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October 29, 2013

Syrian soldiers patrolling a street in Hteitit al-Turkman, a key town southeast of the capital Damascus, after it's capture by the army. A bomb targeting Hezbollah's Damascus office injured dozens on late Monday, activists reported. (AFP)
06:21 GMT

A blast targeting the Damascus office of Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah left tens of fighters wounded, Syrian opposition activists reported late Tuesday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets with International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) in Tehran on October 27, 2013.(Image credit: AFP)
06:00 GMT

The Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army on Monday rebuffed the participation of Syria’s allies in the proposed Geneva II conference aimed to end the 31-month Syrian conflict.

October 28, 2013

A Palestinian militant of the Islamic Jihad takes part in a rally against Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah (Image credit: AFP)
18:27 GMT

Israel arrested 10 West Bank-based members of the Islamist movement Hamas in the West Bank. No reasons were given for the arrests.

Iraqis look at the remains of a vehicle following an explosion on October 27, 2013, in the Mashtal district of the capital Baghdad. (Image credit: AFP)
17:59 GMT

Authorities in Iraq have said that five people have been killed west of Baghdad as a result of a bombing and an ambush of a police checkpoint.

 An image grab taken from Syrian television on October 19, 2013 shows inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location. (Image credit: AFP)
17:38 GMT

International inspectors are not able to visit two remaining chemical weapons sites because of the security situation in war-torn Syria, the global watchdog said Monday.

Chairman of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda leadership Rached Ghannouchi said that his party will not give up power in the future transition government (Courtesy of Tunisia-Live)
13:16 GMT

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party leadership announced that it may be willing to give up government seats, but not power in the upcoming transitional government according to televised interviews Sunday.

Anti-government factions from Bahrain's Shiite majority have previously targeted security officials in protest of the oppressive Sunni leadership (Hasan Jamali/AP)
13:05 GMT

A homemade bomb targeting a police patrol in Bahrain wounded security officials in the Gulf country Monday.

Tunisian security forces conducted operations last week that killed ten alleged terrorist militants one day prior to the fatal clashes in Sidi Bouzid that left eight policemen dead (AFP)
09:44 GMT

Eight individuals believed to be involved in the deaths of Tunisian policemen from last week were arrested by officials late Sunday.

Israelis have frequently launched retaliatory missile attacks on the Palestinian territories (Courtesy of The Washington Times)
08:53 GMT

Israelis launched an airstrike on Gaza Monday in response to two rockets fired on Israeli land from the territory earlier this week.

US Lawmakers John McCain and Lindsey Graham expressed doubts regarding the success of the proposed Geneva peace talks in ending the conflict in Syria (AP)
08:40 GMT

US Lawmakers called on President Barack Obama Sunday to "repair ties" with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Three Egyptian policemen were killed by unidentified gunmen in Egypt's Mansoura on Monday morning. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT

Three policemen were killed in Mansoura, in the Egyptian Nile Delta, early on Monday morning after unidentified gunmen attacked a security checkpoint.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi will meet with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano on Monday in Vienna (Courtesy of Press TV)
06:58 GMT

Iranian negotiators will meet in Vienna this week to prepare for the upcoming nuclear talks with world powers in Geneva.

Smoke rises from above Tripoli's predominantly Sunni Bab Al-Tabbaneh neighborhood following days of fatal clashes with the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen (Joseph Eid/AFP)
06:20 GMT

While the Lebanese Army reinforced its presence in the city of Tripoli Sunday, six people died as week-long fatal fighting between the Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh and Alawite Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods continued. Lebanese MPs further accused the city's lawmakers for "failing to restore security."

October 27, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  meets with International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  in Tehran on October 27, 2013.  [ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images]
22:24 GMT

International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi is to arrive in Damascus on Monday to discuss preparations for Geneva II conference.

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of peace negotiations with the Palestinians. [Photo by Reuters]
16:55 GMT

Israeli government reject a bill by right-wing party Habayit Hayehudi to ban the release of Palestinian prisoners.