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February 10, 2014

Civilians leave the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs ahead of being evacuated by United Nations (UN) staff to a safer location, on February 9, 2014. (AFP)
13:46 GMT

As the U.N. finished evacuating some 700 people from the besieged city of Homs over the weekend, a fresh round of peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition began in Switzerland.

A rebel fighter poses for a picture inside a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 9, 2014.
12:57 GMT

At least 21 civilians and 20 pro-regime fighters were killed in an Alawite village in Syria's Hama province on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

There is work still to be done in the talks, but progress has been good so far, an International Atomic Energy Agency official said Monday. (AFP/Getty/File)
11:53 GMT

A senior official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has hailed “good” progress in talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

ISIL have even been rejected by Al Qaeda's chief, Ayman Al Zawahiri. It took three days of fierce clashes to oust ISIL from Deir Ezzor (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT

The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were ousted from Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor on Monday after a hard three-day battle with Islamist rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Western militaries will not be helping Libyan forces fight Islamist rebels, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday. (AFP/File)
10:13 GMT

Western military action against Islamist fighters in southern Libya has been ruled out by France, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.

Iranian official Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused Washington of coming up with excuses over Tehran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Iranian official Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused the United States of resorting to "excuses" over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

"We realize that the road to freedom and independence is still a long one and needs a lot of work, and the first step is Palestinian unity," Shaath, a Fatah official, said.(AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Hamas and Fatah are holding a series of meetings in a bid to discuss national reconciliation, as the first step on the road to "freedom and independence is Palestinian unity".

A civilian in a wheel chair is aided by an armed man ahead of being evacuated by United Nations staff, from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs to a safer location. (AFP)
06:35 GMT

Some 1,800 residents remain trapped in a blockaded area of Homs as the U.N. struggles to evacuate the city's besieged residents, 700 of whom have been removed from Homs since Friday.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 9, 2014, reportedly shows Syrian army soldiers talking after taking control of the Karam al-Tarrab neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo. [AFP]
05:41 GMT

In efforts to cut off supplies to Damascus, an Alawite village was seized on Sunday by Islamist rebels.

Pro-Syrian regime protesters, holding portraits of Syrian President Assad and a portrait of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah. [AFP]
05:31 GMT

Hezbollah has vowed to continue efforts in Syria.

In Riyadh, women walk out of a shopping mall to wait for their driver to pick them up. [kiaorgaza]
05:01 GMT

After rounds of debate on driving in the KSA, women are taking another stand for their freedom to move.

February 9, 2014

In a conversation with his newly appointed defense lawyer Mohammad Selim El-Awa, Mursi can be heard probing for more information surrounding al-Sisi’s potential candidacy. [AFP]
22:52 GMT

Egypt’s deposed president Mohammad Mursi asked about military leader Abdel Fattah al Sisi’s resolve to run for president according to a leaked recording, obtained by the Egyptian daily news website al Watan.

 A total of 420 people were evacuated from army-besieged districts of the Syrian city of Homs, the province's governor said, as television footage showed exhausted men, women and children. [AFP]
22:42 GMT

Hundreds of civilians were evacuated Sunday from the besieged city of Homs, braving gunmen spraying bullets and lobbing mortar shells to flee as part of a rare three-day truce to relieve a choking blockade, the Associated Press reported.

Civilians leave the the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs ahead of being evacuated by United Nations (UN) staff to a safer location, on February 9, 2014. [AFP]
22:03 GMT

Saudi Arabia has called for an “emergency” meeting over what is happening in Syria, citing “growing evidence pointing to war crimes,” and the lack of implementation of previous agreements regarding the conflict, a letter sent to the U.N. General Assembly dated Feb. 7 showed.

Lieberman described Kerry and the U.S. as a "true friend of Israel" in his commentary Sunday (Courtesy of Haaretz)
14:43 GMT

Israel's right-wing Foreign Minister told his coalition partners Sunday that their "snipes" at the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace efforts risked "estranging a true friend."