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March 20, 2014

This is the second time this year that Yaalon has criticized U.S. policies. (AFP/File)
12:22 GMT

Israel's Defense Minister spoke with Obama administration officials Wednesday in an effort to explain recent remarks and ease tensions after inflammatory remarks.

The opposition fighters were attempting to flee into nearby Lebanon, AFP reported. (AFP)
12:09 GMT

Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed 11 rebels as they fled the village of Al Hosn, home to a famous Crusader castle, for the nearby Lebanese border, military sources reported on Thursday.

Bouteflika's health has been deteriorating rapidly since his stroke in 2013 (File Archive)
11:48 GMT

The former president of Algeria issued Thursday what has been described as a "big hint" that he thinks that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika should not run for another term in office due to the leader's ailing health.

A convoy of the Iraqi security forces patrols a street after local police took control of the Southern area of the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad in the Anbar province, on March 16, 2014. (AFP)
11:08 GMT

Two coordinated bombing attacks at a Baghdad café late on Wednesday night killed 13 people, officials reported Thursday, bringing yesterday's death toll up to at least 46.

Violence rages near Lebanon's border with Syria as fighting continues to spill over from the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

Syrian forces have closed the Bqaiaa crossing amid heavy fighting.

Qatar has recently come under fire for their support of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT

Arab League Deputy Secretary General Ahmad Bin Hilli announced that the Arab summit will not discuss the recent spat between several GCC members and Qatar.

Clashes often break out in the holy compound when Israel allows Jewish visitors into the site. (AFP/File)
09:46 GMT

Clashes broke out Thursday between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli forces in the al-Aqsa compound following a visit by a right-wing Israeli MK, locals said.

Mubarak is also on trial for killing protesters during the January 2011 uprising . (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT

A Cairo criminal court has adjourned to 27 March the trial in which former president Hosni Mubarak and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, are accused of embezzling LE125 million ($17.9 million) for the renovation of presidential palaces.

A Palestinian woman draped in her national flag from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, stands near members of the Israeli security forces following a march against the nearby Jewish settlement of Hallamish on 14 March 2014. (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)
07:40 GMT

The Palestinians threatened Wednesday to resume their campaign for international recognition at the United Nations if Israel calls off a planned release of Palestinian prisoners, deepening a crisis that has threatened to derail U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts.

A chemical weapons attack devastated Damascus in April of last year. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria has successfully removed nearly half of its chemical weapons stockpile. Syria says it remains committed to removing all weapons by June 30.

Israel continues to threaten Iran despite Iranian attempts at improving relations with the Western world. (AFP/File)
07:14 GMT

The Israeli army continues to prepare for possible military action against Iran, with Tel Aviv allocating billions in their budget in preparation for a strike.

Lebanese troops are deployed in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on March 19, 2014 after the reopening of the main road out of the town after a night of tension. (AFP)
07:06 GMT

Clashes intensified on Thursday between the Syrian regime troops and gunmen along the Lebanese-Syrian border with shelling and gunfire targeting the Akkar border area.

Flying the Iraqi flag, police and security gather along Street 60 after the southern districts of the city of Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar province, were recaptured by government forces from militants, on March 16, 2014. (AFP)
06:56 GMT

Clashes in Iraq have killed 37 people and wounded dozens of others as the government struggles with the unrest in the country, officials say.

The soon-to-be-vacated Syrian diplomatic buildings and facilities may be entrusted, the State Department said Wednesday, to "a third State." (AFP)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of State provided additional details Wednesday regarding the ordered closure of the Syrian embassy in Washington and its honorary consulates in Michigan and Texas.

March 19, 2014

Lebanon is increasingly being derailed by the spillover of violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
19:52 GMT

At least two rockets from inside Syria have reportedly landed in the eastern Lebanese border town of Hermel.