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May 4, 2014

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.

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:
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.