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November 17, 2013

Regime airstrikes have reduced many Syrian towns to rubble (AP)
10:42 GMT

Syrian regime air forces targeted the town of Qara near the Lebanese border Sunday in another day of clashes and mortar fire.

Israeli forces have previously bulldozed roads in villages south of Nablus (Courtesy of Ma'an News Agency)
08:59 GMT

Israel announced that it will be confiscating Palestinian lands near Nablus, between Za'tara junction and Osarin village.

Kurds' Barzani and Turks' Erdogan have previously met, but Saturday's meeting represents the first time that the two leaders have met in the Kurdish region of Turkey (Courtesy of the Kurdistan Regional Government)
07:28 GMT

Turkey's meeting with Kurdish leadership this weekend posed as a promising start to tentative peace talks between the two clashing groups

Members of the Tripoli Rebels Brigade militia patrol a main road in Tajura, 15 kms from the capital Tripoli. (Image credit: AFP)
07:16 GMT

A 48-hour state of emergency was declared in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday, after deadly violence broke out between armed groups.

Former president Mubarak's retrial started earlier this year, but was delayed in April after the presiding judge resigned from the hearing minutes after the trial began (AFP/Getty Images)
06:40 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's adjourned trial is set to resume Sunday. The former president is being tried along with six security aides his former interior minister, and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal.

Many Hezbollah fighters have been killed in Syria, most notably in the Battle of Qusayr earlier this year (Reuters)
06:24 GMT

A senior Hezbollah commander in Syria reportedly died late Saturday, according to pro-Hezbollah websites.

Foreign groups loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ready to fight alongside Syria. [Getty Images]
05:30 GMT

Syrian National Council Defense Minister Assad Mustafa said Assad's allies to launch an "organized invasion" in areas outside Damascus.

Syrian refugees filling their buckets at Atmeh refugee camp, in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, Syria, Apr. 5, 2013. [Getty Images]
05:00 GMT

Thousands of Syrian refugees fled to Lebanon in 2 days.

November 16, 2013

French President Francois Hollande  and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. {Bob Edme/Getty Images]
12:32 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pressed France to not lower its guard on Iran's nuclear program.

OPCW, the watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal. [Getty Images]
11:36 GMT

The OPCW met Friday to endorse a plan to destroy Syria's deadly poison gas.

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. [Getty Images]
11:13 GMT

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urges Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarifand Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speak during a meeting on the third day of talks on Iran's nuclear program on November 9, 2013 in Geneva. [Getty Images]
11:02 GMT

Senior U.S. official said on Friday, it is "quite possible" a deal could be reached when negotiators meet November 20-22 in Geneva.

November 15, 2013

Borge Brende said Norway would dispatch a civilian cargo ship and a Navy frigate to Syrian ports to pick up the stockpiles and carry them elsewhere for destruction. [Reuters]
13:32 GMT

Norway on Thursday announced it will help the U.N. eliminate the Assad government’s chemical weapons.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi ( and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov give a press conference on November 14, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Sergei Lavrov and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu hold talks with Egyptian counterparts on weapons sales and political relations during an official visit. [AFP]
12:58 GMT

Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defense systems in a landmark deal worth $2 billion military.

Signs at the seats where Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian representative Saeb Erekat were to sit in a meeting with the Middle East Quartet during the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly September 27, 2013 at UN headquarters in New York. [Stan Honda/Getty Images]
11:47 GMT

The Palestinian negotiating team has resigned on Wednesday from U.S.-mediated peace talks with the Israelis in protest of lack of progress.