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September 11, 2013

18 Saudi preachers have been detained for mentioning Egypt and Syria in their sermons. Egyptian men attend weekly Friday prayers at Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. [AFP]
13:58 GMT

18 Saudi Arabian preachers have been suspended after talking about the political events in Syria and Egypt during their Friday sermons, as the Kingdom strives to stay removed from the bloody developments in its neighbouring countries.

Newly arrived Syrian refugees coming from Alawite neighbourhood are pictured at the Pir Sultan Abdal Foundation which belongs to Turkish Alawite community. 107 Syrian refugees are set to be relocated to Germany from Lebanon. (AFP)
11:01 GMT

The UNHCR said on Wednesday that over 100 refugees are to be relocated to Hanover, Germany from Lebanon in a bid to offer them access to improved humanitarian care.

Four people died in a bomb that targeted an Egyptian intelligence facility in Sinai on Wednesday. Here, a man is seen riding his motorbike through a wall that was destroyed by an attack by Egyptian Army in the Sinai peninsula. (AFP)
09:48 GMT

Four people were killed on Wednesday morning after a car bomb exploded at a Sinai-based intelligence facility.

Palestinian police with riot gear stand guard as they stop supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) from reaching the headquarters of president Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP).
09:05 GMT

The Arab League has warned that the current US-initiated negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis may be the "last chance" to reach permanent regional peace.

Libyan firefighters extinguish a fire caused by a powerful blast near a foreign ministry building on September 11, 2013 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. (AFP)
08:47 GMT

One year after Libyan militants hit the US embassy in Benghazi, a car bomb targeted the Libyan foreign ministry building on Wednesday morning.

In a televised address, President Obama promised to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria.
04:50 GMT

In a televised address from the Oval Office, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to explore a diplomatic initiative from Russia to neutralize Syria's chemical weapons.

In their latest move against the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian authorities have banned 55,000 unlicensed clerics in Egypt
04:17 GMT

In its latest move against sympathizers of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt will ban 55,000 unlicensed clerics from speaking in mosques.

International hacking group Anonymous have threatened to attack Israeli websites if the Israeli government does not halt settlement construction. (Getty)
03:45 GMT

The network of hackers Anonymous published a video on Sunday threatening Israel that it would suffer if the illegal construction of Israeli settlements does not cease immediately

September 10, 2013

A defector from the Syrian government claims he has evidence that Assad's government was directly responsible for the chemical attacks in Aleppo last March.
20:01 GMT

Even as the prospect of a military strike on Syria dimmed significantly, a forensic expert from the Syrian government came forward to say he has evidence about the chemical attacks.

 French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius gives a press conference on the situation in Syria, on September 10, 2013 at the ministry in Paris. (AFP)
13:15 GMT

France on Tuesday said it would submit a draft UN resolution that will allow Damascus to avoid military intervention if it puts its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control.

A man smokes infront of the wreckage of a car bomb in Baghdad earlier this year. Five people in Baquba, north of the capital, died after a car bomb exploded on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
12:17 GMT

A wave of car bombs exploded in

A protester holds a poster burning on which is depicted former US president George W. Bush taking off a mask of current President Barack Obama during a demonstration of in Beirut. (AFP)
11:20 GMT

US President Obama dismissed threats made by Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and Iran that they would retaliate with force if the US launched a military on Syria.

44 people died in Iran  when two buses travelling between Tehran and Qom collided. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT

A collision between two buses in Iran killed 44 people and injured 39 people on late on Monday night on the highway between Tehran and Qom.

An MP opened fire using a AK-47 on his colleague in the Jordanian House of Representatives in Amman on Tuesday. (Image for illustrative purposes, courtesy of The Jordan Times/Hassan Tamimi)
09:51 GMT

The sound of gunshots rang throughout the Jordanian House of Representatives on Tuesday morning, amid reports that one MP had opened fire during a parliamentary session.

US secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference in London. Kerry made a gaffe about Syria handing over their chemical weapons stockpiles, which could inadvertently lead to a breakthrough in the peace talks. (AFP)
09:00 GMT

After US Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently said that Syria could hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles in a bid to avoid US military action, Russia proposed the idea to the Syrian government