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March 5, 2013

Clashes have been ongoing in Port Said.
11:44 GMT

The Egyptian president who famously retired the head of the military council, is now considering giving back parts of the country to military rule.

Already this year, 17 people have been executed in the kingdom, according to Amnesty.
08:57 GMT

Saudi Arabia will execute seven men on Tuesday for crimes they committed as juveniles, Amnesty International said.

Egyptian protesters stand near burning tyres outside the main security headquarters in the canal city of Port Said early on Tuesday. (Photo: AFP/STR)
07:51 GMT

The security headquarters in the Egyptian city of Port Said is set on fire as clashes between police and protesters continue.

Syrian rebels appear in this YouTube video gathered around two men, one of them identified as Raqqa governor Hussein Jalali. (Al Arabiya)
07:46 GMT

The Syrian rebels announce that they have both the Raqaa governor and the Baath Party secretary general in their possession.

A Syrian rebel aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in the streets near Aleppo international airport in northern Syria on Monday (Photo: AFP/Stephen J. Boitano) - Picture used for illustrative purposes -
05:05 GMT

At least 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqis have been killed by gunmen in western Iraq, the defence ministry say.

March 4, 2013

Syrians search for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of buildings in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo (Photo: AFP PHOTO/PABLO TOSCO)
11:14 GMT

Syrians went to the polls in southern Turkey on Sunday to cast their votes for the first post-Assad elections of the Aleppo provincial council, Doğan News Agency reports.

John Kerry is greeted by Saudi counterpart Prince Saud Al Faisal.
09:29 GMT

New US Secretary of State arrives in Riyadh for talks with his opposite Prince Saud Al Faisal

Inside an Egyptian Coptic church.
09:29 GMT

Following the arrests of 50 Copts accused of evangelizing in Libya, a church in Benghazi is attacked by gunmen.

The Sayyida Zeinab shrine on the outskirts of Damascus. (SANA)
09:04 GMT

Shia fighters from Iraq and Lebanon have travelled to Syria to help local allies defend a shrine, south of Damascus, which they believe is under threat from Sunni rebels, Reuters reports.

Iraqi's weep over the body of a relative killed on February 28, after the sinking of a floating restaurant belonging to the Lebanese Club in Baghdad. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
07:57 GMT

A former engineer blows himself up between the two most holy shrines of Shia Islam, causing an unknown number of casualties.

Egyptian protestors shout at a soldier standing in an armored personnel carrier as they demonstrate in the streets of the canal city of Port Said in late January (Photo: AFP / STR)
05:03 GMT

Deadly clashes continue in Port Said leading to hundreds of injuries and the first reported civilian death. The Egyptian army denies exchanging fire with the police.

March 3, 2013

William Hague at the Bahrain Security Forum (Photo: Mohammed Al-Shaikh / AFP)
13:57 GMT

Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, dismisses Assad's criticisms of Britain's attempts to arm the Syrian opposition as "delusional".

Egyptians carry the body of a person killed in overnight clashes between police and protesters in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Mansura, on Saturday. (Photo: AFP / STR)
13:47 GMT

Violent clashes continue in Port Said and Mansoura, leaving one dead and dozens injured.

The retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister Habib El-Adly will begin on 13 April.
11:33 GMT

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, former interior minister Habib El-Adly and six aides will face retrial on 13 April for killing of protesters during revolution.

The Abu Dhabi judicial department.
10:58 GMT

According to global advocacy group, Human Rights Watch, the detainees' lawyers are not being given access to adequate information.