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March 19, 2014

Iran will meet with the so-called P5+1 world powers in early April in the next round of talks over Tehran's nuclear program (Dieter Nagl/AFP)
14:13 GMT

Iran will meet with world powers in early April after concluding the latest round of meetings in Vienna Wednesday.

Iraq's security forces were able to regain control of Ramadi that was previously under control of anti-government fighters earlier this year (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
13:16 GMT

At least 15 people have been killed in government shelling in Iraq's Fallujah.

The Lebanese army was deployed to the town of Arsal Wednesday following Tuesday evening's protests as well as in response to the growing spillover from the neighboring war in Syria (STR/AFP)
12:16 GMT

The Lebanese army reopened the only road that is connected to the border town of Arsal Wednesday after protesters took to the streets and blocked several major roads throughout the country Tuesday evening.

Israel settlement construction more than doubled in 2013 (File Archive)
10:59 GMT

Israel granted final approval Wednesday to build 186 new settler homes in east Jerusalem.

Egypt's Sinai peninsula has been a site of frequent militant attacks targeting security officials (File Archive/AFP)
10:25 GMT

Two Egyptian security officials were killed during a raid Wednesday in their attempt to uncover a jihadist hideout north of Cairo.

An Israeli border guard shot and killed a Palestinian coming from Jordan last week at a border crossing, which has escalated tension between the Hashemite Kingdom and Israeli counterparts (File Archive/AFP)
09:46 GMT

Israeli soldiers kills a 19-year-old Palestinian teenager in Hebron Wednesday.

The latest round of nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers resumed Tuesday this week in Vienna (Dieter Nagl/AFP)
08:00 GMT

Iran officials told reporters this week that Tehran is trying to first reach common ground with the so-called P5+1 group of wolrd powers during the latest round of nuclear talks rather than sealing the deal prematurely.

The Syrian army captured the last rebel stronghold of Yabroud on the Lebanese border Sunday (SANA/AFP)
07:33 GMT

After taking over the last rebel stronghold on the Lebanese border, Syrian regime forces continue to advance and have taken control of several strategic mountains and hills near the former rebel area of Yabroud.

Four Israeli soldiers were wounded in the Golan Heights border explosion Tuesday (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Israeli forces attacked Syrian army positions overnight Tuesday in response to this week's Golan Heights bombing that left four Israeli soldiers wounded.

Limited food and medical supplies to many besieged areas, including Yarmouk, have caused dozens of civilian deaths since the war began in 2011 (File Archive)
07:08 GMT

U.N. aid flows resumed in the besieged Yarmouk camp in the suburbs of Damascus this week, ending a two-week suspension due to security conditions.

Obama received the Palestinian leader at the White House on Monday this week (Saul Loeb/AFP)
06:58 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington this week. The encounter has been described as "long and difficult" by both sides and no solution or framework has resulted from the talks.

Regime airstrikes have reduced Syria's second largest city Aleppo to shambles (Fadi Halabi/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Damage from Syria's war stands at an estimated $31 billion as the conflict enters into its fourth year.

March 18, 2014

A suicide car bomb exploded in Lebanon's Bekaa valley earlier this week as sectarian tensions escalate (AFP)
20:52 GMT

Lebanese protestors blocked several roads throughout Lebanon Tuesday in protest of what they are describing as the "siege" of Arsal.

Israel is supposed to release the fourth batch of prisoners on March 29 (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni said Tuesday that the Palestinian president's decision on peace talks will determine whether Israel will release a new group of prisoners

The Syrian army has largely been in control of the entire Latakia province since the start of the civil war in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Five rockets have targeted Syria's main transit port for its chemical weapon destruction since the start of the month.