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September 20, 2013

Building upon earlier calls from this year to improve relations with Saudi Arabia, Rouhani now seeks to "remove trivial tensions" to establish bilateral ties with the kingdom (Courtesy of the Iran Project)
05:39 GMT

Iran's President Rouhani called for closer ties with Saudi Arabia on Thursday, describing the kingdom as a "friend and brother." Rouhani further emphasized improving relations with neighboring countries as a top priority on his foreign policy agenda.

September 19, 2013

An Israeli solider stands infront of the Dome of the Rock, which is part of the Al Haram Al Sharif complex. (AFP/File)
18:45 GMT

According to Palestinians, Al Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam that lies in Jerusalem, is facing its biggest threat yet as the Israeli government begins to give free access to Israelis who wish to enter the Al Haram Al Sharif compound.

The Free Syrian army alleges that the Syrian regime has transferred enough chemical weapons to Lebanon, via Hezbollah, to "kill half the population". Here, bodies are shown in a makeshift morgue after they were killed by a chemical attack on the suburbs of Damascus on August 21. (AFP/File)
18:34 GMT

The Free Syrian Army has urged the UN to look into claims that the Syrian regime gave chemical arms to Hezbollah, calling on the UN chemical inspectors to expand their investigation to Lebanese territory.

An Egyptian armed policeman holds a position in front of a burnt police station in the village of Kerdasa on the outskirts of Cairo, on September 19, 2013. (AFP)
18:11 GMT

51 suspected Islamists have been arrested in Cairo's Kerdasa district over their alleged involvement in an assault on a police station that killed 11 officers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed on Thursday that he is not entirely confident that Assad will go through with the chemical arms deal. (AFP/File)
18:01 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he is not entirely convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad will go through with the Russian driven plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

Nearly three million Iraqi Kurds are eligible to vote in Saturday's elections (Courtesy of Shutterstock)
14:14 GMT

Opposition parties took to the streets to garner final support ahead of Saturday's parliamentary election vote for Iraqi Kurdistan's Regional Government.

Usually practicing an open door policy, Turkey has closed border crossings with Syria periodically for security reasons (Courtesy of National Turk)
13:21 GMT

Turkey closed its Oncupinar border gate on Thursday due to clashes between Free Syrian Army and Al-Qaeda affiliated rebel groups in the frontier town of Azaz.

President Rouhani tells the world that Iran will not develop a nuclear weapons program (Courtesy of Raf Sanchez/The Telegraph)
13:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tells the world that his government will not develop nuclear weapons and Khamenei calls for "flexibility" in nuclear talks with the West.

Violence and bomb attacks in Homs (courtesy of TheNews.com.pk)
11:25 GMT

A bomb in Syria's Homs village of Jbourin kills 19 passengers on Thursday.

National Dialogue talks in Bahrain will continue despite opposition party boycott (Courtesy of Bahrain Observer)
10:31 GMT

Bahrain's Prime Minister calls for new security guidelines "to protect all" after clashes in Dair and Duraz and the opposition boycott of the National Dialogue shake the country's stability.

The Egyptian police launched an offensive on the Cairo district of Kerdasah on Thursday in an attempt to arrest Islamist militants suspected of torching police stations and killing security officials. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT

At least one police officer was killed in the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday when security forces launched an operation against armed Islamist groups in the capital's Kerdasah district.

Rami Hamdallah, interim Palestinian Prime Minister, and his cabinet will be sworn in in Ramallah on Thursday in front on Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT

The 16th Palestinian government, headed by Rami Hamdallah, will be sworn into office before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday evening.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that eliminating Syria's chemical arsenal would take one year and cost $1 billion. (Getty/File)
07:57 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile would cost $1 billion.

Activists are accusing the Assad regime of using phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. Zaatari refugee camps, which houses over 120,000 Syrian refugees forced out of their country by violence, lies only a few kilometres from the border. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Sparking fears of a regional spillover of the Syrian crisis, activists said Wednesday that the Syrian government has used phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. The alleged use of the weapons raises questions over the regime's use of chemical weapons.

September 18, 2013

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice-President of Iran, delivers a speech during the 57th General Conference at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna. (AFP)
17:39 GMT

Israel charged Iran with purposefully trying to conceal its nuclear expansion programme with its recent attempts to engage in talks with the US.