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September 5, 2013

 A Palestinian worker rests at the entrance of a smuggling tunnel dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern Gaza Strip on August 27, 2013. (AFP)
12:55 GMT

The Egyptian authorities intends to establish a security zone in the Gaza strip, along Egypt's border with Palestine, in a bid to crack down on militants and smuggling in the area.

Jordan has seen the largest number of Syrian refugees entering its borders out of all Syria's neighbours since the conflict began in 2011. (AFP)
12:21 GMT

Jordanian officials say there are some 50,000 Syrian refugees awaiting to enter the country as anticipation of a US-led strike on Syria prompts thousands to flee their homes.

A photo from the blast in Nasr City (Photo : Screen Shot from ONTV, courtesy of Ahram Online)
11:01 GMT

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was uninjured after a bomb targeted his convoy in Cairo's Nasr City on Thursday.

30 Palestinian children from Qalqiliya are currently being detained in Israeli prisons. (AFP)
10:13 GMT

According to a recent report, 30 young Palestinian children from Qalqiliya city are being detained in Israeli jails, some of them there for over a month.

Two Italian warships will be stationed offshore Lebanon to protect Italian UN peacekeepers. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT

The Italian army is sending two warships towards Lebanon to protect the Italian members of the UN peacekeeping mission in the south of the country.

Obama is expected to use the upcoming G20 summit in Moscow to try and rally support for his proposed military strike on Syria. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT

US President Barack Obama is likely to use the coming G20 summit in Moscow as a means to gain support for the anticipated US-led strike on Syria.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution authorising a military strike in Syria. (AFP)
06:47 GMT

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution that approves the US launching a military strike against Syria.

September 4, 2013

A PLO official has said the peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis have so far proved "futile". (AFP/File)
16:35 GMT

A PLO official on Wednesday said that the peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis had not yet yielded any successes and that the Israeli side is refusing to halt settlement activity on Palestinian territory.

Syrian deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Muqdad, warned that the Syrian government would not back down in the face of a western strike on Syria, even if World War Three kicks off. (AFP)
16:15 GMT

As the war of words between the West and Syria dominates the world stage, the Syrian government on Wednesday reasserted that the regime will not give into a US-led strike.

US President Obama said that the world "must not stay silent on Syria". (AFP/File)
15:12 GMT

US President Obama said that by not acting on Syria, the international community was increasing the possibility that other countries would use chemical weapons against civilians.

Sectarian violence in Iraq has killed an average of 15 people a day in 2013. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT

A Shia family was targeted by gunfire and explosives on Wednesday near Baghdad, killing 16 members of the family including five women and six children.

ordanian opposition protesters shout slogans during a anti-US demonstration outside the US embassy on September 1, 2013 in the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP)
10:59 GMT

The Jordanian Armed Forces are on high alert in anticipation of a potential Syria strike.

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour said Wednesday Egypt would not return to a police state. (AFP/File)
10:20 GMT

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour rejected claims that Egypt is moving back towards a Mubarak-era police state.

A top Hezbollah official apparently admitted that the Syrian government was behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria, according to German intelligence. Pro-Assad Turks wave flags with his face on it in Hatay, Turkey. (AFP)
09:09 GMT

German intelligence reportedly picked up a phone conversation between a Hezbollah official and the Iranian embassy that allegedly proves that Bashar Assad and his government were behind the attacks on August 21.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of "The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria" in Washington, DC. (AFP)
08:54 GMT

During a public exchange in Congress late Tuesday, US Secretary of State made a brief reference to putting US troops in Syria, but quickly retracted the statement.