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November 5, 2013

Lbeanon has criticized the Arab League for failing to attend to the needs of the thousands of displaced Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT

A Lebanese minister on Monday criticized the Arab League for failing to properly respond to the growing humanitarian crisis of the thousands of Syrian refugees displaced across the Middle East.

Within hours of launching its campaign against illegal workers, Saudi police have arrested thousands. [ethiovision]
06:59 GMT

Thousands of illegal workers were apprehended and await their final exit from the Gulf country.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said late Monday that the peace talks with the Israelis had made "zero progress" so far. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said this week that the ongoing peace negotiations with the Israelis are making little progress due to the continued expansion of settlements.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, attending [BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP]
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that he was not optimistic about the success of nuclear talks with the West,

Islamic Revolutionary Guards []
04:00 GMT

Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency says a commander in its Revolutionary Guard has been killed in Syria.

November 4, 2013

Syrian student receives a vaccination as part of a UNICEF-supported vaccination campaign at a school in Damascus, October 20, 2013. [AP Photo]
16:40 GMT

Syria government vows to vaccinate all children after cases of polio emerged in the country's northeast.

Israa Al-Mudallal, 23, will represent Gazan organization Hamas to foreign press.
16:29 GMT

The government in the Gaza Strip appointed a woman as their first English-language spokeswoman.

Iranians burn US flags outside the former US embassy in Tehran on November 4, 2013, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover. [Getty Images]
16:10 GMT

Thousands of Iranians shouted 'Death to America' as they demonstrated 34 years after Islamist students stormed the embassy compound in Tehran, holding 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days.

Iraq's Kirkuk province has been a target of many suicide bombing attacks this year (Ako Rasheed/Reuters)
13:17 GMT

11 people died in a series of attacks targeting security officials and building in northern Iraq Monday.

The Turkish army stopped the chemical-carrying convoy on the border near the Turkish town of Reyhanli (Courtesy of the Guardian)
12:07 GMT

The Turkish army seized a large amount of chemicals from a convoy attempting to illegally enter the country from Syria.

A female supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsi during a rally outside the Police Academy where his trial is taking place on November 4, 2013, in Cairo. [GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images]
10:44 GMT

A Cairo court has adjourned the trial of ousted President Morsi due to his insistence not to change into the prison uniform and the defendants' chanting "Down with the military rule".

Benghazi residents gather at the site of a car blast in the parking lot of school used as an electoral office on October 26, 2013. On Sunday night, a Libyan intelligence officer and his two-year old son were killed in a car bomb attack. (AFP)
10:33 GMT

A high-ranking Libyan intelligence officer and his two-year old son were killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern city of Benghazi on late Sunday evening.

Fire-fighters extinguish a vehicle on fire after a suicide bomber in a truck carried out an attack at the eastern entrance of Hama city ,October 20, 2013. [Reuters/SANA/Handout]
08:52 GMT

Suicide bomber kills 4 in central Syrian town east of Homs, official says.

Kerry on Saudi leg of Middle Eastern tour. [vaonews]
08:46 GMT

John Kerry, on one of several stops on his Middle Eastern tour, has just landed in Saudi and will be expected to discuss Middle Eastern relations overall with local Saudi leadership.

An overview of a new section of housing in the Jewish settlement near West Bank. [UPI/Debbie Hill]
07:19 GMT

Israel to announce bidders for upcoming settlement housing. PLO looking to take issues to UN.