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July 20, 2013

US President Barack Obama (SAUL LOEB / AFP)
06:50 GMT

President Barack Obama has been briefed on military intervention options for the US in Syria

July 19, 2013

 US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at Queen Alia International Airport on July 19, 2013 in the Jordanian capital Amman. (Source: AFP/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)
20:00 GMT

Israelis and Palestinians have reached an agreement for the groundwork to resume peace talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday.

A man mourns after the July 8 shootings near Cairo's Republican Guard club. (source: Ed Giles / Getty)
11:26 GMT

Britain's Guardian newspaper has published an extensive report into the deaths of 51 protestors in Egypt.

Mohammad Jemo, in an undated handout image from SANA. (source: AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA)
10:21 GMT

Mohammad Jemo's death was first thought to have political motives.

Palestinian men negotiate a checkpoint on their way to Al-Aqsa on July 19. (source: AFP/ MUSA AL-SHAER
10:05 GMT

Palestinian leaders want a freeze on settlements before talks resume.

A Syrian girl walks next to the debris of her house, after it was targeted by a missile, in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on July 18, 2013. (Source: AFP/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS)
07:37 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz called on Thursday for an end to “genocide” against the Syrian people, during a meeting in Jeddah with the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition.

Egyptian soldiers pray as they are deployed in the northern Sinai town of Al-Arish on July 16, 2013. (Source: AFP/STR)
07:11 GMT

Ten jihadis have been killed in Egypt's restive Sinai peninsula in the past two days during an army offensive against Islamist militants

July 18, 2013

Hezbollah troops stand in formation in Lebanon (AFP file photo)
10:41 GMT

The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah has reportedly increased its security after a succession of attacks that targeted its troops and strongholds.

A woman holds a photo of Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (Source: AFP file photo)
09:51 GMT

The parties also pushed for a deal to keep differences on the Syrian crisis away from the streets

US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters with Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on July 17 in Amman.
09:36 GMT

The top U.S. diplomat refused to call the army's move against the Muslim Brotherhood a coup.

Cadets from the Afghan Local Police (ALP) look on during their graduation ceremony at a police training centre on the outskirts of Jalalabad on July 17, 2013. (Source: AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
09:29 GMT

Eight Afghan civilians, who work at a U.S. military base south of Kabul, were shot dead by Taliban gunmen on Thursday, police said.

(Source: AFP file photo/Anwar Amro)
09:00 GMT

Fugitive preacher Sheikh Ahmad Assir’s celebrity companion, Fadl Shaker, has been given a one-week deadline to leave the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp

A man holds a portrait of ousted president Mohamed Morsi as thousands of his supporters demonstrate for his reinstatement close to the Egyptian cabinet headquarters on July 17, 2013 in Cairo. (Source: AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
08:35 GMT

The violence took place when thousands of Islamist poured into Cairo’s iconic Ramsis Square and blocked the vital central Cairo October 6 bridge after breaking their Ramadan fast.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference in Amman as Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judehlooks on (Source: AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN-POOL)
08:10 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry held new talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in a dogged bid to kick-start the moribund peace process.

An Ethiopian from the rural city Debre Berhan (Albawaba/J. Zach Hollo)
07:47 GMT

The oil-rich kingdom justified the move by citing reports of crimes against children committed by maids from the African nation.