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December 14, 2013

The Danish vessel that will be used to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arrived in Cyprus Saturday (Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP)
18:14 GMT

The Danish task force began preparations Saturday in Cyprus to remove the first part of Syria's chemical arms stockpile.

Snow blanketed Syria earlier this week, but fighting has continued in several areas such as Adra (AFP)
16:01 GMT

A Syrian rebel commander from the Suqur Al Sham brigades, reportedly froze to death Saturday.

Tunisians have been calling for new government leadership and the oust of Ennahda since MP Mohammed Brahmi's assassination in July (File Archive/AFP)
15:38 GMT

Tunisian political parties held final talks Saturday to choose an interim leader to end the country's political deadlock.

Many of the Gazan residents have been rescued via boats (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
13:29 GMT

Four thousand people were evacuated Saturday in Gaza by the territory's rescue service due to severe flooding.

The abducted Syria nuns appeared on television Dec. 6 (Courtesy of the Daily Star/Al-Jazeera TV)
13:08 GMT

Syrian activists told reporters Saturday that the Syrian government is still under negotiation with rebels to ensure the release of Greek Orthodox nuns that were kidnapped last week.

1,500 US troops will stay in Jordan until "the [regional] security situation improves," said the White House this weekend (Courtesy of Petra News Agency)
12:55 GMT

The White House announced to Congress this weekend that 1,500 US troops in Jordan will remain in the Kingdom due to the regional security situation.

Bomb attacks Saturday targeted an outdoor market in the capital's southeastern suburbs (File Archive/AFP)
12:30 GMT

Bombings and shootings in Iraq's capital left six dead Saturday.

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced the dates of the referendum Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
12:18 GMT

Interim President Adly Mansour announced Saturday that Egypt will hold its national referendum on the new draft of the constitution Jan. 14-15.

December 13, 2013

A Syrian woman shovels snow following a storm in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on December 12, 2013. [AFP]
12:04 GMT

A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow and ice.

December 12, 2013

Egyptian students who support the Muslim Brotherhood (background) clash with riot policemen outside the University of Cairo campus in the capital on December 11, 2013. [AFP]
15:20 GMT

Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defense in Cairo on Thursday, Reuters cited security sources as saying.

U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrives in Israel today on his 70th birthday, is dooming the potential success of the peace talks by siding with Israel, according to Palestinian sources. (AFP)
09:52 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrives in Israel today on his 70th birthday, is dooming the potential success of the peace talks by siding with Israel, according to Palestinian sources.

KAI is expected to deliver a T-50IQ, a variant of a T-50 supersonic aircraft, to Baghdad between 2015 and 2016 (Courtesy of Air International)
09:31 GMT

Iraq has signed a $1.1 billion deal with South Korea to purchase 24 multi-role light fighters

US Secretary of State has tried to convince US lawmakers to refrain from enacting legislation that would place more sanctions on Iran (File Archive/AFP)
09:01 GMT

US senators are planning to introduce legislation that imposes new sanction on Iran as soon as this week.

Soldiers guard the site where a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a car bomb earlier this week near the Kabul airport (Aref Karimi/AFP)
06:52 GMT

An explosion was reported outside of NATO headquarters in Kabul Thursday