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October 27, 2013

Iraqis look at the remains of a vehicle following an explosion on October 27, 2013, in the the Mashtal district of the capital Baghdad. [SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images]
15:36 GMT

A series of car blasts hit 8 different areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday killing at least 49 people and wounding more than 90, pushing the October death toll from Iraq violence past 600.

Palestinian militants of the Islamic Jihad hold rocket propelled grenades (RPG) as they take part in a rally against Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on October 24, 2013. [Photo credit: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]
14:46 GMT

Gaza militant fire mortal shells into Israel Sunday afternoon

Syria submitted its chemical arms destruction plan on time to the UN chemical watchdog Sunday. So far, Damascus has complied with all OPCW information requests and deadlines (Courtesy of Deutsche-Welle)
12:52 GMT

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced Sunday that it received Syria's chemical arms destruction plan on time.

Israel has previously boycotted the UN Human Rights Council periodic review after it told the Jewish state that it planned to investigate illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as an infringement on Palestinians' rights (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
11:26 GMT

Germany cautioned Israel Sunday that diplomatic ties could be damaged if the Jewish state failed to attend a periodic UN human rights review on Tuesday. Israel has boycotted the review since March 2012 after the council announced plans to investigate how Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem may infringe on Palestinians' rights.

The al-Nusra Front seized the town of Sadad early last week before government forces reportedly reclaimed control of the town (AFP)
10:29 GMT

Activists told the Associated Press Sunday that a rocket smashed into a family home in the town of Sadad

Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning a possible visit to Cairo in a bid to boost relations between the two countries (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping to capitalise on the current unrest in Egypt by pursuing a mutually beneficial diplomatic relationship with Cairo in the wake of US halting its military aid to the country, according to a recent report by UK newspaper The Times.

Syria opposition group Liwa al-Tawhid, led by Abdul Qadir al-Saleh and Abdul Aziz Salama, signed Saturday's statement rejecting the Geneva peace talks (Courtesy of BBC)
08:42 GMT

Nineteen Syrian Islamist opposition groups announced Sunday that they will not attend the proposed Geneva II peace talks.

Sunni militants targeted Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood Husseiniyah earlier this year (Courtesy of Voice of America)
07:55 GMT

At least sixteen people were killed in multi-car bomb explosion in Baghdad Sunday that targeted five Shiite neighborhoods throughout the Iraqi capital.

Lebanese army soldiers man a checkpoint on the road leading to Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh sunni neighbourhood during clashes with Alawite, pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad, Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood. (AFP)
07:30 GMT

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has blamed the Syrian government for inciting the recent unrest in Tripoli that has left 10 people dead.

UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Iran following his meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that Tehran's participation in the proposed Geneva talks is "necessary" (AFP)
06:58 GMT

UN Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi told Tehran representatives Saturday that Iran's participation in peace talks in Geneva is "necessary."

The Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group, the National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy, has proposed a new initiative to resolve Egypt's political stalemate. (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT

The Muslim Brotherhood affiliated National Alliance has proposed a new initiative that will resolve the political crisis that has been ongoing in Egypt since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in July.

Hezbollah fighters assisted regime forces in seizing the Lebanese border town al-Qusayr from rebel forces earlier this year (AFP/Getty Images)
06:11 GMT

Syrian opposition forces reported that at least fifteen Hezbollah fighters in the capital's Ghouta district were killed Saturday in clashes with rebel forces.

Algeria's President Bouteflika, who announced intentions to run for another term, has become a major US partner in the "fight against terrorism" (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)
05:43 GMT

Algeria's 76-year-old ailing leader announced Saturday that he will be running for a fourth term in the country's next election cycle.

Mohamed ElBaradei, ex- interim Vice president of Egypt, pictured at the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony. (Image credit: Getty)
05:00 GMT

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Mohammed ElBaradei, Egypt's former interim Vice President for “betrayal of trust.”

October 26, 2013

People look at burnt vehicles after a car bomb attack outside a military intelligence building that wounded four people on October 19, 2013 in Egypt's canal city of Ismailia. (Image credit: AFP)
17:32 GMT

A suicide bomber who carried out the suicide bomb last month unsuccessfully targeting the country’s interior minister was an ex-officer of the Egyptian military.