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August 13, 2013

Vehicles of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are parked at the Turkish engineering construction company's base (AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
07:01 GMT

Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon Inan Ozyildiz said that Turkey does not even have an embassy or consulate in the neighboring country

August 12, 2013

A supporter of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi holds a portrait of the former leader as he salutes during a demonstration outside the High Court in Cairo (AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
19:01 GMT

The imprisonment of ousted President Mohamed Morsi has been extended for 15 days pending an investigation into charges of collaborating with Hamas to carry out violent attacks in Egypt

Members of the Internal security forces sit outside the Turkish Airlines offices in downtown Beirut (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
17:34 GMT

The families of the Aazaz hostages on Monday threatened to kidnap “any Turkish national on Beirut's streets,” after the Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau failed to release Mohammed Saleh

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) cheer during a football match between the two main Cairo protest camps by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and backers of the ousted Islamist leader set up at the Nahda and Rabaa al-Adawiya squares (AFP/KHALED DESOUKI)
16:35 GMT

Supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi called on Egyptians to march Monday to stop any police crackdown on two Cairo protest sites that Islamists have manned for weeks

Young boys of Hezbollah's al-Mehdi scouts wave Lebanese and Hezbollah flags during a parade in the southern area of Wazzani river on the Lebanese-Israeli borders, on August 2, 2013. (AFP)
13:50 GMT

The Lebanese government has issued six arrest warrants for members of a group that killed a member of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah in an attack last week.

Egyptian riot policemen stand by the Giza central Police station as members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi march in his support. (AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
10:46 GMT

New governors will be sworn in by interim President Adly Mansour in the first governors' reshuffle under Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy

A picture taken through barbed wire on August 10, 2013 shows the base of the Turkish engineering construction company, an unit of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in the southern Lebanese village of Saitah. (AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
10:33 GMT

Ankara kept its cultural and trade centers in Beirut closed over the recent abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots

A police trooper inspects a vehicle at the entrance of the Sanaa International Airport (AFP/MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
10:17 GMT

Sunday will mark the reopening of 18 out of the 19 U.S. embassies that were shut amid security concerns, according to a statement from the U.S. State Department on Friday.

Vehicles of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are parked at the Turkish engineering construction company's base on August 10, 2013 in the southern Lebanese village of Saitah. (AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
09:19 GMT

Speaker Nabih Berri condemned the abduction of two Turkish pilots in Beirut on Friday, while questioning the silence over last week's Israeli violation of the Lebanese border, reported As Safir newspaper on Monday.

Nasser al-Wuhayshi, former aide to Osama Bin Laden, has said that AQAP will free all its incarcerated members. (Photo courtesy of EPA)
08:25 GMT

The leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has said that all incarcerated members of the group will shortly be set free.

Vehicles of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are parked at the Turkish engineering construction company's base on August 10, 2013 in the southern Lebanese village of Saitah. (AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
07:55 GMT

The Lebanese Army heavily deployed in the Baalbek-Hermel region in a bid to avert an escalation after an ambush Sunday killed one man and wounded three including the mayor of Arsal, security sources told The Daily Star.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivers the Eid al-Fitr prayer sermon at Tehran University in the Iranian capital on August 9, 2013. Portrait in the background shows the late founder of the Islamic republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (AFP)
07:35 GMT

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamanei told Palestinians over the Eid holiday that continuing the peace process with Israel was proving detrimental to the Palestinian cause.

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) watch a football match between the two main Cairo protest camps by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and backers of the ousted Islamist leader set up at the Nahda and Rabaa al-Adawiya squares, on August 11, 2013 in Cairo's al-Nahda square/ (AFP)
07:34 GMT

The Egyptian government said it was leaving all options on the table over the possible dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins across the country, as threats of violence loom.

Hezbollah flag (AFP file photo)
07:31 GMT

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused on Monday Hezbollah of involvement in the kidnapping of two Turkish pilots over the weekend.

Iraqis and policemen gather at the scene of an explosion in Nasiriyah, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (AFP/STR)
07:06 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaeda front group, on Sunday claimed a wave of attacks that reportedly killed 74 people and injured hundreds in Iraq during the Eid al-Fitr holiday a day earlier.