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November 6, 2013

Rebel fighters walk in the rubble of destroyed building in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
19:27 GMT

A car bomb killed at least eight security personnel on Wednesday in an attack on a military intelligence building in the southern Syrian city of Suweida, which has been largely peaceful during the Syrian civil war.

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman arrives in the courtroom to hear the verdict in his trial on November 6, 2013 at the Magistrates Court in Jerusalem. (AFP)
12:23 GMT

A Jerusalem court Wednesday acquitted Avigdor Lieberman on fraud and breach of trust charges, paving the way for his return to the Foreign Ministry.

Kerry is scheduled to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday to discuss the crumbling peace talks (Courtesy of the Telegraph)
12:10 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States will provide a $75 million aid package to Palestinians to promote job creation and improve infrastructure during his visit to Israel and Palestine to boost support for the wavering peace talks.

An explosion from the arms depot near Homs killed dozens earlier this year (Courtesy of BBC)
11:18 GMT

Syrian rebels seized one of the largest arms depots located in the central Homs province Wednesday. However, Syrian security officials in Damascus denied the takeover, saying that "fighting was still underway."

The Egyptian government banned the Muslim Brotherhood activities in September earlier this year (Khalil Hamra/AP)
10:03 GMT

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood lost its appeal case disputing the government's ban of the group's activities Tuesday.

Kerry - seen here sitting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas - said Wednesday that he envisons a "fair" two-state solution to be devised in the peace talks. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

US Secretary of State said he envisioned Palestinians and Israelis living safely side-by-side through a two-state solution, hours ahead of his meeting with top officials in Bethlehem.

Suspected Al Qaeda members are arrested by Turkish police after an operation earlier in the region. [guardian]
07:40 GMT

After months-long investigations, Turkey arrested and detained 16 suspected Al Qaeda terrorists throughout the country.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the 25th and current Prime Minister of Turkey, in office since 2003. [balkanstory]
07:28 GMT

While Turkey believes Morsi should not be held as a political prisoner, Egypt is outraged over Turkey requests to set what they believe to be a criminal prisoner free.

The OPCW has stated that it will run out of funding for its Syria mission by the end of this month (Mohammed Abdullah/Reuters)
06:38 GMT

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international body responsible for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, told reporters that its funding for the mission will finish by the end of this month.

Samantha Power was appointed as the U.S. ambassador to the UN on August 1 after serving on the National Security Council. [dailymail]
06:16 GMT

With skepticism about whether the Syrian government has been completely transparent about its chemical weapons stockpiles, accuracy checking is in full swing by OPCW officials.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be arriving in Amman on Thursday as part of a regional tour to discuss ongoing developments in the Middle East. (AFP)
05:57 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be arriving in Amman on Thursday as part of a regional tour to discuss ongoing developments in the Middle East.

The US embassy in Lebanon was forced to deny reports that its officials have been meeting in secret with Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
05:41 GMT

The United States' embassy in Beirut has categorially denied reports that US officials have been engaging with "the terrorist organisation Hezbollah".

Iran has justified its nuclear program as limited to uranium enrichment for civilian energy, not nuclear weapons fuel (Courtesy of CNN)
04:00 GMT

Iran, Israel and Arab states participated in a secret meeting November 2nd regarding prospects for an international conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East. The secret meeting precedes Iran's nuclear talks with world powers in Geneva Thursday.

10 Emiratis tried Tuesday are among 61 Islamists who were convicted by a UAE court in July of plotting to overthrow the government (Courtesy of Freedom House)
03:00 GMT

Tuesday's Muslim Brotherhood trial in the United Arab Emirates was adjourned until November 12th. Thirty Emiratis and Egyptians are accused of setting up an illegal branch of the Brotherhood in the Emirates.

November 5, 2013

Former president Mohammed Morsi was reportedly "feisty, speaking loudly to the judges and [proclaiming] that he was still the president of Egypt" during Monday's trial (AP)
18:28 GMT

Following former Egyptian president's anticlimatic trial date Monday, Mohammed Morsi reportedly spent his first night in the hospital after complaining of high blood pressure and high sugar levels.