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November 5, 2013

Clashes between Misrata brigade members and security officials at a Tripoli checkpoint left two wounded Tuesday (Ismail Zitouny/Reuters)
13:07 GMT

Fierce clashes between former rebels and security authorities at a checkpoint in Tripoli left two people wounded Tuesday. Protestors in Benghazi also burned several parts of the coastal city to demand the resignation of the current government this week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said that all of Syria's neighbours -- including Iran -- must be invited to the Geneva II peace talks that world powers hope to hold later this month. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said that all of Syria's neighbours -- including Iran -- must be invited to the Geneva II peace talks that world powers hope to hold later this month.

United Nations-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks on September 13, 2013 during a press conference at the UN headquarters in Geneva. [asswat]
09:50 GMT

Diplomats meet in an attempt to establish salvaging discussion on peace in Syria. Several parties still unwilling to pull up a chair for a seat at the compromise table.

A Palestinian official has said that the US is acting as an observer, not a mediator, in the peace talks with the Israelis. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT

A Palestinian official speaking to Israeli newspaper Haaretz criticized the US for the passive role of observer it is playing in the peace talks, alleging that it is not behaving as a mediator in the conflict between Palestine and Israel.

Egypt's ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party has rejected an article in the draft constitution pertaining to gender equality. (AFP)
09:15 GMT

An article defining gender equality in Egypt has been rejected from the new draft constitution by the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party.

Pakistani men protest against drone strikes. The report said a study showed 74% of Pakistanis considered the US an enemy. [Getty]
08:04 GMT

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has set a hard date for November 20 for US to stop drone strikes or the open routes for NATO supply will be compromised.

Lbeanon has criticized the Arab League for failing to attend to the needs of the thousands of displaced Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT

A Lebanese minister on Monday criticized the Arab League for failing to properly respond to the growing humanitarian crisis of the thousands of Syrian refugees displaced across the Middle East.

Within hours of launching its campaign against illegal workers, Saudi police have arrested thousands. [ethiovision]
06:59 GMT

Thousands of illegal workers were apprehended and await their final exit from the Gulf country.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said late Monday that the peace talks with the Israelis had made "zero progress" so far. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said this week that the ongoing peace negotiations with the Israelis are making little progress due to the continued expansion of settlements.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, attending [BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP]
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that he was not optimistic about the success of nuclear talks with the West,

Islamic Revolutionary Guards []
04:00 GMT

Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency says a commander in its Revolutionary Guard has been killed in Syria.

November 4, 2013

Syrian student receives a vaccination as part of a UNICEF-supported vaccination campaign at a school in Damascus, October 20, 2013. [AP Photo]
16:40 GMT

Syria government vows to vaccinate all children after cases of polio emerged in the country's northeast.

Israa Al-Mudallal, 23, will represent Gazan organization Hamas to foreign press.
16:29 GMT

The government in the Gaza Strip appointed a woman as their first English-language spokeswoman.

Iranians burn US flags outside the former US embassy in Tehran on November 4, 2013, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover. [Getty Images]
16:10 GMT

Thousands of Iranians shouted 'Death to America' as they demonstrated 34 years after Islamist students stormed the embassy compound in Tehran, holding 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days.

Iraq's Kirkuk province has been a target of many suicide bombing attacks this year (Ako Rasheed/Reuters)
13:17 GMT

11 people died in a series of attacks targeting security officials and building in northern Iraq Monday.