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October 24, 2013

Jihadists and Kurdish fighters have clashed on Syria's border with Iraq. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

Fierce clashes between Syrian Kurds and jihadists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed near Syria's Iraqi border overnight on Wednesday, according to activists on the ground in Syria.

Israel may end its boycott of the UN’s top human rights forum with which it broke ties in 2012.
11:02 GMT

Israeli envoy scheduled to visit Geneva in the coming weeks in an attempt to reinvigorate cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council with the aim to engage in the UPR.

The nighttime curfew that applies across 14 of Egypt's governorates may be extended beyond mid-November. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT

The nighttime curfew that applies to 14 Egyptian governorates could remain in place after planned end to state of emergency in mid-November, according to a government official.

An image grab from a YouTube video shows a huge blaze burning near what activists say is Damascus airport. The explosion which caused the blaze triggered a capital-wide blackout on Wednesday evening, which is only just being repaired. (YouTube)
09:14 GMT

Power is returning to several of Damascus' suburbs after a major explosion on a gas pipeline near the capital caused a city-wide power cut on Wednesday evening.

Amr Moussa, the head of Egypt's 50-member constitutional committee, has denied reports that the military has been putting pressure on the panel and asking for army chief Sisi to be granted immunity. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT

The head of the panel for Egypt's constitution, Amr Moussa, on Thursday categorically denied that the Egyptian army is putting pressure on the panel to grant army chief Abel Fattah El Sisi immunity.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged international corporations to halt all business in illegal Israeli settlements during a meeting with the European Council in Brussels. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged international corporations to halt all business in illegal Israeli settlements during a meeting with the European Council in Brussels.

The UN Security Council has been slammed by the KSA's UN Ambassador as being ineffective when it comes to the Middle East's conflicts. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

Saudi Arabia's UN envoy Abdullah bin Yahiya Al-Mua'lemi delivered a scathing attack on the UN Security Council over its inability to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the war in Syria.

Wednesday's announcement represents the first time that PM Ali Larayedh has committed to resignation ahead of the adoption of a new constitution (Fethi Belaid/AFP)
07:21 GMT

Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh reaffirmed Wednesday that his Islamist-led government was "committed to the principle" of resigning as outlined in the country's political transition road map.

Jordan's King Abdullah and UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed Jordan's willingness to support and facilitate a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian crisis. (Photo courtesy of the Jordan Times/ The Jordanian Royal Court)
07:14 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah and UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed Jordan's willingness to support and facilitate a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Women plan to "take the wheel" on October 26 in a stand against restrictions on women driving in Saudi, the last country in the world that imposes limitations on women drivers. [mideastposts]
07:00 GMT

Saudi authorities issue warning in preparation of women taking the wheel in an upcoming driving campaign.

An alleged "terrorist" attack on a gas pipeline left Damascus in a blackout late Wednesday (Reuters)
06:49 GMT

Power cuts near Syria's international airport late Wednesday left the capital in a blackout. Government sources suggest that terrorists are responsible for the power outage. Fighting continued elsewhere in the country late Wednesday, while a government official told international reporters that "only Syrians" will choose the country's next leader.

Former information minister  Salah Abdel Maqsud has been referred to trial for offering state TV equipment to Al-Jazeera's Mubasher Misr during the overthrow of former president Morsi in July (Courtesy of Ahram Online)
05:00 GMT

Egypt's public prosecutor referred former information minister Salah Abdel Maqsud to trail for offering state television equipment to a satellite channel who broadcast pro-Morsi demonstrations.

October 23, 2013

Israel's top negotiator Tzipi Livini said Wednesday that a stalemate in the peace negotiations could jeopardize the Jewish state's "security needs" (Gali Tibbon/AFP)
18:20 GMT

Israel's top negotiator cautioned Jewish leaders Wednesday that failed peace talks with Palestinians could lead to unfavorable conditions for Israel.

Wednesday's clashes between Tunisia's national guard and Islamist militants left nine dead (Courtesy of Euronews)
17:38 GMT

Seven members of Tunisia's National Guard and two Islamist militants were killed on Wednesday in clashes between both sides in the southern town of Sidi Bouzid.

Residents of the rebel-held East Ghouta area outside Damascus worry that the regime's blockade will soon make their living situation comparable to areas like Moadamiya, where a yearlong blockade has led to starvation, fatal illness and deplorable humanitarian conditions (Courtesy of Violations Documentation Center in Syria)
17:20 GMT

Syrian army forces sealed the last smuggling routes into the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus, and rebel groups in Homs clashes with the regime near Mahin in an attempt to capture a major weapons depot Wednesday.