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August 4, 2013

Bodies are seen in the back of a pick-up truck as it arrives in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek. The bodies of six Syrians killed near the border with Lebanon were transported into the country along with nine injured people, a Lebanese military source told AFP (AFP/STR)
06:40 GMT

The ambush occurred on Syrian territory, near the northeastern Lebanese town of Arsal

August 3, 2013

Egyptian opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi walk towards Tahrir Square in Cairo wearing cardboard cut-out masks of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (AFP/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED)
20:01 GMT

“You just can’t believe that there are people who don’t aspire for authority,” Sisi said in a rare interview. He was asked: “Is that you?,” and the army chief replied: “Yes.”

A wounded man is brought to a hospital in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek (AFP/STR)
14:29 GMT

The attack took place in Khirbet Daoud, east of the Lebanese town of Ersal. According to the NNA, the attack killed nine Syrians and wounded nine more, some of whom women and children.

Protestors walk in Cairo on August 2. Egyptian security forces are threatening to blockade a main protest camp.  AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
11:59 GMT

Security forces have signaled growing frustration with the large sit-in camps in recent days.

A protest sign showing deposed president Mohamed Morsi hangs in Cairo on July 31. (AFP / Fayez Nureldine)
10:49 GMT

In his first comment since Morsi's overthrow, Ayman al-Zawahiri accused the U.S. of plotting with Egypt's military, secularists and Christians.

Lebanese Parliament building (AFP file photo)
08:10 GMT

Observers said however that should the deadlock between the rival political powers persist, the dispute could be resolved through national dialogue.

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07:28 GMT

“All appropriate steps” shall be taken to protect Americans in response to a threat of an al-Qaeda attack, ordered President Barack Obama, in a statement reported late on Friday.

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri (AFP file photo)
06:44 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri proposed Friday the formation of a government excluding his Future Movement and Hezbollah as a means to break the Cabinet deadlock

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05:47 GMT

More than 20 US embassies in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia will close on Sunday amid intelligence reports of security concerns.

August 2, 2013

LEBANON, BAABDA : Journalists inspect the damage at a private residence where one of two rockets fired from an unknown location exploded in the early hours of August 2, 2013, just metres from an entrance to the presidential palace in Baabda. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO
11:18 GMT

Tammam Salam denounced on Friday the Baabda rockets incident.

TUNISIA, KASSERINE : (FILES) A picture taken on June 11, 2013 shows Tunisian soldiers patroling in the Mount Chaambi region where the Tunisian army has been tracking militants the government says are veterans of the Islamist rebellion in northern Mali with links to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.  AFP PHOTO/ABDERRAZEK KHLIFI
11:13 GMT

The Tunisian army has launched a massive land and air operation against Islamist militants near the Algerian border.

UNITED STATES, Washington : US President Barack Obama and Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur (L) are seated as they wait for the press to arrive before they speak in the Oval Office of the White House on August 1, 2013 in Washington, DC.  AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN
11:03 GMT

Yemeni President's meeting with Barack Obama did not secure the release of Yemeni prisoners at Guantanamo Bay military detention center.

LEBANON, BAABDA : Lebanese army troops secure a private residence where one of two rockets fired from an unknown location exploded in the early hours of August 2, 2013, just metres from an entrance to the presidential palace in Baabda, around eight kilometres southeast of the Lebanese capital Beirut. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO
10:29 GMT

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel shied away Friday from accusing any one party of launching rocket attacks.

LEBANON, BAABDA : Lebanese people and journalists inspect the damage at a private residence where one of two rockets fired from an unknown location exploded in the early hours of August 2, 2013, just metres from an entrance to the presidential palace in Baabda, around eight kilometres southeast of the Lebanese capital Beirut.  AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO
10:20 GMT

At least two rockets were fired near the Lebanese capital Thursday, with no reported casualties.

EGYPT, Cairo : Egyptian girls attend with their families supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi an open sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
10:15 GMT

Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon's spokesman says peaceful protests in Egypt must be allowed to continue.