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October 11, 2013

Hezbollah fighters in Syria supported Syrian regime attacks in Damascus (Associated Press)
14:08 GMT

Syrian army troops and Shiite fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 70 people as they captured two southern suburbs of Damascus on Friday.

While the UN Security Council backed a joint mission proposal with OPCW late Thursday, the global chemical watchdog's second inspection team arrived to Damascus (Louai Beshara/AFP)
08:12 GMT

The UN Security Council praised progress in Syria and backed a joint mission proposal Thursday to eliminate banned arms in Syria in cooperation with the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The second OPCW inspection team also arrived in Damascus late Thursday.

Zeidan says he will release more information about the political party responsible for his kidnapping in the upcoming days (AFP/Getty)
07:33 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has accused a “political party” for his kidnap from a Tripoli hotel Thursday, but did not elaborate or give names on possible suspects.

Turkey's PM implemented reforms aimed at improving Ankara's relationship with the Kurdish community, but the Kurdish PKK, led by Abdullah Ocalan, announced Thursday that the reforms fall short of expectations (Courtesy of the Kurdistan Tribune)
07:08 GMT

Turkey's decision to extend its air strike mandate may undermine Turkey's ceasefire withe the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK).

Fatal regime-led air raids have also been previously launched in Homs (Courtesy of Your Middle East)
06:22 GMT

Syrian air raids on rebel positions in the northern Aleppo and southern Deraa provinces killed 30 people Thursday, including civilians.

Syrian refugee children play in front of the ruins of the public baths of the ancient Byzantine-Christian city of Serjilla. (Image credit: AFP)
06:00 GMT

A new UNICEF report suggests that children fleeing Syria’s civil war are vulnerable to early marriage, violence and child labor.

October 10, 2013

Photo taken on September 3, 2013 shows Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, opening the Library of Birmingham. (Image credit: AFP)
18:39 GMT

Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousafzai won the European Union's Sakharov prize for freedom of thought, the European Parliament announced Thursday.

This handout image supplied by the IIPA (Iran International Photo Agency) shows a view of the reactor building at an Iranian nuclear power plant as the first fuel is loaded. (Image credit: Getty)
18:05 GMT

An Iranian lawmaker denied reports Iran agreed to shut down the Fordow uranium enrichment facility if sanctions are lifted.

Muslim pilgrims arrive to perform the afternoon prayer in Mecca's Grand Mosque. (Image credit: AFP)
17:31 GMT

Two more Saudis have died of the MERS coronavirus a few days before the HAJ, which begins on Sunday.

Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo  (Image credit: AFP)
16:49 GMT

The Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for Bashar Al-Assad's regime and the rebel forces to declare a ceasefire for the week of Eid al-Adha.

The United States has provided billions in aid to Cairo since the 1979 in efforts to ensure peace. [washingtonpost]
13:42 GMT

Egypt responds to US changes in military aid.

Senior PLO official and head Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has spoken out against the Israeli approval of 58 new housing units in contested East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT

Senior PLO official and head Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has spoken out against the Israeli approval of 58 new housing units in contested East Jerusalem.

A Lebanese judge has issued an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian army colonel after he admitted to attempting to form an anti-Assad rebel brigade in north Lebanon. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT

A Lebanese judge has issued an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian army colonel after he admitted to attempting to form an anti-Assad rebel brigade in north Lebanon.

Iraq's justice minister Hassan Al Shammari said Thursday that Baghdad has executed 42 people over the past week on terrorist charges. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT

Over the past week, 42 people convicted on charges of terrorism have been executed in Iraq, according to Baghdad's justice minister.

Four Egyptian soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

A suicide bomb went off in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing four Egyptian soldiers and injuring five.