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September 25, 2013

Almost 6,000 individuals have been killed in Iraq in 2013 alone (AFP)
17:14 GMT

Militants kill 10 in coordinated attacks in Hawija.

Wednesday's suicide bomb death was preceded earlier last week by bomb attacks that killed more than 50 people stationed at a southern Yemen military base. Army personnel pictured here participated in a funeral for the dead soldiers earlier this week (AFP)
17:00 GMT

A suicide bomber killed a Yemeni intelligence officer in an Ataq market Wednesday.

Ahmad Tuma, the leader of the SNC "does not represent us," according to the Free Syrian Army and 12 other opposition groups Wednesday (AFP)
16:39 GMT

The Free Syrian Army signed a petition against Iran's participation in proposed Geneva II talks, denounces the Syrian National Coalition, and calls for an Islamist framework for opposition against Assad.

The Lebanese army stopped a bus full of Nusra front fighters from entering Lebanon on Wednesday (AFP/File)
11:18 GMT

The Lebanese army stopped a bus carrying soldiers from the Sunni extremist, Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front group from entering Lebanese territory in the Bekaa valley.

A Palestinian woman yells at Israeli security forces during a demonstration in front of Jerusalem's old city's Damascus gate on Tuesday. Israeli forces on Wednesday stormed the Al Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam. (AFP)
10:13 GMT

Israeli security forces stormed the Al Haram Al Sharif compound in Jerusalem's old city on Wednesday, assaulting Palestinian worshippers and firing bomb sounds in the Al Aqsa mosque courtyard.

Two members of the elite Saudi National Guard died in an accidental explosion during a routine training drill on Tuesday, the Saudi state news agency reported. (AFP)
09:27 GMT

Two elite soldiers belonging to the elite Saudi National Guard were killed on Tuesday after a bomb accidentally exploded during a routine training drill.

The Muslim Brotherhood will not be disbanded until all court procedures concerning the case are completed, an Egyptian government official said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
08:40 GMT

The Egyptian government will delay the ban of the Muslim Brotherhood until all court procedures concerning the case are completed, a government official said Wednesday.

King Abdullah II of Jordan attends a luncheon at the UN in New York. He called for international help on the Syrian crisis, and warned that Jordan cannot continue to support the Syrian refugees alone. (AFP)
07:58 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah on Tuesday made an impassioned speech to the UN, calling for a political solution to the Syrian crisis and calling on the international community to help Jordan provide humanitarian assistance to the refugees who sought a safe haven in the Kingdom.

The UN chemical weapons team are expected to arrive in Damascus in Wednesday. Here, residents in Aleppo stage a drill for a potential weapons attack. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT

The UN team tasked with following up on chemical weapons usage in Syria have arrived in Beirut, and are expected to travel to Damascus later today.

Rouhani's UN speech was slammed by Netanyahu, who rejected Iran's calls for discussion on nuclear weapons. (AFP)
07:32 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the speech made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the UN for being hypocritical, despite Rouhani offering olive branches in the form of his willingness to discuss nuclear weapons and condemning the Holocaust.

September 24, 2013

Over 100,000 people have died in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war between President Assad's regime and rebel forces. (Image credit: AFP)
20:05 GMT

A car bomb in a Southern Damascus neighborhood has killed at least seven people.

President Obama has said at the UN General Assembly that he is encouraged by Iranian President Rouhani's moderate overtures. (Image credit: AFP)
16:32 GMT

President Obama told the United Nations General Assembly that Iranian President Rowhani's “conciliatory words will have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable.”

Violence in Iraq has escalated to its highest levels since 2008 (Image credit: AFP)
16:14 GMT

Attacks on two police stations and a local official's house have resulted in the deaths of eight people in Baghdad

The UN chemical weapons investigation team will be returning to Damascus on Wednesday, according to Moscow. (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT

UN chemical weapons inspectors are expected to return to Syria on Wednesday, according to the Russian government.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said talks between the US and Russia over Syria's chemical weapons "were not going smoothly". (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT

Diplomatic talks between the US and Russia on destroying the Syrian government's chemical weapons are 'not going in the direction they should', a senior Moscow official said Tuesday.