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June 5, 2014

Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq's lawyers argued that the election was legitimate (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

A court official said Thursday that the election of Ahmed Maiteeq violated Libya's temporary constitution.

Around 400 people, mostly Houthis, were killed in clashes with Yemen's army in the past two months, reports say (File/AFP)
15:45 GMT

Yemen's military agreed on a ceasefire deal with the country's Shia Houthi fighters in Amran Wednesday, following deadly clashes between both sides.

Israel continues to build illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem despite condemnation from the international community. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT

The PLO will appeal to the UN Security Council against Israel's plans to construct 1,500 new settler units.

Spillover violence from Syria caused the Lebanese government to implement a new security plan in Tripoli in April. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT

The Lebanese Army has detained several people in Tripoli for cheering about Assad's recent presidential victory.

Libyan forces are struggling to eradicate extremist militia groups that are responsible for many violent attacks across the country. (AFP/File)
12:03 GMT

Three staffers of the International Committee of the Red Cross were fired on near Libya's eastern city of Sirte.

Hezbollah may go on the offensive, says new Israeli report. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT

An Israeli report says Hezbollah has changed its strategy and could potentially lead to more violence inside Israel.

Yemeni forces are battling al-Qaeda militants for control of the country. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT

Gunmen most likely affiliated with AQAP have killed 12 Yemeni soldiers and one civilian at a checkpoint on Thursday.

Israeli officials say the new settlements are in response to the newly formed Palestinian unity government. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Israel has announced that it has plans to build 1,500 new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Hamid Baeidinejad is representing Iran during the two-day talks in Vienna. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT

A fresh round of nuclear talks has begun in Vienna. The talks will be held for two days and resume again mid-June.

The demonstrators demanded the release of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Turkish security forces used tear gas and water cannons to stop demonstrations by supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Morsi is currently in jail and facing trial. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi released a statement from jail urging his supporters to continue protesting.

For the first time in decades, there were multiple candidates on the ballot. (AFP/File)
06:49 GMT

President Bashar Assad has won Tuesday's election, winning 88.7% of the vote.

Sisi won the presidential election with 96% of the vote. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be sworn in as Egypt's new president on Sunday, June 8.

June 4, 2014

Groups like ISIL frequently use car bombs to kill civilians. (AFP/File)
19:25 GMT

A series of attacks across Iraq have left at least 21 dead on Wednesday.

Kerry made these remarks Wednesday during his trip to Lebanon. (AFP/File)
18:33 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. will not recognize the new unity government of Palestine.