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March 4, 2014

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are highly controversial and threaten to derail the peace process. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT

A new report shows that Israeli construction of settlements in the West Bank doubled last year.

Is this Egypt's next president? (AFP)
14:13 GMT

Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi has given another large hint that he will stand for president in upcoming elections. “I cannot turn my back when the majority wants me to run for president,” Al Sisi said in a speech at an officers' graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

CodePink is known for protesting on behalf of Palestinians. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

The founder of social justice organization CodePink was detained in Egypt and then deported.

OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu told reporters that maintaining momentum for the weapons removal is critical given the delays and missed deadlines in months prior (Bas Czerwinski/ANP/AFP)
13:10 GMT

More than a third of Syria's chemical arsenal has been destroyed or handed over for tentative destruction.

The U.S. has stated that all options are on the table when dealing with Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Mohammad Reza Bahonar, First Vice Speaker of Iran's Majlis, reiterated that Iran is fully capable of countering a U.S. military option.

Will he or won't he? The Egyptian media has gone into overdrive over whether or not Sisi will run to be the next president. (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT

Egyptian media is rife with speculation that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to announce his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections on Tuesday.

A senior Hamas official says the new ban serves Israel. (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT

A senior Hamas official responds to the new ban in Egypt.

Egypt's relationship with Hamas has deteriorated since the fall of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has banned all Hamas activities in Egypt.

Reports of immigrant abuse are widespread in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
09:41 GMT

A new report from Human Rights Watch says that Saudi Arabia has deported thousands to war-torn Somalia. Many immigrants say Saudi Arabia is inhospitable to foreign workers.

The gunmen are apparently dressed in Iraqi military uniforms. (AFP/File)
09:25 GMT

Gunmen dressed in military uniforms have stormed the city council and court house compound in northern Iraq, wounding nearly 25 people and taking several more hostage, according to officials.

A file photo from November, 2013 shows scores of illegal workers in Saudi queuing up after the government crackdown on expats. (AFP/File)
09:04 GMT

An illegal expat worker died and nine others were wounded when police intervened to quell “chaos” at Al-Shumaisi Deportation Center on the outskirts of Jeddah, police said on Monday.

President Obama is still hopeful that a two-state solution can be reached. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT

President Obama met with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

John Kerry has assured Israel that the U.S. has its security at the top of its priorities during the nuclear talks with Iran. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT

The United States will stand by Israel’s side when it comes to the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Ban accused the Syrian government of not constructively engaging in dialogue in the Geneva II peace talks. (AFP)
07:40 GMT

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon reiterated Monday that the Syrian peace process is a top priority for the international community, as he called on Damascus to return to the negotiating table with a more "constructive position".

Iran has repeatedly said that it is not seeking nuclear weapons for anything but peaceful means. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

A senior Russian diplomat has said that a “favorable” groundwork has been laid for a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.