May 14, 2014
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.
Human rights group Amnesty International has said that torture was "endemic" in Egypt within a 2014 report on worldwide torture.
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Ankara in protest, blaming government negligence for the country's worst industrial disaster in history.
An aide to Yemen's defence minister was killed along with four soldiers in an attack by gunmen, army officials say.
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.
Protesters clashed with police in the village of Eker near the Island of Sitra in Bahrain.
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.
Calm prevailed over the Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh days after clashes between rival factions, which left eight people wounded.
Turkey has declared a three day mourning period after the coal mining accident that has left over 200 people dead.
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.
The death toll in Turkey's coal mine accident has risen to at least 201.
May 13, 2014
A fire in a coal mine in western Turkey has trapped hundreds of miners and has already killed four.
Riyadh announced Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is "ready to negotiate" with its rival Iran.
Kuwait's minister for justice and Islamic affairs resigned over his support for militancy in Syria on Monday.
Jailed Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma was hospitalized on Tuesday while Al Jazeera journalist Abdallah El-Shamy was moved to an undisclosed location.