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August 8, 2013

Not dead yet:  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) and Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun attend the morning prayer of Eid al-Fitr in Damascus on Thursday shortly after the FSA claimed to have attacked his convoy. (AFP)
09:29 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad was shown on Syrian state TV at a mosque shortly after reports from the FSA came in that they targeted his motorcade. The reports of the attack is denied by the Syrian government.

An Egyptian woman displays a pro-Morsi slogan made of pastry to be used for Eid al-Fitr cookies as supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi take part in a sit-in outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on August 7 (AFP)
09:02 GMT

The Egyptian presidency said Wednesday that foreign attempts to kickstart democracy in the country have failed due to unwillingness and violence on the part of the Muslim Broterhood

August 7, 2013

A supporter wears a mask of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi showing a portrait of a child, victim of the clashes during a protest in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on August 6, 2013. (AFP)
17:00 GMT

One man was killed and 46 people were injured on Wednesday after clashes broke out in the Egyptian city of Alexandria between supporters and opponents of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

A Syrian man rides his motorbike past the Sunni Grand mosque on August 1, 2013 in the city of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (AFP)
16:00 GMT

62 Syrian rebels, allegedly belonging to the Al Nusra Front, were killed on Wednesday during an ambush attack near Damascus.

A police trooper inspects a vehicle at the entrance of the Sanaa International Airport on August 7, 2013. (AFP)
15:19 GMT

The Yemeni government on Wednesday said that it had intercepted and stopped a huge Al Qaeda terrorist plot that sought to kidnap foreigners, take control of oil exports and seize two major cities.

A foreign national walks towards the departure area of Sanaa International Airport before leaving Yemen (AFP/MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
12:44 GMT

A U.S. drone strike killed seven alleged al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen's southern Shabwa province early on Wednesday, tribal sources said, amid fears of an imminent attack by the network.

Map showing the Blue Line demarcation line between Lebanon and Israel, established by the UN after the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon after its short 1978 invasion called "Operation Litani". (AFP/Thomas Blomberg)
12:27 GMT

Four Israeli soldiers were injured in a landmine blast along the northern border with Lebanon

 An Egyptian boy poses for the camera as supporters of the deposed president Mohamed Morsi attend the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya square in Cairo (AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE)
12:10 GMT

Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy has decided on new governors for a re-shuffle, an official Cabinet source said, adding that new governors are set to swear in before interim President Adly Mansour within days.

Tunisians chant slogans in front of the National Constituent Assembly on August 6, 2013 in Tunis. (AFP)
09:48 GMT

The recent suspension of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly has been called a coup by an Assembly member from Ennahda, the Tunisian ruling Islamist party.

US Republican Senator John McCain and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (unseen) address a news conference on August 6, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
09:47 GMT

An Egyptian presidential aide on Tuesday rejected statements by U.S. Senator John McCain on the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Lebanese parliament building (AFP file photo)
09:29 GMT

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Wednesday security forces should strike gunmen with an “iron fist” in the northern city of Tripoli, which he described as having an “uncomfortable” security situation and “bad” economic conditions.

(U.S. Department of State)
08:58 GMT

Almost a year after U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in an attack in Libya’s Benghazi, the U.S. Justice Department has reportedly filed criminal charges.

A Syrian rebel fighter fires from a truck during clashes with forces loyal to the regime in the eastern Syrian town of Deir Ezzor on August 1, 2013. (AFP)
08:37 GMT

A three-day offensive, targeting Alawite villages close to Assad’s hometown of Qardaha, has seen some 200 people killed, according to activists.

Rubble and debris litter the street following an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, early on August 7, 2013. (AFP)
08:05 GMT

A high level official from the militant Nusra front group, charged with the assassination of a Sunni sheikh, has been arrested in Damascus, according to Syrian security sources.

A nurse attends to a wounded boy in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek, near the Syrian border. Later reports suggested the boys injuries may have been caused by a Syrian airstrike by the Lebanese border (AFP/STR)
07:25 GMT

President Michel Suleiman has said that the army-people-resistance formula can no longer be used for the new cabinet's policy statement over Hizbullah's involvement in the war in Syria