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March 8, 2014

Victoria's Secret is on the list of companies to boycott. (AFP/File)
09:24 GMT

A new report estimates that Israel has lost 30 million dollars due to the recent boycott of Israeli products.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran soured after Iran's revolution in 1979. This will be Rouhani's first trip to the Kingdom. (AFP/File)
06:34 GMT

Rouhani has accepted an official invitation to visit Saudi Arabia.

Some Egyptians accuse Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb of being the military's puppet. (AFP/File)
05:58 GMT

At least seven people were killed during a protest in Cairo as mass protests spread across Egypt on Friday.

March 7, 2014

Current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are set to expire in April. The Palestinians have indicated that they will not agree to extend the talks, though US Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a framework agreement that would allow for the talks to continue past the April deadline. (Photo courtesy:
19:04 GMT

Kerry visits the region again to consult with the king over Israel-Palestine talks

Riyadh recently recalled its ambassador from Qatar over the country's support for groups in the region that the kingdom views with suspicion and hostility. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT

Saudi authorities also declare the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Nusra as terror groups

Violence in Iraq has killed over 1,800 since the new year began in January, according to AFP records. (AFP/File)
13:15 GMT

Fighting in Fallujah, a city in Iraq held by anti-government fighters, continues as government forces seek to take back the city.

Current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are set to expire at the end of April. Palestinian and Israeli leaders have increasingly criticized peace talks in recent weeks, making a resolution or continuation of talks seem more unlikely.(AFP/File)
12:35 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains adamant in his refusal to recognize Israel as the Jewish state in current peace talks.

Erdogan's statement threatens to further embroil the prime minister and his Justice and Development Party in an unpopular and damaging scandal.  (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT

The prime minister's remarks come after several online leaks on social media sites suggested widespread corruption in the highest levels of Turkey's government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been denounced by Western powers for his involvement in Ukraine. President Assad's statement is his first public comment on the Ukrainian crisis. (Photo Courtesy:
08:02 GMT

Bashar al-Assad comes out publicly to defend Putin's actions in Ukraine

Last year the US decided not to retaliate with missile strikes after an August 21st chemical weapons attack killed hundreds outside Damascus. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Reports surface that Syria will fail to uphold a deadline to destroy chemical production facilities

March 6, 2014

Israel's President Shimon Peres spoke to citizens across the Arab world on topics ranging from Iran to the Palestinian peace process. (Photo Courtesy:
18:45 GMT

Peres appeared on Panet, a popular Israeli-Arab website, where he fielded questions from throughout the Arab world.

The Syrian civil war has drawn both Hezbollah and Israel into the violence to various degrees. The border between Syria and Israel has remained relatively quiet, though there are fears of escalation due to continued and increasing hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel.(AFP/File)
17:49 GMT

A recent explosive defused by the IDF on the Israeli-Syrian border suggests Hezbollah and Israel may be heading for a larger confrontation.

Qatar is facing a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain after the countries pulled their ambassadors from Doha on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Egypt's actions follow a decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar.

Moncef Marzouki became president after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in 2011. (AFP/File)
14:54 GMT

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki ended the state of emergency Thursday with a presidential decree.

This latest move to revoke Hamas members' Egyptian citizenships is the latest move by the Egyptian government to sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
13:15 GMT

Egyptian security services have started to collect information about thousands of Hamas members who were granted Egyptian citizenship during the rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, according to Egyptian media.