Yemen opposition sets deadline for Saleh’s departure

Opposition forces in Yemen have spurned a peace initiative by the Gulf States to resolve the country’s political crisis and have now set a two-week deadline for embattled President Ali Abdullah to resign his office.


Israel, Hamas seeking ceasefire in Gaza

After several days of cross-border military attacks between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, the Israeli government said it will observe a ceasefire as long as Palestinians agree to cease their rocket attacks.

At least four dead in fresh Syrian protests

Fresh protests in Syria have led to the death of at least four anti-government demonstrators in the southern town of Deraa, the focal point of unrest against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.