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November 23, 2013

Netanyahu on Monday invited Abbas to address the Israeli parliament and publicly recognize Jewish links to the land of Israel. [AFP]
12:55 GMT

President Mahmoud Abbas says he is ready to go to the Israeli Knesset but on his own terms rather than what Israeli prime minister wants him to say.

Ousted Egyptian President Morsi's supporters demonstrate against the current Egyptian government in front of the Egyptian embassy in Ankara on November 22, 2013.
12:31 GMT

gypt decided Saturday to expel Turkish Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali after remarks made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Cairo deemed as being "provocative".

A Shiite cleric walks past a damaged building on November 20, 2013 at the scene of the previous day's double suicide bombing outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut. [AFP]
12:21 GMT

Lebanon says it has identified two suspects in the recent bombings near the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov leaves the Intercontinental Hotel on the third day of talks on Iran's nuclear program, on November 9, 2013 in Geneva.[AFP]
10:13 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sees a "real opportunity" for talks between Iran and six major world powers on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program to reach an agreement.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh [AFP]
10:12 GMT

The Hamas movement will not break ties with Egypt despite ongoing disagreements with the neighboring country, Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday.

US President Barack Obama  speaks during a joint press conference with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem on March 20, 2013. [Getty Images]
04:30 GMT

A senior White House official has said that Israel’s “all-or-nothing” posture demanding a total halt to Iran’s nuclear energy program is a path to war.

November 22, 2013

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army runs in a street of Aleppo's Salah al-Din neighbourhood during fighting against Syrian government forces on November 18, 2013. [AFP]
15:17 GMT

The six largest Islamist rebel factions in Syria declared a new Islamic Front on Friday, forming the largest alliance of opposition fighters yet in the 2-1/2-year conflict.

Car rigged with 400 kg (250 pounds) of explosives was found by the Lebanese army abandoned on a road between the villages of Makneh and Yunin in the Bekaa Valley, late on November 21, 2013. [Getty Images]
14:42 GMT

Lebanese army experts defused overnight Friday a car rigged with hundreds of kilograms of explosives in the eastern Bekaa Valley but failed to arrest its driver.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. [naharnet]
14:29 GMT

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman warned Thursday that Hezbollah's actions in Syria endanger Lebanon.

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. [Getty Images]
13:45 GMT

At least 48 people have been killed in a fresh wave of attacks, including bombings and a shooting incident, across Iraq.

A Palestinian woman cooks her food on fire wood in Biet Hanun northern Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2013, due to the shortage in butane gas across the Hamas run Palestinian territory. [AFP]
13:35 GMT

The United Nations has warned against the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends talks flanked by members of his delegation during talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Geneva on November 22, 2013. [AFP]
12:59 GMT

Iran and six major world powers have adjourned the first round of the third day of their negotiations over Tehran's nuclear energy program for further internal consultations.

 John Kerry delivers remarks at the Closing Session of the 2013 US-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, November 21, 2013. [AFP]
12:46 GMT

Senior Brotherhood figure responds scathingly to comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing them of stealing the revolution.

 Intercontinental Hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Geneva on November 21, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:30 GMT

Iran and world powers are struggling to reach an agreement over Tehran's nuclear program with Tehran saying a deal was not yet in sight in the third round of nuclear talks

Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. [Getty Images]
04:30 GMT

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Thursday that Israel is using peace negotiations as a "cover" to continue building illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.