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November 22, 2013

 John Kerry delivers remarks at the Closing Session of the 2013 US-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, November 21, 2013. [AFP]
12:46 GMT

Senior Brotherhood figure responds scathingly to comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing them of stealing the revolution.

 Intercontinental Hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Geneva on November 21, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:30 GMT

Iran and world powers are struggling to reach an agreement over Tehran's nuclear program with Tehran saying a deal was not yet in sight in the third round of nuclear talks

Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. [Getty Images]
04:30 GMT

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Thursday that Israel is using peace negotiations as a "cover" to continue building illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

November 21, 2013

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah gives a speech during a massive Shiite Muslim commemoration in southern Beirut on November 14, 2013. [Getty Images]
14:04 GMT

Nasrallah discussed Thursday the recent deadly attack against the Islamic republic's embassy in Beirut with Iranian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Rajaa Nasser, pictured right, was arrested Thursday prior to his scheduled trip to Moscow on Nov. 26 to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Courtesy of Al-Monitor)
12:58 GMT

Syrian opposition leader Rajaa Nasser was arrested by government police days before he was scheduled to leave for talks in Moscow.

Netanyahu's meeting with Putin left no lasting impression on the Kremlin, even before the meeting started (Reuters)
12:25 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Moscow Wednesday to urge Russia to take "a harder line" on nuclear negotiations with Iran has "fallen flat," and Israeli media is not going to let the PM forget it.

Mukhtar Army militia commander Wathiq al-Batat. []
12:10 GMT

Iraqi Shiite militia commander says his group fired mortar bombs into Saudi Arabia as a "warning message".

Headquarters of PM Erdogan's ruling party were previously attacked earlier this year (AP)
11:55 GMT

Turkish police detained a man Thursday after he attempted to bypass security personnel near Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's offices without showing his ID card.

Egypt’s army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. [AFP]
11:31 GMT

Defence Minister Sisi delivers harsh warning for those who attack soldiers on Wednesday saying the armed forces are “ready to die…for Egypt to stay alive.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meet with other officials at the start of closed-door nuclear talks in Geneva on November 20, 2013.
11:16 GMT

Catherine Ashton and Mohammad Javad Zarif are meeting in Geneva following what were described as "positive" discussions on Wednesday.

Iraqi men clean the rubble at the site of a blast that took place the previous day outside a cafe in Baghdad's Bayaa neighborhood on November 21, 2013. One day after attacks killed 59 people across Iraq, a car bomb exploded in a busy market northeast of the capital. (AFP)
10:42 GMT

A car bomb that exploded near a cafe in a packed market killed at least 30 people in a town northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi officials reported Thursday,

Egyptian students of al-Azhar university run for cover from a tear gas canister fired by riot police during clashes outside their university. [ AFP photo / Khaled Desouki]
09:41 GMT

Two student supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi were shot dead during clashes with security forces at Al-Azhar University.

Syria's government will no longer allow Arab nationals to enter the war-torn country without a visa (Omar Ibrahim/Reuters)
07:19 GMT

Two suicide bombers detonated near the town of Nabk on the Lebanese border to halt regime gains in the strategic area. The Syrian government also announced Wednesday that it will tighten its border policies for Arab nationals in efforts to curb Islamists from entering Syria to support opposition groups from toppling the regime.

Since the 2011 revolution, Salafist activity in Tunisia has escalated. The hardline Islamist groups are often considered responsible for the spike in arms trafficking in the country as well (File Archive/AFP)
06:53 GMT

US military leadership met with Tunisia's Prime Minister to discuss security cooperation late Wednesday in an effort to curb arms trafficking and other developments from hardline Islamist groups from jeopardizing the security of the north African country to a new extent.

The attacks in Sinai Wednesday killed 11 soldiers (AFP)
06:26 GMT

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced a three-day period of mourning following this week's fatal events in Giza and Sinai. US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters the Muslim Brotherhood is stealing Egypt's revolution late Wednesday.