October 31, 2013
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.
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.
Al-Qaeda affiliated ISIL representative Abu Abdulrahman told reporters about how al-Qaeda recruits are arriving in Turkish bordertown safehouses before entering Syria to fight the Free Syrian Army.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns of the crucial need for Syria to participate in peace talks in what is being called Geneva II.
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian near West Bank's Jenin Thursday, and US senior officials denounced Israel's construction plans to build 1,500 new settler homes in east Jerusalem with peace negotiations underway.
Three people were arrested after a a van from Syria was seized at an East Lebanon checkpoint.
Morocco recalled its ambassador to Algeria Wednesday following Algerian president Bouteflika's comments that human rights violations in the Morocco annexed territory of Western Sahara need to be monitored "now more than ever."
Six people were killed as the Syrian army shelled a neighborhood in Damascus.
October 30, 2013
Iraqi medical and security officials have said that attacks in Sunni-majority areas of Baghdad and outside the capital left nine people dead and more than 20 others wounded.
Egyptian security forces stormed al-Azhar University campus on Wednesday to quell student protests against the military-backed government.
The United States is aiming to help the Iraqi government battle an increasing threat from Al-Qaeda linked terror groups with military sales and intelligence sharing, a US official said Wednesday.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who met with United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday, said the success of peace talks was tied to “stopping support for terrorist groups.”
Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam Erian, who has been on the run since the state crackdown on the Islamist group, was arrested in Cairo on Wednesday morning.
Fifty Syrian refugees are dead from malnutrition after being stuck at Jordanian border due to ongoing shelling in the area.
A suicide bomber targeted a popular Tunisian beach resort in the city of Sousse on Wednesday. There were no casualties in the blast, according to local officials.