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November 4, 2013

The Turkish army stopped the chemical-carrying convoy on the border near the Turkish town of Reyhanli (Courtesy of the Guardian)
12:07 GMT

The Turkish army seized a large amount of chemicals from a convoy attempting to illegally enter the country from Syria.

A female supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsi during a rally outside the Police Academy where his trial is taking place on November 4, 2013, in Cairo. [GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images]
10:44 GMT

A Cairo court has adjourned the trial of ousted President Morsi due to his insistence not to change into the prison uniform and the defendants' chanting "Down with the military rule".

Benghazi residents gather at the site of a car blast in the parking lot of school used as an electoral office on October 26, 2013. On Sunday night, a Libyan intelligence officer and his two-year old son were killed in a car bomb attack. (AFP)
10:33 GMT

A high-ranking Libyan intelligence officer and his two-year old son were killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern city of Benghazi on late Sunday evening.

Fire-fighters extinguish a vehicle on fire after a suicide bomber in a truck carried out an attack at the eastern entrance of Hama city ,October 20, 2013. [Reuters/SANA/Handout]
08:52 GMT

Suicide bomber kills 4 in central Syrian town east of Homs, official says.

Kerry on Saudi leg of Middle Eastern tour. [vaonews]
08:46 GMT

John Kerry, on one of several stops on his Middle Eastern tour, has just landed in Saudi and will be expected to discuss Middle Eastern relations overall with local Saudi leadership.

An overview of a new section of housing in the Jewish settlement near West Bank. [UPI/Debbie Hill]
07:19 GMT

Israel to announce bidders for upcoming settlement housing. PLO looking to take issues to UN.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the US for its "unsuitable" timing of the drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, stressing that it might put a strain on the regional peace talks. (AFP/File)
07:16 GMT

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the US for its "unsuitable" timing of the drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, stressing that it might put a strain on the regional peace talks.

Fierce clashes raged across the suburbs of Damascus as a mortar shell hit the capital's ancient citadel. In this picture, released by SANA,  a man inspects a damaged car close to a textile plant which was hit by a mortar shell in an attack on the al-Dweila neighbourhood of southeast Damascus on November 3, 2013.(AFP/SANA)
06:40 GMT

A mortar shell hit Damascus' ancient citadel late on Sunday evening, wounding several people as fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad raged across the capital.

Former president Mohammed Morsi will face trial Monday for inciting the killing of protesters in December 2012. If found guilty, Morsi can face life imprisonment or the death penalty (Courtesy of Alalam)
06:11 GMT

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi arrived at the Police Academy in Cairo Monday to be tried for "inciting the killing of protestors" during December 2012 clashes outside the presidential palace. Security authorities have said that government offices and work will continue as normal, but protests and possible clashes between pro and anti Morsi camps are highly expected .

Syrian opposition Coalition president Ahmad al-Jarba said that the opposition would not enter the talks "unless it is with dignity, and unless there is a successful transfer of power with a specific time frame, and without the occupier Iran at  the negotiating table" (Courtesy of Francois Mori/AP)
05:53 GMT

Syrian National Coalition President Ahmad al-Jarba announced Sunday that the opposition would not attend peace talks in Geneva unless there is a clear timeframe for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to exit from office. Al-Jarba also said the opposition would not participate if Iran is at the table of discussions.

November 3, 2013

Tunisia's political parties failed to reach agreement on who will serve as the interim Prime Minister as part of the country's political transition roadmap. The parties will meet again Monday to try to end the deadlock (Courtesy of Press TV)
12:54 GMT

Tunisia's political parties have failed to choose an interim prime minister within the deadline designated in the political transition roadmap.The parties' leaders will meet Monday to try a second time to appoint an interim leader.

King Hamad of Bahrain called for harsher penalties for those committing "terror acts" in August (Courtesy of Gulf News)
12:37 GMT

The Bahrain government jailed ten Shiites Sunday for forming an Iran-linked "terrorist cell" to launch attacks in the Gulf country.

Israel recently announced the near-completion of a security fence along its southern border. [theguardian]
12:20 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister intends to build a barrier between the West Bank and Jordan once existing wall projects on the Egyptian and Syrian borders are completed.

Kerry in Egypt working on continued peace efforts. [Reuters]
11:13 GMT

Kerry's arrival in Cairo on the opening of Morsi's trial opens space for more discussion on democratic progression for Egypt.

King Abdullah II urged the international community to support Jordan in its efforts in the Syrian crisis. [ammonnews]
09:22 GMT

King Abdullah II commented on the seriousness of the Syrian refugee crisis and its effects on Jordan.