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May 7, 2014

Lebanese officials vowed to tighten security along the country's border despite the neighboring Syrian conflict spilling over (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Syrian warplanes on Wednesday raided the outskirts of a Lebanese border town where rebels are believed to be hiding. No casualties were reported, security officials say.

Yemen's army is currently launching a major offensive against Al Qaeda in the country's mountainous south. (AFP/File)
10:42 GMT

Militants have blown up Yemen's main oil export pipeline, local officials reported Wednesday, adding that the attack has halted crude flows as elsewhere, gunmen caused a huge power outage by attacking electricity lines.

Almost three years of resistance in Homs is coming to and end as rebels leave the besieged city. (AFP)
09:43 GMT

Hundreds of Syrian rebels have started to evacuate their bastions in the central city of Homs on Wednesday under the conditions of a ceasefire deal struck last week with the government, opposition activists and the governor of the besieged city reported.

Sisi is largely expected to win the country's presidential election that is tentatively set to take place May 26-27 this month (File Archive/AFP)
07:22 GMT

Egypt's presidential hopeful Abdel Fattal Al Sisi said Tuesday that he will not receive an Israeli prime minister in Cairo if he becomes president without Tel Aviv giving concessions to Palestinians in peace talks.

Peres and Abbas secretly met in Amman in 2011 to negotiate a peace deal that was later rejected by Netanyahu and his right-wing government (File Archive/AFP)
07:04 GMT

Israel's President Shimon Peres told Jewish media Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a secretly negotiated 2011 peace agreement with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

According to recent statistics, at least 27% of Lebanon's population is Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
06:57 GMT

Lebanon has forcibly returned 41 Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria, human rights activists claim.

El-Sisi said that the US saw Morsi's removal from office as a coup, as according to US law. (AFP/File)
06:39 GMT

Former US ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson requested the Egyptian army to delay the removal of Mohamed Morsi from office "for a day or two", presidential contender Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said.

Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice will lead the U.S. delegation In Tel Aviv Wednesday (Jim Watson/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Top officials from the United States are due to commence "high-level talks" with Israeli officials in Tel Aviv today.

May 6, 2014

No candidate has yet received the necessary two-thirds majority of MP votes to succeed President Michel Sleiman (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Lebanese parliamentarians will try to elect a president for a third time Wednesday.

Many refugees in Lebanon's town of Arsal faced severe winter conditions in late 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
19:07 GMT

Militants from the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front kidnapped four Syrians from a refugee camp in the Lebanese border town of Arsal Tuesday evening.

Israeli police constantly allow Jewish groups to tour the Al Aqsa site, breaching peace agreements (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Israeli police allowed only Palestinians aged 50 and over into the Al Aqsa compound since Monday evening, an official said.

More than one million refugees from Syria are registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Lebanon's Central Security Council has called on the General Security to design a new framework to govern the entry of refugees from Syria into Lebanon Tuesday based on a set of "clear standards."

Walid Jumblatt has urged the Syrian National Coalition to take a stance against alleged cooperation with Israel (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt has criticized reports of alleged cooperation between Syrian rebels and Israel, calling it "a very dangerous issue."

Terrorists attacked compounds in Saudi's capital Riyadh in 2003 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia "dismantled a terrorist organization" that was plotting to attack government facilities and foreign interests.

At least 72 militants and another 24 soldiers have been killed under the government's offensive on the south in its effort to oust Al Qaeda militants from the country (File Archive/AFP)
15:27 GMT

At least two Al Qaeda-linked militants were killed in Yemen's southern Shabwa province under Sanaa's shelling offensive.