November 7, 2013
Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Thursday that Syria has provided video and photographic evidence indicating that a chemical weapons site has been dismantled and abandoned. OPCW has accepted the footage as proof that 22 out of the 23 declared chemical production facilities in Syria have now been destroyed.
Syrian regime forces supported by Hezbollah fighters retook the rebel-controlled town of Sbeineh near Damascus Thursday.
Israel on Thursday strongly warned the P5+1 powers against easing up its sanctions against Iran.
A US official speaking in Geneva reportedly said that the world powers are considering temporarily suspending its sanctions against Iran in return for a six-month hiatus of its nuclear program.
Libya's government announced Wednesday that it will stop paying armed groups from the 2011 uprisings and urged oil companies not to enter deals with terminals controlled by militia in the east of the country,
Three Islamist militants were killed by the Egyptian armed forces as the army continues its major crackdown on militant groups in the lawless Sinai peninsula.
Syria's opposition National Coalition said Wednesday that UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi must remain neutral after the envoy cited the opposition as "causing the new delays" to the peace talks. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad also publicly described Syria's conflict as comparable to Algeria's civil war.
Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri's claims that Israel set up a number of spying stations along its border with Lebanon in order to spy on the country were proved by the Lebanese Telecommunications Ministry late Wednesday.
AFP reports that eight people were killed in a bomb blast in Hijaz Square in Central Damascus. In addition, a further 50 were wounded.
A recent Gallup poll shows that 46 percent of Iranians hold the US responsible for the international sanctions they say are damaging the livelihoods of their population.
November 6, 2013
New tests conducted by Swiss scientists indicate that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was most likely killed by polonium poisoning, according to results published Wednesday.
A car bomb killed at least eight security personnel on Wednesday in an attack on a military intelligence building in the southern Syrian city of Suweida, which has been largely peaceful during the Syrian civil war.
A Jerusalem court Wednesday acquitted Avigdor Lieberman on fraud and breach of trust charges, paving the way for his return to the Foreign Ministry.
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States will provide a $75 million aid package to Palestinians to promote job creation and improve infrastructure during his visit to Israel and Palestine to boost support for the wavering peace talks.
Syrian rebels seized one of the largest arms depots located in the central Homs province Wednesday. However, Syrian security officials in Damascus denied the takeover, saying that "fighting was still underway."