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March 4, 2014

John Kerry has assured Israel that the U.S. has its security at the top of its priorities during the nuclear talks with Iran. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT

The United States will stand by Israel’s side when it comes to the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Ban accused the Syrian government of not constructively engaging in dialogue in the Geneva II peace talks. (AFP)
07:40 GMT

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon reiterated Monday that the Syrian peace process is a top priority for the international community, as he called on Damascus to return to the negotiating table with a more "constructive position".

Iran has repeatedly said that it is not seeking nuclear weapons for anything but peaceful means. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

A senior Russian diplomat has said that a “favorable” groundwork has been laid for a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

Ahmad Jarba allegedly met up with U.S. officials in Amman last month. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

A Jordanian newspaper has reported that the head of the Syrian opposition, Ahmad Jarba, met with "top U.S. military officials" in Amman in February.

Israel carried out an airstrike on the Gaza Strip late Monday. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Two Palestinians were killed Monday after an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip.The men were reportedly attempting to fire rockets across the border.

Regime warplanes have caused devastation across Syria - now its Lebanon's turn. Here, a Syrian man runs for cover as smoke rises from buildings nearby following a reported bombing attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:43 GMT

Proving that the Syrian conflict is increasingly spilling over into Lebanon's borders, Syrian warplanes dropped 18 missiles onto the outskirts of Bekaa border town Arsal and nearby areas on Monday.

Hezbollah said that Israel had lied about reports it hit a weapons shipment traveling into Syria from Lebanon. (AFP/File)
06:31 GMT

Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah on Monday denied reports that Israel had bombed and destroyed a shipment of weapons traveling into Syria last week.

March 3, 2014

Post 2011, pro-democracy protests are common near Manama. (AFP/File)
19:08 GMT

Three policeman were killed in the village of Daih while dispersing a protest.

Various groups are battling for control of the strategic town of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
14:48 GMT

The Syrian military continues to bombard the town of Yabroud.

Libya's parliament was left in disarray following Sunday's clashes (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
14:02 GMT

In light of recent protests, Libya's interim parliament has abandoned its usual government building and has relocated to a five-star hotel.

Having previously been accused of brutality, the Egyptian security forces have been increasingly targeted in attacks following Morsi's ouster in July 2013. (AFP/File)
13:53 GMT

Four Egyptian cities witness acts of violence against police officers on Monday, with one killed and another hospitalized with severe injuries.

Hezbollah fighters have been supporting Syrian regime troops and vowed last month to remain involved in the conflict despite calls for the Lebanese-based group to withdraw from the neighboring conflict (File Archive)
12:29 GMT

Hezbollah is experiencing a surge in recruits wanting to fight in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, according to statements this week.

U.S. President Barack Obama said that Washington will not stop enforcing sanctions against Iran during the course of the nuclear negotiations. (AFP
11:48 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama says the partial removal of anti-Iran sanctions in light of the Geneva deal is not leading businesses to rush back to Iran.

The new law if passed will allow Israeli authorities to use two means of force-feeding on Palestinian inmates who are on hunger strike (File Archive)
11:47 GMT

Israel's Knesset has introduced a bill that would allow for its prison authorities to force-feed Palestinian inmates who are on hunger strike.

Human Rights Watch has called on the U.S. to review its drone practices. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

At least three people have been killed in a airstrike carried out by a U.S. assassination drone in Yemen’s eastern province of Mareb, local media reported Monday.