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June 16, 2013

Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani praised his election as a “victory of moderation over extremism,” and urged world powers to speak to his country with respect and acknowledge its rights in order to receive an appropriate response.
07:14 GMT

Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani praised his election as a “victory of moderation over extremism,” and urged world powers to speak to his country with respect and acknowledge its rights in order to receive an appropriate response.

Saudi King Abdullah (File photo)
07:09 GMT

The King returned to Saudi after Washington announced it will arm the Syrian rebels

"We have our Istanbul rally tomorrow. I say it clearly: Taksim Square must be evacuated, otherwise this country's security forces know how to evacuate it," Erdogan said prior to using police force.
06:43 GMT

"We have our Istanbul rally tomorrow. I say it clearly: Taksim Square must be evacuated, otherwise this country's security forces know how to evacuate it," Erdogan said prior to using police force.

June 15, 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi speaking during a conference in Cairo (HO / AFP)
21:14 GMT

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced a definitive cutting of ties with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and called on world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Syria

A Libyan soldier wounded from overnight clashes rests in his hospital bed on Saturday in Benghazi. AFP image
21:02 GMT

Clashes between armed activists and Libyan armed forces erupted in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, leaving six soldiers dead. The army has warned of a "bloodbath" in the city.

Hasan Nasrallah. (Al Bawaba file photo)
20:40 GMT

Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah has said that Hezbollah will remain fighting alongside troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and that its involvement in Syria was a calculated move.

A picture of Patriot missile systems, like those that will be deployed in the north of Jordan. Image for illustrative purposes. (AFP file photo)
20:20 GMT

US Patriot missiles and F-16 fighter jets have arrived in Jordan for a military exercise, as the north of the country is put on high alert after Hezbollah and regime fighters reached the Jordanian-Syrian border.

Hassan Rouhani, the new Iranian president. AFP photo
17:20 GMT

Securing 18.6 million votes, the moderate Hassan Rouhani has been elected as the new Iranian president.

June 14, 2013

Hezbollah supporters at a rally (AFP)
16:21 GMT

Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Friday that US 'interference' in Lebanon and the Middle East was the tip of the iceberg

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP)
16:07 GMT

Vladimir Putin's senior foreign policy adviser said that Russia was not convinced by Washington's evidence documenting chemical weapons use by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

NATO’s Secretary General, Ander Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday that the international community has made it clear that any use of chemical weapons in Syria is a severe breach of international law.
09:13 GMT

Earlier on Friday, a senior Russian lawmaker said via Twitter that information on the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad was fabricated. He also suggested the United States would use it to justify intervention in the Syrian conflict.

With the conservative camp divided, reformists seem confident of a good showing by moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani, who has emerged as a frontrunner with a real chance of forcing a run-off, analysts say.
08:41 GMT

More than 50 million people are eligible to vote for the man -- no women candidates were approved -- to succeed former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred from standing for a third consecutive term under the constitution.

Former prime minister Saad Hariri said Hezbollah defied Lebanon’s law and granted itself the right to make decisions on behalf of the nation.
08:30 GMT

Former prime minister Saad Hariri said Hezbollah defied Lebanon’s law and granted itself the right to make decisions on behalf of the nation.

June 13, 2013

Ahmad Othman, 14, was killed on May 2 when Bashar al-Assad’s forces shelled his town of al-Baydah near Banyas. (Photo courtesy of #Tweet4SyrianChild)
16:23 GMT

The photograph of the 14 year-old who was killed on May 2 was published by #Tweet4SyrianChild, a campaign that highlights suffering of Syrian children

Iranian policemen stand guard as supporters of Iranian moderate presidential candidate, Hassan Rowhani, attend a street rally at Vanak square in northern Tehran on June 12 (Behrouz Mehri / AFP)
15:16 GMT

Iranian authorities have intensified their crackdown on political activists and journalists as the country prepares to go to the polls on Friday