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May 4, 2014

Sana'a, in conjunction with the U.S. government, has been conducting massive air strikes and attacks on AQAP strongholds since April 20 (Yemeni Ministry of Defense/AFP)
12:46 GMT

Yemen's armed forces killed at least 37 Al Qaeda suspects on Sunday alone as part of Sanaa's campaign to oust the global terrorist network from the country's southern regions.

At least ten Shia pilgrims have been killed and several others wounded in terrorist attacks in northern Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

At least ten Shia pilgrims have been killed and several others wounded in terrorist attacks in northern Iraq.

The Sinai Peninsula has been hit by a string of attacks since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. (AFP/File)
11:06 GMT

An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that killed three people and wounded eight on Friday in the southern Sinai Peninsula.

Palestinians says signing up to international conventions will strengthen the stance of the Palestinian Authority. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has officially joined five United Nations treaties amidst the collapse of the so-called peace talks with Israel, Press TV reports.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) meeting with members of the Syrian Higher Relief Committee on May 3, 2014 in Damascus. (AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA)
08:48 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad has urged government bodies who are tasked with providing aid and humanitarian relief in Syria to increase their “cooperation” with international and local organizations, Syrian state TV reported.

Turkey is now home to over 700,000 Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

Ongoing clashes between al Nusra Front and ISIL have caused 60,000 to flee Deir Ezzor province in Syria.

Sisi snagged 72% of the voters in the poll. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

A poll conducted by Egyptian polling centre, Baseera in cooperation with a program called "Yahdoth fi Misr" (Happening in Egypt), shows former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi receiving the support of over half of the population.

Homs was one of the first cities to rise up against Assad. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

An evacuation of rebel fighters from Homs that was set to take place Saturday has been delayed.

Peter Greste (L), an Australian journalist with satellite news channel Al-Jazeera on trial described his ordeal as a "massive injustice". (AFP)
06:53 GMT

Despite their trial falling on World Press Freedom Day, three al-Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt have been denied bail again.

Hamas and Fatah recently agreed to a deal to form a unity government after negotiations between  Palestinians and Israelis failed.  (photo courtesy:
04:00 GMT

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says an agreement with Hamas is possible if they renounce terrorism and recognize Israel.

May 3, 2014

The Syrian conflict has brought thousands of jihadists into the country, increasing concerns in Western capitals who would like to support groups fighting against Assad.  (photo courtesy:
13:45 GMT

Aid had been halted after concerns arose that aid might fall into the hands of al-Qaeda backed groups.

Israel's continuation of settlement building has been seen as an obstacle to peace in the region (File/AFP)
12:57 GMT

Israeli setters will soon move into a new illegal colony in the occupied West Bank. The expansion of settlements has been criticized by the international community and human rights groups.

Charges ranged from attempted murder to destruction of property (File/AFP)
12:20 GMT

Ten-year prison sentences were handed down to 102 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Saturday by Cairo's criminal court.

Regions in Afghanistan frequently witness landslides but such natural disasters are usually not as deadly.  (photo courtesy:
11:33 GMT

The landslide was likely triggered by heavy rain in the region.

Lebanon is struggling to deal with overwhelming numbers of refugees in the country (File/AFP)
11:25 GMT

Forty-nine Syrian and Palestinian refugees were detained in Lebanon's airport on Saturday for allegedly attempting to illegally leave the country.