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October 30, 2013

Egyptian policemen in plain clothes detain students of al-Azhar University in Cairo on October 30, 2013. (Image credit: AFP)
17:54 GMT

Egyptian security forces stormed al-Azhar University campus on Wednesday to quell student protests against the military-backed government.

 An F-16 I fighter jet lands during an event staged for the media. (Image credit: AFP)
17:37 GMT

The United States is aiming to help the Iraqi government battle an increasing threat from Al-Qaeda linked terror groups with military sales and intelligence sharing, a US official said Wednesday.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 21, 2013, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview. (Image credit: AFP)
17:22 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who met with United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday, said the success of peace talks was tied to “stopping support for terrorist groups.”

A picture released by the Egyptian interior ministry shows senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian following his arrest at an apartment in east Cairo where he had been in hiding on October 30, 2013 in Cairo. (AFP)
13:00 GMT

Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam Erian, who has been on the run since the state crackdown on the Islamist group, was arrested in Cairo on Wednesday morning.

In darkness, Syrian refugees stream across country borders. [Reuters]
12:20 GMT

Fifty Syrian refugees are dead from malnutrition after being stuck at Jordanian border due to ongoing shelling in the area.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt at a busy Tunisian beach resort on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT

A suicide bomber targeted a popular Tunisian beach resort in the city of Sousse on Wednesday. There were no casualties in the blast, according to local officials.

UN envoy Brahimi had previously met with President Bashar Assad in 2012 (Reuters)
08:44 GMT

Lakhdar Brahimi will meet with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus Wednesday.

An Iraqi woman walks across the debris following an explosion at a bus center on October 27, 2013, in the the Mashtal district of the capital Baghdad, as eight car bombs exploded in Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad province. (AFP)
08:12 GMT

12 people -- including nine Iraqi troops -- were killed after twin suicide bombers attacked a group of soldiers and Sahwa militia men in the central Iraqi town of Tarmiyah late on Tuesday.

As part of an American-brokered deal, Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners, causing protests in Tel Aviv and celebrations in Ramallah. [nytimes]
07:43 GMT

Prisoners arrive in Ramallah and Gaza after their release from Israeli hold. Celebration and angst followed from each respective side.

The Egyptian interim government is focusing on security, not national reconciliation, according to a cabinet source. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The government and the Prime Minister have made it a "priority" to fix Egypt's security situation, which means "controlling the Muslim Brotherhood and limiting their capacities," a source in PM Hazem El-Beblawi's cabinet said Wednesday.

Israel's plans to build 1,500 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem is considered illegal under international law (Courtesy of the Telegraph)
06:13 GMT

Israel announced Wednesday that it will build 1,500 new homes in East Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo. The Jewish state also began releasing 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners at the time of the settlement announcement.

Nabil al-Magraby was arrested by Egyptian authorities due to his alleged connections with al-Qaeda operatives and Islamist militant groups such as the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (AFP)
04:00 GMT

Egyptian authorities arrested Nabil al-Maghraby who was previously jailed for Anwar Sadat's assassination, after authorities linked him with al-Qaeda bomb plot activities

October 29, 2013

Libya gunmen stole a mix of foreign and local currency estimated to be $50 million from a bank van en route from Sirte's airport to the local bank branch (Ismail Zitouni/Reuters)
18:34 GMT

Libya gunmen stole $50 million from a bank van on a highway east of Tripoli.

Approximately 3,000 women and children from Mouadamiya have managed to leave the besieged town according to UN figures (Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters)
17:21 GMT

1,800 civilians were able to flee a besieged suburb of Damascus Tuesday due to a rare moment of cooperation and coordination between Syrian government and rebel forces.

Syria's deputy PM Qadri Jamil was fired from office Tuesday for meeting with US representatives this past weekend to discuss the proposed Geneva peace talks to end the conflict in Syria (AP)
15:51 GMT

Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil was fired from his post Tuesday for participating in unauthorized foreign meetings following his return from talks on the proposed Geneva peace talks with US representatives.