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October 10, 2013

This handout image supplied by the IIPA (Iran International Photo Agency) shows a view of the reactor building at an Iranian nuclear power plant as the first fuel is loaded. (Image credit: Getty)
18:05 GMT

An Iranian lawmaker denied reports Iran agreed to shut down the Fordow uranium enrichment facility if sanctions are lifted.

Muslim pilgrims arrive to perform the afternoon prayer in Mecca's Grand Mosque. (Image credit: AFP)
17:31 GMT

Two more Saudis have died of the MERS coronavirus a few days before the HAJ, which begins on Sunday.

Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo  (Image credit: AFP)
16:49 GMT

The Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for Bashar Al-Assad's regime and the rebel forces to declare a ceasefire for the week of Eid al-Adha.

The United States has provided billions in aid to Cairo since the 1979 in efforts to ensure peace. [washingtonpost]
13:42 GMT

Egypt responds to US changes in military aid.

Senior PLO official and head Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has spoken out against the Israeli approval of 58 new housing units in contested East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT

Senior PLO official and head Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has spoken out against the Israeli approval of 58 new housing units in contested East Jerusalem.

A Lebanese judge has issued an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian army colonel after he admitted to attempting to form an anti-Assad rebel brigade in north Lebanon. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT

A Lebanese judge has issued an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian army colonel after he admitted to attempting to form an anti-Assad rebel brigade in north Lebanon.

Iraq's justice minister Hassan Al Shammari said Thursday that Baghdad has executed 42 people over the past week on terrorist charges. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT

Over the past week, 42 people convicted on charges of terrorism have been executed in Iraq, according to Baghdad's justice minister.

Four Egyptian soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

A suicide bomb went off in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing four Egyptian soldiers and injuring five.

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed by the rebels who kidnapped him from a hotel on Thursday morning. (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed by former rebels who seized him from a hotel earlier on Thursday following the capture of a senior Al Qaeda official on Saturday.

The MERS virus has killed 58 individuals globally, with 49 of the fatal cases originating from Saudi Arabia (AP)
09:48 GMT

Saudi Arabia announced Thursday that the Kingdom is MERS-free ahead of Sunday's annual hajj.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have trained more than 30,000 Hezbollah fighters since the 1980s, according to a recent report. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT

A recent report has revealed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have trained more than 30,000 Hezbollah fighters in Iran and Lebanon since the 1980s.

Egypt prepares for new constitution. [nation.com]
09:17 GMT

In an attempt to recover governmental leadership standards post Morsi, Egypt is drafting a new constitution.

Palestinian protesters hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers during clashes in Betunia near the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 4, 2013. The Palestinian and Israeli delegations locked horns at the IPU meeting in Geneva on Wednesday. (AFP)
08:54 GMT

At the Geneva meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union on Wednesday, the Israeli delegation allegedly "exploded with anger" over the possibility of the issues of Jerusalem and settlements being put on the discussion agenda.

Thirty suspects will be tried in the UAE November 5th for their alleged setup of an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (Courtesy of Gulf News)
08:48 GMT

Thirty suspects will be tried in the UAE next month for their alleged setup of an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf country.

EU rep Catherine Ashton says she found potential for sustainable democracy in Egypt during her recent visit. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

European Union official Catherine Ashton, who has worked closely with the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim Egyptian government, said that the clashes seen in Egypt this week prove the deep polarisation and mistrust inherent in Egyptian society.