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March 9, 2014

Maliki accused the Gulf powers of incing terrorism in Iraq during an exclusive interview with France 24 Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
07:05 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of destabilizing Iraq vis-a-vis supporting militant groups during an interview broadcast Saturday.

Policemen were looking for members of the Resistance Brigades, a Hezbollah-affiliated group. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

Gunmen fired at a police patrol in southern Lebanon. The police were searching for wanted members of the Resistance Brigades.

Israeli naval commandos stand on the deck aboard the Panamanian-flagged Klos-C as it is escorted into the southern Israeli port of Eilat by Israeli warships on March 8, 2014. (AFP)
06:58 GMT

A cargo vessel that was allegedly carrying Iranian weapons bound for the besieged Gaza Strip arrived in the Israeli port of Eilat on Saturday evening.

March 8, 2014

Egypt is set to hold presidential elections this spring. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT

Adly Mansour, Egypt's interim president, issued a law on Saturday regulating the presidential elections.

Protests have rocked many Egyptian universities, including Al Azhar, pictured above. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT

Most schools in Egypt reopened Saturday after a delay due to political violence in the country.

Netanyahu wants Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. (AFP/File)
12:45 GMT

The U.S. Department of State says recognizing Israel as a "Jewish state" is not a precondition for the peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

The FSA now has a new leader. General Idriss has been replaced by General al Bashir. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT

The Free Syrian Army has appointed a new chief, Brigadier General Abdel Ilah al Bashir.

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.