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June 11, 2014

Abdel Fattah is accused of protesting illegally. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

A Cairo court sentenced prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in prison for protesting illegally.

Robert Ford said cooperating with Assad "would not benefit American security." (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT

U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford, urged for "moderate opposition fighters" in Syria to be armed accordingly, while he said America will not engage with Bashar al-Assad.

A group of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons have been hunger striking for the past 48 days. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

Palestinian prisoners who are hunger striking remain steadfast in their mission. A statement released by the hunger strikers says they will continue "until victory or martyrdom."

Violence in Iraq has caused hundreds of thousands to flee. (AFP/FIle)
09:39 GMT

Hundreds of thousands flee Mosul after jihadist militants seize city.

Anti-government demonstrations have swept the country since 2011. (AFP/File)
08:07 GMT

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep concern over the Bahraini government's crackdown on political dissidents.

Iran and the U.S. have held multiple talks in Geneva to discuss Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

The U.S. and Iran have finished their two-day nuclear talks in Geneva.

The Libyan government has been unable to control powerful militias causing chaos across the country. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has agreed to a truce during Libya's upcoming election.

ISIL has carried out numerous bombings and shootings inside Iraq. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Militants of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and parts of the northern province of Kirkuk.

An astounding 99.3% of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed in some form. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Multiple sexual harassment cases have caused Egyptians to plan an anti-sexual harassment protest on Saturday.

June 10, 2014

Sexual assaults in Tahrir Square are incredibly common. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has asked Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim to combat the country's sexual assault crisis.

Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki called for a state of emergency after terrorists took control of Nineveh province, Tuesday (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Two bombs exploded close to a funeral in the Iraqi city of Baquba, killing 20 and injuring several others, security officials say.

People fleeing Nineveh province wait to enter the Kurdish controlled parts of northern Iraq (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Nouri al-Maliki has asked Iraq's parliament to declare a state of emergency after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levent took control of Nineveh province.

Ten Syrians and two Lebanese people are believed to be among the abducted (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Up to 12 people were kidnapped in Lebanon by masked Syrian gunmen, security sources said.

Assad was recently reelected as president. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The Syrian government has begun releasing prisoners from government jails under the general amnesty that was announced yesterday.

Rivlin won 63 of 119 votes (AFP/ File).
14:47 GMT

Former parliamentary speaker Reuven Rivlin has beaten Meir Sheetrit to become Israel's tenth president.