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March 18, 2014

The Syrian army has largely been in control of the entire Latakia province since the start of the civil war in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Five rockets have targeted Syria's main transit port for its chemical weapon destruction since the start of the month.

The U.S. has suspended activities at the Syrian embassy's consulates in Michigan and Texas as well (AFP)
17:22 GMT

The U.S. has decided to suspend all operations of the Syrian Embassy in Washington as well as its consulate counterparts in Michigan and Texas.

Only 30 MPs voted Tuesday to oust the current PM (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Jordanian MPs decided to hold a no-confidence vote for Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour following last week's killing of a Palestinian holding Jordanian citizenship at the hands of Israeli border guards.

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in Tuesday's Golan Heights blast (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
15:56 GMT

The Israeli army released a statement via Twitter blaming Tuesday's explosions in Golan Heights on the Syrian government.

Last week, a Palestinian living in Jordan was killed at a border crossing by an Israeli patrol officer (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Since the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations last July, 56 Palestinians have been killed an 897 have been injured by Israeli military and security officials.

President Rouhani has stressed that he wants progressive reforms for Iran but some argue that his policies do not go far enough. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT

Mohsen Naziri Asl, Iran's Ambassador to the UNHRC, rejected a U.N. report on human rights in Iran Tuesday.

Five separate car bombs exploded in central Iraq Tuesday (File Archive/AFP)
14:18 GMT

At least seven people were killed Tuesday in five separate car bomb attacks in central Iraq.

Israeli settlement construction doubled in 2013. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

According to a new survey, 30% of settlers in the West Bank outside the major blocks would leave their homes for compensation, even if there was no peace deal with Palestinians.

Egyptian police have been accused of using excessive force to disperse protestors. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced four policemen for their involvement in the death of 37 detainees who died in a police vehicle.

Moshe Yaalon is known for his hawkish statements. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT

In recent comments, Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon hints that Israel could take action against Iran with or without U.S. approval.

NCHR called the crackdown on the pro-Morsi sit in at Rabaa al-Adaqwiya "outrageous and brutal". (AFP/File)
10:23 GMT

The National Council for Human Rights held a press conference on Monday to release its final report on the circumstances that surrounded the dispersal of a pro-Mohamed Morsi protest camp last summer. According to their statistics, 632 people died and 1,492 were injured.

AQAP, infamous for being the most lethal of all al Qaeda groups, is believed to be responsible for Tuesday's bombing. (AFP/File)
09:52 GMT

A car bomb in Aden killed one and wounded at least 13 others Tuesday. Officials suspect al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are the perpetrators.

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, a top Iranian nuclear negotiator, recently met with Helga Schmid, a deputy to Catherine Ashton, to form the agenda for upcoming talks. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT

A new round of nuclear talks begins today in Vienna. The P5+1 and Iran will meet at U.N. headquarters in Vienna.

Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with Javad Zarif on Monday to discuss the Syrian crisis. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT

Javad Zarif said Iran is willing to help with any "logical attempts" to end the conflict in Syria.

The GCC has been in disarray since Saudi, Bahrain and the UAE recalled their diplomatic envoys from Qatar. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said his country's ongoing diplomatic spat with Qatar is likely to be solved unless Doha changes its policies, the Saudi-owned Al Hayat newspaper reported Tuesday.