A Bahraini court has rejected a request by a human rights advocate that he be freed after serving three-quarters of a prison term for taking part in unlicensed protests.
Five Arab countries are ranked among the top 10 most corrupt nations, according to Transparency International's newly released annual Corruption Perceptions Index, as instability in the region has profound effects on governance.
Armed men have assaulted a mayor's office in a Sunni town just north of Baghdad, one of several attacks across Iraq that killed 19 people, according to officials.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in central Damascus, causing deaths and injuries, Syrian state television reported, with at least four reported killed and 17 injured.
Lebanese authorities have ordered that the coastal city of Tripoli be placed under army control, as the death toll of sectarian clashes, fuelled by Syria' raging war, has continued to rise.
Iran's foreign minister has appealed to Gulf Arab states to overcome their differences and work together for regional stability and to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.
Evidence collected by UN inspectors investigating Syrian war crimes implicates senior government officials and, most crucially, President Bashar al-Assad, the UN human rights chief has said.
Ahmed Fouad Negm, the Egyptian poet renowned for his sharp tongue and sarcasm, died early on Tuesday in Cairo at the age of 84 after a long battle with illness, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported.
The Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement has cancelled its upcoming anniversary celebrations, for the first time since it came to power six years ago, as the territory grapples with economic woes.
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|Timothy V. Gatto|