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February 3, 2014

The uprising in Syria has caused intense clashes in neighboring Lebanon. [HusseinMalla]
05:35 GMT

A back-alley dispute has left one dead and several others wounded in Tripoli.

Young boys, covered with dust, make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes by government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 2, 2014. [AFP]
05:18 GMT

Due to security during Syria's crisis, deadlines for shipment of chemical weapons have been missed and NATO has stepped up to support the process.

February 2, 2014

West Bank settlements receive compensation for the 2009-2010 settlement freeze. (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT

Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid has suspended the transfer of public funds to all West Bank settlements pending a probe into their alleged misuse, his office said.

Ansar Beit Al Maqdis has claimed many of the bomb attacks in Sinai targeting Egyptian soldiers (File Archive/AFP)
11:31 GMT

Car bombs left three civilians wounded in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Sunday.

Hamas is still exerting pressure on other Palestinian factions to maintain a ceasefire (Courtesy of Times of Israel)
11:12 GMT

Hamas has allegedly pulled back hundreds of its gunmen from its border with Israel in order to prevent other Palestinian factions from firing homemade rockets at Israeli towns.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani listens after his address at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. [AFP]
10:37 GMT

As the beginning phases of Iran's nuclear deal take shape, previously frozen funds are being released for use in the process.

A growing number of European businesses are boycotting Israeli firms who work in illegal West Bank settlements. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT

Israel's economics minister Naftali Bennett slammed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for warning that if the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks fail, the global boycotting campaign against Israel may gain traction.

Palestinian children hold a protest - complete with fake coffins - in solidarity with the starving and besieged residents of Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

PLO official Ahmad Majdalani said that food convoys for the besieged residents of Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp have safely entered the area for the third day in a row.

Zarif said that the Syrian opposition "which hardly controls any ground inside Syria and may not even be welcomed into territories that are even controlled by the armed groups inside Syria". (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the "illusions of power" surrounding the Syrian opposition -who he says has little control inside Syria - is not helping to achieve a peaceful resolution to the country's crisis.

Female Al Qaeda soldiers are not unheard of - here, Somali women carry weapons during a demonstration organized by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab group in 2010. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT

The Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has launched two female battalions in Syria's northern city of Raqqa in a bid to expose anti-ISIS activists.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "will never apologize for speaking the truth about the brutality of the Assad regime". (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

The U.S. State Department denied that it had sought to have direct negotiations with the Syrian regime at the Geneva II peace talks, as Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem claimed after the talks to Syrian media.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's proposed peace plan framework to solve the decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict has been heavily rejected by Jordanians and Palestinians alike (File Archive/AFP)
07:53 GMT

Jordanians and Palestinians living in the Hashemite Kingdom have become increasingly vocal against U.S. Secretary of State's proposed peace framework to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, recently holding a public forum against the framework this weekend.

Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. (AFP)
07:12 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that the death toll of the crisis has now exceeded 136,000 people, with January 2014 being one of the bloodiest months on record.

Lebanese emergency personnel are seen at the site of a car bomb explosion targeting a petrol station in eastern Lebanon's town of Hermel on February 1, 2014, [AFP]
05:46 GMT

Lebanon officials give public response to Saturday's car bomb that killed five.

Saudi is seeking information on connections to terrorist funding sources. [rediff]
05:25 GMT

Meant to fight terrorism by imposing high penalties to funding sources, Saudi enacts counter-terrorism law.