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February 12, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described the proposed U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria "one-sided" (File Archive/AFP)
09:10 GMT

Russia said that they will reject a U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria, saying it is "one sided," according to reports Wednesday. Convoys also waited on standby Wednesday to continue the evacuation process in Homs after the governor suspended the operation Tuesday due to "technical and logistical" reasons.

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrives to take part in the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations headquarters. [AFP]
09:09 GMT

The international mediator, Brahimi, claims that the talks between Syria's opposing forces are not showing much progress.

Egyptian security authorities have been frequently targeted by militants since the interim government's crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters last August (File Archive/AFP)
09:06 GMT

Three policemen were killed in a drive-by shooting east of Cairo Wednesday.

A Syrian man carries a body following a reported air strike by government forces on the al-Haidarya neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo. [AFP]
08:14 GMT

Hundreds were detained upon exiting the city of Homs during a rescue effort to evacuate civilians.

Children in Aleppo watch as regime barrel bombs destroy nearby neighborhoods (Khaled Khatib/Aleppo Media Centre/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Tuesday barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo killed at least ten people as regime forces continue to destroy Syria's second largest city.

Female protesters of the Arab Spring in Bahrain. [voicesofeducation]
07:42 GMT

Three years later, symbolic protests are being called in Bahrain to mark the anniversary of the Arab Spring.

Saudi Arabia announced that it would provide the $3 billion military grant shortly after the Beirut bombing  in December that left on of Hariri's former advisors Mohamad Chatah dead (Courtesy of the New York Times)
07:27 GMT

A French military delegation will meet with Lebanese leadership next week to discuss how the military grant from Saudi Arabia will be used to purchase French weapons.

Rebel fighters said that all women and children were evacuated from the village upon the commencement of fighting (Fadi Al Halabi/Aleppo Media Centre/AFP)
07:10 GMT

Rebels have denied reports saying that they committed a massacre in an Alawite village this week.

An Iraqi stands on a pickup that was seized from anti-government fighters affiliated to the Al-Qaeda Islamist organization during a military operation led by Iraqi soldiers and policemen. [AFP]
05:49 GMT

Twenty-nine men who have been captured over the last few years have been extradited to the country of Saudi for trial.

US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande toast during a State Dinner at the White House. [AFP]
05:33 GMT

President Obama warns that business rushing to get in first with Iran are doing so at their own risk.

February 11, 2014

Officials confiscated fake I.D. cards that were used in Beit Shemesh to ensure Moshe Abutbul's re-election last October (Courtesy of the Jerusalem District Police/YNet News)
19:22 GMT

Israel has ordered a re-vote in two municipal elections--including one in the country's largest Arab city to be held in March after close and fradulent elections resulted in mixed results from October polls.

Obama told reporters at a press conference with French President Francois Hollande that it is Moscow's responsibility to ensure that Syria complies with removing its chemical stockpile as agreed upon under the U.S-Russia deal (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
18:16 GMT

Russian officials said that the U.S. is "hindering progress" on settling the Iran nuclear issue while Obama called on Russia to urge Damascus to dispose its chemical weapons on time, calling it Moscow's "responsibility.

Veteran Egyptian diplomat Amr Moussa told Al Siyasa that Sisi will announce his presidential bid officially in the "near future" (File Archive)
16:22 GMT

Egypt's veteran diplomat Amr Moussa told reporters Tuesday that army chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi has decided to run for president and will make his run official in the "near future."

Nabil Rdeinah is the spokesman of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (File Archive)
16:07 GMT

A top Palestinian official told reporters Tuesday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's proposed peace plan that is due to be released in the coming weeks would be "useless" since it allows for reservations in its current form.

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters Tuesday that peace talks in Geneva are making little progress (File Archive/AFP)
15:38 GMT

All-things Syria stalled Tuesday--ranging from the Geneva talks to the evacuation of civilians in the besieged city of Homs.