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October 10, 2013

EU rep Catherine Ashton says she found potential for sustainable democracy in Egypt during her recent visit. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

European Union official Catherine Ashton, who has worked closely with the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim Egyptian government, said that the clashes seen in Egypt this week prove the deep polarisation and mistrust inherent in Egyptian society.

The first picture released by captors show the Libyan prime minister after gunmen stormed his hotel on Thursday morning. (Al Arabiya)
07:58 GMT

According to rebel groups, the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped on Thursday in revenge for the arrest of Abu Anas Al Libi, a senior Al Qaeda member who was snatched off the streets of Tripoli by US special forces on Saturday.

Syrian children refugees, who flock by dozens in Turkey each day, fleeing the civil war in their country, stand on October 4, 2013 at a makeshift camp in Ankara, where they arrived three months ago. Europe is bracing itself for a major Syrian refugee influx. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

The European Union is preparing itself for a possible "massive" influx of Syrian refugees as the UN estimates predict the number of displaced Syrians to reach 3.5 million by the end of 2013.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told reporters Wednesday that Iran had more uranium than it needed, but other Iranian MPs have denied his claim (Reuters)
07:35 GMT

Iran's parliament announced Thursday that reports indicating that the country has a surplus of uranium that it plans to use as a "bargaining tool at nuclear talks" are false.

An opposition fighter aims fire as others run for cover while they hold a position behind burning tyres in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 9, 2013. (AFP)
07:26 GMT

Scores of rebel and regime fighters were killed in Damascus on Wednesday after President Bashar Assad's forces launched a brutal offensive south of the capital.

Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah has vowed not to allow Syrian rebels take Syrian towns bordering Lebanon (Reuters)
06:49 GMT

A video posted on the internet showing members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia executing wounded Syrian rebels may reignite political and social tensions throughout the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon.

The US announced Wednesday that it will withhold certain aid from Egypt until it improves its human rights record, particularly in reference to recent fatal crackdowns on Morsi supporters (AFP/Getty)
06:33 GMT

The White House announced late Wednesday that it will withhold major military equipment and cash transfer aid to Egypt until the country's democracy and human rights record improves.

Libya's PM Zeidan was kidnapped Thursday by a group of armed men believed to be former rebels (AP)
06:13 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by armed militants early Thursday while staying at a hotel in Tripoli and has been taken to an unknown location.

Asoui was arrested for posting a cartoon online that mocks Algerian President Bouteflika (AFP)
05:00 GMT

Algerian blogger Abdelghani Aloui, who was detained for "contempt" and "defending terrorism" after he posted cartoons online that mock the country's president Abdelaziz Boutelifka, is expected to file for bail Thursday.

October 9, 2013

Two million pilgrims are expected in Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj (Courtesy of BBC)
19:19 GMT

Saudi Arabia issued a warning to Muslim pilgrims Wednesday to not use next week's hajj for "political purposes."

Separatists are planning to stage a protest in the former South Yemen capital of Aden demanding secession from the country and restoration of pre-1990 borders (Courtesy of National Yemen)
17:33 GMT

Yemen's national dialogue session scheduled for Wednesday was canceled after delegates from The Southern Movement and Zaidi Ansarullah staged a sit-in in Sanaa to protest the direction of the talks.

OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu has called for a temporary ceasefire in Syria so that his chemical inspection team sent to Damascus earlier this month can meet disarmament deadlines (AFP)
16:52 GMT

The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons called for a temporary ceasefire in Syria's civil war Wednesday to ensure that chemical inspectors meet their disarmament deadlines.

Syrian rebels seized another Jordan border area near Ramtha late last month (AP)
16:32 GMT

Syrian opposition rebels seized a guard post near Daraa and now control border lands between Daraa and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Rebels and pro-regime forces also clashed in the Damascus province and Idlib Wednesday.

Israel has protested the appointment of Iran to the UN General Assembly's Committee on Disarmament and International Security. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor sent a letter of protest to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the appointment of Iran to the UN General Assembly's Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is due to stand trial for inciting violence against protesters on November 4. (AFP/File)
13:06 GMT

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is due to stand trial on November 4 over charges that he incited the murder of anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.