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May 14, 2014

Officials say a faulty electrical transformer caused the explosion. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

The death toll in Turkey's coal mine accident has risen to at least 201.

Fatah leader Azzam Al Ahmad arrived in Gaza last night for the latest round of unity government talks set to commence Wednesday (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Hamas and Fatah leadership commenced the latest round of talks to form a transitional government in Gaza Wednesday.

Lebanon's parliament failed three times to elect a new president. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Lebanon's Prime Minister warned that an empty presidential seat may increase insecurity in the country.

Previous ICC cases regarding torture in Iraq were dismissed in 2006 under former chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo due to what he described as "not enough evidence" (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has reopened investigations into war crimes committed by British soldiers in Iraq during the 2003 U.S. invasion after new allegations were submitted earlier this year.

May 13, 2014

Fatah and Hamas leadership met and signed a unity deal last month, saying that a unity government between the two rival factions would be established within five weeks (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Fatah official Azzam Al Ahmad and his convoy arrived in Gaza Tuesday for the next round of talks with Hamas counterparts regarding a unified Palestinian governing body.

A previous mine explosion left many Turkish workers trapped in Bursa in 2009 (File Archive/AFP)
18:40 GMT

A fire in a coal mine in western Turkey has trapped hundreds of miners and has already killed four.

Brahimi replaced former Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the UN Arab League Special Envoy to Syria in 2012 (File Archive/AFP)
18:16 GMT

The UN Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will resign from his post May 31 said Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon Tuesday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Riyadh Tuesday (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Riyadh announced Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is "ready to negotiate" with its rival Iran.

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy previously called on the Israeli government to release Palestinian prisoners as agreed upon under the U.S-brokered peace talks that recently ended in stalemate last month (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Israeli officials held a secret meeting with Egyptian counterparts in Cairo Monday, according to reports.

Nayef al-Ajmi (left) quit his post after being accused of funding terrorism in Syria (File/AFP)
16:49 GMT

Kuwait's minister for justice and Islamic affairs resigned over his support for militancy in Syria on Monday.

Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma's health is said to be deteriorating (File/AFP)
14:27 GMT

Jailed Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma was hospitalized on Tuesday while Al Jazeera journalist Abdallah El-Shamy was moved to an undisclosed location.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif heads Iran's negotiating team. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 will begin a new round of nuclear talks in Vienna today.

Graffiti on a defaced Orthodox church in Jerusalem reads: "Price tag. King David is for the Jews, Jesus is garbage." (File/AFP)
13:12 GMT

Various Palestinian community leaders demanded more action from Israeli authorities against a recent wave of price tag attacks on Arab properties.

Israeli soldiers take pictures as seen from the southern border village of Labbouneh, Monday, May 12, 2014. (Image courtesy of The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
12:12 GMT

Lebanon will file a complaint against Israel before the U.N. Security Council for violating the country’s southern border, an act which sparked wide condemnation from Lebanese officials.

Prince Nasser is accused of being involved in the torture of Bahraini prisoners in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Bahrain News Agency)
11:58 GMT

Prince Nasser faces charges of torture but has immunity in Bahrain. If he travels to the United Kingdom, however, human rights lawyers may advocate for his arrest.