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March 1, 2014

Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
17:19 GMT

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, met with an Iranian parliamentary member in Lebanon this weekend.

Suicide bombings are on the rise in Lebanon. Abdullah Azzam Brigades have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks. (AFP/File)
13:42 GMT

The Lebanese government shut down two gas centers after receiving intelligence that the facilities may be the target of a terrorist attack.

Thousands of Bangladeshi immigrants work in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
11:47 GMT

Three Bangladeshi workers died in a fire that broke out in their residential building. The fire was caused by "safety negligence."

Javad Zarif, Iran's Foreign Minister, recently traveled to New Delhi to meet with India's Minister of External Affairs Salman Kurshid. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT

Salman Kurshid, India's Minister of External Affairs, says Iran has a right to continue its nuclear program.

Syria's opposition is greatly fragmented, with frequent infighting between various rebel groups. (AFP/File)
06:04 GMT

ISIS retreats from key positions in Northern Aleppo after Nusra Front issues an ultimatum telling the group to leave.

February 28, 2014

The coming to power of General Al-Sisi in Egypt has stoked tension with neighboring Hamas ruled Gaza. Egypt has cracked down on smuggling tunnels from Gaza and has frequently disrupted passage at the Rafah border crossing. (Photo Courtesy:
18:53 GMT

Egypt's closing of the Rafah border crossing brings hundreds of Palestinians to the border in protest on Friday.

Current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are set to expire in April. The Palestinians have indicated that they will not agree to extend the talks, though US Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a framework agreement that would allow for the talks to continue past the April deadline. (Photo Courtesy:
18:07 GMT

Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert claims that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to a Jewish-Israeli mayor as the head of a joint Israeli-Palestinian capital in Jerusalem.

During the fighting the army and allied Islamists lost 8 men, while the Shiite rebels lost 16, with many more injured on both sides. (Photo Courtesy:
17:35 GMT

Clashes erupted in North Yemen as government forces and Islamist allies look to prevent rebels from capturing parts of the country.

The Syrian civil war has drawn both Lebanon and Israel into the neighboring violence to various degrees. The border between Lebanon and Israel has remained relatively quiet, though there are fears of escalation due to continued hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT

Lebanon receives a warning from Israel after Hezbollah said that it would "choose the time and place" to respond to an attack widely thought to be carried out by Israel.

Immigrants from Sudan and Eritrea are fleeing to Israel to escape the harsh conditions of their home countries. The Israeli government has been unwelcoming. (AFP/File).
09:40 GMT

The Israeli government is offering asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea money to leave Israel. If they refuse, Israel often places them in detention facilities.

Hezbollah's role in the Syrian conflict is seen by some as an extension of Iran's role in the region. Israeli airstrikes have in the past hit weapon convoys inside Syria, though the Assad regime failed to respond militarily. Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah recently reaffirmed his groups participation in Syria amid deadly car bombings in Lebanon that threatened to pull the country further into the Syrian conflict. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT

Samir Gaega, Lebanon's Forces leader, comes out publicly against Hezbollah's position in Syria after an Israeli airstrike inside Lebanon on Monday.

Iraq has faced an uptick in violence in recent months as al-Qaeda has shown itself resilient and able to make gains across the country, most recently in Fallujah. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT

Separate attacks across the country killed 52 and wounded many more. Violence in Iraq has reached its highest level since 2008.

January proved to be the deadliest month yet in the two year old Syria civil war, with almost 6,000 killed. Over 130,000 people have died thus far in the conflict.  (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Members of the Syrian National Coalition claim that those ambushed by Damascus in a recent attack were for the most part civilians looking to escape a siege in a nearby area.

February 27, 2014

Thursday's report that the Egyptian military will no longer be lead by the president comes in light of an army that has increasingly positioned itself as an autonomous center of power within the Egyptian state. The army refused an order to fire live ammunition against Egyptians during the 2011 uprisings.  (AFP/File)
19:29 GMT

The Egyptian defense minister will now be the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), giving the military greater autonomy in the future.

Tension with Israel grew after the Israeli Knesset discussed a draft law which would strip Jordan of its status as the custodian of Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. Sources in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office have stated that Israel will not change the status quo on the Temple Mount. (AFP/File)
19:07 GMT

Members of Jordan's Lower House voted to expel Israel's ambassador over tensions regarding the Al Aqsa Mosque.