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December 10, 2013

Israeli MPs from the Likud Party welcomed the passage of the new migrant law, saying that it will allow the Jewish state to "send them all back to their countries" (File Archive)
12:44 GMT

Israel's parliament voted in favor of a law that allows illegal African immigrants to be detained for up to a year without trial. The Jewish state is also set to open a new migrant detention facility this Thursday.

Beheaded convict put on public display in Saudi Arabia. [liveleak]
12:19 GMT

Figures from 2012 Saudi beheading total 76 cases with the 2013 figures increasing as the year ends.

This week's UNHCR airlift will be the first of its kind to Syria since the start of the war in 2011 (Courtesy of the UN)
12:12 GMT

The UN is planning to send its first humanitarian airlift to Syria via Iraq this week.

Uzumcu will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on the OPCW's behalf this week in Oslo (Daniel Sannum Lauten/AFP)
11:37 GMT

UN chemical watchdog head Ahmet Uzumcu told reporters Tuesday that the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons will likely begin in late January.

GCC will hold meetings in Kuwait over the next two days to discuss issues on economic integration, as well as more contentious issues such as the council's relationship with Iran (File Archive)
08:45 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) commenced their two-day summit in Kuwait City Tuesday, with contentious issues such as a Gulf Union, ties with Iran, and the Syrian conflict on the table for discussion.

The Iranian parliament has been pushing to improve Tehran's diplomatic ties with US and European states by forging direct relationships with lawmakers in each country. (AFP/File)
08:40 GMT

The Iranian parliament has been pushing to improve Tehran's diplomatic ties with US and European states by forging direct relationships with lawmakers in each country.

Abu Qatada, seen here in an old photo before he was brought back to Jordan for his trial, is charged with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack on the American school in Amman, among other things. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

The trial of Jordanian citizen Omar Mohammad Othman, better known as Abu Qatada, began on Tuesday in Amman with a panel of civilian judges.

Following a spate of controversy and criticism, Egypt's new constitution will be put to a referendum in mid-January, according to a government minister. (AFP/File)
05:49 GMT

Following a spate of controversy and criticism, Egypt's new constitution will be put to a referendum in mid-January, according to a government minister.

Image of a fallen Hezbollah sign. The Shia have been in Lebanon for a thousand years, but Hezbollah has only existed since 1982. [worldaffairsjournal]
05:32 GMT

Hezbollah reaches out in disagreement on news channel Al-Manar who made a public apology to Bahrain on Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be returning to the Middle East just five days after his last visit in a bid to secure a full, not an interim, peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis. (AFP)
05:26 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be returning to the Middle East just five days after his last visit in a bid to secure a full, not an interim, peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Members of Egypt's constitution committee meet at the Shura Council for the final vote on a draft Egyptian constitution in Cairo. [hrw]
05:02 GMT

Amendments to Egypt's 2012 charter include greater autonomy for military, more rights and freedoms and the possibility to withdraw power from the president if needed.

Syrian pro-government forces patrol in their tank in the town of Nabak near Damascus on December 7, 2013. [AFP]
04:29 GMT

Fighting is still ongoing as leaders decide details around chemical weapons destruction.

Syrian pro-government forces drive inside a military vehicle after capturing the town of Nabak, north of Damascus, near the border with Lebanon in the Qalamoun region, on December 9, 2013. [AFP]
03:54 GMT

Russia is considering serving as the transportation provider for Syria's chemical weapons move to the floating destruction facility.

December 9, 2013

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army holds his rifle in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on December 1, 2013. According to an Israeli intelligence report, an increasing number of Palestinians and Arab Israelis have joined the opposition forces in Syria. (AFP)
19:47 GMT

According to a recent Israeli intelligence report, an increasing number of Salafists from Gaza and Israeli Arabs have joined ranks with jihadist rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a defensive statement on Monday in which he said that the West's efforts to curb Iran's nuclear sector were not working, and that the world had been forced to see the might of Iran's capabilities. (AFP/File)
19:39 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a defensive statement on Monday in which he said that the West's efforts to curb Iran's nuclear sector were not working, and that the world had been forced to see the might of Iran's capabilities.