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September 22, 2013

Ahmad Jarba, head of the biggest Syrian opposition coalition, announced Sunday his group is ready to begin diplomatic discussions with the Syrian government over the future of Syria in Geneva. (AFP)
11:10 GMT

Syrian opposition coalition president Ahmad Jarba has announced his group's commitment to attend proposed peace talks in Geneva with the condition that the meeting moves to establish a transitional government.

A Kurd young boy cross a street under blue flags, emblazoned with a candle, of the Movement for Change (MC) (aka Goran) displayed in the streets as part of the campaign for Kurdistan's parliamentary elections on September 18, 2013 in Iraq's northern city of Sulaimaniyah. (AFP)
09:08 GMT

After a "smooth" election day on Saturday, the process of counting the votes in the Iraqi Kurdistan elections was getting underway on Sunday with the Kurdistan Democratic Party expected to win big.

In this picture released by the State Security on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, blindfolded suspects stand near seized weapons and explosives. (The Daily Star/NNA, HO)
08:00 GMT

Two Syrians, one of them a worker for the Syrian intelligence service, and a Palestinian were arrested in Lebanon in possession of arms and explosives.

A Palestinian protester hurls a smoke grenade back at Israeli soldiers during clashes in Betunia near the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 20, 2013 (AFP)
07:36 GMT

The European Union has demanded answers from the Israeli government after Israeli soliders manhandled EU diplomats whilst they were distributing aid to Palestinians.

September 21, 2013

Remains of car bomb explosion at Baghdad funeral. [thejournal]
19:32 GMT

Fifty-three dead after three car bombs explode at a Shiite funeral in Baghdad.

US drone strike kills Taliban commander. [khaamapress]
16:12 GMT

Commander killed in US drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on September 20, 2013 shows alleged Northern Storm brigade members, loyal to the Free Syrian Army. [AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE]
15:49 GMT

Russian states that absolute cooperation must shown by Syria or Russia could change its position.

Rowhani and Obama expected to talk at next UN General Assembly meeting. []
10:13 GMT

Iran and the US expected to initiate talks about Tehran's nuclear weapons at upcoming UN General Assembly meeting.

Egyptian security forces patrol after attacks. [AFP]
06:12 GMT

Search continues after Egyptian security forces regain control of Kerdasa, town near Cairo.

Tunisian women rally to support equal rights. []
05:52 GMT

Mixed views as some women are blocked from leaving the country of Tunisia due to events surrounding "sexual jihad" behavior.

September 20, 2013

The Islamist-led Tunisian government announced its acceptance of a reform plan to end the political crisis in the country (Courtesy of Amy Keus/Digital Journal)
16:15 GMT

Tunisia's ruling Islamist-led government announced Friday its acceptance of a UGTT-drafted plan to hold national dialogues with opposition figures, reform the government cabinet, and hold new elections.

OPCW reported Friday that Syria has sent initial information on its chemical weapons to the organization ahead of Saturday's deadline (Courtesy of Guus Schoonewille/EPA)
15:40 GMT

Syria has begun to send information regarding its chemical weapon arsenal to OPCW ahead of Saturday's deadline, but OPCW announced Friday that it will postpone Sunday's executive meeting to vote on a timetable for the destruction of all chemical weapons within Syria.

Israel's Ambassador to the IAEA prepares commentary during the meeting. The resolution to ensure Israel complies with IAEA oversight was narrowly defeated Friday (AFP)
14:47 GMT

A proposed resolution to subject Israel to IAEA safeguards is narrowly defeated at the UN agency's annual conference and Israeli's Steinitz says "time has run out" to negotiate with Iran on its nuclear program.

Security forces have arrested at least 85 individuals in their "hunt" for Morsi supporters in Kerdasa (Courtesy of DW)
13:42 GMT

Security forces have been "hunting" for Morsi supporters in the town of Kerdasa Friday, after storming the town Thursday for the first time since August 14th.

Friday bombings in Iraq part of growing sectarian violence near Baghdad
13:14 GMT

Two bombs inside a mosque have killed at least 15 people and have wounded 17 in Iraq's Samarra.