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November 25, 2013

Smoke billows over residential neighbourhoods in Benghazi, following fierce clashes between the army and militants in the eastern Libyan city. (Image courtesy of Twitter/Wajid Saadi)
07:23 GMT

At least three people have died and many more have been wounded in clashes between Libyan state troops and Islamist militants in the restive eastern city of Benghazi on Monday morning.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of planting a bomb in Lebanon's third largest city, the restive Sidon. (AFP/File)
06:11 GMT

Two Palestinian men were arrested on late Sunday evening on suspisicon of planting a bomb in the Taamir Ain El Hilweh area in Sidon, Lebanon. The Levant country has been on high alert after two suicide bombers targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut last week.

Bodies of children killed in the August chemical attacks lie in a makeshift morgue in Damascus on August 22, 2013. A recent study shows that 11,420 children have died in the Syrian conflict so far (AFP/File)
05:52 GMT

A report conducted by the Oxford Research Group has found that 11,420 children have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011, with explosive weapons causing over 70 percent of the deaths.

Members and vehicles of the Al-Qaaqa brigade from Zintan get ready to vacate the premises of their Tripoli quarter on November 21, 2013, as part of a government decision to remove militias from the capital. Libya's international allies on Sunday pledged to bring stability to the country. (AFP)
05:27 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart William Hague have pledged to work closely with the international community to bring peace to Libya, following a recent upswing in violence in the north African state.

A Cairo public prosecutor has referred former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and four others to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes. Mubarak is seen here on a hospital bed during a previous trial earlier this year. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A Cairo public prosecutor has referred former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and four others to a new trial on charges of embezzling state funds to build and renovate family homes.

The scene of devastation in Beirut last week after two suicide bombers hit the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital. Hezbollah is to blame for such terrorist acts, former PM Saad Hariri said Sunday.
04:00 GMT

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri blamed Shiite group Hezbollah and its involvement in the Syrian crisis for the infiltration of terrorism into Lebanon, days after two suicide bombers attacked the Iranian embassy in the Beirut suburbs.

November 24, 2013

Al-Azhar students protesting on campus, Sunday, 24 November, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Al-Azhar Student Union Facebook page/Ahram Online)
16:55 GMT

Dozens of students protested at Cairo's Al Azhar university on Sunday, calling for justice after a student was killed during a demonstration last week.

The family of Mohammed Adnan, a suspect in the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, have disavowed the alleged suicide bomber along with the Palestinian leadership. Here, his grandfather reacts in front of the building where his family lives (AFP)
15:57 GMT

The family of Adnan Mohammed, a suspect in the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, have disavowed the alleged suicide bomber along with the Palestinian leadership.

Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Sunday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of financing radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda. State security forces have rounded up dozens of suspected "terrorists" since Morsi's ouster in July. (AFP/File)
14:47 GMT

Egyptian interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Sunday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of financing radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed Sunday's nuclear deal with Iran as a "historic mistake". (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed the six-month deal secured in Geneva to halt Iran's nuclear program a "historic mistake", reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself against all threats.

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a new protest law Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
12:43 GMT

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a new protest law Sunday that has come under scrutiny with many saying that it fails to protect freedoms of assembly.

Bahrain's King Hamad has come under international scrutiny for what is being described as systematic targeting of political opposition leaders (File Archive/AFP)
12:39 GMT

On Sunday, a Bahraini court sentenced 12 Shiites to 10-year jail terms each for attempting to kill policeman near the country's capital, while a policeman was acquitted for attempting to murder a Shiite protestor.

Egypt's draft constitution that will be voted on later this week is supposedly very different to the 2012 constitution crafted by the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated panel (Reuters)
12:20 GMT

Egypt's 50-member constitution committee will vote on the final draft version of the constitution this week ahead of the December 3 deadline.

During a press conference Sunday regarding the historic deal between Iran and world powers on the latter's nuclear program, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani reiterated to reporters that his country would "never" seek atomic weapons (File Archive/AFP)
10:54 GMT

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hailed Sunday's nuclear deal with world powers, saying that the agreement "seals Tehran's nuclear rights" and reiterating that Iran will "never" seek atomic weapons.

Damascus' Ghouta region that has been under regime siege for months, was also targeted in the August chemical attacks (File Archive/AFP)
10:34 GMT

The Syrian regime "welcomed" Iran's deal with world powers on its nuclear program Sunday as fighting between regime and rebel troops in Syria's capital left more than 70 people dead.