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April 11, 2014

Rebel groups, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and Nusra Front continue to fight each other (File/AFP)
11:33 GMT

Rival groups fighting each other in Syria have brought the death toll up in recent days, complicating the country's civil war further.

Easter is an important time for Palestine's 200,000 Christians (File/AFP)
09:33 GMT

Archbishop Atallah Hanna and Palestinian Christian groups have accused Israel of discriminating against their right to worship freely in the holy city.

Eric Harroun was jailed for six months when he returned to the U.S. for fighting alongside terrorist groups (File/Facebook)
09:08 GMT

Famous for fighting alongside Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria, "The American Jihadist" Eric Harroun died of an accidental overdose in Arizona.

Turkey's Twitter ban was lifted last week while YouTube remains blocked (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Ankara continues to draw criticism after the Turkish government ignored a court ruling to lift a ban on YouTube.

April 10, 2014

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians broke down over the last week after Israel refused to release Palestinian prisoners. (AFP/File)
19:47 GMT

Israeli Finance Minister Naftali Bennett believes Israel should annex 60 percent of the West Bank in light of failed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

As peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians falter, some fear a return to violence. (photo courtesy: timesofisrael.com)
18:22 GMT

140 Palestinians made their way into a closed military zone on the border with Israel, sparking violence.

Family members of Palestinian prisoners protest for their release (File/AFP)
15:56 GMT

Ten Palestinian prisoners are at the forefront of Israeli discussions to deport them to Gaza, according to a senior official.

Border checkpoints in Yemen are frequently targeted by Al Qaeda militants in the country (File Archive/AFP)
13:55 GMT

At least two Saudi soldiers were killed by unidentified gunmen on the Yemeni border.

An IDF soldier walks passed a bus graffitied by Israeli settlers in the West Bank (AFP/file)
12:05 GMT

Five Israeli settlers were arrested for attacking army soldiers and vandalizing IDF vehicles, bringing the total number of arrests to eight this week.

A Syrian refugee family waits at a UNHCR registration center in Lebanon (Joseph Eid/AFP)
11:52 GMT

Some 20 Syrian refugee families with ties to the regime have returned to their hometown of Flita, according to Syrian army sources.

Lebanese army retaliated in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli (file/AFP)
10:35 GMT

Armed men opened fire on the Lebanese army, prompting an overnight battle in Tripoli, north of Lebanon.

The issue of Palestinian prisoners being released has sparked protests on both sides and delayed the peace talks. Some Israelis claim that the prisoners are terrorists and therefore should not be released. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to extend peace talks past the April 29 deadline.

Israel says that Hezbollah is repeatedly violating UN resolutions. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

Israel has asked the United Nations to take action against Hezbollah after the party's secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said that his group was behind a blast that targeted Israeli troops last month.

Approximately 1,400 people have been killed in chemical weapons attacks in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:33 GMT

The U.S. and Turkey will follow up on new accusations that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons in recent months.

The latest GCC summit did not include the Qatar rift issue on the agenda (File Archive)
08:31 GMT

Kuwait expects "positive steps" to be implemented to end the Gulf rift between Qatar and other GCC countries.