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April 13, 2014

Over 90,000 Algerians in France cast their vote on the opening day of the polls (Bertrand Langlois/AFP)
08:18 GMT
France's Algerians population headed to the polls this weekend to vote in their home country's presidential election which is set to take place nationally April 17.
Kuwait's opposition held a conference last week about their new initiative, the "national political reform programme" (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
07:55 GMT
Kuwait has imposed a news blackout on reports related to a recording that suggests there is a plot to overthrow the ruling government.
A collage of portraits of those missing since Lebanon's civil war. (Image courtesy of The Independent)
07:46 GMT
Relatives of those who disappeared during the civil war want answers and hope that a new commission will help.
The U.S. recently listed Ansar Beit Maqdis as a terrorist group (File Archive/AFP)
07:33 GMT
Egyptian troops have allegedly killed a prominent Sinai Peninsula militant this weekend.
Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has seen fierce fighting since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
Government forces battled rebel fighters in Aleppo in the fiercest fighting since 2012.
Amnesty International have slammed Egypt's controversial counter-terrorism law. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
Amnesty International issued a statement this weekend denouncing a counter-terrorism law drafted by the Egyptian government, saying that it must be scrapped or fundamentally revised.
An Israeli border guard aims his weapon at Palestinians stone throwers during clashes in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron on April 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER)
06:41 GMT
Israeli forces surrounded the central West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and declared it a "closed military zone" on Saturday, subsequently injuring two Palestinian civilians, a local group said.
The Syrian opposition and regime both blame each other for Saturday's attack. (AFP/File)
06:28 GMT
The Syrian regime and opposition forces accused each other on Saturday of carrying out a chemical attack on the village of Kafr Zeita, located in the embattled country’s western-central province of Hama.
The World Bank recently reported that Ben Ali embezzled billions of dollars. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Switzerland will hand over $40 million to Tunisia. The money comes from a Swiss bank account belonging to former dictator Ben Ali.

April 12, 2014

Yemeni security forces have been the target of multiple attacks since 2012. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT
At least one soldier is dead after gunmen fired on an army vehicle in Hadramawt Province.
Massive protests for government reform began in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
The Opposition Coalition in Kuwait is suggesting major government reforms, such as instituting political parties.
Many Libyans want a larger share of oil profits. (AFP/File)
16:46 GMT
Anti-government protestors forced the Zawiya oil terminal to close and blocked the entrance to the port, preventing oil workers from entering.
According to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, over 100 structures have been demolished in 2014 alone. (AFP/File)
14:40 GMT
The Israeli government has demolished several humanitarian residential buildings that were partially funded by the EU.
One person was killed after demonstrators clashed with Egyptian police in Alexandria. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
Clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces have left one dead in Alexandria.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, said Sunday that Iran would pursue legal action against the United States' decision to deny Aboutalebi a visa. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT
Iranian officials said there is no alternative to Hamid Aboutalebi, their pick for U.N. Ambassador.
Fighting between Egyptian security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters is the biggest obstacle for peace in the country (File/AFP)
11:07 GMT
At least two Muslim Brotherhood members have been killed by security forces in an exchange of gunfire on Friday.
City in lockdown: Heavy security presence in Tripoli (File/AFP)
10:11 GMT
The military in Lebanon continued to maintain a heavy presence in Tripoli, setting up checkpoints and barriers across the city on Friday.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third most holiest site for Muslims (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT
Palestinian activists have condemned plans by Israeli officials to build a temple close to al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews have turned out in huge numbers to protest the new law. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A controversial new bill seeks to force yeshiva students to serve in the Israeli military, but the Ultra-Orthodox community is pushing back.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians broke down over the last week after Israel refused to release Palestinian prisoners. It is unclear whether talks will resume. (photo courtesy: www.standard.co.uk)
06:26 GMT
Labour party leader Ed Miliband avoided tough questions on current Israel-Palestine negotiations while at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Saleh al-Mutlaq was left unhurt after the attack in Baghdad (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Deputy PM Saleh al-Mutlaq escaped from an assassination attempt, alleges an Iraqi lawmaker accompanying him on a trip to Abu Graib.

April 11, 2014

Sixty six people have died from MERS in Saudi Arabia so far (File/AFP)
17:03 GMT
Five hospital workers have been placed in quarantine due to a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus outbreak in Al Ain, UAE.
This year's marathon was a good turnout, organizers say (File/AFP)
14:52 GMT
Palestinians and foreigners alike took on Bethlehem's hilly roads and ran the marathon as part of the "Right to Movement" campaign on Friday.
Terror suspect Mohammed Qassem was arrested in the Lebanese village of Arsal by the army (File/AFP)
13:25 GMT
The Lebanese military have captured a terrorist allegedly involved in carrying out deadly attacks across the country.
Egypt has come under scrutiny for detaining journalists (File/AFP)
12:14 GMT
Journalists under fire: A reporter for a pro-Muslim Brotherhood website has been jailed for allegedly posting leaked videos of military officials.
Rebel groups, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and Nusra Front continue to fight each other (File/AFP)
11:33 GMT
Rival groups fighting each other in Syria have brought the death toll up in recent days, complicating the country's civil war further.
Easter is an important time for Palestine's 200,000 Christians (File/AFP)
09:33 GMT
Archbishop Atallah Hanna and Palestinian Christian groups have accused Israel of discriminating against their right to worship freely in the holy city.
Eric Harroun was jailed for six months when he returned to the U.S. for fighting alongside terrorist groups (File/Facebook)
09:08 GMT
Famous for fighting alongside Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria, "The American Jihadist" Eric Harroun died of an accidental overdose in Arizona.
Egypt has seen various "waves"  of revolution over the past years, but will real reforms be implemented if Mubarak-era Sisi wins the upcoming election? (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Arab regimes will never be a source of true reform in the MENA region. So-called "dialogues" and "agendas for change" are mere distractions to perpetuate the status quo.
Turkey's Twitter ban was lifted last week while YouTube remains blocked (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Ankara continues to draw criticism after the Turkish government ignored a court ruling to lift a ban on YouTube.

April 10, 2014

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians broke down over the last week after Israel refused to release Palestinian prisoners. (AFP/File)
19:47 GMT
Israeli Finance Minister Naftali Bennett believes Israel should annex 60 percent of the West Bank in light of failed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
As peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians falter, some fear a return to violence. (photo courtesy: timesofisrael.com)
18:22 GMT
140 Palestinians made their way into a closed military zone on the border with Israel, sparking violence.
Family members of Palestinian prisoners protest for their release (File/AFP)
15:56 GMT
Ten Palestinian prisoners are at the forefront of Israeli discussions to deport them to Gaza, according to a senior official.
The majority of the government approved clerics were trained at Al Azhar University. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT
The Egyptian government is adopting measures to expand control over mosques.
Border checkpoints in Yemen are frequently targeted by Al Qaeda militants in the country (File Archive/AFP)
13:55 GMT
At least two Saudi soldiers were killed by unidentified gunmen on the Yemeni border.
An IDF soldier walks passed a bus graffitied by Israeli settlers in the West Bank (AFP/file)
12:05 GMT
Five Israeli settlers were arrested for attacking army soldiers and vandalizing IDF vehicles, bringing the total number of arrests to eight this week.
A Syrian refugee family waits at a UNHCR registration center in Lebanon (Joseph Eid/AFP)
11:52 GMT
Some 20 Syrian refugee families with ties to the regime have returned to their hometown of Flita, according to Syrian army sources.
Lebanese army retaliated in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli (file/AFP)
10:35 GMT
Armed men opened fire on the Lebanese army, prompting an overnight battle in Tripoli, north of Lebanon.
The issue of Palestinian prisoners being released has sparked protests on both sides and delayed the peace talks. Some Israelis claim that the prisoners are terrorists and therefore should not be released. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to extend peace talks past the April 29 deadline.
Israel says that Hezbollah is repeatedly violating UN resolutions. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT
Israel has asked the United Nations to take action against Hezbollah after the party's secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said that his group was behind a blast that targeted Israeli troops last month.
Approximately 1,400 people have been killed in chemical weapons attacks in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:33 GMT
The U.S. and Turkey will follow up on new accusations that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons in recent months.
The latest GCC summit did not include the Qatar rift issue on the agenda (File Archive)
08:31 GMT
Kuwait expects "positive steps" to be implemented to end the Gulf rift between Qatar and other GCC countries.
Egypt is planning to hold elections for the presidency at the end of May (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
07:38 GMT
Anti-Morsi actors in Egypt are accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of trying to "infiltrate" the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE have entered Bahrain in an effort to quell demonstrations. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Bahrainis continue to hold anti-government protests across the country, despite a heavy government crackdown.
More than 3,000 people have died in Iraq from violent attacks since the beginning of 2014 (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
07:25 GMT
Violent attacks in mostly Shiite areas in Iraq left at least 34 people dead Wednesday.
Hezbollah is allegedly facing an economic crisis over its continued role in the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
Hezbollah is facing an economic crisis stemming from its involvement in the Syrian civil war, and budget cuts in Iran as a result of new president Hassan Rouhani's austerity policies, Lebanese sources say.
A 2013 United Nations study found that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT
A UN report shows that in 2013, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women experienced some form of sexual harassment.
Hamas has called on Abbas to end negotiations with Israel and recruit regional and international opposition to the occupation (Mohamed El Shahed/AFP)
07:04 GMT
Hamas told reporters Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority should end security cooperation with Israel.
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows vehicles burning in al-Khudary Street in the Karm el-Loz neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs. (AFP)
06:57 GMT
At least 25 people, including women and children, have been killed in two car bomb attacks in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
Negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis are threatening to collapse after nine months of talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited the region over a dozen times in an attempt to salvage negotiations.(photo courtesy: www.thetakeaway.org)
05:00 GMT
The Arab League stated that buying time is a 'strategic objective' for Israel.

April 9, 2014

The explosion in a vegetable market outside Islamabad comes during peace talks between the Taliban and the Pakistani government. (photo courtesy: www.presstv.ir.com)
18:42 GMT
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Human rights groups around the world criticized the Egyptian ruling. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
The men were sentenced for wearing women's clothing and organizing sex parties.
Previous hearings for Morsi's cases have been delayed for protests, lack of evidence, and even weather (File Archive/AFP)
13:38 GMT
An Egyptian appeal court ruled Wednesday that the original judges hearing two cases on former president Mohammed Morsi are not allowed to be replaced in future hearings.
 Members of the Syrian Red Crescent arrive with aid at the rebel controlled Jisr al-Haj checkpoint in the Bustan al-Qasr district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 8, 2014. It's the first time aid has been delivered to Aleppo in 10 months. (AFP)
12:19 GMT
Much needed aid and humanitarian supplies were delivered to rebel-held areas of Aleppo by the Syrian Red Crescent and the UN on Wednesday for the first time in 10 months
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog said Netanyahu is "giving fuel and matches to those who hate Israel. (AFP/File)
11:45 GMT
In the wake of the Mideast peace talk's failure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed all Israeli government ministries to cease civilian and economic cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.
Italy had to deny that the U.S. had vetoed weapons bound for the Lebanese Army. (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT
Italy’s ambassador to Lebanon denied that the United States had 'vetoed' weapons bound for the Lebanese Army in remarks published Wednesday.
Since 2013, violence has been escalating in Iraq. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT
A series of car bombs hit Baghdad's Shiite neighborhoods on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people according to officials.
Most of the anti-Semitic tweets came from Egypt. (AFP/File)
09:14 GMT
When the hugely popular Egyptian TV host used scholar Ben Judah's work in a local newspaper, things quickly got out of hand, revealing the extent of anti-Semitic feeling in the Arab world.
Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been accused by the Syrian government of having an overwhelming bias towards the opposition. (AFP/File)
08:47 GMT
The Syrian regime has claimed that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is biased towards the opposition, slamming her recent accusations that Damascus has committed human rights violations.
Syrian regime fighters ousted rebels from Yabroud last month (File Archive)
08:00 GMT
The Syrian regime forces have "stepped up their offensive" on the last rebel stronghold in the strategic Qalamoun area, Rankous.
Egypt security forces have been deployed to Aswan in an effort to end the clashes (Ahmed El Moghrabi/AFP)
07:29 GMT
Inter-tribal clashes in Egypt's Aswan has now left 26 dead as of Tuesday and an additional 56 injured.
Iran is likely to continue its uranium enrichment program under the final agreement say some delegates (Dieter Nagl/AFP)
07:21 GMT
Iranian negotiators told media outlets Tuesday following high-level talks in Vienna that a final nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers will be completed within the next six months.
The Arab League called for an emergency meeting to be held last week over the crumbling Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas submitted bid for recognition in over 60 U.N. agencies (File Archive/AFP)
07:06 GMT
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Egypt Tuesday evening ahead of Wednesday's Arab League meeting on the ongoing peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
The neighboring war in Syria has sparked sectarian tensions in Lebanon's city of Tripoli (Ibrahim Chaloub/AFP)
06:56 GMT
At least two soldiers were killed in Lebanon's city of Tripoli Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in the area of Akkar.

April 8, 2014

Negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis are threatening to collapse after nine months of talks. Kerry has visited the region over a dozen times in an attempt to salvage negotiations. (AFP/File)
18:14 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments follow a breakdown in negotiations between Israel and Palestinians.
Over 150,000 people are estimated to have died in the three year old Syrian conflict. (photo courtesy: www.theaustralian.com.au)
17:58 GMT
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and later killed the priest in the besieged city of Homs.
Negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis are threatening to collapse after nine months of talks. (photo courtesy: justiceinconflict.wordpress.com)
16:42 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is concerned that Israel will deny tax revenues to Palestine as peace talks falter.
Iran's appointment of Hamid Abutalebi comes amid nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. (photo courtesy: elojodigital.com)
15:49 GMT
Tehran's appointment, Hamid Abutalebi, is accused of taking part in the occupation of the US embassy in November 1979.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has filed for Palestine's recognition in 63 U.N. agencies, treaties, and conventions (File Archive/AFP)
13:00 GMT
Palestinian leadership is planning to seek more UN recognition from additional agencies and treaties, according to sources Tuesday.
Soldiers stand guard on the road leading to Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp on April 7, 2014 on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese port of Sidon after clashes occurred between two different Palestinian factions. The clashes left five people dead and 23 injuried.( AFP photo/Mahmoud Zayyat)
12:49 GMT
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Monday phoned a Hamas representative in Lebanon to check in on refugees in Mieh Mieh camp, a day after clashes between Palestinians killed nine.
The neighboring war in Syria has had a significant "spillover effect" into Iraq (File Archive/AFP)
12:35 GMT
At least 12 civilians died in attacks throughout Iraq and Baghdad killed 25 militants in the capital Tuesday.
Iraq's elections are set to take place on April 30 (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP)
11:40 GMT
Some areas of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province will not have ballot stations for the upcoming parliamentary elections due to "security concerns."
Yemen's military is increasingly being treated as a target by militant forces. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT
Four Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a militant attack on a special forces’ checkpoint in southeastern part of the country, a security official says.
Assad may be granted a third term in office if he runs in and wins the July elections. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT
The upcoming Syrian elections that seem likely to put President Bashar al-Assad back in office for a third term will not be delayed, regardless of the ongoing war, the government said Tuesday.
Abbas called for the Arab League meeting in the face of the failure of the U.S.-led peace talks with Israel. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting requested by acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the failure of the so-called peace talks with Israel.
Israel has controlled Gaza's waters since its occupation of the area in 1967. (AFP/File)
08:31 GMT
An Israeli naval squadron on Tuesday fired at Palestinian boats in Gaza waters, after six military vehicles entered the besieged Palestinian area.
Discussion over Sisi's platform for the future of Egypt has received little attention in the media thus far (File Archive/AFP)
07:55 GMT
We know former military chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi is running for president, but what is his vision for the future of Egypt, and who is "the mastermind" behind this vision?
Zarif said his talks with the P5+1 were "useful" but said that no final deal is yet being drafted. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran and the P5+1 group have not drafted the text of a final agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program yet.
Many Algerians have also taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term in the country's upcoming elections (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
07:20 GMT
Renewed clashes between Algeria's Arabs and Berbers in the country's south left at least 35 people wounded Monday.
Extremist right-wing settlers from Yitzhar clashed with Israeli security forces over the destruction of illegally built homes. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT
Israeli security forces descended on Yitzhar, just south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, and destroyed four buildings which authorities determined were built without a permit. Clashes between the IDF and right-wing settlers broke out.
Rebel fighters from the "Al-Mujahedin The Falcons of Islam" brigade looks at a map as they prepare an operation to "liberate" an area controlled by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:37 GMT
Syrian opposition groups have claimed gains in the city of Aleppo and Qunaitra area, which borders Israel, while regime troops launched a deadly offensive in the outskirts of Damascus, killing dozens of rebels.
The Assad regime used lethal chemical weapons on the Syrian people in 2013. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israel security sources say the Assad regime used a non-lethal chemical weapon on opposition fighters in March.

April 7, 2014

Iraqis will vote for parliament members on April 30. (AFP/File)
19:37 GMT
Iraqi security forces have killed 19 militants as violence continues ahead of elections.
Roughly 16,000 Egyptians have been jailed for protesting over the past few months. (AFP/File)
18:26 GMT
An Egyptian court has upheld prison sentences for three political activists and ruled Monday that each would be fined 50,000 Egyptian pounds.
The request from YouTube comes days after a court ruled to lift the ban on Twitter. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
YouTube has asked Turkey's Constitutional Court to lift a ban on the video sharing website.
Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, along with Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, visited Aswan to mediate a truce. (AFP/File)
15:14 GMT
The Bani Helal and Daboudiya clans in southern Egypt have agreed to a three-day truce.
Bashar al Assad is struggling to stay in power as Syrian rebels and foreign jihadists fight to topple his regime. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al Assad said his army will win the war within the year and go back to "fighting terrorists."
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat are expected to meet again late Monday. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT
Top negotiators from Israel and the Palestinian Authority held a "serious and beneficial" meeting Sunday.
Clashes between Bani Helal and Daboudiya began last Wednesday over the harassment of a girl and offensive graffiti (Radwan El Najar/AFP)
13:35 GMT
Fourteen people were arrested Monday for Friday's tribal clashes in Egypt's Aswan that left 25 dead.
Two were killed in Monday's clashes. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT
Clashes in the Palestinian Refugee Camp of Mieh Mieh in the coastal city of Sidon Monday killed two people, including the commander of an armed group, and wounded five others, security sources said.
Iran's FM Javad Zarif will meet with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Monday evening (File Archive/AFP)
10:52 GMT
Iran's nuclear negotiation team, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, will meet with the EU's foreign policy chief Monday evening in preparation of Tuesday's high-level nuclear negotiations.
The eastern militias will immediately hand over the Zuwaitina and Hariga oil terminals under the new deal (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
10:40 GMT
Libya's main eastern militia has agreed to return control of four major state oil terminals to Tripoli.
Syrian refugees look out over the expanse of white UNHCR tents at their refugee camp in Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT
Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner' and a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visits a Syrian refugee camp in Kurdish Iraq and is moved by families desperate to provide for themselves and not to be reliant on the generosity of local people.
Israeli soldiers stand together in the occupied Golan Heights. Hezbollah has taken responsibility for an attack on Israeli territory last month. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT
Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said that his organization is responsible for last month's attack on an Israeli military patrol in the occupied Shebaa Farms area.
Algeria's Kabylie region, which is home to many of the country's minority Berbers, is a main site for the anti-Bouteflika protests (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
07:35 GMT
Violence enveloped protests throughout Algeria over the weekend ahead of the country's upcoming presidential elections that are believed to be rigged in favor of incumbent and ailing leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Smoke billows from buildings in the southern city of Aswan on April 6, 2014 following fighting between the Bani Hilal, an Arab tribe, and the Dabudiya, a Nubian family. (AFP)
07:17 GMT
At least two more people were killed on Sunday in the southern governorate of Aswan, renewing deadly tribal clashes that have killed almost two dozen people in three days of fighting.
Jordan's King Abdullah is due to visit Russia on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Jordan's King Abdullah is due to pay a working visit to Russia on Wednesday, during which he will meet President Vladimir Putin.
The purpose of the sanctions is to deal a blow to the Lebanese group’s finances and reduce its capacity to "sow instability in Middle East". (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT
U.S. lawmakers are seeking to implement more sanctions against Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and its partner, Al-Manar television station.
The West must face up to the fact that Assad "will not be overthrown," the analyst said. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
An Iranian-sponsored analyst has called on Western governments to halt their support for the Syrian opposition and to recognise that Syrian President Bashar Assad is still "standing tall".

April 6, 2014

Menendez accused Iran of "plotting in the back room" over the nuclear talks. (AFP/File)
19:03 GMT
At a conference in New York City on Sunday, several prominent members of America's Israeli lobby accused Iran of "plotting in the back room" and seeking to ruin a nuclear deal with world powers.