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August 4, 2013

Bahraini men sit in the village of Sitra, south of Manama, on August 2, 2013. (AFP)
08:30 GMT

A car bomb exploded in a recreational area west of Manama on Saturday, causing no injuries according to the Bahraini interior ministry.

A protester injured during a demonstration on August 2, 2013 in Rabat-Morocco on the release of a Spanish pedophile (AFP/FADEL SENNA)
08:18 GMT

Moroccans remained defiant on Sunday, planning fresh protests over the pardon of a Spanish pedophile convicted of raping 11 children aged between four and 15.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat speaks to the press with Israel's chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni at the State Department in Washington DC on July 30, 2013. (AFP)
08:07 GMT

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat announced that the 104 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails released as a precursor to the peace talks will be released in four stages.

A supporter of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a pin which reads in Arabic "Peaceful", attends a demonstration in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on August 3, 2013. (AFP)
07:48 GMT

The Egyptian government has told delegates from the US and EU that it is committed to fulfilling the roadmap set out by the army following the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

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07:40 GMT

In light of a global terror alert over potential al-Qaeda-linked attacks “occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula,” President Barack Obama's top national security advisers held a meeting on Saturday.

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07:26 GMT

President Michel Suleiman has reportedly admonished Hezbollah for failing to coordinate with any party inside Lebanon before sending its members to Syria to support troops loyal to the Assad regime against the rebels.

Kuwaiti candidate Faisal al-Shayaa (C) celebrates with his supporters following his victory in the parliamentary elections (AFP/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)
06:52 GMT

Kuwait announced the formation of a new Cabinet late Saturday, following parliamentary elections last month in which liberals made slight gains.

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