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October 1, 2013

Bodies of Syrians killed in the chemical attack in Damascus on August 21 lie in a makeshift morgue. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 115,000 people have died in the war so far. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT

At least 115,000 people have been killed in the two-and-a-half-year-old Syrian conflict, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Tuesday.

At last year's UN General Assembly meeting, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu used a cartoon bomb to demonstrate how close Iran was to producing a nuclear warhead. Iran has accused Israel of scaremongering in the international community over its nuclear programme. (AFP/File)
12:09 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told the UN on Tuesday that Israel has been continually lying to the international community over Iran's nuclear programme, hours before Israeli PM Netanyahu is set to address the UN General Assembly in New York.

UN Inspectors begin month long process of visiting all chemical weapons sites in Syria. []
11:52 GMT

UN Inspectors begin chemical weapons disarmament process in Syria.

An Iraqi man retrieves a copy of the Koran from the debris of the Al-Hussein mosque following an explosion in the district of al-Musayyib, south of Baghdad on Monday. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attacks. (AFP)
10:57 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Tuesday said it was behind the string of car bombings that killed 55 people in Baghdad on Monday.

Lebanese soldiers have been patrolling Tripoli after fierce gunfire clashes rocked the city. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT

Gunfire wounded a Lebanese soldier and a civilian in Tripoli as violence rocked the northern city in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Six Egyptian soldiers have been killed in the army's ongoing crackdown on militants in the Sinai peninsula. (AFP/File)
09:22 GMT

An Egyptian soldier was killed by militants in the Sinai peninsula, bringing the deathtoll of military forces during the army's crackdown on the area to six on Monday alone.

The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Suez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a military court. It seems likely that all those seen to be involved in the deadly clashes between the state and the Islamists in August will receive strict sentences. (AFP/File)
08:16 GMT

Muslim Brotherhood leader in Suez Mohamed Mongey was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Suez military court Monday, signalling the tough measures the new interim government is taking with members of the Islamist group following Morsi's ouster.

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces at the Gaza border. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces at the Gaza border, according to Israeli military officials.

Will Sisi run for president? (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT

A new wave of campaigns in Egypt call on army chief Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi to run in upcoming presidential elections

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid Moallem speaks during the 68th United Nations General Assembly on September 30, 2013 in New York City. (AFP)
07:17 GMT

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Moallem on Monday warned that the Syrian government would not take part in any internationally organised peace talks if the West continues backing "terrorists", adding that "there is no civil war in Syria".

September 30, 2013

US President Barack Obama (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House. (Image Credit: AFP)
18:57 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that all options on Iran including a military strike are on the table

 A convoy of United Nations vehicles carrying a team of UN experts investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. Earlier today, Germany admitted to exporting 360 tons of dual-use chemicals to Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
18:38 GMT

The German government has admitted that it exported 360 tons of chemicals to Syria from 1998 - 2011.

Bahraini women hold a placard reading 'Stop dictatorship in Bahrain' as they take part in an anti-government protest.(Image credit: AFP)
16:49 GMT

A court in Bahrain jailed 37 Shiites for up to 15 years for carrying out "terrorist crimes" in the kingdom.

Iran considers resuming direct flights to US. [digitaljournal]
13:32 GMT

President of Iran is open to exploring direct flights from Iran to US.

Five car bomb explosions shake Baghdad area. []
09:04 GMT

Twenty four are dead and over 75 injured after five separate car bombs explode in areas of Baghdad.