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November 27, 2013

Suicide car bombs killed at least four in Ramadi Wednesday morning (File Archive/AFP)
08:54 GMT

Multiple attacks in Iraq Wednesday morning have already left 11 people dead.

Ahmed Maher, who is one of the founders of the April 6 movement that led efforts to oust of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, is one of the two activists who is currently being targeted for arrest by the Egyptian prosecution order (File Archive)
08:20 GMT

An Egyptian prosecutor ordered Wednesday the arrest of two leading activists, Ahmed Maher and Alaa Abdel Fattah, for inciting protests.

Lebanon is expected to file a complaint to the UN Security Council regarding Israel's espionage activities along the Israel-Lebanese border (AFP)
07:48 GMT

As-Safir newspaper reported Wednesday that Israel has installed a new spying station in Mount Hermon near the Lebanese border.

Syrian rebel group Liwa al-Tawhid Brigade is one of the opposition factions party to the new alliance (Courtesy of EA Worldview)
07:35 GMT

A new rebel alliance formed among various Syrian opposition groups shared with reporters Tuesday that they want the future of the Syrian state to be a democratic and "Islamic" one that is ruled through a Shura council.

Al-Jadeed TV managed to capture footage of the brawl Tuesday (Courtesy of Naharnet)
06:33 GMT

Clashes between security officers and TV reporters from Lebanon's Al-Jadeed television statement sparked a mass protests in Beirut late Tuesday.

Members of Ansar Sharia and many other militias throughout the country have refused to disarm following the oust of Gaddafi which has led to clashes and tension between the militias and the Libyan government forces accordingly (File Archive/AFP)
05:59 GMT

Libyan army and Islamist militants clashed early Wednesday outside of Benghazi again following Monday's fatal fighting.

Egyptian security officials used water cannons and teargas to disperse two protests in Cairo Tuesday (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
05:41 GMT

Female activists who were arrested Tuesday due to their participation in a protest against a new constitutional article that permits the government to use military courts to try civilians, were finally released early morning Wednesday in the desert.

UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi attends a press conference on November 25, 2013 following a meeting of senior Russian and US diplomats to prepare the 'Geneva II' peace conference. [AFP]
04:30 GMT

The opposition Syrian National Coalition will take full possession of the country's seat on the Arab League now that it has formed a provisional government, its chief said Tuesday in Cairo.

November 26, 2013

A picture taken on November 13, 2013, shows debris and damaged buildings in the town of Hujeira south of the Syrian capital Damascus. [AFP]
17:08 GMT

Fifteen people were killed and more than 30 were wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a bus station in a suburb west of Damascus, state media said on Tuesday.

“Solving the conflict with the Palestinians would enable a united front with Arab countries against Iran,” Justice Minister says. [AFP]
16:20 GMT

Justice minister tells Knesset panel that Iran deal and Palestinian talks are connected issues — with the same six-month deadline

US president: America can't commit itself to endless cycle of violence; senators weigh sanctions legislation that would respect 6-month deadline. [Getty Images]
15:59 GMT

On a tour of the West Coast, US President Barack Obama directly addressed critics of the deal as "blusterous" players all too comfortable living under a perpetual threat of confrontation.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius [AFP]
15:41 GMT

Fabius made the comments a day after the United States and Russia threw their weight behind the dubbed Geneva II peace talks

WHO launched a polio vaccination campaign earlier this month in Syria and neighboring countries in an effort to curb the spread of the paralyzing disease (AP)
11:41 GMT

The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that polio has spread to two new areas near Syria's main cities of Damascus and Aleppo.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has publicly criticised Iraq's execution record. (AFP/File)
10:41 GMT

Despite having its justice system slammed by the UN human rights chief, the Iraqi government has executed 11 people convicted of being involved in "terrorist attacks", an official said Tuesday.

Israel is so small; no small fish can eat big fish": Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told The Financial Times that Israel does not pose a threat to Iran (AFP/File)
09:35 GMT

Former Iranian president and powerful politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said he believes Tehran can sign a comprehensive nuclear agreement with world powers within a year, adding that Israel does not pose a threat to the Islamic Republic.