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December 10, 2013

Syrian pro-government forces drive inside a military vehicle after capturing the town of Nabak, north of Damascus, near the border with Lebanon in the Qalamoun region, on December 9, 2013. [AFP]
03:54 GMT

Russia is considering serving as the transportation provider for Syria's chemical weapons move to the floating destruction facility.

December 9, 2013

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army holds his rifle in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on December 1, 2013. According to an Israeli intelligence report, an increasing number of Palestinians and Arab Israelis have joined the opposition forces in Syria. (AFP)
19:47 GMT

According to a recent Israeli intelligence report, an increasing number of Salafists from Gaza and Israeli Arabs have joined ranks with jihadist rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a defensive statement on Monday in which he said that the West's efforts to curb Iran's nuclear sector were not working, and that the world had been forced to see the might of Iran's capabilities. (AFP/File)
19:39 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a defensive statement on Monday in which he said that the West's efforts to curb Iran's nuclear sector were not working, and that the world had been forced to see the might of Iran's capabilities.

Egyptian police fired tear gas on student protesters at Egypt's Al Azhar Monday (Tarek Wajeh/AFP)
16:47 GMT

Chaos continued Monday at Egypt's Al Azhar University after the school's chairman called on security officials to suppress violent protests around the campus.

Many Sahrawis were forced out of the Western Sahara when Morocco annexed the contested territory. They have been living in refugee camps in Algeria since the 1970s (File Archive/AFP)
12:54 GMT

Moroccan police violently cracked down on a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara ahead of an EU deal with Rabat that would exploit the contested territory's fish resources.

GAZA CITY : A Palestinian youth waves a national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013, marking the 46th anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian Marxist revolutionary organization established in 1967. (AFP)
12:40 GMT

Senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo on Monday told AFP that the U.S. proposals on Israel's security threaten the future of the peace talks.

The Jordanian version of the Dead Sea-Red Sea canal will channel 1.9 billion cubic meters of water per day from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea once the final agreement has been signed. [greenprophet]
11:21 GMT

History is expected to be made upon the signing of the an agreement that would allow water to be drawn from the Red Sea in order to provide desalinated water to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians as well as rescue the dying Dead Sea.

Cafe owners and security officials recently attended a training on how to recognize and prevent suicide bombings in and around their workplaces. Suicide bombs are a daily occurrence in the country (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
11:03 GMT

Bomb attacks in the capital and north of Baghdad killed at least 15 in Iraq Monday.

Erdogan told reporters that "revealing state secrets cannot be considered freedom of expression, it is quite simply treason" (File Archive/AFP)
10:42 GMT

Turkish newspaper Taraf announced Monday that it plans to sue Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his involvement in a "treason row,

 U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (2nd R) arrives to speak to U.S. troops at the Kandahar air base, on December 8, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.[AFP]
08:29 GMT

As part of his Middle Eastern tour, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Pakistan to discuss continued efforts to maintain open borders to Afghanistan.

Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a Kurdish protest in Yuksekova, leaving two people dead. (Mehmet Engin/AFP)
08:14 GMT

Members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) released four Turkish soldiers Monday morning after Kurdish politicians intervened into the situation.

Female mourners grieve during the funeral of 14-year-old Palestinian Waji al-Ramhi in the Jelazoun refugee camp in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 8, 2013. (AFP)
06:59 GMT

Following the death of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of an Israeli solider on Sunday, Ramallah on Monday came to a standstill as youths from nearby refugee camps forced business to close.

Media stations affiliated to Hezbollah have apologized for their biased coverage of sporadic Shiite protests in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
06:16 GMT

Media groups affiliated with Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah have apologized to Bahrain for their biased and subjective coverage of Shiite protests in the Gulf state.

Despite being happy to spend $3,000 on icecream, Netanyahu has cancelled his trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's funeral for cost reasons. (AFP)
06:03 GMT

Despite being lambasted by the press for his outrageous spending on luxuries such as icecream, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will not attend Nelson Mandela's funeral as it is "too expensive" to travel to South Africa.

OPCW said Sunday that there might be a delay in transporting Syria's deadliest chemical weapons out of the country due to technical difficulties. (AFP/File)
05:41 GMT

The international chemical weapons watchdog OPCW warned Sunday that there might be a delay of a few days in transporting Syria's chemical weapons out of the country due to unforeseen technical difficulties.