrian boy's body was found dumped at the side of a road in east Lebanon (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front killed and dumped the body of a 14-year-old Syrian boy on a roadside, east of Lebanon, according to security sources.

Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq's lawyers argued that the election was legitimate (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

A court official said Thursday that the election of Ahmed Maiteeq violated Libya's temporary constitution.

Around 400 people, mostly Houthis, were killed in clashes with Yemen's army in the past two months, reports say (File/AFP)
15:45 GMT

Yemen's military agreed on a ceasefire deal with the country's Shia Houthi fighters in Amran Wednesday, following deadly clashes between both sides.

Israel continues to build illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem despite condemnation from the international community. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

The PLO will appeal to the UN Security Council against Israel's plans to construct 1,500 new settler units.

Spillover violence from Syria caused the Lebanese government to implement a new security plan in Tripoli in April. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT

The Lebanese Army has detained several people in Tripoli for cheering about Assad's recent presidential victory.

Libyan forces are struggling to eradicate extremist militia groups that are responsible for many violent attacks across the country. (AFP/File)
12:03 GMT

Three staffers of the International Committee of the Red Cross were fired on near Libya's eastern city of Sirte.