November 20, 2013
In the latest act that has undermined the proposed Geneva II peace talks to end the war in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad told a Lebanese daily Wednesday that "there is no need [for us] to go [to Geneva]" if the Syrian opposition National Coalition expects us to relinquish power."
An aid convoy delivering medical equipment and food crossed entered Gaza via Rafah crossing for the first time since the June 30 coup which overthrew Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi.
Ayatollah Khamenei says he will not intervene in diplomatic discussions but there are red lines that the Iranian negotiators will have to observe.
At least 24 people have been killed and 65 others wounded in a wave of bombings in mostly Shia areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.
US President Barack Obama Tuesday appealed to senators to delay voting for tougher sanctions on Iran while international negotiations aimed at curbing the country's nuclear program continue.
UN General Assembly's vote Tuesday that demands immediate humanitarian access to Syrians trapped in the country as part of siege tactics blames both sides for the acts of violence, but comes close to blaming the regime for the use of chemical weapons in August.
Ten soldiers were reported dead Wednesday from a bomb blast targeting a military vehicle in Sinai. Wednesday's blast follows Tuesday's memorial of the 2011 Mohamed Mahmoud street clashes that has left
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main entity responsible for providing services to Palestinian refugees, announced Tuesday that it would be cutting 30,000 workers from its payroll due to a $36 million deficit. Refugees and UNRWA workers have responded to the announcement in protest, shutting down all UNRWA offices and programs except clinics and schools Wednesday and Thursday.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is working to ensure that Tuesday's bombings in the capital do not pull the country further into regional turmoil, but the politicization surrounding the blasts has the potential to divide factions in the government and on the street.
British Prime Minister David Cameron telephoned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday, representing the first official communication between UK and Iranian leadership in over ten years.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian leadership in Moscow today to discuss and advocate against the emerging nuclear agreement between Iran, the US and other world powers.The PM's visit coincides with the commencement of nuclear talks in Geneva.
Kuwaiti officials are denying that money from the Gulf country is flowing to the war-torn country of Syria to fund extremist rebel groups. However, a New York Times report issued earlier this week suggests otherwise.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday invited President Mahmoud Abbas to address the Israeli parliament and publicly recognize Jewish links to the land of Israel.
Syrian rebels executed civilian prisoners in their custody during a battle in the Christian village of Sadad from October 21 to 28, 2013, reports Human Rights Watch.
November 19, 2013
Libya's government announces plans to remove militias operating outside its control from the capital