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February 24, 2014

Ankara has been forced to deny reports that the Taliban has opened offices in Turkey. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

The Turkish government has denied reports that the Taliban has opened an office in capital Ankara in an effort to revive the peace process between Ankara, Pakistan and Turkey.

Morsi may face capital punishment if he is found guilty of leaking defense secrets to Iran, Lebanon and the Palestinians. (AFP/File)
06:44 GMT

An Egyptian prosecutor has alleged that former president Mohamed Morsi gave Egyptian state secrets to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards. If convicted of this charge, Morsi could face capital punishment.

Shurat Hadin have accused Britain-based charity Oxfam of funding terrorism in the occupied Palestinian territories. (AFP/File)
06:32 GMT

An Israeli legal rights group has urged the British-based charity Oxfam to cut ties with Palestinian organizations linked to terrorist groups.

February 23, 2014

Kuwait’s expatriate community makes up a majority of the oil-rich country’s population of around 4 million – while the indigenous community stands at just 31.3 percent. [ Arabian Gazette]
19:47 GMT

A Kuwait Member of Parliament has called for 280,000 expats per year to be deported, in order to help address the “demographic situation” in the small Gulf state.

Saudi Arabia has recorded 147 MERS cases, of which 61 have now proven fatal, since the virus first emerged in 2012. [Press TV]
19:31 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s health authorities say the death of an elderly woman from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has brought the death toll from the illness in the country to 61.

"Iran, in fact, is getting everything and giving virtually nothing," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. [ AFP]
19:22 GMT

The progress of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers has provoked the ire of Israel, with the Zionist regime intensifying efforts to derail the negotiations.

Al-Suri had been critical of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levenat (ISIL) and its approach toward other rebel factions [AFP]
19:08 GMT

Two extremist militants have killed a senior al-Qaeda operative in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, as infighting among rival foreign-backed groups continues in the Arab country.

UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) commissioner-general Filippo Grandi  meeting with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad in the capital Damascus. [AFP]
18:33 GMT

Syria said Sunday it is ready to cooperate with a rare UN Security Council resolution to allow humanitarian access, so long as it respects "state sovereignty."

Former Prime Minister Hariri left Lebanon in early 2011. (AFP/File).
14:16 GMT

Saad Hariri recently stated that he may return to Lebanon for the president election in the spring.

Atmeh is home to a refugee camp, where nearly 30,000 displaced Syrians reside. (AFP)
14:11 GMT

At least 10 people were killed on Sunday when a car bomb struck a field hospital in the Syrian town of Atmeh near the border with Turkey.

The Syrian opposition has long requested anti-aircraft weaponry in order to defeat Assad's powerful air force. (AFP/File)
12:08 GMT

A new report states that Saudi Arabia is seeking arms from Pakistan to arm the rebels in Syria.

In June, the U.S. announced that it was sending Patriot missiles and F-16 fighter jets to Jordan. Will troops and more arms be next? (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

The U.S. intends to build up its military presence in Jordan in an attempt to exert more control over the current situations in Syria and Lebanon, a political analyst has claimed.

All sides involved in the Vienna nuclear talks have hailed the negotiations as constructive. (AFP)
09:45 GMT

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says the next round of the expert-level talks between the representatives of Iran and six world powers will be held in Vienna next week.

Turkish territory has also been targeted several times in the history of the Syrian crisis - in May 2013, 51 people were killed in Reyhanli after a Syrian suicide bomber detonated himself in the Turkish town. (AFP/File)
09:05 GMT

Dozens of people were injured after a car bomb exploded near a field hospital in the Syrian town of Atmeh, near the Turkish border, witnesses reported on Sunday.

A Palestinian patrols the streets of Ein Al Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon in southern Lebanon. (Image courtesy of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/The Telegraph/File)
08:49 GMT

A Lebanon-based Fatah official said Saturday that Fatah and the PLO have lost all control of Palestinian camps in Lebanon, warning that this could have a "negative impact" on Lebanon's stability.