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Patriarch backs Palestinian state

1 hour 53 min ago
The head of the Catholic Church in Jerusalem voices his support for a Palestinian state during a procession to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.>>>

Christians mark low-key Christmas in Syria

3 hours 32 min ago
Conflict means no festive cheer for Syria's Christian minority>>>

Egypt awaits referendum result

3 hours 39 min ago
Egypt awaits the result of a referendum on a controversial constitution - widely expected to be approved - as officials check allegations of fraud.>>>

Attacks on Israel 'breach of law'

4 hours 36 min ago
Palestinian militants in Gaza violated the laws of war by firing rockets into Israel during last month's conflict, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.>>>

UN envoy in fresh Syria peace bid

5 hours 13 min ago
UN peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has talks with President Assad in Damascus, a day after dozens were killed in a government air strike on what activists said was a bakery.>>>

VIDEO: Christmas muted in Syrian capital

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 00:27
In the Syrian capital Damascus, the Christian community is planning a low-key Christmas, as conflict in the country continues.>>>

'Deadly strike' on Syria bakery

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 17:26
Dozens of people are killed in a government air strike on a bakery in central Syria, activists say, but Damascus blames the attack on a "terrorist group".>>>

Egypt opposition alleges 'fraud'

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 13:20
Egypt's main opposition demands an investigation into the referendum on the draft constitution, citing "fraud and violations" in the voting.>>>

What was the star of Bethlehem?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 03:56
An astronomical explanation for Star of Bethlehem?>>>

VIDEO: Can Middle East accept camel leather?

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 02:28
The camel is an important animal in the Middle East, providing transport, meat, milk - and now leather.>>>

Egyptian constitution 'approved'

Sun, 12/23/2012 - 02:06
Egyptians appear to have voted in favour of a deeply divisive new constitution, unofficial and preliminary referendum results suggest.>>>

Egypt's vice-president resigns

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 14:54
Egypt's Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki resigns, the latest political upheaval as polls close in the controversial referendum on a new constitution.>>>

In pictures: Ben Ali riches sold

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 13:59
Tunisia auctions off ousted leader Ben Ali's riches>>>

Egypt votes on disputed charter

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 09:27
Egyptians vote in the second leg of a referendum on a new constitution that has deeply split supporters and critics of President Mohammed Morsi.>>>

Syria 'protecting chemical arms'

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 07:59
Syria has consolidated its chemical weapons into "one or two" places to prevent rebels capturing them, Russia says.>>>

The new wave of Arab supermodels

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 06:19
Supermodels changing how Arab women are perceived>>>

Preparing for a post-Assad Syria

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 04:34
West scrambles to prepare for Syrian change of power>>>

AUDIO: 'Syria's chemical weapons ready for use'

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 03:09
Congressman Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to the BBC's Frank Gardner about US concerns over Syria's weapons.>>>

Iran once again at centre of US divide

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 15:04
Iran at centre of Washington divide over next defence secretary>>>

Three Westerners seized in Yemen

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 14:58
Two Finns and an Austrian are kidnapped by masked gunmen in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, security officials say.>>>