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February 25, 2014

Israel is concerned about the increasing threat of jihadists in war-torn Syria. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT

Israel is increasing its military intelligence in response to growing extremism in neighboring Syria.

Smoke billows from the site of reported airstrike by pro-regime planes in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus on February 22, 2014. (AFP)
07:05 GMT

Activists reported that air raids on rebel-held towns across Syria killed 26 people Monday, just two days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution demanding an end to indiscriminate shelling and aerial attacks in the Syrian conflict.

Israel regularly pre-emptively strikes targets they believe are a threat to their security. (AFP/File)
06:38 GMT

Israeli warplanes struck a reputed arms shipment near the Lebanon-Syria border that was going to Hezbollah militants, Lebanese and other Arab media reported.

February 24, 2014

Seven Egyptians were found dead in Libya on Monday. (AFP/File)
19:56 GMT

Seven bodies were found near Benghazi. The victims were Egyptian and rumored to be Christian.

Kurdistan became a semi-autonomous region in 1970. (AFP/File)
18:33 GMT

Angry over Kurdistan's independent oil exports through Turkey, the Iraqi government is allegedly withholding wages from Kurdish employees.

Hazem el-Beblawi recently announced the resignation of the Egyptian government. (AFP/File)
16:57 GMT

Hazem el-Beblawi comments on the status of the Egyptian government in televised statement.

Palestinian diplomats seek to dissuade international companies from dealing with Israeli companies in settlements. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT

If peace talks fail, PA diplomats say they could address the UN over the Israeli settlement boycott in an effort to bolster support for Palestine.

The bloody Syrian civil war rages on. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT

Syrian forces strike a town near Damascus, killing at least four, as Assad continues to battle the opposition for control of Syria.

Jordanian border guards frequently stop arms smugglers at the Jordan-Syria border. (AFP/File)
12:37 GMT

Jordanian border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle ammunition into Jordan early Monday morning.

Apparently the decision was made after a 15-minute long cabinet meeting. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT

Egypt's army-backed government has resigned, state-run Al Ahram said on its website on Monday.

February 13 marked the third anniversary of the Bahraini uprising (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

Bombs and clashes shook Bahrain's stability on Monday after two homemade explosive devices went off overnight in a village near capital Manama and police battled rioters, police sources reported.

The tunnels are used for smuggling weapons and insurgents, Egyptian authorities say. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

The Egyptian army has destroyed eight more tunnels used for smuggling along the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, according to an army spokesman.

Lebanon has been targeted by a number of suicide bombers over Hezbollah's involvement in Syria. Last week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed that his group would keep fighting in Lebanon's war torn neighbor. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Hezbollah’s pullout from Syria could put an end to suicide bomb attacks that have struck Lebanese areas where the group enjoys wide support.

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.