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February 22, 2014

Saturday's suicide attack is the second in Lebanon this week and the third suicide attack this year. Lebanon is facing increased violence as the Syrian civil war spills over into the country. (AFP/File)
18:45 GMT

A suicide bomber targeted a Lebanese army post killing three soldiers and wounding 6 others.

The U.N. and other humanitarian organizations have found it increasingly difficult to provide sufficient aid to Syrians in need. Recently, humanitarian access has been difficult to achieve as civilians have been caught besieged in cities with only few opportunities available to bring in aid. (AFP/File)
18:24 GMT

The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to increase humanitarian aid access in Syria as continued violence threatens to destabilize the region.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in hopes of securing a framework proposal. Both Israeli and Palestinian officials have spoken out against certain aspects of the yet to be released proposal. Israeli-Palestinian talks are scheduled to end in April at the conclusion of the nine-month deadline, though Kerry seeks to extend negotiations with a framework proposal.(AFP/File)
12:55 GMT

Palestinians are not willing to accept U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's framework proposal in its current form.

Despite talks in Geneva, fighting in Syria has intensified with the Syrian army stepping up its use of barrel bombs. January marked the deadliest month of the conflict yet, with almost 6,000 killed. More than 136,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT

The Syrian air force stepped up attacks on Friday as opposition fighters readied an offensive.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, Hezbollah has involved itself increasingly in keeping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad afloat. The current strategy to recruit fighters from Eastern Europe follows Hezbollah's public support for the Assad regime, along with sending its own fighters to assist Assad's forces. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Hezbollah has been recruiting mercenaries from Eastern Europe to shore up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria.

February 21, 2014

Al-Shabab, formed in 2006, has terrorized Somalia and surrounding countries with brutal attacks. The group merged with al-Qaeda in 2012. (AFP/File)
15:46 GMT

Al-Shabab attacked President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's palace in Mogadishu on Friday.

Many of the wounded were children. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT

A car bomb in a Syrian refugee camp kills roughly a dozen people and wounds many, including children.

Late last  year, Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister, met with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss ways to improve relations between the two countries. (AFP/File)
10:46 GMT

Iran and the UK normalize relations by re establishing direct contact with one another for the first time since 2011.

Egyptian football fans clash with police at Cairo Stadium. (AFP/File)
09:48 GMT

Egyptian football fans chanted anti-police slogans and torched cars in a clash with police on Thursday.

Boko Haram, an Islamist terror organization, has killed thousands in Nigeria since 2009.  (AFP/File)
06:09 GMT

Boko Haram attacks town in northeast Nigeria, killing 60 people.

LIBYA, Tripoli : Election staffers count ballots at a polling station as Libyans voted to elect a constituent assembly on February 20, 2014 at a polling station in Tripoli. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Libyans voted on Saturday to elect a panel that will draft the country’s constitution amid reports of paltry turnout reflecting deep political disillusion with the chaos pervading Libya since the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

February 20, 2014

Demonstrators gather in Qatif in the Shiite-populated east of Saudi Arabia on July 8, 2012. [AFP]
22:16 GMT

Two Saudis wanted for their involvement in unrest in the eastern town of Awamiya and two policemen were killed on Thursday in a clash in the predominantly Shiite area, the Ministry of Interior announced.

Syrians waving national flags gather behind a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a rally in his support on February 20, 2014 in Qudsaya, west of Damascus. [AFP]
19:43 GMT

The Arab Democratic Party issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Lebanese authorities Thursday following the assassination of a party official in the restive northern city of Tripoli.

Israeli border detain a Palestinian activist during a protest near the village of Burin, south of Nablus, in the West Bank, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. [AP]
18:51 GMT

Six Palestinians were injured in clashes after Israeli settlers attacked a high school south of Nablus on Thursday, according to a Palestinian Authority official.

 Lebanese security forces and civil defence members work in the aftermath of an explosion in Beirut's southern district of Bir Hassan on February 20, 2014. [AFP]
17:33 GMT

Lebanese authorities have identified one of the suicide bombers behind this week’s twin bombings in the Bir Hasan neighborhood of the Lebanese capital Beirut.