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May 26, 2014

Russia has not yet agreed with the rest of the Security Council on the French draft resolution (File Archive/AFP)
09:39 GMT

The UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution from France that pushes for a new head of state in Lebanon in order to avoid a presidential vacuum.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said that the Syrian regime hit the areas of al-Ajram and Wadi al-Zaarour with six rockets. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT

Syrian warplanes raided on Monday the outskirts of the border town of Arsal in northern Bekaa with several rockets.

A record six candidates are due to run for the position of President of Israel - Shimon Peres is set to be replaced - in the upcoming June elections. All six hopefuls have received backing of Knesset members. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT

A record six candidates are due to run for the position of President of Israel in the upcoming elections. All six hopefuls have received backing of Knesset members.

More than one million refugees are registered in Lebanon with the UNHCR (File Archive/AFP)
08:24 GMT

The UN refugee agency's top medical expert warned Monday that aid workers can no longer provide critical health treatment to Syrian refugees due to lack of funding.

Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohamad  was previously sentenced to life in prison in Lebanon in 2010, following a terrorism conviction, but was released on bail after witnesses recanted their testimony
07:01 GMT

A firebrand Islamist preacher who was banned from the UK after praising Al Qaeda attacks on the West has been arrested in Lebanon for allegedly supporting terrorism.

Polls will be open for Egyptians to vote on Monday and Tuesday this week (Marwan Naamani/AFP)
06:54 GMT

Egyptians will head to the polls to vote for the country's next president starting Monday.

The group said on Sunday that holding the election will not give legitimacy to “the criminal”, referring to former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has boycotted the upcoming presidential election due to be held on May 26-27.

Iran says there has been no tangible progress in writing the draft text of a comprehensive agreement over the country’s nuclear energy program. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT

“The talks with the West has neither failed nor reached a deadlock. The negotiations continue, although we have not achieved a tangible progress yet - which is not unusual,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in April. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Bahrain's foreign minister said the ambassador to Qatar will not be reinstated anytime soon.

May 25, 2014

Egypt is considered to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. (AFP/File)
19:36 GMT

Two prominent human rights activists began a hunger strike Sunday to show their solidarity with detained al Jazeera journalists who have been on a hunger strike since January.

Nasrallah and former president Sleiman's relations have deteriorated in recent months over disagreements about Hezbollah's involvement in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:51 GMT

In a televised speech Sunday Nasrallah said the presidential deadlock needs to be resolved immediately.

Pope Francis is currently on a tour of the Middle East. (AFP/File)
16:53 GMT

Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas have accepted the Pope's invitation to come to the Vatican to pray for peace.

Nabeel Rajab was imprisoned for criticizing the Bahraini government and for partaking in anti-government demonstrations. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has called for serious dialogue in Bahrain.

The Muslim Brotherhood was deemed a terrorist organization by the current Egyptian government. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

A judicial disciplinary body in Egypt has suspended 16 judges for their alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Many Syrian citizens in Homs have been caught in the crossfire during the civil war. (AFP/File)
14:19 GMT

A car bomb in Homs has killed 10 people and injured at least 40 others.