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February 6, 2014

Lebanese emergency personnel inspect the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Shoueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
05:56 GMT

A home being used as an arms cache was raided in Aydamoun exposing mortars, rockets and guns.

A Yemeni soldier inspects a damaged car at the site of an explosion in Sanaa. [AFP]
05:37 GMT

After ceasefire between Suuni and Shiite locals broke down, Houthi rebels advanced on the capital of Sanaa.

President Michel Sleiman receives Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam in Baabda on Wednesday. [DalatiNohra]
05:28 GMT

Expected to end next week, deliberations on forming Lebanon's new government are taking longer than citizens thought.

 Libyan youths stand next to blood stains and torn shoes at the scene of a blast that rocked a primary school in Libya's restive second city Benghazi during playtime. [AFP]
05:08 GMT

Another explosion shakes Libya, this time at a Libyan television channel in Eastern Benghazi.

February 5, 2014

Assad has said he will not step down from his role as president of Syria, which is proving to be stumbling block in the Geneva peace talks. (AFP/File)
20:10 GMT

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said a peace conference in Geneva is the "only vehicle left" to engage Syrian leaders on political transition.

Mubarak was ousted from his presidency in 2011. (AFP/File)
19:58 GMT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was "brought to tears" after seeing the extent of the "corruption and devastation" that the Muslim Brotherhood wrought on Egypt.

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Al Qaeda's killing of Iraqi forces is "abhorrent" and the "latest in a long list of ISIS atrocities". (AFP/File)
17:22 GMT

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Al Qaeda's killing of Iraqi forces is "abhorrent" and the "latest in a long list of ISIS atrocities".

Fighters from Chechnya have boosted the rebel ranks with 14,000, the report said. (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT

Recent reports say that thousands of fighters from Chechnya and Saudi Arabia are battling against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

A young boy stands next to a puddle of waste, a result of the power shortage in the Gaza Strip, in November. (AFP/File)
17:05 GMT

A former US marine has accused Israel of treating the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as sub-humans and regarding them as animals.

According to Egypt, their differences with Qatar are "out of the ordinary" - largely due to the latter's support of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
16:52 GMT

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem El Beblawi warned Qatar over its "unfair and dishonest" support of the Muslim Brotherhood, as the Gulf state hosts dozens of fugitive Muslim Brotherhood members and critics of the current military-backed interim government.

Acts of violence against Yemen's armed forces are becoming increasingly common in the restive Gulf country. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Four Yemeni soldiers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen during an attack on a military vehicle in a southern province, an official said on Wednesday.

Israel is deciding to move forward these homes in the deeply contested annexed east Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Israel is moving forward with its plans to build more than 550 new settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, the city council said Wednesday.

The U.N. report detailed the "unspeakable suffering" of Syrian children. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

A new United Nations report has slammed both sides warring in Syria for the abuse and distress they have inflicted upon children during the nearly three-year-old conflict.

Italy has offered one of its southern ports for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon arsenal (Flippo Monteforte/AFP)
12:54 GMT

The Syrian government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical arsenal.

Iraqis look up as the smoke billows from the first floor of a building that was hit in an explosion in the business district of ​​Sinak in central Baghdad on February 5, 2014, near the capital's Green Zone. (AFP)
12:30 GMT

Three bombings near the Green Zone, home to Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies in Baghdad, killed at least 25 people Wednesday, police said.