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May 3, 2014

The Syrian government says it has achieved further success in the conflict (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Syria's army agreed to a ceasefire with rebels in the besieged city of Homs on Friday, allowing hundreds of militant fighters to evacuate from the city.

The international community has criticized Iran in the past for its crackdown on the internet and other popular social media outlets. (Photo courtesy: news.softpedia.com)
10:29 GMT

Iran already banned other popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the past.

Hebrew graffiti reads: "Death to all Arabs" on a defaced tomb in Jaffa from 2011 (Image: Team Palestina)
10:04 GMT

Israeli extremists launched another price tag attack in Haifa on Friday and desecrated a grave in the al-Qassam cemetery.

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi are the two contenders in the presidential race (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT

Egypt's presidential candidates, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi and ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, will kick start their campaigns on Saturday.

Clashes erupted between pro-Morsi supporters and locals after Friday prayers, triggering the unrest (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Two people were killed and three injured during clashes with security forces in Alexandria, according to Egypt's interior ministry.

May 2, 2014

One person was injured in Bil'in while dozens suffered tear gas inhalation (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Israel's army fired tear gas across the West Bank on Friday in an attempt to disperse Palestinian protesters.

Baalbek town is in the Bekaa Valley where violence has erupted from neighboring Syria in recent months (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Three Hezbollah members have reportedly been captured by Sunni militant group Liwaa Ahrar al-Sunna close to the Syrian border.

John Kerry drew criticism earlier in the week when he referred to Israel as an apartheid state (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry has said Washington will put a hold on peace talks between Israel and Palestine due to the Palestinian Authority's reconciliation deal with Hamas.

Terrorist attacks have rocked Egypt over the past several months (File/AFP)
15:43 GMT

A bomb blast at a Cairo checkpoint killed one police officer and injured four other security personal, the country's state owned news agency reported on Friday.

Eleven children are said to be among the dead in the twin suicide attack (File/AFP)
14:16 GMT

Seventeen civilians including 11 children have reportedly been killed in two bomb attacks in the Syrian city of Hama.

Despite calls for aid by officials, Lebanon's former PM Saad Hariri was praised for pledging to support a rehabilitation plan in the country (File/AFP)
12:48 GMT

Officials from Tripoli desperately requested aid and emergency assistance on Friday after people in the city have been affected by weeks of violence.

The victims are said to be a Jordanian medic and a Saudi male (File/AFP)
11:23 GMT

Two fresh cases of the deadly MERS virus have been detected in Jordan, the country's health ministry said.

The bloody figures were released a day after Iraqis took to the polls to vote in the country's parliamentary elections (File/AFP)
10:29 GMT

Over a thousand Iraqis were killed and just under 1,400 injured in attacks across Iraq last month, according to official figures released on Thursday.

The clashes took place after gunmen stormed a police station in Benghazi (File/AFP)
09:44 GMT

At least five Libyan soldiers were killed after clashes broke out with gunmen on Friday. Eleven others have reportedly been injured across the city.

Voters turned out in their thousands despite threats from al-Qaeda militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Nour al- Maliki has hailed the high turnout of voters for Iraq's parliamentary polls, calling it a "slap in the face of terrorism."