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June 10, 2014

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.

Al-Dhale has witnessed frequent clashes since December 2013 onwards after 15 Yemenis were killed by the 33rd Armored Brigade (File/AFP)
14:17 GMT

Tensions remain high in the Sanah district of Al-Dhale after clashes between the 33rd Armored Brigade and gunmen erupted on Sunday.

Pakistan's security forces evacuate airport employees during the first wave of militant attacks on Monday (File/AFP)
12:47 GMT

Fresh attacks on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport came a day after militants stormed the facility, which left at least 36 people dead.

Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT

Prime Minister Tammam Salam denied on Tuesday that the U.S. warned of repercussions of establishing Syrian refugee camps inside Lebanon.

Reuven Rivlin, one of the two main candidates in Israel's second round presidential voting (AFP/ File).
12:27 GMT

Israel has advanced to its second round of voting in the presidential elections following failure in the first round to win an outright 61- vote majority.

Syrian forces targeted opposition posts along the border with Lebanon overnight (Image: Alalam)
12:06 GMT

Syrian warplanes raided the border with Lebanon overnight in the Eastern Mountain range, according to Voice of Lebanon Radio.

Iran's President Hasan Rouhani shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan during a meeting in January (File/AFP)
11:47 GMT

Tehran and Ankara are to promote bilateral relations including economic and commercial ties, according to a statement.

Over 1,400 people have been killed during Egypt's political violence since July 2013, according to HRW (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

Amnesty International and HRW called on Egypt's new president, Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, to end "rampant abuses" in the country.

Mosul's governor Atheel Nujaifi, was trapped inside the building but managed to escape (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT

Militants from the Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stormed government headquarters in Mosul in a fourth day of fighting.

Saudi Arabia is notorious for showing what rights advocates describe as zero-tolerance toward dissent (AFP/ File).
10:34 GMT

A Jeddah court sentenced two Shia activists to death for attacking security forces during a 2012 anti-regime protest on Monday.

The international community commonly refers to East Jerusalem as "occupied" (AFP/ File).
09:32 GMT

On Monday the Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs summoned Australian Charge D'Affairs in Amman, John Feakes, to express concern regarding Australia's decision to no longer refer to East Jerusalem as "occupied".

The Palestinian Authority announced its boycott of settlement produce in early 2010 (AFP/ File).
09:16 GMT

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture seized and dumped half a ton Israeli settlement grown dates on Monday

Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohan believes that negotiations with former Palestinian hunger strikers in 2012 was a mistake (AFP/ File).
08:01 GMT

Israel's Shin Bet security service wants Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from negotiating with Palestinian hunger-striking detainees and advance a bill to allow force-feeding.