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April 23, 2014

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.

Washington has been critical of Egypt's crackdown on dissent, but is planning to restore military aid nonetheless (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
07:07 GMT

The U.S. will lift its freeze on military aid to Cairo and deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt.

Numerous migrant workers who work construction jobs for the World Cup stadium have reported extremely poor working conditions. (AFP/File)
06:57 GMT

Amnesty International recently slammed Qatar over its treatment of domestic workers. Migrant workers have reported both physical and sexual abuse.

President Michel Suleiman said Tuesday that he hopes the parliament will elect the next president before Friday's deadline (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon's parliament will convene Wednesday to elect a president following the expiration of president Michel Suleiman's term.

April 22, 2014

A U.N. inspection team was sent to Syria following last August's chemical weapons attack (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapon stockpile according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons who is responsible for the oversight of the weapons removal.

Joining the Israeli army will remain voluntary for Christians, but now Tel Aviv will be mailing recruitment papers directly to all Christians on their sixteenth birthday (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Palestinian Christian citizens of Israel will not receive army conscription papers directly on their sixteenth birthday

Arab League leader Nabil Fahmy condemned Syria's election plans in an official statement Tuesday (File Archive/AFP)
18:07 GMT

The Arab League condemned Syria's plans to hold a presidential election while the country's civil war continues to envelope the country in violence Tuesday.

Former premier Rafik Hariri was assassinated in Beirut in 2005 (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued new arrest warrants Tuesday for the five suspects accused of involvement in the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.