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February 17, 2014

Israel's President Shimon Peres hailed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' commentary from Sunday on right of return and Jerusalem as a sign of seriousness about reaching peace (File Archive/AFP)
12:30 GMT

Israel's President Shimon Peres said Monday that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is "serious about reaching peace."

The tourist bus exploded near the Israel-Egypt border Sunday (Jack Guez/AFP)
11:11 GMT

South Korea condemned Sunday's Sinai bus bombing attack that left four of its citizens dead and 14 others wounded Monday.

Jordanian border guards shot at four individuals trying to cross illegally into the Kingdom from Syria leaving one dead and three wounded Monday (Courtesy of The Jordan Times)
10:56 GMT

Army officials from Jordan reported Monday that some of its border guards killed a man and wounded three other individuals who were trying to cross into the Kingdom from Syria illegally.

The law has been the subject of intense scrutiny, with its opponents saying that it promotes self-censorship and blocks any debates about Israeli policy. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

Israeli officials have defended the country’s controversial anti-boycott law, which was discussed by lawmakers on Sunday, saying that Israel is not like the United States when it comes to freedom of expression.

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released remarks this week indicating that he is not optimistic about the next round of nuclear talks set to commence Tuesday between Tehran and world powers (File Archive)
09:57 GMT

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that nuclear negotiations between Tehran and world powers will "lead nowhere."

Some Palestinian sources have reported that Taha has been missing for over two weeks. (Image courtesty of Al Arabiya/Al-Sharq)
08:44 GMT

Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha - who may or may not be missing - is reportedly under investigation by the group's authorities over unknown "irregularities".

Nasrallah said that the group's presence in Syria was worth all the sacrifices made by the group - aka the hundreds of men who have been killed in the Syrian conflict. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Sunday that his party would fight on in Syria despite the wave of car bombings targeting predominantly Shiite areas in Lebanon controlled by the group.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al Muallem said that the U.S. created a "very negative climate for dialogue in Geneva" (File Archive/AFP)
07:15 GMT

Syria's Foreign Minister told reporters this week that the United States is to blame for the failure of the second round of peace talks that recently finished in Geneva last week.

An image grab from Hezbollah's Al Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location on Sunday evening. (AFP)
07:06 GMT

In a speech made on Sunday night, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that Saudi Arabia is arming and funding terrorist groups across the Middle East.

As the regime pounded Yabroud and the rest of Qalamoun, it continued its barrel bomb campaign in Aleppo, leaving more civilians' lives in shambles (Khaled Khatib/AMC/AFP)
07:03 GMT

Syrian regime forces continued to shell the town of Yabroud and the rest of the Qalamoun area over the weekend as part of an all-out assault on the rebel stronghold.

Fighters and jihadists trained in Syria are posing a threat to the UK's soil. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

Senior British security officials say that two hundred and fifty UK-based jihadists have returned home after fighting in Syria, and that they pose a threat to the country's security and stability.

 Free Syrian Army announced on February 16, 2014, it had fired Selim Idriss as its military chief and appointed Abdel al-Ilah al-Bachir to replace him. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Syria’s opposition Supreme Military Council announced on Sunday that Salim Idriss, the chief of the main armed opposition group Free Syrian Army, has been removed from his post, with Brigadier Abdullah al-Bashir appointed in his place, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

February 16, 2014

IRAQ, Kirkuk : Armed policemen stand outside a police post that was attacked at dawn by unknown gunmen on February 16, 2014 in Taza, 30 kms south of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. [AFP]
19:09 GMT

At least 17 people have been killed in the latest spate of terrorist attacks across Iraq, security and medical sources say.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the breakdown of the Syria talks in Geneva on the ‘obstruction’ by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. [AFP]
19:01 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State urged the regime’s supporters to press for the creation of a transitional government

Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, officials and Ministers arrive for a meeting to mark the 20th anniversary since the founding of the Arab Maghreb Union in Tripoli on February 15, 2014. [AFP]
17:56 GMT

Libya's parliament has reached consensus on holding early elections following popular pressure after it had extended its mandate that ended on Feb. 7, deputies said Sunday.