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August 27, 2013

Lebanese civilians gather next to the site of a blast outside the Al-Taqwamosque in the northern city of Tripoli on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
08:00 GMT

The Lebanese army exchanged gunfire with unidentified attackers as tensions are running high in the northwestern city after two car bombs exploded there over the weekend.

Secularists will come head to head with ultraconservative Islamist groups during the creation of the final draft of Egypt's constitution. Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour was handed the latest constitutional amendments on Monday. (AFP)
07:45 GMT

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour is to form a 50 member committee to finalise Egypt's constitution, amid expectations that the committee will largely be formed of secular thinkers despite the participation of ultraconservative Nour Party.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on Syria at the State Department in Washington, DC, on August 26, 2013. (AFP)
07:32 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria that the United States is taking the allegations of chemical weapons use in Damascus seriously, and that President Obama demands accountability for those that perpetrated the attack.

Syrians men evacuat a victim following an air strike by regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo on August 26, 2013. (AFP)
07:18 GMT

Syrian opposition forces made significant gains in Aleppo, seizing control of the government forces' only supply route out of the city.

August 26, 2013

A Palestinian youth clashes with Israeli border guards in the West Bank's Qalandiya refugee camp on August 26, 2013, after Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians and wounded 19 others in the camp. (AFP)
17:55 GMT

The United States on Monday refuted claims made by the Palestinians that peace talks between the two sides had been cancelled as a result of Israeli soldiers killing three Palestinian men in a West Bank refugee camp.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 26, 2013 allegedly shows a UN inspector (C) listening to the testimony of a man in the Damascus subburb of Moadamiyet al-Sham. (AFP/YouTube)
17:04 GMT

The UN team charged with investigating claims that Damascus used chemical weapons against civilians has managed to attain samples from victims of the alleged attack despite their convoy being targeted by snipers.

A "Martyrs" poster in Qalandiya refugee camp shows the portraits of three Palestinians killed by Israeli soliders in a pre-dawn raid on the West Bank camp. (Image via Twitter)
13:03 GMT

The Palestinian Authority has cancelled upcoming peace talks with the Israelis in Jericho after three Palestinians were killed in a West Bank refugee camp on Monday morning by Israeli soliders.

A convoy of United Nations (UN) vehicles leave a hotel in Damascus on August 26, 2013 carrying UN inspectors travelling to the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapon attack the previous week in Ghouta, east of the capital. (AFP)
12:33 GMT

The UN team tasked with investigating an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs has halted its mission after being targeted by unidentified snipers on Monday.

The UN chemical weapons investigation team arrives in Damascus on August 18, 201. (AFP)
10:13 GMT

At least two mortar shells hit Damascus on Monday morning, hitting a wealthy area of the capital not far from where a UN chemical weapons team is staying.

An Egyptian army soldier holds his rifle as he walks by a street cleaner behind a barbed wire checkpoint on a street in Cairo on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
09:57 GMT

Egyptian Salafist Nour Party has said it will partake in upcoming discussions on Egypt's new constitution to ensure that Egypt's Islamic identity is protected.

The UN chemical weapons investigation team arrives in Damascus on August 18, 2013. (AFP)
09:46 GMT

A UN chemical weapons investigation team left to inspect the site of an alleged poisonous attack on Monday as Britain's Foreign Secretary said that an intervention in Syria did not necessarily need a UN Security Council consensus.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a press conference in Istanbul on August 24, 2013. (AFP)
09:41 GMT

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that his country will join an international coalition against Syria, even if the UN Security Council fails to reach consensus on the issue.

The UN chemical weapons investigation team arrives in Damascus on August 18, 2013. (AFP)
08:19 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that no decision had yet been taken over a possible intervention in Syria, as UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said he believed the Syrian government had destroyed evidence of a chemical weapons attack.

Palestinian mourners cry as other carry the body of Majd Lahluh, who was killed by Israeli soliders, during his funeral at Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank city of Jenin on August 20, 2013. (AFP)
07:49 GMT

Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinian men in a refugee camp near Jerusalem early Monday as they carried out a raid on 'suspected militants' in the West Bank.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood spray graffiti on the wall reading "Rabia", meaning four in a Arabic, and which has become a symbol to remember those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp, on August 23, 2013. (AFP)
07:48 GMT

The spokesman for the Egyptian interim government Ahmed El Meslemani said that the country is ready to move forward with its 'political roadmap' that it has defeated a conspiracy against the state.