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June 4, 2014

Lebanon is home to over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
15:52 GMT

Saudi Arabia's envoy to Lebanon, Ali Awad Asiri said Wednesday that a new aid program for Syrian refugees would provide $1.8 million over the next six months along with additional shelter and food.

The controversial bill to force feed inmates has already passed its first reading in the Knesset (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Israel's prime minister sought approval for a controversial bill to force feed Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, similar to detainees in Guantanamo Bay.

This is John Kerry's first visit to Lebanon as Secretary of State. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

John Kerry has arrived in Beirut.

Bahrain's interior ministry rejected all allegations of prisoners being mistreated (File/AFP)
14:03 GMT

Al-Wefaq has voiced concern over the safety and well-being of Bahraini prisoners who have reportedly gone on hunger strike.

Lebanon has welcome millions of refugees into the country, but the drastic population increase has caused severe strain on the Lebanese economy. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

The Lebanese Social Affairs Minister announced Wednesday that Lebanon would now only receive refugees who are fleeing from nearby border areas in Syria.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas swore in the new unity government on Monday (File/AFP)
13:34 GMT

Israeli authorities revoked VIP travel permits from ministers of the new Palestinian government who planned a cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip.

Hasan Nasrallah is expected to deliver a speech during the memorial service of a Shia sheikh, Friday (File/AFP)
12:51 GMT

Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Shia group Hezbollah, will deliver a speech Friday during a memorial ceremony.

The U.S. aims to keep its strategic alliance with Egypt strong. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

The U.S. has released a statement expressing enthusiasm about working with Egypt's newly elected Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Saudi's King Abdullah pledged billions of dollars in financial assistance to Egypt (File/AFP)
12:15 GMT

King Abdullah welcomed the victory of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's presidential campaign and urged for a meeting in the Kingdom to raise funds for Egypt's new government.

An anti-regime protester splashes red paint over a Bashar al-Assad poster in Paris (File/AFP)
11:48 GMT

Syrians opposed to President Bashar al-Assad's regime staged counter polls across the Middle East to condemn Tuesday's election.

General Haftar recently launched an offensive to rid Benghazi of jihadists. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT

General Haftar survived a suicide bombing that killed three of his men.

Relations between Iran and Egypt have been tense since the two countries severed ties in 1980. (AFP/File)
09:54 GMT

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani received an invitation to the inauguration of Egypt's upcoming president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The King of Jordan is the official guardian of al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP/File)
09:14 GMT

The Jordanian Ambassador in Tel Aviv has criticized the Israeli government's handling of recent incidents at al-Aqsa mosque.

Nusra Front and ISIL are fighting each other as well as battling Assad's regime in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT

Clashes continue between al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The fighting has killed at least 60 militants this week.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was widely expected to win the elections. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's newly elected president, gave his first televised speech shortly after his win was officially announced.