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March 24, 2014

The Arab League FMs allegedly voted unanimously for all draft resolutions that will be on the table for discussion during the two-day summit in Kuwait that is set to commence Tuesday (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
07:41 GMT

Foreign ministers from the Arab League nations finally agreed to draft resolutions ahead of this week's summit in Kuwait despite growing tensions among member states.

Syrian army fighters celebrate shortly after troops loyal to President Bashar Assad took full control of the strategic town of Yabroud. (AFP)
07:11 GMT

Three rebel bomb experts and four of their bodyguards were killed by a Hezbollah ambush on Sunday in the strategic Qalamoun region, near Syria's border with Lebanon.

ISIL soldiers severed water supplies to Syria's Kurdish region earlier this year (File Archive)
07:00 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) is preparing to launch an attack on the Kurdish region in northern Syria near the Turkish border.

Sectarian violence in Iraq has not reached these levels since the civil war following the U.S. invasion. (AFP)
06:52 GMT

At least seven people were killed in Iraq on Sunday after a wave of attacks on predominantly Sunni areas struck north of Baghdad, officials reported.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh warned Israel Sunday that Tel Aviv's agression will come at a "very high price" (Said Khatib/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Hamas' Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh call on the Palestinian Authority to "stop negotiating" with the enemy, Israel in ongoing peace talks.

March 23, 2014

Individuals protesting the deaths of three Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in Jenin Saturday were arrested by the Jewish authorities this weekend (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
19:00 GMT

At least two Israeli soldiers and eight Palestinians were injured in clashes in Aida refugee camp Sunday.

A Syrian flag (C) is displayed next to the empty Syrian seat during the opening session of the Arab League Foreign Ministers' meeting in Kuwait City on March 23, 2014 ahead of the annual Arab League summit. (AFP)
18:00 GMT

The ongoing spat between Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar will not be on the table during the Arab League meeting scheduled to begin on Sunday in Kuwait, according to a diplomatic source.

Hezbollah fighters have supported the Syrian regime inside the neighboring country's civil war, most recently helping Damascus secure victory in Yabroud over rebel forces (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Hezbollah officials told media outlets Sunday that the recent Syrian regime victory in Yabroud will "curb suicide and car bombings in Lebanon" as a result.

Yemen Huthi rebels block the main road leading into Amran city in the north Sunday (Gamal Noman/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen held massive protests outside of the northern city of Amran Sunday after clashes Saturday left 12 people dead.

This year will be a big one for Egyptian voters - they already headed to the ballot boxes to vote on Egypt's constitution. The presidential elections are expected to take place by mid-July 2014. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Egypt’s Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) is to meet on 30 March to announce a registration date for the candidates who will stand in the country’s presidential elections, a judicial source said on Saturday.

While border fighting continued over the weekend, so did regime barrel bombing of Syria's second largest city of Aleppo (Baraa Al Halabi/AFP)
12:44 GMT

Turkey gunned down a Syrian government warplane Sunday as Syrian regime and opposition fighters continued fighting near Turkish border for a third straight day.

A female Israeli border guard fires tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators (unseen) during a protest in the Aida Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on March 22, 2014, after three Palestinians were killed in Jenin. (AFP)
12:25 GMT

One day after three Palestinian men were killed in the West Bank's Jenin refugee camp, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the IDF would not stop using force against anyone plotting attacks against Israel.

A group of U.S. senators want Obama to be stricter and tougher with Iran during the ongoing nuclear negotiations. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT

A group of U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to take a firm stance on Iran amid ongoing nuclear negotiations.

Abbas said that Israel refusing to release the Palestinian prisoners acts as a violation of the peace talks agreement. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says no agreement can be reached with Israel without recognition of an independent state of Palestine.

Obama will be stopping in Saudi as part of an international tour. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected in Saudi Arabia on Friday where he will meet with King Abdullah and talk bilateral and regional issues.