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March 5, 2014

Hezbollah's armed resistance is necessary in Lebanese society, Qassem said.
14:31 GMT

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said that Hezbollah is a necessary part of Lebanese identity, as it keeps up am armed resistance against Israeli aggression.

Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood has apparently caused a major rift in the GCC. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

Qatar expressed "regret" and "surprise" at the news that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrawing their Gulf Cooperation Council envoys from Doha on Wednesday. According to inside sources, Qatar's stance on Syria and Egypt has caused a "rift" in the GCC.

An Israeli official said that if the weapons had made it to Gaza, "millions of Israelis" would have been under threat. (AFP/File)
12:51 GMT

The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea that was allegedly carrying dozens of Iranian-supplied rockets intended for Palestinian fighters in the besieged Gaza Strip, the IDF said on Wednesday.

The strategic Golan plateau has been the scene of many spillovers of violence in the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT

The Israeli military launched an offensive on the Syrian-controlled section of the Golan Heights on Wednesday, wounding seven security forces and four civilians, Syrian state media reported. This behavior reportedly violated a 40-year-old military disengagement agreement that was inked after the Arab Israeli war in 1973

Former prime minister Ali Benflis is considered Bouteflika's main challenger for the presidency (Courtesy of Afraze)
10:49 GMT

Ten individuals have registered thus far to participate in Algeria's presidential elections that are set for April 17.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that the West "cannot wish Iran's nuclear program away" (File Archive/AFP)
10:06 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told the media Wednesday that Tehran will never give up its right to nuclear enrichment for peaceful purposes.

A Qatari national was jailed in the UAE for seven years over links to an Islamist group in what Doha has described as an unfair ruling (File Archive)
09:49 GMT

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their diplomatic envoys to Qatar Wednesday.

Arsal is a frequent target of Syrian spillover attacks (File Archive)
08:54 GMT

Conflicting reports were released Wednesday or whether or not the Lebanese army opened fire on Syrian warplanes near the Lebanese border town of Arsal.

Seven of the bombs that detonated Wednesday were from car explosions (File Archive/AFP)
08:45 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed in Baghdad from nine bombs that detonated Wednesday morning.

Nusra and ISIL fighters are in discussions of entering Lebanon in their fight against Hezbollah, but the two Al Qaeda-linked groups remain undecided on what acti
08:38 GMT

Al Qaeda affiliated rebel groups have been pondering entering into Lebanon, but stated this week that they are still trying to "send messages to Hezbollah" before taking any direct action in Lebanon.

The two Hezbollah fighters were allegedly trying to plant a bomb on the fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (Courtesy of Times of Israel)
07:49 GMT

Israeli troops shot at two Hezbollah fighters Wednesday who were allegedly trying to plant a bomb near the fence of the Golan Heights-Syria border.

Egypt stopped exporting natural gas to Jordan since summer 2013 due to frequent attacks on the pipeline (File Archive)
07:36 GMT

A gas pipeline near Egypt's Port Said was hit by a bomb and exploded Wednesday morning.

Syrian regime fighters retook Sahel in the Yabrud region earlier this week (STR/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Syrian regime forces have allegedly intensified their operations in Yabrud, successfully recapturing a strategic area in Qalamoun that represents one of the last rebel strongholds in that region.

Obama met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
07:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama has allegedly promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would "pressure" Palestinians to match Israeli concessions within the framework of the ongoing peace talks between both sides.

French and Lebanese officials will meet Wednesday to finalize the three billion Saudi-sponsored arms deal (Thomas Samson/AFP)
05:00 GMT

France is planning to finalize its multi-billion arms deal with Lebanon and Saudi Arabia Wednesday