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May 11, 2014

Damascus has pledged it will go ahead with the vote despite the war being waged across the country. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT

Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court says the three approved candidates, including incumbent President Bashar al-Assad, will begin their campaigning for the upcoming presidential election on Sunday.

Lebanon is currently home to one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The UN and Lebanese authorities on Saturday discussed the possibility of setting up refugee camps to assist the one million Syrian refugees in the country.

May 10, 2014

The attacks came as fighting continues between militants and Iraqi forces in Anbar, where at least 400,000 people have been forced to flee their homes (File/AFP)
16:34 GMT

A series of bombings and shootings have killed 16 people across Iraq on Saturday including security forces.

The UN's Richard Falk is no stranger to controversy after calling Israel an apartheid state in March 2014 (File/AFP)
15:49 GMT

Special rapporteur to the UN, Richard Falk, has called on the international community to boycott Israeli settlement products "through non-violent resistance."

Mohammed El-Beltagy is also accused of inciting violence, in addition to the libel charge (File/AFP)
14:59 GMT

A senior member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood has been fined for libel while he stands trail for a number of other charges.

A British soldier gives a 'thumbs up' sign to the camera next to a dead Taliban insurgent. The photo has now went viral (Image: Liveleak)
14:39 GMT

A British soldier posing next to a dead Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has stirred global controversy, prompting an investigation by the Ministry of Defence.

Syrian families return to the Christian Hamidiyeh neighbourhood of Homs (File/AFP)
12:59 GMT

Syrian residents finally returned back to Homs after the last batch of militants evacuated the city on Friday. Homs is now under full control of the Assad regime.

Many of the hunger strikers are elderly and have serious health conditions (File/AFP)
10:51 GMT

Over a hundred Palestinian prisoners continued their hunger strike on Saturday in protest to being detained without trial or charge.

Several young boys line up in front of an ISIS office, ready to fight (Image: Twitter)
09:50 GMT

A Twitter account supportive of the hardliner group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), has posted photos of minors apparently being recruited to fight with the Al-Qaeda affiliated group in Aleppo.

Human rights groups say around 1,400 people have been killed in violence since Morsi was ousted last year (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Clashes erupted across Egypt on Friday between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces.

May 9, 2014

Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh said Boko Haram "smear" the image of Islam (File/AFP)
19:06 GMT

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia has slammed Nigerian group Boko Haram, saying the terrorists "smear the image of Islam," after 250 school girls were kidnapped near the Cameroon border.

Twenty civilians were reportedly killed in Deir Ezzor and many more injured by ISIL militants (File/AFP)
17:06 GMT

At least 20 civilians caught between rivalry rebel groups were killed on Friday by hardliner militants, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Beshara Rai has been criticized in the Arab world for his upcoming visit to the holy land (File/AFP)
16:42 GMT

Sheikh Maher Hammoud, an ally of Hezbollah defended on Friday the head of Lebanon's Maronite Church Beshara Rai's visit to occupied Jerusalem with the Pope.

Thousands have fled Fallujah amid increasing violence (File/AFP)
14:45 GMT

Eight people including two children were killed in the early hours of the morning in Fallujah as gun battles raged in the city, doctors say.

Christians in Lebanon were forced to leave their homes during the country's civil war in the eighties (File/AFP)
13:46 GMT

Lebanese Minister for the Displaced Alice Shabtini authorized Druze tenants to leave residences belonging to Christians as part of reconciliation efforts on Friday.