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October 14, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed Monday that the US does not believe Syrian President Bashar Assad is capable of ruling Syria. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for a peace conference on Syria to be held “very soon.” and stressed that peace would not be possible without a transitional government to replace current Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Supporters of Egyptian ousted president Mohamed Morsi and of the Muslim brotherhood movement demonstrate against the military in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district. (AFP)
12:09 GMT

Tamarod, or 'Rebel', the group responsible for the withdrawal of Egypt's confidence in ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, announced Monday they will be holding election rallies after Eid and rejected claims that it will cooperate with Mubarak-affiliated candidates.

14 right wing Israelis were arrested on Monday after raising an Israeli flag and singing and dancing in the holy Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
11:47 GMT

14 right wing Israelis were arrested on Monday after raising an Israeli flag and singing and dancing in the holy Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

A shot of the damage in the popular Darkoush market shortly after the car bomb exploded. (YouTube/MiddleEastBrk)
10:35 GMT

At least 20 people were killed on Monday after a car bomb exploded in Syria's northern Idlib province, a Syrian watchdog reported.

Morsi scheduled for trial in early November. [AFP]
10:02 GMT

Morsi defends his position, via his family, that negotiations are off the table for the upcoming schedule trial for charges on inciting violence.

Seven workers with the Red Cross were kidnapped by gunmen in Idlib province, northern Syria, on Sunday. (AFP/Getty)
09:40 GMT

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped seven workers with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after stopping their convoy early on Sunday along a roadside in northern Syria.

Iran will be looking to have ministerial meetings with the P5+1 powers following Tuesday's talks on nuclear weapons in Geneva. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday it will be “necessary” to have a new ministerial meeting with the P5+1 world powers after the Geneva talks on Tuesday.

Sigrid Kaag as the leader of the UN's joint mission with the OPCW to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. (Photo courtesy of UNDP)
08:23 GMT

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday named Sigrid Kaag as the leader of the UN's joint mission with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

The Egyptian prosecution has launched an investigation into a pro-Brotherhood newspaper who is accused of slandering Defence Minister Sisi. (AFP/File)
08:12 GMT

Egypt's general prosecution has launched an investigation into a complaint that the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rasd news outlet fabricated recent audio and video leaks in an attempt to slander military leaders and undermine Egypt's army and police.

A photo showing the wreckage of the shrine in the Syrian town of Busaira. (Photo courtesy of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
08:10 GMT

In the wake of sectarian violence, a Sufi shrine was targeted and destroyed in Easter Syria on Sunday.

A view of a tunnel reportedly dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and recently uncovered by Israeli troops, on October 13, 2013. (AFP)
07:37 GMT

Israel froze shipments of building materials to the Gaza Strip on Sunday after finding a tunnel laden with explosives entering its borders.

Egyptian army's soldiers stand guard in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district on October 11, 2013, as supporters of Egyptian ousted president Mohamed Morsi demonstrate against the military. (AFP)
07:32 GMT

Morsi supporters calling for Egyptians to demonstrate on the day of Arafat on the eve of the Eid.

Kerry comments on progress of Iranian diplomatic relations. [yimg]
05:52 GMT

Kerry comments on progress of Iran and US relations stating that the window for diplomacy is "cracked open".

October 13, 2013

Double car bombs rocked Damascus Sunday evening targeting Syria TV. [pakistannewsday]
20:38 GMT

Two bombs explode near Syria TV buildings and another near the Four Seasons hotel where UN and OPCW inspectors are staying while in Syria working on dismantling chemical weapons stockpiles.

Kerry addresses Iran relations. [state.gov]
18:43 GMT

After a recent capture of a Taliban commander in Iran, Kerry ensures efforts for a new security pact will not be lots.