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November 11, 2013

Members of the Syrian National coalition (SNC) attend a meeting of the National Coalition on November 9, 2013, in Istanbul. [AFP]
08:05 GMT

If exceptions in a statement issued by the Syrian National Coalition are met, it is expected that the SNC will attend and participate in the upcoming Geneva II conference.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan before their meeting at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.[voanews]
07:16 GMT

On another leg of his Middle Eastern tour, US Secretary of State meets with UAE's General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss regional issues as well as UAE's continued relationship with the US.

A Palestinian boy cycles past a mural painted by university students depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Nablus on November 9, 2013. (AFP)
06:08 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday pledged the commitment of the PLO to uncover he truth of how former leader Yasser Arafat died, regardless of the consequences.

Suspects from al-Qaeda wait for their trial Sunday in Sanaa (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
06:06 GMT

The trial for nine al-Qaeda suspects who are accused of planning to assasinate Yemeni president Abded Rabbou Mansour Hadi commenced Sunday in Sanaa.

Deputy minister Safdar Rahmat Abadi was shot dead on Sunday evening. (Image courtesy of Naharnet)
05:40 GMT

Deputy minister of industry killed in Iran on Sunday. No suspects named at this time but ties to US and Israeli relations are being discussed.

Beltagi -- seen here before his arrest -- has called the interim government worse than the Mubarak regime. (AFP/File)
03:23 GMT

Muslim Brotherhood official Mohamed El Beltagi on Sunday condemned the Egyptian government's brutal crackdown on Islamists, adding that not even the Mubarak regime used such violence.

November 10, 2013

“We are not blind, and I don’t think we're stupid.” US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, November 10, 2013. (AFP)
16:46 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said that the US is not blind or stupid in its ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, adding that there has been no change in the Obama administration's commitment to Israel.

14 members of the Taliban were killed in Helmand province on Sunday after a series of gunfights with state security forces. (Image courtesy of The Guardian)
16:15 GMT

A series of intense clashes with the Taliban left 14 militant fighters dead, Afghan security forces reported Sunday.

The Syrian National Coalition on Sunday said there would be absolutely no role for Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's future. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition on Sunday reiterated its rejection of Syrian President Bashar Assad playing any role in the war-torn country's future.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that he was glad that no deal had arisen out of the Geneva conference over Iran's nuclear weapons, adding that he would do all in power to persuade world leaders not to negotiate with the Islamic Republic. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that he was glad that no deal had arisen out of the Geneva conference over Iran's nuclear weapons, adding that he would do all in power to persuade world leaders not to negotiate with the Islamic Republic.

A Syrian lawmaker who was kidnapped by jihadists affiliated with the Al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was executed last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT

A Syrian lawmaker who was kidnapped by jihadists affiliated with the Al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was executed last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday.

Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, will face trial for inciting violence and terrorism in Egypt's Giza December 9 (Courtesy of BBC)
13:33 GMT

Fifteen Muslim Brotherhood leaders will face trail December 9 for allegedly inciting violence in Giza earlier this year.

The late Syrian MP Mujhem al-Sahu who was killed Sunday represented the Deir al-Zor province which has witnessed many violent clashes between rebel and regime forces (Reuters)
13:17 GMT

Syrian government and rebel forces reached a deal Sunday to ease a blockade on a rebel-held town of Qudsaya near the capital and Syrian MP Mujhem al-Sahu was kidnapped and executed by opposition jihadist fighters.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu landed in Baghdad Sunday to renew "chilled" ties with Baghdad (Courtesy of World Bulletin)
10:17 GMT

Turkey's Foreign Minister landed in Baghdad Sunday for two days of meetings with officials to renew "chilled" ties with Iraq.

The Prawer Plan is setting out to destroy Palestinian Bedouin villages and build Israeli settlements on their wreckage. In response, Palestinian activists are calling for a nationwide day of protests on Nov. 30. (Getty Images)
10:11 GMT

Palestinian youth organizations announce 'day of rage' as Israeli officials discuss construction over ruins of Bedouin villages.