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February 10, 2014

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 9, 2014, civilians exiting the bus after being evacuated from the besieged district. [AFP]
18:19 GMT

After Sunday's evacuation of over 700 people, Monday brings another round of rescue to over 300.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 5, 2014 shows members of a joint mission of OPCW and the United Nations signing an agreement with Syria's Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari in Damascus. [AFP]
18:05 GMT

While still behind its timeline commitment to remove chemical weapons, Syria has finalized its third shipment Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama at a previous occasion. [algeminer]
17:56 GMT

In an announcement from his office on Monday, Israeli PM Netanyahu is expected to meet with US Obama next month.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers (unseen) on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. [AFP]
17:05 GMT

Israeli forces attack homes and cars of Palestinian settlers in ongoing efforts to displace locals.

fghan security forces stand guard near the wreckage of a car which was used in a bomb attack in the Pol-e-Charkhi area of Kabul on February 10, 2014. Two civilian contractors working for the NATO force were killed. [AFP]
16:58 GMT

A suicide bombing in Kabul has killed two NATO coalition force civilians.

Iraqi soldiers gather around the bodies of anti-government fighters, affiliated to al-Qaeda Islamist organization, who were killed during a military operation against them on February 9, 2014, in the city of Ramadi. [AFP]
16:53 GMT

Iraq's parliament speaker barely escaped attack as the car bomb that was meant to attack him detonated accidentally killing the suicide bomber and all of his team.

Israeli PM Netanyahu met with his top ministers this week to discuss the growing boycott momentum against the Jewish state (File Archive/AFP)
14:00 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met top Israeli officials this week to discuss how the Jewish state will deal with the looming threat of economic boycotts.

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that discussion of curbing Iran's defensive capabilities was "a red line". (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, a member of Iran's team of nuclear negotiators, said the republic's defensive capabilities are non-negotiable during talks with six major world powers.

Civilians leave the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs ahead of being evacuated by United Nations (UN) staff to a safer location, on February 9, 2014. (AFP)
13:46 GMT

As the U.N. finished evacuating some 700 people from the besieged city of Homs over the weekend, a fresh round of peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition began in Switzerland.

A rebel fighter poses for a picture inside a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 9, 2014.
12:57 GMT

At least 21 civilians and 20 pro-regime fighters were killed in an Alawite village in Syria's Hama province on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

There is work still to be done in the talks, but progress has been good so far, an International Atomic Energy Agency official said Monday. (AFP/Getty/File)
11:53 GMT

A senior official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has hailed “good” progress in talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

ISIL have even been rejected by Al Qaeda's chief, Ayman Al Zawahiri. It took three days of fierce clashes to oust ISIL from Deir Ezzor (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT

The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were ousted from Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor on Monday after a hard three-day battle with Islamist rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Western militaries will not be helping Libyan forces fight Islamist rebels, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday. (AFP/File)
10:13 GMT

Western military action against Islamist fighters in southern Libya has been ruled out by France, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.

Iranian official Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused Washington of coming up with excuses over Tehran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Iranian official Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused the United States of resorting to "excuses" over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

"We realize that the road to freedom and independence is still a long one and needs a lot of work, and the first step is Palestinian unity," Shaath, a Fatah official, said.(AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Hamas and Fatah are holding a series of meetings in a bid to discuss national reconciliation, as the first step on the road to "freedom and independence is Palestinian unity".