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June 4, 2014

Abdullah al-Thinni originally declined to recognize Miitig's administration. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

Abdullah al-Thinni, Libya's outgoing prime minister, expressed his readiness to hand over power.

Houthi fighters seized control of Amran in February. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

Yemeni warplanes bombed the northern city of Amran Tuesday.

MERS is increasingly thought to come from camels and Saudi Arabia has warned its people to take precautions near the animals (AFP, File).
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia has dismissed a Deputy Health Minister following the discovery of 113 unrecorded MERS cases, making the country´s death toll jump to 282.

June 3, 2014

21 anti-regime protesters have been jailed whilst police officers and soldiers involved in putting down the protest have been acquitted of wrongdoing (AFP/ File).
20:01 GMT

Bahrain has sentenced 21 anti-regime protesters to 15 years in jail and acquitted police and soldiers involved in its ongoing harsh crackdown against dissidence.

The arrested suspect stands accused of gathering intelligence on the UAE (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

A man accused of spying and collaborating with a foreign country is under investigation by the UAE's State Security.

Turkey's YouTube ban had been in place for 67 days (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

YouTube is accessible in Turkey once again after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that banning the video sharing site was a violation of freedom of speech.

Egypt's new but media shy first lady, Entissar Amer, is seen here with her husband (AFP/ File).
17:01 GMT

Little is known about the wife of Egypt’s president-elect Abdul Fattah al-Sissi, who is soon to become the country's new First Lady.

Mr Kerry is due to meet Iran's new ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, sources say (File/AFP)
16:48 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Beirut Wednesday for a scheduled meeting with Iran's ambassador, according to Al-Jadeed television channel.

United Nations stands ready to lend its full support to the newly formed  government in its effort to reunite the  West Bank and Gaza (AFP/ File).
16:26 GMT

The United Nations today announced it will give full support to the new Palestinian unity government to reunite the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The campaign ads sparked a global outcry from Syrian opposition groups, prompting Facebook to remove all "sponsored" adverts (File/AFP)
16:22 GMT

Facebook removed campaign ads by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's office on its site after an outcry from opposition groups.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad is cited as calling Iran's Supreme Guide Khamenei as the “guide of the entire region” (AFP/ File)
15:23 GMT

The outcome of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad's visit to Iran has been positive with both sides agreeing to developing stronger ties between the two countries, in the interests of the whole region.

Armed forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar stand guard in Benghazi on Monday (File/AFP)
14:57 GMT

Head of the Libyan Vital Installations Guard, Captain Azmy Al-Borghothy, was assassinated in Benghazi after backing renegade general Khalifa Haftar's war against militants.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said the system would scan sites in an effort to find "destructive ideas." (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT

Egypt's Interior Ministry is developing a system to monitor social networking sites.

The Palestinian man is believed to have opened fire at Israeli soldiers (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

A Palestinian man was killed at a checkpoint beside the West Bank city of Nablus late Monday. Israeli officials said the man opened fire at soldiers, while his family said he was unarmed.

Five people were killed in Monday's sandstorm, but the death toll could be higher (File/AFP)
13:21 GMT

Weather experts in Tehran have warned that another sandstorm could hit the capital Tuesday, a day after five people were killed in the extreme weather.