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September 26, 2013

The United States has pledged to support Lebanon’s efforts to help address the Syrian refugee crisis (Image credit: AFP)
17:40 GMT

The United States will continue to provide support for Lebanon to address the growing challenges of the Syrian conflict as long as the country addresses the crises in a “responsible and practical way.”

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani spoke at a U.N. nuclear disarmament conference ahead of a historic meeting between Iran and major Western powers. (Image credit: AFP)
15:43 GMT

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has called for Israel's alleged nuclear weapons to be put under international control.

A mortar shell hit the Iraqi consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus Thursday, killing an Iraqi woman. The capital has been targeted by bombs and mortar shells in recent months. Here, Syrians inspect the sight of a car bomb attack in Damascus' Tadamun neighbourhood last week. (AFP)
12:44 GMT

The Iraqi consulate was hit by a mortar shell on Thursday, killing one and injuring several others.

Moscow said Thursday it is willing to fully help Syria with the disposal of its chemical weapons stockpiles. (AFP/File)
10:47 GMT

Amid UN Security Council discussions on the removal of Syria's chemical weapons, Moscow has said it will protect President Assad's chemical weapons sites when the country's stockpiles are removed.

Iraq has been plagued by sectarian violence in 2013, with over 1,000 people dying in July alone. Here, Iraqis inspect the site the day after a bombing attack near a funeral tent that killed at least 56 in the Sadr City district of Baghdad on September 22, 2103. (AFP)
10:16 GMT

A series of bombs left inside popular Baghdad markets killed at least 23 people on Thursday, according to Iraqi security sources.

Following Obama's speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, analysts say that Egyptian-US relations are feeling unsettled. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT

Barack Obama's comments at the UN are being seen by some in Egypt as a sign of US acceptance of Morsi's ouster. The speech elicited mixed reactions from Egypt on their relations with the US.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Zebari says that military aid in Syria "will only perpetuate the conflict and reduce the prospects of a negotiated settlement" (Courtesy of Alistair Lyon/Reuters)
09:13 GMT

Iraq's Foreign Minister urges countries to stay out of the conflict in Syria and stop military assistance provisions to the war-torn nation.

Iranian President Rouhani says settling the nuclear file with the West and Israel is one of his main responsibilities as the head of government (AFP)
08:20 GMT

Iranian President Rouhani wants nuclear deal with the West and Israel within a three or six-month timetable.

The head of the drafting committee for the Egyptian constitution said Thursday the final draft will be ready by Eid Al Adha on October 14. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

Amr Moussa, head of the new Egyptian constitution drafting committee, said Thursday that the final draft of the document will be ready before Eid Al Adha, on the 14th October.

The Egyptian army has launched a massive operation against militants in the Sinai peninsula. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT

Egyptian government forces have been pushing on with their crackdown against the Sinai peninsula, with army helicopters flying overhead as troops storm militant strongholds in the area.

Israel will extend the Allenby Bridge's operating hours as part of its initiative to ease restrictions on the Palestinian Territories (Courtesy of Geoffrey Aronson/Al-Monitor)
07:26 GMT

An Israeli official announced Wednesday that some restrictions in the Palestinian territories will be eased as US Secretary of State John Kerry steps up efforts to reach a peace deal between the neighboring countries within a nine-month timeline.

Syrian President Assad says "he does not discount" future possibilities of a US attack on Syria despite President Obama's statements at the UN this week (Courtesy of the Guardian)
06:56 GMT

UNSC announces agreement on draft, SNC leader to return to Syria Thursday, and Assad says US attack on Syria still remains a possibility.

UGTT has called for nationwide peaceful protests to end the political crisis and oust the Islamist-led government (Courtesy of Foreign Policy Journal)
04:00 GMT

Tunisia's UGTT announced planned protests for Thursday through its Facebook page Wednesday.

UN officials returned to Syria Wednesday to collect more evidence on the country's chemical weapons (AFP)
04:00 GMT

The UN returned to Syria Wednesday to collect more evidence on the country's chemical weapon arsenal and will not attempt to accuse any parties "at the time being" according to a UN official.

September 25, 2013

Free Syrian Army rebels have take control of the Daraa-Ramtha border crossing (Courtesy of Bana Malkawi/Ammon News)
19:56 GMT

The Free Syrian Army has gained control of the Daraa-Ramtha border as of Wednesday.