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February 6, 2013

A remote base in Saudi Arabia is being used by the C.I.A. to conduct its drone assassination campaign in Yemen.
08:11 GMT

A remote base in Saudi Arabia is being used by the C.I.A. to conduct its drone assassination campaign in Yemen.

The old Iraqi flag is painted on a tomb of a man killed in 2006 in the Martyrs Cemetery outside the Sunni Abu Hanifa mosque in the Sunni stronghold of Adhamiya. (AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ)
06:32 GMT

A car bomb outside Taji central prison kills at least seven security officials.

US President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House on Tuesday in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI)
06:00 GMT

The U.S. president will visit the region for the first time in office.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov speaks after a Bulgarian national security conference in Sofia. (AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF)
05:07 GMT

After the militant Lebanese group are implicated in the attack on Israeli citizens in Bulgaria, the country's foreign minister warns Hezbollah of the consequences.

February 5, 2013

Syria was a key participant in the C.I.A. rendition program.
11:17 GMT

Despite being labeled part of the 'axis of evil', President Bashar al-Assad's regime subcontracted torture for the United States.

Iraqis walk in al-Rasheed street, the oldest street in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ)
11:01 GMT

An army checkpoint in the town of Taji, north of the Iraqi capital, is attacked.

Twenty-two labourers were killed and 24 were injured when a truck ploughed into the minibus that was ferrying them to work in Al Ain. (Photo courtesy of Al-Ain Police Public Relations office)
08:19 GMT

Survivors of a smash that killed their colleagues have described how their journey to work on Monday morning ended in horror.

The U.S. CIA drone campaign began in 2002, but since President Barack Obama came to office in 2008 there has been a marked upsurge in the use of drones in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia.
07:26 GMT

The document, obtained by NBC News, shows how senior U.S. officials can act with impunity, outside of normal legal procedures.

Sheikh Moaz Al-Khabib, President of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces poses for photographers ahead of bilateral talks with US Vice President Joseph Biden. (AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOF STACHE)
07:07 GMT

Opposition leader, Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, urges President Assad to start talks about leaving the country and handing over power.

Tanks of the Lebanese airborne division drive in the east Lebanon village of Arsal, near the Syrian border on Monday. (AFP PHOTO/ STR)
06:32 GMT

A Western diplomat tells Lebanese politicians that the attack by Israel on Tuesday night will only increase regime support.

Mourners carry the coffins of killed Egyptian activists Amro Saad and Mohammed al-Guindi during their funeral outside Omar Makram Mosque in Tahrir Square. Saad died in clashes during anti-government protests on February 1, while Guindi, 28, went missing last month after joining protests demanding change and then slipped into a coma following days in police custody, according to the health ministry and his party. (AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
04:55 GMT

The culture minister resigns after images of police brutality are aired on TV.

February 4, 2013

An Israeli soldier stands guard in front of an amusement park during a military operation carried out to arrest Palestinian militants in the West Bank city of Jenin on Sunday. (AFP PHOTO/SAIF DAHLAH)
13:13 GMT

The Jewish state arrests 23 members of Hamas including three lawmakers in the Occupied Territories.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad talks with Saeed Jalili, who heads the Iranian Supreme National Security Council in Damascus. (AFP PHOTO / HO-SANA)
10:57 GMT

Saeed Jalil, the senior Iranian official visiting Damascus, tells reporters that Assad has their full support.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will become the first Iranian president to travel to Egypt in over 30 years when he visits Cairo next week
10:09 GMT

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will become the first Iranian president to travel to Egypt in over 30 years when he visits Cairo next week to take part in a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Reuters reported.

Iraqi rescuers at the scene after a car bombing on a police headquarters in a disputed northern city of Kirkuk. (AFP PHOTO/MARWAN IBRAHIM)
09:59 GMT

Following weeks of mounting tensions, more bombs go off just north of the Iraqi capital.