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October 26, 2013

Members of jihadist group Al-Nusra Front take part in a parade calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
06:45 GMT

Syrian state TV has said the leader of Syria’s Islamist militant group al-Nusra Front has been killed in the country’s coastal province on Friday.

October 25, 2013

BELGIUM, Brussels : EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas make a statement on October 23, 2013 after their working session at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. [AFP]
14:36 GMT

In a new campaign aimed at ending commercial activity in the settlements, Palestinian Authority last month sent a letter to 50 countries urging them to impose sanctions on settlements by either freezing their business dealings with the settlements or withdrawing their investments altogether.

An extra taking part in an exercise during the education of OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) inspectors at the German army Bundeswehr training area in Wildfelecken, southern Germany.
13:14 GMT

Norway rejected on Friday a U.S request to take on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, arguing that it lacks suitable equipments and regulations to carry out the task

Palestinian Presidents meets with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday ahead of peace talks
12:51 GMT

In a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held on Thursday, European Union foreign policy chief urged for a Palestinian reconciliation while asserting her support for Palestinian state-building.

Tunisian police inspect the site of an exchange of fire between police forces and members of a Salafist group on October 25, 2013. [AFP]
12:09 GMT

Unrest rises in Tunisia as Islamist militants and police forces clash on Friday, killing a police officer and wounding three.

Iran could produce enough uranium for a nuclear bomb [AP]
09:35 GMT

A new assessment by the U.S Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) says Iran could produce enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb.

October 24, 2013

17:23 GMT

Israeli Right seek Zionist alternatives to the two-state vision presented by the left.

Sweden to deploy C-130 Hercules plane used to transport staff and equipment engaged by the UN and OPCW in a mission tasked with destroying Syria's chemical weapons. []
14:37 GMT

Sweden says it will assist UN in the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by providing equipment needed for the destruction process.

The Syrian opposition had previously delayed their meeting in Istanbul in order to attend this past week's meeting in London with the "Friends of Syria" (AFP)
14:00 GMT

The Syrian opposition National Coalition told reporters Thursday that they will meet in Istanbul on November 9th to decide whether they will participate in the proposed Geneva peace talks.

Protestors in Tunis called on the ruling Islamist Ennahda party to immediately resign Wednesday (Courtesy of AIM)
13:35 GMT

Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party office in the town of Kef was torched by angry protesters in a second day of demonstrations across the country.

Al-Qaeda prisoners have previously broken out of prisons throughout Yemen, particularly since uprisings that ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh (AFP)
13:13 GMT

Unidentified gunmen killed a Yemeni intelligence officer outside of his home in Sana'a Thursday.

61 Syrian female detainees released by Syrian government in exchange for two Turkish Pilots and nine Lebanese Shia Muslims. []
13:08 GMT

Syrian government releases 61 female detainees as part of three-way deal to free Lebanese and Turkish hostages.

Jewish soldiers guard the 700 Israeli settlers living in the center of Hebron. Under international law, building settlements in Hebron and other West Bank territories is illegal (Courtesy of Mamoun Wazwaz/Maan Images)
12:37 GMT

Israel's housing minister called to double the number of Jewish settler homes in Hebron Thursday.

Jihadists and Kurdish fighters have clashed on Syria's border with Iraq. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

Fierce clashes between Syrian Kurds and jihadists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed near Syria's Iraqi border overnight on Wednesday, according to activists on the ground in Syria.

Israel may end its boycott of the UN’s top human rights forum with which it broke ties in 2012.
11:02 GMT

Israeli envoy scheduled to visit Geneva in the coming weeks in an attempt to reinvigorate cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council with the aim to engage in the UPR.