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November 16, 2013

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. [Getty Images]
11:13 GMT

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urges Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarifand Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speak during a meeting on the third day of talks on Iran's nuclear program on November 9, 2013 in Geneva. [Getty Images]
11:02 GMT

Senior U.S. official said on Friday, it is "quite possible" a deal could be reached when negotiators meet November 20-22 in Geneva.

November 15, 2013

Borge Brende said Norway would dispatch a civilian cargo ship and a Navy frigate to Syrian ports to pick up the stockpiles and carry them elsewhere for destruction. [Reuters]
13:32 GMT

Norway on Thursday announced it will help the U.N. eliminate the Assad government’s chemical weapons.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi ( and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov give a press conference on November 14, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Sergei Lavrov and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu hold talks with Egyptian counterparts on weapons sales and political relations during an official visit. [AFP]
12:58 GMT

Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defense systems in a landmark deal worth $2 billion military.

Signs at the seats where Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian representative Saeb Erekat were to sit in a meeting with the Middle East Quartet during the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly September 27, 2013 at UN headquarters in New York. [Stan Honda/Getty Images]
11:47 GMT

The Palestinian negotiating team has resigned on Wednesday from U.S.-mediated peace talks with the Israelis in protest of lack of progress.

White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice at the New America Foundations September 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. [Getty Images]
11:31 GMT

White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Thursday that Israel's settlement expansion lacks ‘legitimacy’ and hampers peace talks efforts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the press following his meeting with US Secretary of State at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on November 8, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:12 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not convinced with IAEA reports and says Iran got enough facilities to produce atomic bomb.

Lebanon foreign affairs minister Adnan Mansour reads during a meeting of the Arab League with Arab countries Foreign ministers on Syria on September 1, 2013 at the body's Cairo headquarters. [Getty Images]
10:56 GMT

Lebanon's caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour says Syria crisis will be addressed at the third Arab-Africa summit to be hosted by Kuwait from November 19 to 20.

Morsi is alleged to have encouraged the murder of protesters demonstrating outside Cairo's presidential palace last December. [guim]
10:01 GMT

Morsi moved to solitary confinement after his ten days in a hospital. The continuation of his trial is expected to start next week.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives on Capitol Hill before he briefs members of the Senate Banking Committee behind closed doors about Iran and his recent negotiations in Europe, November 13, 2013. [REUTERS]
09:55 GMT

John Kerry insists no dispute with Israel over nuclear deal and that the two allies share the same goal to guarantee Iran will not have nuclear weapon.

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.