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December 14, 2013

Bomb attacks Saturday targeted an outdoor market in the capital's southeastern suburbs (File Archive/AFP)
12:30 GMT

Bombings and shootings in Iraq's capital left six dead Saturday.

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced the dates of the referendum Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
12:18 GMT

Interim President Adly Mansour announced Saturday that Egypt will hold its national referendum on the new draft of the constitution Jan. 14-15.

December 13, 2013

A Syrian woman shovels snow following a storm in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on December 12, 2013. [AFP]
12:04 GMT

A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow and ice.

December 12, 2013

Egyptian students who support the Muslim Brotherhood (background) clash with riot policemen outside the University of Cairo campus in the capital on December 11, 2013. [AFP]
15:20 GMT

Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defense in Cairo on Thursday, Reuters cited security sources as saying.

U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Washington is keeping a close eye on Egypt's domestic politics, and has been following the trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders with keen interest.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrives in Israel today on his 70th birthday, is dooming the potential success of the peace talks by siding with Israel, according to Palestinian sources. (AFP)
09:52 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrives in Israel today on his 70th birthday, is dooming the potential success of the peace talks by siding with Israel, according to Palestinian sources.

KAI is expected to deliver a T-50IQ, a variant of a T-50 supersonic aircraft, to Baghdad between 2015 and 2016 (Courtesy of Air International)
09:31 GMT

Iraq has signed a $1.1 billion deal with South Korea to purchase 24 multi-role light fighters

US Secretary of State has tried to convince US lawmakers to refrain from enacting legislation that would place more sanctions on Iran (File Archive/AFP)
09:01 GMT

US senators are planning to introduce legislation that imposes new sanction on Iran as soon as this week.

Soldiers guard the site where a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a car bomb earlier this week near the Kabul airport (Aref Karimi/AFP)
06:52 GMT

An explosion was reported outside of NATO headquarters in Kabul Thursday

During a phonecall with Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow wants a "speedy" end to Israel's harsh blockade of Gaza. Here, a young boy stands by a puddle of raw sewage, caused by the outage of power in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT

During a phonecall with Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow wants a "speedy" end to Israel's harsh blockade of Gaza.

Snow covers the ground outside tents supplied by the UNHCR for Syrian refugee families in al-Marj, in the eastern Lebanese Bekaa Valley, on January 9, 2013 (AFP/File, Hassan Jarah)
06:13 GMT

The UK has announced that it will provide an addition $40 million for Syrian refugees for "winter assistance" as the weather across the Middle East worsens.

The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014. (AFP/File)
05:57 GMT

The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014.

In late September, KSA activists renewed efforts to allow women the right to drive (File Archive)
05:45 GMT

Two women were detained by police in Riyadh Wednesday for breaking the official ban on female driving.

A funeral was held earlier this week for the 56 that were killed in the attack on the defense ministry Dec. 5 (Mohamed Huwais/AFP)
05:30 GMT

UN offices in Yemen's capital will be closed Thursday after news spread that a possible attack may happen near the international organizations' buildings in Sanaa.

The Lebanese army will be deployed in Tripoli for six months in a bid to calm sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

Two residents of Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district were shot as sectarian tension - largely fuelled by the nearby Syrian conflict - gripped the northern city.