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November 21, 2013

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.

Six mortar shells landed near an isolated Saudi Arabian border post close to Iraq and Kuwait. It caused no damage, officials said Thursday. (Image courtesy of
06:08 GMT

Six mortar shells landed near an isolated Saudi Arabian border post close to Iraq and Kuwait. It caused no damage, officials said Thursday.

Israeli FM Avigdor Lieberman told reporters Wednesday that the Jewish state will seek partnerships with countries other than the US as tensions escalate over the proposed Iran nuclear deal (File Archive/AFP)
05:47 GMT

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters that "the link between Israel and its main strategic partner the United States has weakened."

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai after a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on October 12, 2013 (Pool/AFP/File, Jacquelyn Martin)
05:43 GMT

US and Afghan officials have reportedly resolved any final disputes they had over the US' long term presence in Afghanistan.

According to a new report by ABC news, dozens of Al Qaeda operatives may be living in the US as refugees. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

According to a recent report by ABC News, scores of active Al Qaeda terrorists may be living in the U.S. under refugee status.

November 20, 2013

The talks in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 ended after less than 10 minutes on Wednesday, emphasising the uphill battle that lies ahead for world leaders as they strive to resolve international issues over Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
19:15 GMT

A senior US official said Wednesday that arriving at a nuclear deal with Iran in the renewed round of talks in Geneva would be "very hard", shortly after talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 ended after 10 minutes.