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March 3, 2014

A Sufi shrine was destroyed in Tel Marouf, a northern Syrian village largely inhabited by Kurds. (AFP)
07:23 GMT

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have attacked the Kurdish-dominated northern Syrian village of Tel Marouf and destroyed a Sufi shrine belonging to Sheikh Khaznawi.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that negotiations between Tehran and world powers over nuclear activities is "going well" thus far (Atta Kenare/AFP)
07:00 GMT

The U.N. chemical watchdog will commence meetings in Vienna Monday, with Iran's compliance with the six-month nuclear freeze agreed upon under the historic November deal on the table for discussion.

Abbas and Obama are due to meet in Washington in March. (AFP/File)
06:55 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss and determine the possible extension of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks framework in Washington.

U.N. photos released last week show apocalyptic scenes of the Yarmouk refugee camp (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

The truce in the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus was broken Sunday with shelling and firefights enveloping the area.

March 2, 2014

Tribesman in the area have previously blocked roads and blown up pipelines and related supply routes in protest against a recent killing of one of their main tribal chiefs (Courtesy of Arabian Oil and Gas)
15:53 GMT

Six crew members of a Yemeni military plane were kidnapped Sunday after the plane made an emergency landing in the eastern part of the country.

The extremist settlers who were led by a radical rabbi were protected by Israeli police when they stormed Al Aqsa Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
15:33 GMT

75 extremist settlers stormed Al Aqsa compound Sunday.

Egypt's new prime minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, addressed the nation on Sunday. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT

Ibrahim Mahlab focused on security in his first national address.

Rouhani "vowed" to rebuild relationships with Western powers when he assumed office in August 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
13:58 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told reporters Sunday that U.N. inspectors have not found any evidence of "military objectives" in Iran's nuclear programming.

Students protest outside Azhar University. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced Sunday that police will no longer intervene on college campuses unless violence occurs.

Near-daily attacks in Iraq have led to monthly death tolls that exceed 700 in both January and February alone this year (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
13:29 GMT

At least six security force officials were killed in northern and western Baghdad Sunday in a series of attacks targeting the personnel in the predominantly Sunni Arab areas of the capital.

On March 14, 2011 Saudi troops entered Bahrain to assist leadership in a government crackdown against the opposition protestors (File Archive/AFP)
13:10 GMT

Protestors in Bahrain demanding that Saudi forces pull out of the country were allegedly attacked by police officials in the country's capital.

A number of protesters were detained after participating in a sit-in near the GNC. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Gunmen dispersed a peaceful protest in front of the General National Congress.

Netanyahu vows to resist pressure from Obama. (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, is heading to Washington to discuss the peace process and the Iranian nuclear negotiations with President Obama.

Morsi is being tried with 14 others for inciting murder and torture of opposition protestors in December 2012 (File Archive)
10:55 GMT

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's trial was adjourned until Tuesday due to bad weather conditions Sunday.

Israel has increased security alerts for all of its embassies globally (File Archive)
10:41 GMT

Israel has increased security alerts on all of its embassies worldwide in fear of a Hezbollah response attack after Tel Aviv raided the Hezbollah stronghold of Janta.