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November 15, 2013

The traditions of Ashura, a holy day Shi'ite Muslims will observe Sunday, started in the Middle East and spread to Iran and South Asia, where they have been practiced for centuries. [atlasshrugs]
03:00 GMT

As millions took to the streets to acknowledge the Day of Ashura, suicide bombers were posted around major traffic areas in attacks launched around the predominantly Shiite neighborhoods.

November 14, 2013

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani at a press conference, in Tehran in early 2013. [timesofisrael]
18:25 GMT

After the release of the quarterly report from the IAEA, numbers show that Iran has actually halted its nuclear production since Rouhani has taken office.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov give a press conference on November 14, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. [bbcimg]
16:25 GMT

As possible flames of progress lessen between Egypt and US, Russia shows up as "available" for talks as a comforting rebound. Despite any rumors, Egypt is not expected to stray too far from the US.

An Israeli F-16 warplane []
15:10 GMT

Israel struck two separate targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Palestinian militants fired projectiles across the border, the army said.

A Palestinian girl takes a photo of masked militants of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, using her mobile phone as they parade in Jabalia refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, on November 14, 2013, during an anti-Israel march as part of the celebrations marking the first anniversary of Israel's Operation 'Pillar of Defence'. [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images]
14:14 GMT

Palestinians fear renewed fights as Gaza marks 2012 anniversary of Israel's war on the costal enclave.

14:02 GMT

Yasser Abbas, the eldest son of President Mahmoud Abbas, said Thursday that a Jordanian court in the capital Amman had ruled in his favor in a case against the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite channel.

The famous Ummayad Mosque in Damascus has been reduced to rubble under the Syrian conflict (Courtesy of the Daily Mail)
13:02 GMT

Two bombings and mortar fire killed three and wounded 22 near the Ummayad mosque in Syria's capital.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a press conference after their high-stakes talks on Syria's chemical weapons at the UN headquarters in Geneva, on September 13, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:55 GMT

Long-delayed Geneva II conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war will take place on December 12.

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah greets the audience after speaking during a massive Shiite Muslim commemoration in southern Beirut on November 14, 2013. [Getty Images]
10:42 GMT

During a rare public speech, Nasrallah vowed to keep his forces in Syria where they are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Palestinian family shows damage to their home after unknown assailant set it on fire, Thursday, November 14, 2013. []
10:12 GMT

5 Palestinians suffer smoke inhalation in Ramallah area when suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Palestinian house.

All women in Iran are legally obliged to respect a dress code of contour-hiding gowns and headscarves [Reuters]
09:01 GMT

President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the country's morality police to stop arresting women considered to be dressed immodestly.

Masked fighters from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's military wing 'Saraya Al-Quds' or 'Jerusalem Brigades' take part in a military parade in the streets of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on October 28, 2010 [Getty Images]
08:12 GMT

Al-Quds Brigades threatens 'battle of ghosts' with Israel

An ISIS soldier, in a recent execution, holds the severed head of a militant. [LeJournal]
06:59 GMT

During a confused state in the hospital under anesthesia, a rebel fighter called out opposition cries in efforts to save himself thinking he had been captured by the enemy. When ISIS militants heard the outcry, they beheaded the fighter on the spot.

Syrian Kurds have been called "hostile" to the Syrian people by the Syrian opposition National Coalition (Voice of Russia)
06:14 GMT

Syrian's main opposition group, the Syrian opposition National Coalition, told reporters Wednesday that Kurds' decision to declare their autonomy earlier this week was "hostile" to the Syrian people and cause.

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.