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September 19, 2013

Violence and bomb attacks in Homs (courtesy of
11:25 GMT

A bomb in Syria's Homs village of Jbourin kills 19 passengers on Thursday.

National Dialogue talks in Bahrain will continue despite opposition party boycott (Courtesy of Bahrain Observer)
10:31 GMT

Bahrain's Prime Minister calls for new security guidelines "to protect all" after clashes in Dair and Duraz and the opposition boycott of the National Dialogue shake the country's stability.

The Egyptian police launched an offensive on the Cairo district of Kerdasah on Thursday in an attempt to arrest Islamist militants suspected of torching police stations and killing security officials. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT

At least one police officer was killed in the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday when security forces launched an operation against armed Islamist groups in the capital's Kerdasah district.

Rami Hamdallah, interim Palestinian Prime Minister, and his cabinet will be sworn in in Ramallah on Thursday in front on Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT

The 16th Palestinian government, headed by Rami Hamdallah, will be sworn into office before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday evening.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that eliminating Syria's chemical arsenal would take one year and cost $1 billion. (Getty/File)
07:57 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile would cost $1 billion.

Activists are accusing the Assad regime of using phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. Zaatari refugee camps, which houses over 120,000 Syrian refugees forced out of their country by violence, lies only a few kilometres from the border. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Sparking fears of a regional spillover of the Syrian crisis, activists said Wednesday that the Syrian government has used phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. The alleged use of the weapons raises questions over the regime's use of chemical weapons.

September 18, 2013

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice-President of Iran, delivers a speech during the 57th General Conference at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna. (AFP)
17:39 GMT

Israel charged Iran with purposefully trying to conceal its nuclear expansion programme with its recent attempts to engage in talks with the US.

Jordan's King Abdullah II (C) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. (AFP)
16:52 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday and discussed the recent US-Russian led plan that aims to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

Mohamed Morsi spoke to his family for the first time since his ousting in July last week, his lawyer said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
16:06 GMT

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's legal team said the ousted leader spoke to his family for the first time since June 30, when he was removed from office, last week.

Young Syrian refugees from Aleppo beg with their mother (L) on the steps of a bank in a street in Beirut on September 18, 2013. (AFP)
12:53 GMT

According to the latest UN estimates, there will be 2.3 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon by 2014.

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11:42 GMT

Russia receives new evidence from Syrian regime pointing towards rebel involvement in the recent chemical weapons attack.

No agreement was made over the reshuffling of the Palestinian cabinet during a meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Wednesday. (AFP)
11:38 GMT

A meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and caretaker PM Rami Hamdallah over the formation of a new cabinet ended without a solution, a Palestinian National Authority spokesperson said Wednesday.

Following the mass protests and violence that have swept across Egypt after the ousting of former presidents Morsi and Mubark, Egypt's interim government is said to be considering adopting a mixed political system with a rigorous balance of powers. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT

Egypt might adopt a mixed political system after decades of presidential system, fearing a slip back to authoritarian rule. The new system would ensure balance of powers between the executive and legislative powers.

An Afghan man waits to receive his identification card to vote in upcoming elections. [AFP]
10:26 GMT

Afghan elected official killed almost one year before elections. Sources are pointing to Taliban as assailant but nothing is confirmed yet.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the media after attending a briefing in the Security Council on the weapons inspectors report on chemical weapons in Syria. [AFP]
08:36 GMT

Discussion of the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons continues as each side pushes for completion of the terms of the agreement.