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September 21, 2014

Despite a ceasefire agreement yesterday, shelling and clashes continued between government forces and Houthi rebels Sunday. (AFP/File)
18:33 GMT

Fierce shelling continued in Sanaa on Sunday as Houthi rebels moved in on a key army base.

The Cairo attack is the second since June to target police forces in the capital since June. (AFP/File)
17:39 GMT

State TV reported Sunday a bomb attack occurred outside the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo, killing two police officers.

Reports indicate the military transport plane crashed due to a sudden technical error during a training exercise. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

A Egyptian military aircraft crashed south of Cairo Sunday, killing six military personnel and injuring another.

A new round of Israeli/Palestinian indirect talks is expected to face challenging demands, negotiations. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT

Egypt-brokered Indirect talks are expected to resume Tuesday between Israel and the Palestinian factions,

Al Hayat newspaper reported Sunday that Qatari officials in change of mediation warned the Lebanese government of Nusra's intent to execute soldiers. (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT

According to a report in Al-Hayat newspaper, Qatari officials told the Lebanese government the Nusra Front planned to begin executing soldiers "one after another" if prisoner release demands were not met.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces his new cabinet in Ankara, August 29, 2014. [AFP]
11:00 GMT

Diplomats, soldiers, children taken in Iraq are now in the southeastern city of Sanliurfa.

Syrian Kurds look at smoke billowing after a mortar hit the land near the Syrian border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014. [AFP]
10:36 GMT

The UN Refugee Agency says around 70,000 Syrian Kurds have been forced from their homes by the ISIL Takfiri threat and they have moved into Turkey in only 24 hours.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. [AFP]
09:09 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi heads to the US for the first time as leader to attend the 69th session of the UN General Assembly

Apache helicopter in flight.
08:53 GMT

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support Cairo's counter-terrorism efforts, the Pentagon said.

Deputy foreign minister of Iran Seyed Abbas Araghchi  addresses to the United Nations Security Council next to Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. [AFP]
08:40 GMT

According to a recent interview, Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.

Azzam al-Ahmad said in a statement that talks to finalize national reconciliation would take place sometime in the middle of the week. [AFP]
07:36 GMT

Fatah and Hamas will hold talks in Cairo next week in attempt to iron out issues that have prevented the full implementation of a unity deal agreed upon in April, a senior Fatah official said Saturday.

An image grab taken from a video released by Al-Manara Al-Baydaa, the official media arm of Al-Nusra Front, and uploaded on YouTube on September 10, 2014. [AFP]
07:12 GMT

The Nusra Front claimed responsibility late Saturday for an attack that targeted a Hezbollah checkpoint in northeast Lebanon. The militant group said the attack destroyed one 57 millimeter cannon but did not elaborate.

Egypt's Sisi will make first international appearance at the UN General Assembly meetings in New York. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi left Cairo for New York Sunday to attend UN General Assembly meetings, his first international appearance since taking office in June.

September 20, 2014

Earlier Saturday, protesters attacked Yemen's state-run television building and engulfed it in flames. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

Renewed clashes broke out in Yemen's capital Saturday, killing five.

Nusra Front released a video Saturday depicting the execution of a Lebanese captive and threatening another. (AFP/File)
15:40 GMT

The Nusra Front released a video Saturday depicting the execution of a Lebanese soldier captive and threatening the life of another policeman if Hezbollah continued what the group deems as attacks on the Sunni community.