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June 8, 2014

Many Israelis dislike the idea of releasing Palestinian prisoners, but others argue it is a crucial bargaining chip in the israeli-Palestinian peace process. (AFP/File)
14:06 GMT

The Israeli cabinet has approved legislation that aims to prevent large scale releases of Palestinian prisoners.

Aleppo has been devastated by air strikes since the beginning of Syria's civil war. (AFP/File)
12:42 GMT

A family of six has been killed during air raids in Aleppo. The youngest casualty was a six-month-old baby.

Violence in Iraq killed nearly 800 people in May alone. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT

At least 19 people have died in bombings that targeted a Kurdish political office.

The hunger-striking Palestinians are protesting Israel's arbitrary detention policy. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

According to the inmates' lawyers, Palestinian prisoners who are on a hunger strike are treated with brutality.

Sisi will serve a four-year presidential term. (AFP/File)
09:52 GMT

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in Sunday by the Supreme Constitutional Court as the country's new president.

Pope Francis, Shimon Peres, and Mahmoud Abbas will take part in an interfaith peace prayer. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are heading to Vatican city today to pray with Pope Francis.

Sisi won Egypt's presidential election with a whopping 96% of the vote. (AFP/FIle)
08:04 GMT

Egypt is tightening security as it prepares for Sisi's inauguration ceremony later today.

Morsi supporters continue to protest against the current military-backed government. (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT

An Egyptian court has acquitted four police officers who were involved in the deaths of 37 detained protesters who supported the Muslim Brotherhood.

Diyarbakir has been the scene of multiple protests against the Turkish government recently. (AFP/File)
06:33 GMT

Two Kurdish people died during clashes with Turkish police Saturday.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers unexpectedly stormed the East Jerusalem village while the wedding took place (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

One person was injured on Friday when Israeli stun grenades hit a wedding celebration in East Jerusalem, a spokesman said.

June 7, 2014

The fighting brought the death toll up to 59 in Mosul, making it another bloody day in Iraq (File/AFP)
19:26 GMT

Over 59 people were killed in clashes between militants and Iraqi security forces Saturday.

Dozens of students are believed to have been held hostage by the ISIL militant group (File/AFP)
15:34 GMT

Iraqi security forces attacked militants in a university after the gunmen stormed the campus, holding staff and students hostage.

Hezbollah's leader called the recent Syrian elections "historic" and said no political solution could be reached without President Assad (File/AFP)
15:08 GMT

Hasan Nasrallah said during a speech Friday that Lebanon shouldn't rely on Saudi-Iranian talks to solve the election of a new president.

The UN estimates that 480,000 Iraqis have been made homeless by ongoing violence in Anbar (File/AFP)
13:10 GMT

The UN has voiced concern over 480,000 people, forced to leave their homes in Iraq's Anbar province where clashes between tribesmen and militants have displaced thousands.

Ten out of a total of 48 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death (File/AFP)
12:25 GMT

An Egyptian criminal court handed down 10 death sentences to pro-Morsi supporters, accused of inciting violence.