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February 18, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the opening of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, 40th Annual Leadership Mission, on February 17, 2014 in Jerusalem. (AFP)
06:55 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the ongoing talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program shortly Tuesday's fresh round of nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria.

Pro-regime fighters (R) speak with a rebel fighter in the town of Babbila, a suburb of Damascus, during a cease fire agreement between the group controlling the town and the regime on February 17, 2014. (AFP)
06:45 GMT

Despite the official peace talks in Geneva failing to yield any progress, Syria's army and rebels on Monday based around Damascus began dialogue with one another, allowing aid and supplies to reach those who need it.

A picture taken on February 16, 2014, shows the belongings of the passengers of a tourist bus targeted by a bomb, in the Egyptian south Sinai resort town of Taba. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis took responsibility for the bomb.
06:30 GMT

The Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis on Tuesday claimed responsibility for bombing a tourist bus in Egypt’s Sinai in an attack that killed three Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver on Sunday.

February 17, 2014

Rescue personnel at the scene of an explosion that killed five and injured 10 others in the northern city of Acre, Monday , February 17, 2014 (photo credit: Avishag Shaar Yashuv/Flash90/The Times of Israel)
20:53 GMT

Two families were killed on Monday after an explosion caused a three-storey building to collapse in the northern Israeli town of Acre.

Iraqi forces have killed many militants in Anbar and near Sulaiman Bek in their attempts to reclaim control of the areas from the anti-government fighters (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
17:42 GMT

At least 15 militants were killed by Iraqi security forces in a government assault on the northern town of Sulaiman Bek.

The August 2013 chemical attacks led to the U.S.-Russia doctrine that is governing the removal of Syria's chemical weapons via its port city of Latakia (File Archive/AFP)
17:09 GMT

The EU has granted the U.N. chemical watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon arsenal around $16 million to ensure the stockpile is destroyed within the designated timeline

Israel's President Shimon Peres hailed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' commentary from Sunday on right of return and Jerusalem as a sign of seriousness about reaching peace (File Archive/AFP)
12:30 GMT

Israel's President Shimon Peres said Monday that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is "serious about reaching peace."

The tourist bus exploded near the Israel-Egypt border Sunday (Jack Guez/AFP)
11:11 GMT

South Korea condemned Sunday's Sinai bus bombing attack that left four of its citizens dead and 14 others wounded Monday.

Jordanian border guards shot at four individuals trying to cross illegally into the Kingdom from Syria leaving one dead and three wounded Monday (Courtesy of The Jordan Times)
10:56 GMT

Army officials from Jordan reported Monday that some of its border guards killed a man and wounded three other individuals who were trying to cross into the Kingdom from Syria illegally.

The law has been the subject of intense scrutiny, with its opponents saying that it promotes self-censorship and blocks any debates about Israeli policy. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

Israeli officials have defended the country’s controversial anti-boycott law, which was discussed by lawmakers on Sunday, saying that Israel is not like the United States when it comes to freedom of expression.

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released remarks this week indicating that he is not optimistic about the next round of nuclear talks set to commence Tuesday between Tehran and world powers (File Archive)
09:57 GMT

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that nuclear negotiations between Tehran and world powers will "lead nowhere."

Some Palestinian sources have reported that Taha has been missing for over two weeks. (Image courtesty of Al Arabiya/Al-Sharq)
08:44 GMT

Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha - who may or may not be missing - is reportedly under investigation by the group's authorities over unknown "irregularities".

Nasrallah said that the group's presence in Syria was worth all the sacrifices made by the group - aka the hundreds of men who have been killed in the Syrian conflict. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Sunday that his party would fight on in Syria despite the wave of car bombings targeting predominantly Shiite areas in Lebanon controlled by the group.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al Muallem said that the U.S. created a "very negative climate for dialogue in Geneva" (File Archive/AFP)
07:15 GMT

Syria's Foreign Minister told reporters this week that the United States is to blame for the failure of the second round of peace talks that recently finished in Geneva last week.

An image grab from Hezbollah's Al Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location on Sunday evening. (AFP)
07:06 GMT

In a speech made on Sunday night, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that Saudi Arabia is arming and funding terrorist groups across the Middle East.