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November 1, 2013

[Alex Wong/Getty Images]
14:07 GMT

The Obama administration has convinced a number of American senators to delay another round of unilateral sanctions against Iran as the most substantive nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers unfold.

View of the Gaza Strip's sole power plant in Nusairat, on March 26, 2012 [AFP/File, Mohammed Abed]
13:25 GMT

A shortage of fuel halted the production of electricity across the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Secretary of State John Kerry with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. [Mario Tama/Getty Images]
13:17 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday in Bethlehem as part of ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Jordan's Interior Minister, Hazza al-Majali. [Alarabya.net]
12:38 GMT

Jordan’s interior minister stressed on the importance of cooperating on intelligence gathering between countries.

A Palestinian militant of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade. [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images]
11:42 GMT

Three members of the Hamas Kassam Brigades were killed in an IAF strike of an attack tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip overnight Friday.

UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  attends a press conference in the Syrian capital Damascus on November 1, 2013 prior to his visit to Lebanon. [/AFP/Getty Images]
11:18 GMT

United Nations envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday that the proposed Geneva peace conference to end the war in Syria could not be held without the participation of the opposition.

October 31, 2013

The picture shows a damaged vehicle after a bomb went off in the Western Bekaa Valley, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. [The Daily Star/Stringer]
19:29 GMT

Two people arrested for suspected involvement in a bomb that exploded near an Army Intelligence post in east Lebanon

Syrian civilians evacuate the war-battered suburb of Damascus, Moadamiyet al-Sham, with the help of the Social Affairs Ministry, as fighting between pro-government troops and rebel fighters continues in districts of the capital. [AFP/Getty Images]
19:16 GMT

International Amnesty is calling for international support to help Jordan end its border restriction on Syrian refugees.

[SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Image]
18:36 GMT

The Obama administration are pushing lawmakers to hold off on new Iran sanctions

Egyptian students of al-Azhar University block the access to an administration building during an anti-army protest on October 30, 2013 at the university in Cairo. [KHALED KAMEL/AFP/Getty Images]
17:28 GMT

Supporters of Egypt's ousted Prime Minister called for daily protests before Morsi's trial scheduled for next week.

Smoke rises from shell explosions in the Syrian village of al-Jamlah. Photo: [REUTERS/Baz Ratner]
16:14 GMT

A syrian air defense base was reportedly destroyed early Thursday in missile attack, Lebanese and Syrian media say Israel is behind the attack.

Yemeni border patrol on guard in light of increase in Al-Qaeda attacks.  [presstv]
13:41 GMT

Al-Qaeda assailants opened fire on a border patrol killing one soldier and injuring several more before escaping.

An Iraqi woman looks into a blood stained car of two women shot dead in central Baghdad earlier this month. [presstv]
12:37 GMT

Several attacks in Iraq up the death toll for the month of October. Three women executed and three others dead from explosions.

Hamas controls the Gaza strip, but many members of its leadership reside in the West Bank (Courtesy of the Telegraph)
11:14 GMT

Israel arrested three senior leaders of Hamas in the West Bank last night, representing the second time that Israel has carried out this operation targeting Hamas members this week. A total of eighteen high-profile members of the Palestinian party have now been arrested in this week alone.

After inspecting 21 out of the 23 chemical production facilities, OPCW announced in a statement that it "is satisfied [it] has verified, and seen destroyed, all declared critical production/mixing/filling equipment [in Syria]" (EPA)
10:48 GMT

The UN chemical watchdog, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Thursday that is "satisfied" that is has verified and destroyed all chemical arm production equipment and facilities in Syria.