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December 28, 2013

Members of the Norwegian navy special forces monitor the water around the Norwegian naval frigate 'Hnoms Helge Ingstad' off the Cypriot port city of Limassol on December 14, 2013. [Getty Images]
14:22 GMT

A deadline to rid Syria of its chemical arsenal will not be met, a Russian diplomat was quoted as saying on Friday, as the toxins have yet to be delivered to a Syrian port.

A man stands outside a faculty building at Cairo's Al-Azhar University after student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood stormed it on December 28, 2013. [AFP]
13:42 GMT

At least one person was killed in clashes between security forces and students at Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Saturday.

The arrest of the MP by security forces sparked clashes that resulted in six dead and 18 injured. [AFP]
13:35 GMT

The home of a Sunni MP was raided by security forces on Saturday, igniting clashes that killed his brother and five guards and arresting him, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported, citing police sources.

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi [Getty Images]
13:24 GMT

Iran is in the process of improving its capability to speed up uranium enrichment, it announced Thursday, in a move that could delay nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers.

Lebanese police forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a car at the site of a powerful car bomb explosion on December 28, 2013 that rocked central Beirut the previous day. [AFP]
12:40 GMT

A key faction of Syria’s opposition accused the Syrian regime, Iran and Hezbollah of being behind the bomb attack that took place on Friday in Beirut, killing a prominent Lebanese politician.

December 27, 2013

US soldier walks around an inert Hellfire missile as he perform a pre-flight check on an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aircraft system. [AFP]
14:39 GMT

The United States sent Iraq dozens of missiles and surveillance drones to help it combat a recent surge in al-Qaeda-backed violence, officials and media reports said on Thursday.

Egyptian riot policemen run after Muslim brotherhood members following a demonstration in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district on December 27, 2013. [AFP]
14:30 GMT

Police launch teargas at students protesting killing of a 1st year Azhar student during earlier clashes with local residents in Cairo; Brotherhood clashes with police in several cities; 2 deaths reported

Lebanese security forces inspect the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah. [AFP]
14:07 GMT

Lebanese security forces inspect the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah. [AFP]

During the phone call, Kerry and Fahmy "agreed that there can be no place for violence in Egypt and that the Egyptian people deserve peace and calm," Psaki said. [Getty Images]
11:44 GMT

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern on Thursday over Egypt’s intensified crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood declaring it a terrorist group.

A Palestinian girl is seen inside the destoryed home of three-year-old Hala Abu Sabakha, who was killed during an Israeli air raid the day before, in the central of Gaza Strip, on December 25, 2013. [AFP]
11:36 GMT

In fresh round of violence, Palestinians launch two rockets, prompting Israeli military to strike Hamas training camps.

More than 50 people were wounded from Friday morning's bomb explosion in central Beirut (Anwar Amro/AFP)
11:05 GMT

Explosions shook the Lebanese capital Friday after a car bomb exploded in central Beirut, killing five and wounding 50. Former Lebanese adviser to the former PM Saad Hariri, Mohammad Shattah was killed in the explosion,

Sisi is expected to run for president in Egypt's tentative elections (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Egypt’s Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed on Thursday to fight terrorism and stabilize the deeply divided country after explosions left five dead Thursday.

December 26, 2013

This photo taken on December 26, 2013, shows Turkish prosecutor Muammer Akkas as he walks out from a courthouse in Istanbul. [AFP]
21:10 GMT

Prosecutor in charge of investigation into corruption scandal claims his efforts are being blocked.

Iraq and Jordan sign an agreement to build an oil pipeline between the two nations earlier in 2013. [AFP]
20:53 GMT

After an official visit to Baghdad, Jordan's Prime Minster Abdullah Ensour and Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki express their commitment to refocus on bilateral relations.

Raif Badawi, founder of the Free Saudi Liberals site, has been sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes by a Jeddah court, according to a tweet from his lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair. [indexoncensorship]
20:24 GMT

After jailed blogger, Raif Badawi, was sentenced to 600 lashes, a Saudi judge has recommended that he be charged for apostasy which carried the death penalty if convicted.