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February 25, 2014

Iran and Iraq allegedly signed an agreement in November 2013 worth around $195 million that would allow Tehran to sell Baghdad weapons and ammunition for the Iraqi military (Courtesy of Al Akhbar English)
18:15 GMT

Iran allegedly signed a secret arms agreement with Iraq in November last year worth around $195 million in a move that may be considered a violation of the UN Embargo on Iranian arms sales.

Former Islamist lawmaker Sohbi Saleh is one of 220 Egyptians who were convicted Tuesday for "instigating violence" and "holding protests without a permit" (Courtesy of The New York Times)
17:18 GMT

More than 220 protestors in Egypt were sentenced up to seven years in prison for "instigating violence" and "holding protests without a permit."

Car bombs explode in Baghdad almost daily (File Archive/AFP)
16:11 GMT

Bombs and gunfire blanketed Baghdad Tuesday, leaving at least eight dead and 22 wounded.

Erdogan has denied his involvement in the tapes released online, saying the recordings are fabricated (File Archive/AFP)
15:49 GMT

A chief Turkish prosecutor initiated an investigation Tuesday on alleged audio recordings linking Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to corruption.

President Bouteflika registered his election bid for a fourth term with the interior ministry this week (File Archive/AFP)
13:34 GMT

Opposition parties in Algeria have called for a boycott against tentative presidential elections that are scheduled for April after the current president announced his bid for a fourth term earlier this week.

Egypt's interim president has allegedly called on Housing Minister Ibrahim Mehleb to appoint a new cabinet (Courtesy of The Cairo Post)
12:39 GMT

Egypt's Housing Minister was asked by interim President Adly Mansour Tuesday to form a new government after Cairo officials resigned earlier this week.

Syrian rebels have requested anti-aircraft missile to take down Assad's planes. (AFP/File)
11:52 GMT

Saudi Arabia reportedly met with Pakistani officials to discuss purchasing arms for the Syrian rebels. Pakistan says these reports are "baseless."

The Nusra front is fighting Assad's forces as well as other al-Qaeda affiliated groups like ISIS. (AFP/File)
10:59 GMT

The leader of the Nusra Front has issued an ultimatum to ISIS, threatening to expel the group from Syria and Iraq. Both groups have ties to al-Qaeda.

An Israeli Merkava tank maneuvers during a drill in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on 24 April 2013. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT

In a bid to prevent a spillover of violence, Israel has sent a new military division to police the Golan Heights border with Syria.

The delivery of aid to Syria's most pressing areas was agreed upon in a U.N. resolution. (AFP)
09:32 GMT

About 6,650 food rations in three areas of Damascus where rebels and the army reached a truce were distributed by Syria’s Red Crescent on Monday, Agence France-Presse reported.

President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi will oversee Yemen's transition. (AFP/File)
09:15 GMT

The U.N. Security Council will adopt a resolution that imposes sanctions against anyone who interferes with the state-building process in Yemen.

The Al Aqsa compound has significance in both Islam and Judaism. (AFP/File)
08:11 GMT

Israeli police used stun grenades to disperse Palestinian protesters at the sensitive al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City early on Tuesday.

The Egyptian government first called the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013, six months after Mohamed Morsi was removed from power. (AFP/File)
07:59 GMT

A Cairo Court has upheld the decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The government first labelled the group as terrorist in December.

Richard Falk accused Israel of enacting a "gradual and bureaucratic process of ethnic cleansing" against the Palestinian people. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

A senior expert at the United Nations says Israel’s policies in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip appear to amount to “apartheid" and " a gradual and bureaucratic process of ethnic cleansing".

Israel is concerned about the increasing threat of jihadists in war-torn Syria. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT

Israel is increasing its military intelligence in response to growing extremism in neighboring Syria.