December 9, 2013
According to a recent Israeli intelligence report, an increasing number of Salafists from Gaza and Israeli Arabs have joined ranks with jihadist rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a defensive statement on Monday in which he said that the West's efforts to curb Iran's nuclear sector were not working, and that the world had been forced to see the might of Iran's capabilities.
Chaos continued Monday at Egypt's Al Azhar University after the school's chairman called on security officials to suppress violent protests around the campus.
Moroccan police violently cracked down on a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara ahead of an EU deal with Rabat that would exploit the contested territory's fish resources.
PLO official: Kerry and his pro-Israeli security proposals will cause "total failure" of peace talks
Senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo on Monday told AFP that the U.S. proposals on Israel's security threaten the future of the peace talks.
History is expected to be made upon the signing of the an agreement that would allow water to be drawn from the Red Sea in order to provide desalinated water to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians as well as rescue the dying Dead Sea.
Bomb attacks in the capital and north of Baghdad killed at least 15 in Iraq Monday.
Turkish newspaper Taraf announced Monday that it plans to sue Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his involvement in a "treason row,
As part of his Middle Eastern tour, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Pakistan to discuss continued efforts to maintain open borders to Afghanistan.
Members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) released four Turkish soldiers Monday morning after Kurdish politicians intervened into the situation.
Following the death of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of an Israeli solider on Sunday, Ramallah on Monday came to a standstill as youths from nearby refugee camps forced business to close.
Media groups affiliated with Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah have apologized to Bahrain for their biased and subjective coverage of Shiite protests in the Gulf state.
Despite being lambasted by the press for his outrageous spending on luxuries such as icecream, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will not attend Nelson Mandela's funeral as it is "too expensive" to travel to South Africa.
The international chemical weapons watchdog OPCW warned Sunday that there might be a delay of a few days in transporting Syria's chemical weapons out of the country due to unforeseen technical difficulties.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to participate in the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa next week.
Kurdish militants abducted four Turkish soldiers on Sunday by removing them from their vehicles at a security checkpoint.
A senior Orthodox Church official has urged Christians to take up arms to defend themselves and their holy places in the wake of the recent abduction of a group of nuns from the ancient village of Maaloula in Syria.
Netanyahu: Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is "the minimal requirement for peace"
During a webcast video speech to the 10th annual Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington, Netanyahu said that Palestinians needed to "come to grips" with the idea of Israel as a Jewish nation state in order for peace negotiations to succeed.
December 8, 2013
Syrian government forces made advances on Sunday in the town of al-Nabk, one of the last rebel-held areas in Qalamoun region bordering Lebanon, a watchdog said.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday he would be prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani, Agence France-Presse reported.
Hundreds of Syrians fled to Jordan on Saturday as allegations of a new chemical weapons attack reportedly fuelled a fresh exodus from Damascus towards the border region.
155 people arrested during clashes in the capital in October were acquitted in Cairo's misdemeanor court Saturday.
Israel's Economy Minister Naftali Bennett proposed Sunday that the Jewish state annex parts of the West Bank.
At least five people were killed from a bomb that detonated in an outdoor market in Iraq's capital Baghdad.
Hundreds turned out for a march that led from Ajami Mosque to Gazan Park in Jaffa in protest of the Prawer Plan which aims to relocate Bedouins from large land settlement to a fraction of the space.
Prominent Egyptian youth activists Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Maher will appear in court Sunday due to their participation in a demonstration last week in violation of the country's new protest law. Mohamed Adel, will be tried in absentia according to judicial sources.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will discuss details of Geneva II with U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Paris on Sunday.
Jordan's King Abdullah has said that the Hashemite Kingdom is more than capable of living up to the responsibility of being a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.
Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbia told reporters Saturday that Yemen is hoping to join the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Kerry reaffirms U.S. support of Israeli security, says peace with Palestine will "make Israel stronger"
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that pursuing a two-state solution and peace with Palestine was in Israel's best interests as he reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to safeguarding Israel's security.
The Mandela-Algeria connection: The influence of Algeria's revolution on South Africa's anti-apartheid movement
The late Mandela's military training in Algeria during the 1960s with the rebels of the National Liberation Front played a critical role in shaping and influencing the late leader's formation and ideology of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement and the country's African National Congress.
Militants have claimed the lives of nine people after an attack on alcohol shops in Baghdad in what continues to be a rise in death toll for Iraq.
Egyptian judges on Saturday refused to hear the case against Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Al Beltagi and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazi. The judges expressed "unease over the case" and have demanded that another court precedes over the trial.
Family and friends blame Israeli troops for firing on and killing a teenage Palestinian boy near the Jalazoun refugee camp.
Syrian government and opposition to receive invitations to attend the Geneva II meetings which will be held in late January.
Iraqi authorities say two separate bombings in the northern Baghdad region have killed at least four people and wounded over twenty more.
The head of Lebanon's General Security headed to Qatar on Saturday to seek assistance in the case of a group of nuns seized earlier this month in Syria.
US President Barack Obama on Saturday defended nuclear diplomacy with Iran, saying talks can achieve greater peace for Israel and the United States than could military action.
December 7, 2013
Oman is opposed to the Saudi proposal to deepen the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and transform it into a Gulf Union
Fourteen women, in their early 20s and initially jailed for 11 years, were ordered freed after receiving one-year suspended sentences.
At least 40 bodies of men, women and children were discovered on Saturday in the Syrian town of al-Nabk, a Damascus suburb, in an apparent new massacre, the Syrian Revolutionary Council reported, following a heavy shelling campaign by the regime’s army.
A report has revealed that al-Qaeda-linked groups are using “safe houses” in southern Turkey to send foreign militants to neighboring Syria to take part in the war against its government.
Protest marches and sit-ins took place across Jordan on Friday, with demonstrators calling for security and safety in light of a recent wave of crime to hit the country, according to local media reports.
Hagel promises US will maintain 35000-strong force in Gulf region despite recent deal with Tehran.
The latest violence follows warnings from Britain that a solution to the Syrian conflict must be found in 2014.
December 6, 2013
The U.N. General Assembly has elected Jordan to the Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia rejected
The military wing of Syria’s foreign-sponsored opposition says it will not take part in the upcoming Geneva conference on the crisis in Syria, Press TV reports.
Arab and Muslim figures on Friday mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, noting his cause as an example for the world to follow.
AQAP claims Thursday’s attack on the defense ministry in Sanaa that killed 52 and wounded 167 people.
An Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Defense Ministry compound in the capital, Sanaa.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas paid tribute Friday to Nelson Mandela's commitment to his people's cause as he mourned the South African liberation icon.
Syrian opposition activists on Thursday accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of again using poison gas in rebel-held areas, saying victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth.
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Thursday peace talks with Israel were “difficult and complicated,” after a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
California Republican Duncan Hunter says that if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, it should use "tactical" nukes.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, dies aged 95 and Palestinians grieve as twins in Apartheid.
December 5, 2013
The Army said it arrested three more people in Tripoli, bringing the total number of detainees to 28 since Monday.
The Salafist Nour Party on Thursday called on Egyptians to vote "Yes" in an upcoming referendum on a revised version of Egypt's 2012 constitution.
Israel’s security is a top priority in talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during his Jerusalem visit Thursday.
Amir Peretz is the first minister to travel to the country in an official capacity since relations soured in 2010.
A U.S. citizen working in an international school in Benghazi was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in Libya on Thursday.
Former chief of Shin Bet Yuval Diskin on Thursday criticised Benjamin Netanyahu's government after he was called "rustrated and sanctimonious" for calling for stronger Israeli policies on Palestine.
Syrian jihadists from the Al Qaeda linked-group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, kidnapped 50 Kurds Thursday.
A suicide car bomber attacked Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday killing at least twenty and leaving dozens wounded.
Syria's fragile domestic security situation could derail the OPCW's ambitious plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014, according to the head of the mission.
Nine people were killed in northern Iraq Wednesday as part of a a coordinated, massive attack on a shopping mall.
Breaking the taboo of boycotting Israel, the American Studies Association has launched a massive initiative boycotting Israeli academic institutions that are complicit in the occupation.
Recent bombing and shootings in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp has left the community-and town-paralyzed.
The United States has reached out to Islamist militias among the Syrian opposition as it seeks to reach a political solution to war in Syria, a U.S. official confirmed Wednesday.
Jordan is cracking down on jihadists on hardline Islamists.
NATO and Russian officials have pledged their public support to the international effort to destroy Syria's deadly chemical weapons stockpile and called on Damascus to ensure that UN officials working on their destruction have "unfettered" access to the weapons.
Prominent Egyptian youth activists Ahmed Maher and Mohmaed Adel were sentenced to face criminal court late Wednesday. Two other activists, Ahmed Douma and Alaa Abdel-Fattah, were also charged and detained earlier this week.
Lebanese President condemns Israel's attempts to "create sectarian strife" following assassination of Hezbollah official
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday condemned the assassination of Hezbollah official Hassan Laqqis, which he says was a "new chapter in Israel's attempts to create sectarian strife and target civil peace" in Lebanon.
December 4, 2013
Syrian government will attend Geneva II with full intention of Assad keeping command through any transitions.
According to a report from the Israeli media, the government is planning to transfer 20,000 dunams (just over 20 km²) of occupied land in Area C in the West Bank to the PA for use in commercial projects.
Coalition of Islamists led by Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood says rewriting of charter is 'absurd', whilst claiming that the upcoming referendum will be rigged. The group did not say it would boycott the vote, however.
After they entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound under armed guard, Israelis clashed with Palestinian Muslim worshippers in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
The militant Shiite group Hezbollah on Tuesday said that one of its leaders had been "assassinated" near Beirut. The group accused Israel of being behind the death.
KSA leadership orders authorities to seriously consider Human Rights Commission's recommendations on women driving rights
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah ordered authorities this week to consider the Human Rights Commission's recommendations on 72 proposals, including women driving rights.
More than 126,000 illegal workers deported from Saudi Arabia in month since crackdown on illegal workers
Since the government launched a nation-wide crackdown on illegal workers exactly one month ago, Saudi Arabia has deported more than 126,000 people from the Kingdom.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed late Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the Iranian embassy bombing in Beirut last month.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday that following the international deal with Iran over its nuclear program, he recently met with an envoy from Qatar in a bid to boost the two sides' relations.
While Arafat's wife is still in disbelief, French experts claim to have found "natural causes" as the reason behind Yasser Arafat's death.
Prominent Syrian opposition activist Suhair Atassi has resigned from the post of VP for the Syrian National Coalition.
A newly appointed envoy from the UK made a historic visit to Tehran on Tuesday breaking the two year lapse in connection.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi made pleas for Syrian rebels to release of a group of nuns and orphans they captured in the ancient town of Maaloula.
Recent polls show that Egypt's El Sisi is the current frontrunner for TIME's person of the year for 2013.
December 3, 2013
For the first time Tuesday, Israel confirmed that it is providing humanitarian aid to Syrians.
A bomb explosion in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp left five wounded in southern Lebanon after 9 individuals were arrested earlier Tuesday for their involvement in orchestrating the fatal clashes in the country's northern city of Tripoli.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet with Saudi's intelligence chief Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Syria
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on current president Hassan Rouhani Tuesday to debate "baseless and unfair" allegations that he is responsible for Iran's dire economic situation.
Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas told reporters that Palestinians will "take action" against Israel vis-a-vis international bodies if peace talks fail.
A suicide and mortar attack on a government compound in Iraq's northern town of Tarmiya left 9 people dead and 17 wounded Tuesday.
A Palestinian investigator told reporters Tuesday that he would soon release the names of those he believed were responsible for former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death.
Egypt's 2013 constitution includes article 174 that allows civilians to be tried in front of military courts. Though this idea is not new for Egyptians, the article's tension with demands from the 2011 revolution may put Egypt's political development and future in dire positions.
Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip as there is now a "public health catastrophe" after the sole Gaza power plant shut down.
Expectations are high for final approval by interim President Mansour on Egypt's draft constitution.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in central Damascus on Tuedsay, killing at least four people. Initial reports suggest the bomber may have been targeting a government building.
Prominent Egyptian social activist Ahmed Douma was arrested at his home in Cairo on Tuesday morning, in the latest in crackdown on public bloggers and activists by the authorities.
The Lebanese army on Tuesday was carrying out a series of raids in the city, one day after Beirut authorized the military to take control of the violence-prone northern city for six months.
Only able to supply regular aid to six million Syrians, the International Red Cross said Monday that the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria is leaving one million citizens hungry.