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March 5, 2014

Egypt stopped exporting natural gas to Jordan since summer 2013 due to frequent attacks on the pipeline (File Archive)
07:36 GMT

A gas pipeline near Egypt's Port Said was hit by a bomb and exploded Wednesday morning.

Syrian regime fighters retook Sahel in the Yabrud region earlier this week (STR/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Syrian regime forces have allegedly intensified their operations in Yabrud, successfully recapturing a strategic area in Qalamoun that represents one of the last rebel strongholds in that region.

Obama met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
07:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama has allegedly promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would "pressure" Palestinians to match Israeli concessions within the framework of the ongoing peace talks between both sides.

French and Lebanese officials will meet Wednesday to finalize the three billion Saudi-sponsored arms deal (Thomas Samson/AFP)
05:00 GMT

France is planning to finalize its multi-billion arms deal with Lebanon and Saudi Arabia Wednesday

March 4, 2014

Pro-Morsi rallies rocked Egypt's Al Azhar for the past months since the former Islamist leader's oust in July 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
18:54 GMT

Egypt's prosecution released 24 pro-Morsi supporters Tuesday over issues related to the detainess' education and health issues.

Three policemen were killed while trying to dismantle a funeral procession for a 23-year-old Shiite man who died in prison under Bahraini authorities (Mohammed Al Shaikh/AFP)
18:14 GMT

Bahrain's state news agency reported Tuesday that three anti-government groups have been blacklisted as terrorist groups.

Netanyahu said the Israel boycott campaign is a "farce" during his speech in front of a pro-Israel audience in Washington Tuesday (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)
17:29 GMT

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told lobbyists in Washington Tuesday that Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state and for Palestinian leadership to "abandon fantasies" related to right of return.

Abbas' comments on a potential settlement freeze coincide with U.S. president Barack Obama's tense meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington (File Archive/AFP)
16:12 GMT

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has allegedly said that peace negotiations with Israel will not extend past the April deadline unless more Palestinian prisoners are released and settlement construction is suspended.

Syrian rockets have often landed in Lebanese border territories (Courtesy of Press TV)
15:52 GMT

Three rockets from Syria's ongoing civil war hit Lebanon's Bekaa Tuesday causing damage to many homes, but no casualties have yet been reported.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are highly controversial and threaten to derail the peace process. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT

A new report shows that Israeli construction of settlements in the West Bank doubled last year.

Is this Egypt's next president? (AFP)
14:13 GMT

Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi has given another large hint that he will stand for president in upcoming elections. “I cannot turn my back when the majority wants me to run for president,” Al Sisi said in a speech at an officers' graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

CodePink is known for protesting on behalf of Palestinians. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

The founder of social justice organization CodePink was detained in Egypt and then deported.

OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu told reporters that maintaining momentum for the weapons removal is critical given the delays and missed deadlines in months prior (Bas Czerwinski/ANP/AFP)
13:10 GMT

More than a third of Syria's chemical arsenal has been destroyed or handed over for tentative destruction.

The U.S. has stated that all options are on the table when dealing with Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Mohammad Reza Bahonar, First Vice Speaker of Iran's Majlis, reiterated that Iran is fully capable of countering a U.S. military option.

Will he or won't he? The Egyptian media has gone into overdrive over whether or not Sisi will run to be the next president. (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT

Egyptian media is rife with speculation that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to announce his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections on Tuesday.