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February 10, 2014

Iranian official Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused Washington of coming up with excuses over Tehran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Iranian official Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused the United States of resorting to "excuses" over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

"We realize that the road to freedom and independence is still a long one and needs a lot of work, and the first step is Palestinian unity," Shaath, a Fatah official, said.(AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Hamas and Fatah are holding a series of meetings in a bid to discuss national reconciliation, as the first step on the road to "freedom and independence is Palestinian unity".

A civilian in a wheel chair is aided by an armed man ahead of being evacuated by United Nations staff, from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs to a safer location. (AFP)
06:35 GMT

Some 1,800 residents remain trapped in a blockaded area of Homs as the U.N. struggles to evacuate the city's besieged residents, 700 of whom have been removed from Homs since Friday.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 9, 2014, reportedly shows Syrian army soldiers talking after taking control of the Karam al-Tarrab neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo. [AFP]
05:41 GMT

In efforts to cut off supplies to Damascus, an Alawite village was seized on Sunday by Islamist rebels.

Pro-Syrian regime protesters, holding portraits of Syrian President Assad and a portrait of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah. [AFP]
05:31 GMT

Hezbollah has vowed to continue efforts in Syria.

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.