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July 12, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood supporters gather in Cairo (Source: AFP/MARWAN NAAMANI)
08:01 GMT

The next generation of MB members have created a counter movement calling for peace and a commitment to the group's founding principles, such as "moderation, balance and forgiveness"

PKK flag (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
07:43 GMT

The Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), a nationalist group that has been waging war on Ankara for the past 29 years, named hardliner Cemil Bayik as the group’s new leader

Lebanese parliament building (Source: AFP)
06:54 GMT

Speaker Nabih Berri has snapped back at the March 14 alliance without naming it, saying the new government would not be formed without Hizbullah's participation in it

July 11, 2013

Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket missile system (File photo: AFP)
14:26 GMT

Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel on Thursday, with no reports of casualties or damages

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour (R) meeting with with new-appointed Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, on July 9 (AFP/ Egyptian presidency)
14:09 GMT

The US State Department dubs the rule of Mohamed Morsi 'undemocratic'; new interim Egyptian government lauds apparent US policy shift

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13:57 GMT

A Saudi princess was arrested on Wednesday and charged with human trafficking in the United States, after a domestic worker managed to flee and report abuse to the police

Children look at the damage following a car bomb in the Shuala area of eastern Baghdad, on July 3, 2013, following several attacks the previous day (AFP)
11:08 GMT

At least 14 people were killed when gunmen overran an army checkpoint and shot at security officials as they were breaking their fast on the first day of Ramadan

A rebel fighter points his gun towards pro-government forces' positions during clashes in the Salaheddine district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo (JM Lopez / AFP)
10:36 GMT

Hardline Islamist rebels in Syria are facing a backlash from moderate groups and the Syrian population amid increasing reports of power abuses

An opposition fighter stands over seven year old Ahmad Jabir, who was injured alongside some of his family members by a shell (Source: AFP/DANIEL LEAL OLIVAS)
10:24 GMT

Syria has invited two United Nations officials to visit the country to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict

Libyan protesters shout slogans waving national flags during a demonstration on the Algeria Square to demand the removal of arms and the evacuation of unofficial armed groups and the implementation of the General National Congress (GNC)'s decision on July 7 (AFP)
10:02 GMT

The Libyan government has regained control of its interior ministry from an armed group that had taken over the building for a week, an official said Wednesday

RAFAH : A Hamas policeman (R) stands in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt, on July 5 (Source: AFP / SAID KHATIB)
09:19 GMT

Gunmen open fire on military commanders in Sinai, Egypt.

A man walks past as a firefighter extinguishing fire at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburb Bir al-Abed (Source: AFP/STR)
09:06 GMT

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt warned that the explosion that rocked one of Beirut’s southern suburbs could be repeated in other areas across the country

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour (R) meeting with with new-appointed Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, on July 9 (AFP/ Egyptian presidency)
09:06 GMT

Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi said he won't rule out positions for the Muslim Brotherhood in the new government

Residents gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburb neighbourhood of Bir al-Abed on July 9, 2013. (Source AFP/STR)
07:43 GMT

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency warned Lebanese security agencies two days ahead of the blast that targeted Bir al-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs that al-Qaida had plotted to carry out an attack in the area

Washington's Dulles International Airport main terminal (Source: Wikimedia Commons/David Benbennick)
07:08 GMT

A Syrian diplomat sent to the United States by President Bashar al-Assad is being held at Washington's Dulles International Airport, awaiting deportation back to Syria