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May 15, 2014

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood loyalists have also been sentenced to death in mass trials that garnered international media attention. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 79 supporters of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to prison terms of between five and 10 years over their involvement in the country's unrest, juidical sources reported.

May 14, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 14, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)
19:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urged Gulf Arab states to unite against common security threats, despite a splintering of unity over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Torture and ill-treatment of pro-Mosri supporters came under scrutiny by Amnesty International (File/AFP)
18:13 GMT

Human rights group Amnesty International has said that torture was "endemic" in Egypt within a 2014 report on worldwide torture.

Around 238 workers were killed as over 100 miners remain trapped underground (File/AFP)
15:52 GMT

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Ankara in protest, blaming government negligence for the country's worst industrial disaster in history.

General Mohsen Saeed al-Ghazali was killed along with four soldiers in Shabwa Province, but the death toll is set to rise (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT

An aide to Yemen's defence minister was killed along with four soldiers in an attack by gunmen, army officials say.

Hagel arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday as part of his regional tour where he will adress pressing issues such as the conflict in Syria and Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
13:56 GMT

The U.S. called on its Gulf ally Saudi Arabia Wednesday to "confront common threats" with Washington in the region, particular in terms of Iran.

Many Bahrainis who are Shiite wish to achieve greater representation in their government. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT

Protesters clashed with police in the village of Eker near the Island of Sitra in Bahrain.

Thousands of Egyptian nationals work as laborers in Libya, but now fear their security amid increasing violence (File/AFP)
11:47 GMT

An Egyptian worker was shot dead by gunmen in Benghazi on Tuesday, according to Al-Wasat news. A post-mortem of the victim's body is now being carried out.

Eight people were wounded when rival gunmen clashed in Ain al-Hilweh camp on Monday (File/AFP)
10:51 GMT

Calm prevailed over the Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh days after clashes between rival factions, which left eight people wounded.

The Prime Minister has ordered flags to be flown at half mast. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

Turkey has declared a three day mourning period after the coal mining accident that has left over 200 people dead.

Iran's Deputy FM Hossein Amir Abdollahian's comments come in response to Saudi Arabia's invitation announced on Tuesday (Courtesy of PressTV)
08:52 GMT

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters Wednesday that Tehran "has not received a written invitation for its foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia," but is planning to in the near future.

Officials say a faulty electrical transformer caused the explosion. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

The death toll in Turkey's coal mine accident has risen to at least 201.

May 13, 2014

A previous mine explosion left many Turkish workers trapped in Bursa in 2009 (File Archive/AFP)
18:40 GMT

A fire in a coal mine in western Turkey has trapped hundreds of miners and has already killed four.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Riyadh Tuesday (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Riyadh announced Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is "ready to negotiate" with its rival Iran.

Nayef al-Ajmi (left) quit his post after being accused of funding terrorism in Syria (File/AFP)
16:49 GMT

Kuwait's minister for justice and Islamic affairs resigned over his support for militancy in Syria on Monday.