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February 18, 2014

Iran will not allow mention of its military to be brought up at the Vienna talks, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. (AFP/Getty/File)
11:34 GMT

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has stressed that military issues have “no place” on the agenda of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear negotiations with six major world powers taking place in Vienna, Austria.

African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, lean at the fence of the Holot detention centre in Israel's southern Negev Desert, on February 17, 2014. (AFP)
10:42 GMT

About 1,000 African asylum seekers have held a demonstration in the south of the occupied Palestinian territories, protesting the Israeli policy toward refugees.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech from the southern Iraqi city of Najaf on February 18, 2014. Al-Sadr slammed Iraq's government as corrupt and headed by a "dictator". (AFP)
10:25 GMT

Iraq’s powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday described Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as a “tyrant” who heads a “corrupt” government and suppresses his opponents.

Most of the migrant workers building the 2022 World Cup infrastructure are from South Asia and face terrible conditions. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT

The Indian Embassy in Qatar said that more than 450 Indian workers have died in the Gulf country over the past two years, and that most of them were working on the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.

Boycotters are "classical anti-Semites in modern garb," Netanyahu said Monday. (AFP/File)
09:13 GMT

Amid a growing international boycott campaign against Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has labeled boycotters as anti-Semites.

A lack of food and medical supplies is also causing death in Yarmouk. Here, Palestinian children in Gaza stage a fake funeral in solidarity with their brothers in the besieged Damascus camp. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT

A human rights monitoring group has reported that Palestinian refugees from the Yarmouk camp are being tortured by the Syrian regime's intelligence, and that one man has died after being detained for five months.

An Iraqi man stands near debris in the aftermath of an explosion in the Ur district in eastern Baghdad, on February 18, 2014. Attacks in Iraq, including a series of car bombs in Baghdad, killed at least 23 people yesterday. (AFP)
07:53 GMT

Officials reported that two car bombs went off in Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing at least 10 people.

Israeli arm dealers planned to breach Iran's arms embargo, the report claims. They were attempting to smuggle fighter jet parts through Greece. (AFP/File)
07:45 GMT

Israeli weapons smugglers tried to send fighter jet parts to Iran through Greece in violation of an Iran arms embargo, a Greek newspaper has reported.

Berri said he asked the Kuwaiti emir to mediate the talks between Iran and Saudi. (Image courtesy of LebanonSpring.com)
07:24 GMT

Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berry has called on the Gulf countries to play a mediating role and bring about the end to the frosty relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi National Guard Minister Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (R) talks to Britain's Prince Charles (L), on February 17, 2014 following the latter's arrival at Riyadh airport. The Prince will also travel to Doha on his trip. (AFP)
07:04 GMT

The heir to the British throne Prince Charles arrived in Saudi Arabia late Monday as part of a four-day Middle Eastern tour.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the opening of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, 40th Annual Leadership Mission, on February 17, 2014 in Jerusalem. (AFP)
06:55 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the ongoing talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program shortly Tuesday's fresh round of nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria.

Pro-regime fighters (R) speak with a rebel fighter in the town of Babbila, a suburb of Damascus, during a cease fire agreement between the group controlling the town and the regime on February 17, 2014. (AFP)
06:45 GMT

Despite the official peace talks in Geneva failing to yield any progress, Syria's army and rebels on Monday based around Damascus began dialogue with one another, allowing aid and supplies to reach those who need it.

A picture taken on February 16, 2014, shows the belongings of the passengers of a tourist bus targeted by a bomb, in the Egyptian south Sinai resort town of Taba. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis took responsibility for the bomb.
06:30 GMT

The Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis on Tuesday claimed responsibility for bombing a tourist bus in Egypt’s Sinai in an attack that killed three Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver on Sunday.

February 17, 2014

Rescue personnel at the scene of an explosion that killed five and injured 10 others in the northern city of Acre, Monday , February 17, 2014 (photo credit: Avishag Shaar Yashuv/Flash90/The Times of Israel)
20:53 GMT

Two families were killed on Monday after an explosion caused a three-storey building to collapse in the northern Israeli town of Acre.

Iraqi forces have killed many militants in Anbar and near Sulaiman Bek in their attempts to reclaim control of the areas from the anti-government fighters (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
17:42 GMT

At least 15 militants were killed by Iraqi security forces in a government assault on the northern town of Sulaiman Bek.