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October 10, 2013

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.

The first picture released by captors show the Libyan prime minister after gunmen stormed his hotel on Thursday morning. (Al Arabiya)
07:58 GMT

According to rebel groups, the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped on Thursday in revenge for the arrest of Abu Anas Al Libi, a senior Al Qaeda member who was snatched off the streets of Tripoli by US special forces on Saturday.

Syrian children refugees, who flock by dozens in Turkey each day, fleeing the civil war in their country, stand on October 4, 2013 at a makeshift camp in Ankara, where they arrived three months ago. Europe is bracing itself for a major Syrian refugee influx. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

The European Union is preparing itself for a possible "massive" influx of Syrian refugees as the UN estimates predict the number of displaced Syrians to reach 3.5 million by the end of 2013.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told reporters Wednesday that Iran had more uranium than it needed, but other Iranian MPs have denied his claim (Reuters)
07:35 GMT

Iran's parliament announced Thursday that reports indicating that the country has a surplus of uranium that it plans to use as a "bargaining tool at nuclear talks" are false.

An opposition fighter aims fire as others run for cover while they hold a position behind burning tyres in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 9, 2013. (AFP)
07:26 GMT

Scores of rebel and regime fighters were killed in Damascus on Wednesday after President Bashar Assad's forces launched a brutal offensive south of the capital.

Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah has vowed not to allow Syrian rebels take Syrian towns bordering Lebanon (Reuters)
06:49 GMT

A video posted on the internet showing members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia executing wounded Syrian rebels may reignite political and social tensions throughout the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon.