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February 19, 2014

Settlements have proven to be a sticking point in current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is working on a framework agreement to extend Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. As a part of that agreement, the United States will call for Israel to stop building outside major settlement blocs.

Protests erupted in Bahrain in February 2011 (AFP/File)
13:19 GMT

On Wednesday, a Bahrain court jailed eight protestors and sentenced one to death as it continues to crack down on government dissidents.

Al-Qaeda militants were ousted from a strategic district in Anbar province (AFP)
11:37 GMT

Iraqi government forces on Wednesday recaptured a strategic district in the restive Anbar province from Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.

Now that pro-Morsi protests have subsided in Cairo, is the time right for political dialogue between the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim government? (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT

As fractures emerge in the pro-Mohamed Morsi movement in Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood supporters are reportedly seeking to talk with the interim government.

Jordan and Iran stand on opposing sides when it comes to the Syrian conflict. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants to improve the "brotherly relations" between Iran and Jordan, according to Jordanian MP Atef Tarawneh.

An man bleeding from his head carries a baby following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on February 17, 2014 in the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city Aleppo. Will the peace talks really be able to end the suffering of the Syrian people? (AFP)
09:54 GMT

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains convinced the Geneva talks are the best way to end the crisis in Syria, despite the lack of progress that has come out of the previous negotiations between the regime and opposition.

Lebanese emergency personnel work at the site of a bomb explosion in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut on February 19, 2014. (AFP)
09:19 GMT

Abdullah Azzam Bridages have claimed responsibility for the twin attacks that struck the heart of Beirut's southern suburbs on Wednesday. The bombs, which took place near the Kuwaiti embassy and the Iranian Cultural Chancellery have killed four people. The death toll is expected to rise.

An image showing the cluster bombs allegedly being used by the Syrian regime. (Image courtesy of HRW)
08:41 GMT

A powerful type of cluster munition rocket not previously seen in the Syrian conflict is possibly being used by regime forces, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

A scene of devastation following a previous car bomb in Beirut's southern suburbs. Wednesday's blast took place near the Kuwaiti embassy and the Iranian cultural chancellery. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

A blast was heard in a southern area of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday morning, but the cause was not immediately clear, residents and a security source said.

Green was found guilty of committing the massacre of the girl and her family whilst serving in the U.S. army during the invasion of Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Steven Dale Green, a former American soldier jailed for raping an Iraqi teenager and executing the girl and her family in 2006 died in an apparent suicide in prison.

 Rebel fighters sit on top of a tank as they head to the front line of battles against Syrian pro-government forces, near the city of Hama, on February 18, 2014. (AFP)
07:04 GMT

Military showdowns are being prepared in Syria, rebel leaders say, after regime and opposition representatives failed to reach consensus in international peace talks last week in Geneva.

Catherine Ashton (L), Vice President of the European Commission and Javad Mohammad Zarif (R), Iranian Foreign Minister pose for a picture prior to the EU 5+1 talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, Austria. (AFP)
06:57 GMT

Iran and the six major world powers are set to start the second day of their fresh talks as part of efforts to reach a permanent agreement on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Syrian emergency personnel work at the site of a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces on February 18, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:46 GMT

Syrian regime airplanes battered the southern city of Deraa, which lies close to the Jordanian borer, with barrel bombs on Tuesday. At least 18 people were killed, including four children.

Prince Salman arrived in Japan Tuesday following his three-day state visit to Pakistan (Toru Yamanaka/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saudi is expected to meet with Japan's leadership Wednesday.

February 18, 2014

Netanyahu was visiting the Golan Heights when the rockets struck the annexed territory (File Archive)
18:28 GMT

Two rockets from Syria landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Tuesday, striking the territory shortly after a Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's secret visit to the area was reported.