September 9, 2013
After talking with his Syrian counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Washington that Damascus is ready to focus on peace talks, urging the US to consider a military strike on Syria.
As Mubarak-era official Amr Moussa takes over drafting the Egyptian constitution, he promised to include lessons from the 2011 and 2013 revolutions in the new document.
The US military strike on Syria could potentially close down Beirut's airport. Lebanon is preparing itself for a wide variety of eventualities.
The Israeli military deployed its Iron Dome missile defence system in Jerusalem on Sunday as Netanyahu prepares his country in anticipation of a US-led strike on Syria.
China urges US to seek approval from UN before continuing any Syrian intervention efforts.
Syrian President Bashar Assad denied any involvement in the chemical weapons attack on Damascus on August 21 and called on the US to provide evidence to the contrary during an interview with CBS on Sunday.
September 8, 2013
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Egyptian group inspired by Al Qaeda, on Sunday claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on the Egyptian interior minister Mohammed Ibrahim last Thursday.
The Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, claimed responsibility for a series of car bombs that killed 50 last week, as two suicide bombers killed upwards of five people in Baghdad.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, ahead of meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Sunday that the peace talks between Palestine and Israel were progressing well and both sides had remained 'steadfast' amid tough decisions and pressure.
The Pentagon is planning attacks on Syria that will last for as long as three days. "Many more" than the initially planned key fifty targets will be targeted during the course of the campaign.
German intelligence reports suggest that although Syrian regime forces may have perpetrated the recent chemical weapons attack in Damascus, President Bashar Assad many not have approved the attack.
A new report indicates that British companies sold the Syrian government the chemical agent used to kill more than 1,400 civilians in Damascus last month.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the number of countries backing a strike on Syria was now in double digits, and that the world must not be 'silent spectators to slaughter'.
The European Union, whilst meeting in Lithuania on Saturday, called for a unified international response to the Syrian crisis, urging the US to wait until the UN finishes its investigation into chemical weapons claim before taking action.
The Egyptian army's campaign has killed nine militants in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday.