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February 10, 2014

In Riyadh, women walk out of a shopping mall to wait for their driver to pick them up. [kiaorgaza]
05:01 GMT

After rounds of debate on driving in the KSA, women are taking another stand for their freedom to move.

February 9, 2014

In a conversation with his newly appointed defense lawyer Mohammad Selim El-Awa, Mursi can be heard probing for more information surrounding al-Sisi’s potential candidacy. [AFP]
22:52 GMT

Egypt’s deposed president Mohammad Mursi asked about military leader Abdel Fattah al Sisi’s resolve to run for president according to a leaked recording, obtained by the Egyptian daily news website al Watan.

 A total of 420 people were evacuated from army-besieged districts of the Syrian city of Homs, the province's governor said, as television footage showed exhausted men, women and children. [AFP]
22:42 GMT

Hundreds of civilians were evacuated Sunday from the besieged city of Homs, braving gunmen spraying bullets and lobbing mortar shells to flee as part of a rare three-day truce to relieve a choking blockade, the Associated Press reported.

Civilians leave the the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs ahead of being evacuated by United Nations (UN) staff to a safer location, on February 9, 2014. [AFP]
22:03 GMT

Saudi Arabia has called for an “emergency” meeting over what is happening in Syria, citing “growing evidence pointing to war crimes,” and the lack of implementation of previous agreements regarding the conflict, a letter sent to the U.N. General Assembly dated Feb. 7 showed.

Lieberman described Kerry and the U.S. as a "true friend of Israel" in his commentary Sunday (Courtesy of Haaretz)
14:43 GMT

Israel's right-wing Foreign Minister told his coalition partners Sunday that their "snipes" at the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace efforts risked "estranging a true friend."

Barrel bombs have killed hundreds of civilians in Aleppo including women and children (File Archive/AFP)
13:20 GMT

The Syrian government dropped more barrel bombs on Aleppo Sunday killing at least 11 people.

The explosion that killed Colonel Hussein was caused by a bomb planted under the seat in his car. [presstv]
11:36 GMT

A Yemeni intelligence officer was killed after an explosion detonated in his car wounding three others.

Gunmen walk in the streets of the city of Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad. [AFP]
10:55 GMT

Nine are dead after two separate instances if militant violence in the region.

A Hamas policeman looks at a motorcycle that was hit in an Israeli air strike in Dir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip June 19, 2012. [newagebd]
09:32 GMT

Two men have been evacuated to a local hospital after being fired on while riding their motorcycle in the Gaza Strip.

Libyans have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against the government's decision to extend its own mandate rather than resign and have new representatives form a fresh governmental body (Abdullah Doma/AFP)
07:55 GMT

Libya's first post-Gaddafi era prosecutor general was murdered Saturday while visiting family in the country's eastern city of Derna.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei thinks the U.S. wants to shake up Tehran. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the United States is lying when it says it is not pursuing an agenda of regime change in Tehran.

UN Aid workers finally entered Homs this weekend, but have been under attack since entering the besieged city (Bassel Tawil/AFP)
07:45 GMT

The U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos vowed Saturday to "keep pushing to deliver humanitarian assistance to Syria's neediest" despite recent attacks on aid convoys near Homs

Tunisia's former opposition MP Mohammad Brahmi was shot last July (Courtesy of CS Monitor)
07:30 GMT

Tunisian security forces arrested the suspect who is believed responsible for the killing for former opposition politician Mohammed Brahmi last July.

Government soldiers have been stationed in Sinai in growing numbers since the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in its effort to crack down on all Islamist supporters in the country (File Archive/AFP)
07:09 GMT

Air raids in Sinai have left at least 16 dead this weekend.

This will be the second time that Sabbahi has run for the presidency (Courtesy of Egypt Today)
06:58 GMT

Egypt's prominent leftist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi announced this weekend that he will run for president in this year's elections.