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October 23, 2013

Traffic crashes in Egypt kill approximately 12,000 people every year (Shutterstock)
12:49 GMT

Five people died in a bus collision late Tuesday in Egypt's southern province Minya.

Abbas Hammoud, one of the nine Lebanese pilgrims held hostage in Syria for 17 months, is welcomed by his mother Mayla Aldurr upon his arrival at his home in the coastal city of Tyre in south Lebanon on October 20, 2013. On Wednesday, an activist announced that the Syrian authorities had released 14 women detained in the country as part of a hostage exchange deal. (AFP)
10:50 GMT

14 women who were being held in Syria have been released as part of the hostage exchange for two kidnapped Turkish pilots, a human rights activist said Wednesday.

A teenager died whilst allegedly transporting a bomb in Bahrain, police said Wednesday. Since its uprising was quashed in 2011, Bahrain has been home to several violent attacks. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT

A 17 year-old boy died whilst allegedly transporting a bomb in a Bahraini Shiite village, in the latest of low level Shiite-led attacks in the Sunni-ruled Gulf state.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh praised Jordan for its support of Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation in Jerusalem. (AFP)
08:46 GMT

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh praised the support that Jordan has extended to Palestinians in Jerusalem, days after he called for a renewed armed resistance against Israel.

Post suicide car bomb at Iraqi checkpoint. [csmonitor]
08:20 GMT

Death toll rises in Iraq after several military checkpoints were attacked on Tuesday.

The Egyptian goverment has denied reports that it has held meetings with "violent factions" in a bid to bring Egypt out of its current political stalemate. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT

Egypt's interim government on Tuesday denied reports that it made contact with opposing factions -- the Muslim Brotherhood -- "that use violence to impose their will" in a bid to bring the country out of its current political stalemate.

A gunman carries a rifle as he runs in Tabbaneh area in Tripoli, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
07:45 GMT

One teenager died and several people -- including four soldiers -- were wounded after clashes broke out in Lebanon's north-western city of Tripoli.

US Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the Saudi Arabian government have serious misgivings about the US' policy in Syria. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry admitted ally Saudi Arabia didn't trust US policy on Syria, as a key Saudi royal family member called the policy a farce.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube by Moadamiyet al-Sham media centre on October 22, 2013 allegedly shows smoke billowing above buildings after shelling by Syrian goverment forces in Damascus' rebel-held Moadamiyet al-Sham suburb. (AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE / MOADAMIYET AL-SHAM MEDIA CENTRE)
07:13 GMT

Syrian government forces battled with Al Qaeda linked rebels in a Christian majority town and on the strategic Homs-Damascus highway on Tuesday, according to state media reports and activists.

Several opposition parties are planning demonstrations at the commencement of Wednesday's national dialogue talks to demand the Islamist Ennahda leadership's immediate resignation (Courtesy of Salah Habibi/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A member of Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party accused the opposition of trying to "destroy" proposed dialogue negotiations scheduled to commence Wednesday by calling for anti-government protests.

October 22, 2013

Syrian opposition National Coalition (SNC) leader Ahmad Jarba met with Friends of Syria representatives in London ahead of November's meeting in Istanbul where all opposition parties will collectively decide whether to attend peace talks in Geneva (Suzanne Plunkett/AFP)
18:12 GMT

After a long day of discussion Tuesday in London between Western and Arab powers and Syrian opposition leaders, the parties collectively announced that President Bashar al-Assad should be excluded from future government positions.

Security breaches to Tripoli's parliament building are starting to become "a norm" in the chaotic post-Gaddafi era (Courtesy of Paul Schemm/AP)
17:16 GMT

Disabled former rebels from the war that ousted late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi broke into and vandalized the parliament building in Tripoli Tuesday.

Thirty-eight Muslim Brotherhood detainees in the back of a police van suffocated to death in August after Egyptian police officers fired tear gas into the back of the vehicle where the prisoners were being held (Courtesy of World Observer)
16:37 GMT

Egyptian prosecutor Hisham Barakat ordered the arrest of four police officers Tuesday for their alleged killing of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members in detention last August.

The Saudi intelligence chief said that KSA's decision to forgo UN security council membership was "a message for the US, not the UN" (Courtesy of Aleksey Nikolsky/RIA Novosti)
16:03 GMT

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief told EU diplomats that Riyadh will be scaling back and limiting cooperation with the US in protest against Washington's recent diplomacy in the region, particularly in reference to the Syrian conflict and KSA rival Iran.

Tehran took over the Bushehr nuclear facility last month. The power plant produces 1,000 megawatts of electricity from its nuclear reactor (Courtesy of Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA)
15:42 GMT

Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced Tuesday that Tehran will open its fuel production line for its nuclear power plant within three months and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi called on the UN to reform sanction policies on developing countries globally.