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May 5, 2014

The Syrian civil war has left Homs devastated. (AFP/File)
16:48 GMT

Syria's head of tourism believes the upcoming tourist season will be prosperous despite brutal ongoing violence throughout the country.

Homs has been under siege since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

Members of the Syrian opposition will be allowed safe passage out of Homs in a deal reached recently with the Syrian government.

This is the first time Meshal and Abbas have held a meeting since January 2013. (AFP/File)
15:16 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshal held "positive" talks Monday in Doha.

Nine people were killed today as violence across Iraq continues. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Violence in Iraq has killed nine people Monday.

Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, in Tehran, during a previous round of nuclear talks. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 group are set to resume expert-level talks on Tehran’s nuclear energy program in New York, an Iranian official says.

Al Azhar University has been the site of many protests since Morsi's ouster. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT

Al Azhar University has expelled 76 students over their alleged "involvement in riots."

Egypt's Sisi is expected to win the late May elections (File Archive/AFP)
12:34 GMT

Egypt's presidential hopeful and former military chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi vowed to protest all citizens and Islam this weekend when meeting with a group of Sufi leaders ahead of the country's late May elections.

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Egypt and the U.S. "want to move on together." (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy made it clear that Egypt does not wish to be isolated and wants to maintain its relationship with the U.S.

Plumes of smoke ascend from the the forests of Betshay, east Beirut, Monday, May 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
09:57 GMT

A bush fire driven by hot winds in the Baabda district forced the evacuation of residents on Monday as firefighters struggled to control the blaze.

Syria's Aleppo has been reduced to rubble over the past three years, and particularly since regime forces began pounding the city with near-daily air attacks in mid December last year (File Archive/AFP)
09:12 GMT

At least nine people were killed in Syria's Aleppo Monday after rockets struck a regime-held area.

The deal, which was clinched last November and took effect in January, paves the way for the full resolution of the dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT

A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in Tehran to discuss with Iranian officials a safeguards approach for the country’s Arak heavy water plant in line with an agreement reached between Tehran and the IAEA.

The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won Palestinian legislative elections. (AFP/File)
08:03 GMT

Arrangements are being made for some 3,000 Palestinian Authority policemen to join the Gaza government's security forces, a statement said Sunday.

Some Kuwaiti leaders fear the resignations are an attempt to dismantle the parliament (File Archive)
07:10 GMT

Five Kuwaiti MPs have now resigned as of Sunday over the parliament's refusal to question the premier on corruption allegations.

Many areas that are currently under rebel control will not participate in Syria's so-called presidential election set for June (File Archive/AFP)
06:55 GMT

Syria's parliament announced this week that President Bashar Al Assad will face only two challengers in the upcoming so-called presidential elections set for June third.

A wounded man sits as he is treated at a makeshift hospital following a reported bombardment with explosive-packed "barrel bombs" by Syrian government forces on May 4, 2014 in the al-Sakhour district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL RIFAI)
06:38 GMT

The head of the United Nations said Sunday that “bureaucratic resistance” by Bashar Assad’s government was preventing aid getting to millions of Syrians in need due to the 3-year-old conflict.