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November 7, 2013

Egyptian protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask while posing for a photo next to a mural painted overnight on the exterior wall of the presidential palace depicting president Mohammed Morsi, left, former military council ruler Hussein Tantawi, center and ousted President Mubarak with Arabic that reads "No, the brotherhood's constitution is not valid, in Cairo. [AP Photo/Nasser Nasser
14:20 GMT

Minister Hazem El-Beblaw says ousted President Hosni Mubarak will remain under house arrest even after the state of emergency ends on 14 November.

Morocco's King Mohammed VI told reporters that he did not "need lessons from anybody" on his country's human rights record in the Western Sahara (Courtesy of the Moroccan Embassy)
13:16 GMT

Moroccan King Mohammed VI told reporters late Wednesday that his country did not "need lessons from anybody" on its human rights record particularly in the annexed Western Sahara.

The Turkish authorities seized 1,200 rockets near the Syrian border on Thursday. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT

Acting on a tip off, the Turkish authorities on Thursday confiscated 1,200 rocket warheads some 30 miles from the Syrian border.

OPCW inspectors visited 21 of the 23 chemical production sites in October, but were unable to visit the Aleppo facility along with one other due to security concerns (Courtesy of BBC)
11:16 GMT

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Thursday that Syria has provided video and photographic evidence indicating that a chemical weapons site has been dismantled and abandoned. OPCW has accepted the footage as proof that 22 out of the 23 declared chemical production facilities in Syria have now been destroyed.

Clashes between rebels and regime forces have destroyed the neighborhoods near Sayeda Zainab (Courtesy of Voice of America)
10:51 GMT

Syrian regime forces supported by Hezbollah fighters retook the rebel-controlled town of Sbeineh near Damascus Thursday.

Israel has repeatedly expressed deep concerns over Iran developing its nuclear capabilities. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

Israel on Thursday strongly warned the P5+1 powers against easing up its sanctions against Iran.

A UN official speaking at the P5+1 Geneva conference said the world powers are considering temporarily suspending their sanctions against Iran in exchange for a halt in its nuclear program (AFP)
07:27 GMT

A US official speaking in Geneva reportedly said that the world powers are considering temporarily suspending its sanctions against Iran in return for a six-month hiatus of its nuclear program.

Libya's militias will no longer receive payments from the government after December 31st unless they enroll in the country's official security forces (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
06:40 GMT

Libya's government announced Wednesday that it will stop paying armed groups from the 2011 uprisings and urged oil companies not to enter deals with terminals controlled by militia in the east of the country,

An Egyptian solider looks out from his guardpost in the Sinai peninsula. The armed forces have launched a steady offensive against militants in the area since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/File)
06:03 GMT

Three Islamist militants were killed by the Egyptian armed forces as the army continues its major crackdown on militant groups in the lawless Sinai peninsula.

The Syrian opposition National Coalition previously met with Brahimi in Damascus in late October (Louai Beshara/AFP)
05:52 GMT

Syria's opposition National Coalition said Wednesday that UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi must remain neutral after the envoy cited the opposition as "causing the new delays" to the peace talks. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad also publicly described Syria's conflict as comparable to Algeria's civil war.

Lebanon has found Israeli spying stations along its border, and has accused their neighbour of espionage. (image via wikimedia commons)
05:46 GMT

Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri's claims that Israel set up a number of spying stations along its border with Lebanon in order to spy on the country were proved by the Lebanese Telecommunications Ministry late Wednesday.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows people gathering outside the entrance to the Hijaz railroad company in Hijaz square. (Image credit: AFP)
04:54 GMT

AFP reports that eight people were killed in a bomb blast in Hijaz Square in Central Damascus. In addition, a further 50 were wounded.

Although most Iranians believe that the internationally imposed sanctions are damaging their livelihoods, they also support Iran furthering its nuclear programme. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

A recent Gallup poll shows that 46 percent of Iranians hold the US responsible for the international sanctions they say are damaging the livelihoods of their population.

November 6, 2013

An investigation into the assassination of Yasser Arafat found abnormally large levels of polonium in his system. (AFP/File)
19:34 GMT

New tests conducted by Swiss scientists indicate that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was most likely killed by polonium poisoning, according to results published Wednesday.

Rebel fighters walk in the rubble of destroyed building in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
19:27 GMT

A car bomb killed at least eight security personnel on Wednesday in an attack on a military intelligence building in the southern Syrian city of Suweida, which has been largely peaceful during the Syrian civil war.