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October 28, 2013

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.

Iraqis look at the remains of a vehicle following an explosion on October 27, 2013, in the the Mashtal district of the capital Baghdad. [SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images]
15:36 GMT

A series of car blasts hit 8 different areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday killing at least 49 people and wounding more than 90, pushing the October death toll from Iraq violence past 600.

Palestinian militants of the Islamic Jihad hold rocket propelled grenades (RPG) as they take part in a rally against Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on October 24, 2013. [Photo credit: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]
14:46 GMT

Gaza militant fire mortal shells into Israel Sunday afternoon

Syria submitted its chemical arms destruction plan on time to the UN chemical watchdog Sunday. So far, Damascus has complied with all OPCW information requests and deadlines (Courtesy of Deutsche-Welle)
12:52 GMT

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced Sunday that it received Syria's chemical arms destruction plan on time.

Israel has previously boycotted the UN Human Rights Council periodic review after it told the Jewish state that it planned to investigate illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as an infringement on Palestinians' rights (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
11:26 GMT

Germany cautioned Israel Sunday that diplomatic ties could be damaged if the Jewish state failed to attend a periodic UN human rights review on Tuesday. Israel has boycotted the review since March 2012 after the council announced plans to investigate how Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem may infringe on Palestinians' rights.

The al-Nusra Front seized the town of Sadad early last week before government forces reportedly reclaimed control of the town (AFP)
10:29 GMT

Activists told the Associated Press Sunday that a rocket smashed into a family home in the town of Sadad

Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning a possible visit to Cairo in a bid to boost relations between the two countries (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping to capitalise on the current unrest in Egypt by pursuing a mutually beneficial diplomatic relationship with Cairo in the wake of US halting its military aid to the country, according to a recent report by UK newspaper The Times.

Syria opposition group Liwa al-Tawhid, led by Abdul Qadir al-Saleh and Abdul Aziz Salama, signed Saturday's statement rejecting the Geneva peace talks (Courtesy of BBC)
08:42 GMT

Nineteen Syrian Islamist opposition groups announced Sunday that they will not attend the proposed Geneva II peace talks.

Sunni militants targeted Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood Husseiniyah earlier this year (Courtesy of Voice of America)
07:55 GMT

At least sixteen people were killed in multi-car bomb explosion in Baghdad Sunday that targeted five Shiite neighborhoods throughout the Iraqi capital.

Lebanese army soldiers man a checkpoint on the road leading to Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh sunni neighbourhood during clashes with Alawite, pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad, Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood. (AFP)
07:30 GMT

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has blamed the Syrian government for inciting the recent unrest in Tripoli that has left 10 people dead.

UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Iran following his meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that Tehran's participation in the proposed Geneva talks is "necessary" (AFP)
06:58 GMT

UN Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi told Tehran representatives Saturday that Iran's participation in peace talks in Geneva is "necessary."

The Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group, the National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy, has proposed a new initiative to resolve Egypt's political stalemate. (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT

The Muslim Brotherhood affiliated National Alliance has proposed a new initiative that will resolve the political crisis that has been ongoing in Egypt since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in July.