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March 11, 2014

Lebanon's Bekaa region has been repeatedly targeted by air strikes from Syria due to growing sectarian tensions that have spilled over from the Syrian civil war into Lebanon (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

At least three people from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley were hospitalized Tuesday for injuries received from Syrian rockets.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad described the Syrian people as full of admiration for Russia Tuesday, according to the country's state news agency (File Archive/AFP)
16:15 GMT

Syria's President Bashar Al Assad commended its ally Russia for "reestablishing balance in international relations" while suicide bombers in Qamishli killed five and left at least 15 wounded.

Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan earlier this week  threatened arm action and air strikes to keep the oil-laden tanker from reaching international waters, but the vessel still managed to escape in another sign of the leadership's limited control in the restive North African country (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
15:41 GMT

Factions of Libya's government met Tuesday to discuss issuing a new motion that would force the current Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to resign after his leadership failed to stop eastern rebels from independently exporting oil abroad.

Disagreements over the Muslim Brotherhood have caused a rift in Saudi-Qatari relations. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

The Saudi foreign minister threatened to block Qatar's land and sea borders over Qatar's involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi government recently designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's commentary Tuesday may further distance Israel and Palestinian delegations from reaching agreement to extend peace talks past April deadline (File Archive/AFP)
13:46 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that Tel Aviv would not sign any deal with the Palestinians as part of ongoing peace talks until the latter recognizes Israel as the Jewish state.

Palestinians carry the body of Raed Zeiter, 38, during his funeral in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on March 11, 2014, a day after he was shot dead by the Israeli military. (AFP)
13:33 GMT

The Jordanian judge who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Monday on the Allenby bridge crossing did not try to seize the gun of a soldier as Israelis claim, an eyewitness at the scene said Tuesday.

Hamas political bureau deputy head Moussa Abu Marzouk wrote on Facebook this week that Palestinians "cannot do without" Egypt's security (Courtesy of Haaretz)
13:07 GMT

Hamas leadership told media this week that it will "not foster animosity" with Egypt regardless of the fact that Cairo has officially banned the Palestinian group's activities.

Israeli officials said the three men killed fired a mortar shell at IDF forces. (AFP/File)
11:06 GMT

Three Palestinian resistance fighters were killed by an Israeli airstrike Tuesday.

The U.S. has been criticized internationally for its drone strikes in Yemen (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

A U.S. drone attack on a city in Yemen's central Ma'arib province has left at least two people, both Al Qaeda suspects, dead.

The Nusra Front has accused the Lebanese military of targeting Sunnis. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

The Nusra Front is threatening to drastically increase attacks inside Lebanon.

Sami Anan, a potential candidate in the Egyptian elections, survived an assassination attempt. (Image courtesy of Asharq Al-Awsat)
09:03 GMT

Sami Anan, Egypt's former army chief of staff and potential presidential contender, said he survived an assassination attempt.

Debris cover a street and flames rise from a building following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in Aleppo. (AFP)
08:51 GMT

Pro-opposition activists said that Syrian regime aircrafts dropped a number of bombs and barrel bombs on Yabroud, as well as shelling rebel-held areas nearby.

A Jordanian woman shouts anti-Israeli slogans during a protest in front of the Israeli embassy to demand the deportation of the Israeli ambassador, on March 10, 2014, in Amman following the killing of Raed Zeiter. (AFP)
08:10 GMT

The Jordanian government demanded Monday that Israel open a full investigation in the killing of Raed Zeiter who was killed on Monday by Israeli forces at Allenby Bridge.

Yarmouk is home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT

Armed militants continue to disrupt aid to Palestinian refugees inside Syria's Yarmouk Camp.

Nuns who were among a group freed after being held hostage by Islamist rebels in Syria, pray during a mass to celebrate their release at the Church of the Holy Cross in Damascus. (AFP)
07:14 GMT

The Syrian opposition said Monday that 141 women prisoners were freed from regime jails as part of a swap deal involving the release of 13 nuns abducted from the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula.