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September 18, 2013

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice-President of Iran, delivers a speech during the 57th General Conference at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna. (AFP)
17:39 GMT

Israel charged Iran with purposefully trying to conceal its nuclear expansion programme with its recent attempts to engage in talks with the US.

Jordan's King Abdullah II (C) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. (AFP)
16:52 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday and discussed the recent US-Russian led plan that aims to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

Mohamed Morsi spoke to his family for the first time since his ousting in July last week, his lawyer said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
16:06 GMT

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's legal team said the ousted leader spoke to his family for the first time since June 30, when he was removed from office, last week.

Young Syrian refugees from Aleppo beg with their mother (L) on the steps of a bank in a street in Beirut on September 18, 2013. (AFP)
12:53 GMT

According to the latest UN estimates, there will be 2.3 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon by 2014.

Syrian rebels. [thesun.co.uk]
11:42 GMT

Russia receives new evidence from Syrian regime pointing towards rebel involvement in the recent chemical weapons attack.

No agreement was made over the reshuffling of the Palestinian cabinet during a meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Wednesday. (AFP)
11:38 GMT

A meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and caretaker PM Rami Hamdallah over the formation of a new cabinet ended without a solution, a Palestinian National Authority spokesperson said Wednesday.

Following the mass protests and violence that have swept across Egypt after the ousting of former presidents Morsi and Mubark, Egypt's interim government is said to be considering adopting a mixed political system with a rigorous balance of powers. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT

Egypt might adopt a mixed political system after decades of presidential system, fearing a slip back to authoritarian rule. The new system would ensure balance of powers between the executive and legislative powers.

An Afghan man waits to receive his identification card to vote in upcoming elections. [AFP]
10:26 GMT

Afghan elected official killed almost one year before elections. Sources are pointing to Taliban as assailant but nothing is confirmed yet.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the media after attending a briefing in the Security Council on the weapons inspectors report on chemical weapons in Syria. [AFP]
08:36 GMT

Discussion of the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons continues as each side pushes for completion of the terms of the agreement.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pushed for 'leniency' in Iran's dealings with the US. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

During a meeting with the Revolutionary Guards, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he did not oppose Iran engaging in diplomacy with the US and that the Islamic Republic should show flexibility in any talks.

Us President Barack Obama will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of the opening of the UN General Assembly on September 23.
04:21 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet US President Barack Obama at the opening of the UN General Assembly

September 17, 2013

The US has said that by not assigning blame to the Assad regime for the August 21 chemical attacks, Russia is "swimming against the tide."
22:31 GMT

The United States says that Russia is ignoring the facts when it blames the rebels rather than the regime for the August 21 chemical attack.

A Frenchman has been beaten to death by prison cellmates in Cairo. He was detained for breaking the curfew that has been imposed by the military after protests broke out in July.
17:33 GMT

A Frenchman has been beaten to death by his cellmates in an Egyptian prison.

Iraqi children inspect a burnt-out car at the site of a car bomb attack that exploded the previous day in a commercial street of Baghdad's eastern neighbourhood of Mashtal on Monday. On Tuesday, a fresh wave of violence across the country killed at least 24 people. (AFP)
17:31 GMT

A spate of violence across Iraq, including five car bombs in Baghdad, killed 24 people on Tuesday.

A car bomb exploded at the Bab Al Hawa border between Syria-Turkey. Here, Syrian refugee children pose for children after seeking refuge in Turkey. (AFP)
13:44 GMT

Dozens were injured after a car bomb went off at the Bab Al Hawa border between Syria and Turkey.