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February 13, 2014

Israel has largely blamed Erdogan for delaying the compensation deal due to his demand to have a protocol be included in the deal that affirms Israel's commitment to ending its blockade of the Gaza Strip (File Archive/AFP)
13:45 GMT

Senior Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told public radio this week that Turkey's Prime Minister is to blame for the delays on finalizing a compensation deal for the killing of nine Turkish nationals during the 2010 Gaza Flotilla raid.

Iran will not allow the U.S. to discuss its defense capabilities in the talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear arsenal. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT

A senior Iranian lawmaker has rejected U.S. claims that Iran’s defense capabilities would be part of the nuclear negotiations, saying the nation’s missile program is not a threat to the region.

Security authorities used tear gas to break up protests in Bahrain Thursday (Courtesy of The Guardian)
12:52 GMT

Bahrain's pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with security police in Bahrain on the third anniversary of the country's Arab Spring uprisings that was largely crushed by Bahraini authorities with the assistance of Saudi-led troops

Militant activity in Iraq's Anbar province has displaced at least 300,000 civilians (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
11:45 GMT

Militants in Iraq seized parts of the northern city of Sulaiman Bek Thursday.

Sisi met with Russia's top leaders during his two-day visit including Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (Vasily Maximov/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Russia's president Vladimir Putin provided public support for Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi's rumoured presidential bid during talks with Sisi in Moscow Thursday,

A young iraqi boy stands in front of burnt out vehicles at the site of car bomb explosions on February 6, 2014 in al-Obeidi Shiite neighborhood, on the eastern outskirts of Baghdad. (AFP)
10:59 GMT

Five people were killed after bombs hidden in clothing stalls in a busy Baghdad market went off on Thursday morning. At least 15 people were injured in the bombs, AP reported.

Some school children required treatment after inhaling the tear gas Thursday (Courtesy of All Voices)
09:56 GMT

Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters into four schools in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan Thursday.

Coskun Demirkol was killed one month before Turkey's local elections. (AFP/File)
09:51 GMT

A candidate in Turkey's upcoming elections was killed in an armed attack in Istanbul, media reported on Thursday.

This file picture taken on November 15, 2009 shows a US captain silhouetted as he looks on during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul. (AFP)
08:10 GMT

As the Afghan government prepared to release 65 detainees from the notorious Bagram prisoner, the U.S. warned against setting the "dangerous individuals" free.

Vitaly Churkin proposed the rival resolution after threatening that Assad's allies would veto the Western or Arab-backed measures. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT

Russia proposed a rival U.N. resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Syria to key Security Council members on Wednesday after saying Moscow would veto a Western and Arab-backed measure threatening sanctions against Syria.

The Qaeda-linked Brigades said they will continue to launch attacks against Hezbollah until the latter group withdraws its troops from the neighboring war in Syria (Courtesy of The New York Times)
07:16 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades shared a video online in which the group confirms that they will continue to target Hezbollah until the latter group withdraws from the conflict in Syria.

A Syrian man reacts as he carries the body of a child following a reported air strike by government forces on the Al Haidarya neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo on February 12, 2014. (AFP)
07:03 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Wednesday that Syrians have been dying in greater number since the peace talks began in Geneva three weeks ago.

Syrian Red Crescent workers helps residents of the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, carry their belongings during an evacuation operation on February 1, 2014. (AFP)
06:41 GMT

The United Nation's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA is "closely monitoring" reports that evacuations and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp had resumed, after they were halted last week after clashes erupted.

Members of the Lebanese security forces dismantle a car bomb at the entrance of the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the Bekaa valley. [AFP]
06:03 GMT

After one Al Qaeda capture and several munitions and explosive finds, the Lebanese army is finding success in random sweeps.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 12, 2014 shows Syrian Arab Red Crescent workers helping a wounded Syrian civilian. [AFP]
05:03 GMT

Russia has been outspoken in its opposition to the draft resolution on Syria and is now threatening to veto.