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February 5, 2014

Italy has offered one of its southern ports for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon arsenal (Flippo Monteforte/AFP)
12:54 GMT

The Syrian government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical arsenal.

Iraqis look up as the smoke billows from the first floor of a building that was hit in an explosion in the business district of ​​Sinak in central Baghdad on February 5, 2014, near the capital's Green Zone. (AFP)
12:30 GMT

Three bombings near the Green Zone, home to Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies in Baghdad, killed at least 25 people Wednesday, police said.

Car bombs and other attacks have become a near-daily experience throughout Libya since the oust of Gaddafi in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
12:20 GMT

Explosions in Libya's Benghazi hit a primary school Wednesday, leaving six children wounded.

Morsi was present for the start of the adjourned trial Wednesday, with authorities ordering that he be placed in a soundproof glass block to "prevent him from interrupting proceedings with defiant outbursts" (File Archive/AFP)
11:53 GMT

Formed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi's murder trial has been adjourned until March 1.

ISIL expanded to Syria from Iraq after the conflict between regime forces and opposition groups erupted in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
10:19 GMT

The jihadist opposition group ISIL signed a truce with the Islamist rebel brigade Suqour Al Sham, signalling an end to violent clashes between the two groups.

A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands with Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. [AFP]
09:45 GMT

After a recent meeting with Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran's President Rouhani claims to be ready for final nuclear talks with world powers.

A UN vehicle patrolling along the Israeli-Syrian border. The UN says it is still trying to negotiate the release of the remainder of peacekeepers abducted in Syria. [AFP]
08:32 GMT

Two Syrian UN workers have been released after being held during their exit from Syria.

The security situation in the Green Zone--like that of the rest of Baghdad--is rapidly deteriorating (Courtesy of the Boston Globe)
08:08 GMT

At least nine people were killed in Baghdad's "Green Zone" Wednesday after three car bombs exploded in the area.

The U.S. has largely backed the Syrian opposition while Russia has been a firm supporter of Syria's regime (File Archive/AFP)
07:45 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the Syrian regime's barrel bombing of Aleppo "barbaric" while Russian officials met with Syrian opposition leader, Ahmad Jarba.

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that Tehran is "committed" to implementing an interim nuclear deal (File Archive/AFP)
07:12 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister reaffirmed this week that Tehran is committed to implementing the Geneva nuclear deal ahead of the next round of nuclear talks with world powers.

Akkar border towns have been frequently hit by Syrian shells since the war erupted in 2011 (Courtesy of the Daily Star)
06:46 GMT

Shells from Syria hit six Lebanese border towns in one night, damaging many houses and properties in the respective areas.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Kingdom`s grand mufti, prays during the funeral of the Saudi woman and her daughter. [biyokulule]
05:24 GMT

Saudi's Grand Mufti warns against false jihad.

February 4, 2014

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Swiss and Syrian officials Tuesday to discuss increasing aid access for Syrian civilians trapped inside the war-torn country (Courtesy of Press TV)
19:39 GMT

Syrian, Iranian and Swiss officials met in Tehran to discuss improving aid access to the victims of Syria's civil war.

Many Tunisians took to the streets in protest over MP Belaid's death last year in what they believed was the former Islamist government's effort to eliminate the country's opposition (Courtesy of Haaretz)
18:33 GMT

The suspected assassin of opposition MP Chokri Belaid who was killed in February last year has allegedly been killed in a police raid outside of Tunis, according to the country's state media Tuesday.

Robert Ford has served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria since 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
17:09 GMT

The top U.S. diplomat to Syria announced plans to retire from his post by the end of February to friends and colleagues Tuesday.