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November 14, 2013

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmy in Cairo yesterday. The pair were accompanied by their respective Defense ministers, Sergei Shoigu and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (AP)
06:01 GMT

An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 12 Morsi supporters to 17 years in prison each on charges that they attacked the Sunni Islamic University, al-Azhar, and Egypt and Russia met for the second day in Cairo in a landmark visit to renew relations between the two countries.

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rare live appearance from Beirut's southern suburb neighbourhood of Rweiss on November 13, 2013. [Getty Images]
05:52 GMT

During a rare live appearance from Beirut's southern suburb neighborhood of Rweiss on November 13, 2013. Nasrallah argued that failure to strike a deal with ally Iran over its nuclear programme would spell 'war in the region.'

French President Francois Hollande leaves after the weekly cabinet meeting. (Image credit: AFP)
05:00 GMT

French President Francois Hollande and US President Barack Obama urged Iran to accept the deal presented during recently concluded talks in Geneva.

A Patriot Missile battery. (Image credit: Getty)
04:00 GMT

Turkey's foreign ministry says it has asked NATO to extend for a year the deployment of Patriot missiles along the Syrian border.

November 13, 2013

A picture taken on November 13, 2013 shows debris and damaged buildings in the town of Hujeira south of the Syrian capital Damascus. (Image credit: AFP)
15:55 GMT

President’s Assad’s forces captured a suburb south of Damascus. This victory is the latest in a series of gains that government forces have made in recent days.

Palestian President Mahmoud Abbas announced Wednesday that his group of negotiators in the peace talks with Israel had resigned due to continued illegal Israeli settlement building. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced Wednesday that his group of negotiators in the peace talks with Israel had resigned due to no progress being made and continued illegal Israeli settlement building.

The joint OPCW-UN mission to Syria is supposed to destroy over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons in the country by mid-2014 (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT

Russia may donate $2 million to the UN chemical watchdog mission responsible for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons and is ready to offer expert help as well.

Morsi is planning on suing the Egyptian government over his ousting in July, his lawyers said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT

Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi is planning on suing the army-installed government authorities over his removal from office in July, his lawyer told reporters on Wednesday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he had proof of Hamas' involvement in militant attacks in the Sinai peninsula (AFP/File)
11:29 GMT

The PA has information about the involvement of Hamas in militant attacks on Sinai, and we were keen to provide the Egyptian side with it, says the Palestinian president.

A 16-year-old Palestinian boy stabbed and critically wounded an IDF solider travelling on a bus in northern Israel on Wednesday in revenge for the jailing of his relatives. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT

A 16-year-old Palestinian boy stabbed and critically wounded an IDF solider travelling on a bus in northern Israel on Wednesday in revenge for the jailing of his relatives.

Mubarak, 85, was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent the killing of demonstrators. [stabroeknews]
09:39 GMT

Next week will bring a final decision on whether Mubarak will be released from house arrest or continue his detention.

Shiite pilgrims gather in Karbala Tuesday to commemorate the anniversary Imam Hussein's death (Ali al-Saadi/AFP)
08:26 GMT

Three coordinated bombings killed at least 8 Shiite pilgrims north of Iraq's capital Wednesday. 10 others were reported wounded.

Saudi Arabia officially turned down its seat on the UN Security Council as the Kingdom's envoy sent UN Chief Ban Ki-moon a letter informing the international body of its decision. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Saudi Arabia officially turned down its seat on the UN Security Council as the Kingdom's envoy sent UN Chief Ban Ki-moon a letter informing the international body of its decision.

Sisi is due to talk military cooperation with his Russian counterpart in Cairo on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
06:43 GMT

Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and his Russian counterpart are set to meet on Wednesday to discuss military cooperation between the two countries.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have spoken on their expectations for the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program, which begin on November 20. (AFP/File)
05:44 GMT

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have spoken on their expectations for the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program, which begin on November 20.