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March 17, 2014

Destroyed homes and buildings are seen in the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014 after Syria's army and Lebanon's Hezbollah seized full control of the rebel bastion. (AFP)
08:37 GMT

Fears rose in Lebanon on Monday that gunmen, who have fled into Lebanon after Syrian government troops and Hezbollah fighters captured Yabroud, would increase retaliatory violence against the supporters of the Shiite party.

Kerry was key in the revival of the peace talks last year, and has worked hard to make both delegations see eye-to-eye, despite their major differences. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to work hard to resolve big differences with the Israelis ahead of a “pivotal” time for the peace talks.

Ali told reporters that Egypt's state institutions and the media are "geared toward Al Sisi" rather than an open, fair election process (File Archive/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Egypt's former leftist presidential candidate Khaled Ali told the media this week that he will not run in the upcoming presidential elections, citing them as a "farce" and "stacked in favor of military chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi."

Although a delivery of fuel was expected Sunday, the Gaza Strip may not have power until late Monday. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT

Gazans will have to stay without power till at least Monday as the only power plant in the besieged enclave is still out of fuel.

Sunni attacks on Hezbollah fighters have increased in recent weeks in response to the latter's involvement in the neighboring war in Syria and their support of the Assad regime (Joseph Eid/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Suicide car bombs in Lebanon's Baalbeck area left at least two Hezbollah members dead Sunday night and at least six wounded.

March 16, 2014

Iran FM Zarif shared Tehran's skepticism that this round of talks would lead to a final deal during a press conference Sunday (Atta Kenare/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told reporters Sunday that Tehran does not expect to reach a permanent deal with world powers over its nuclear program during the upcoming round of nuclear talks.

Security forces in Egypt have been the target of recent attacks. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

The Egyptian government promised increased security as well as military courts to handle those who have attacked security forces in recent months.

Sahwa fighters are frequently targeted by Sunni militants due to the former's cooperation with the U.S. government since 2006 (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Unknown armed militants attacked anti-Qaeda fighters north of Iraq's capital Sunday, killing the group's leader.

Syrian rebels recently lost control of the town of Yabroud. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Lebanon has increased its security at the border of Syria after rebels began fleeing to Lebanon from Yabroud.

Secretary of State John Kerry is tasked with reaching a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. (AFP/File)
11:54 GMT

Environmental Minister Gilad Erdan said Sunday that Secretary of State John Kerry was pressuring the wrong side in the peace negotiations.

ISIL said the rocket attacks were a response to Hezbollah's assistance of Syrian regime forces (File Archive)
11:51 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed responsibility for this past weekend's rocket attack on Lebanon, saying that the attack came in response to Hezbollah's support of the Syrian regime in the town of Yabroud.

Al Qaeda is responsible for numerous violent attacks inside Iraq. (AFP/File)
09:25 GMT

A string of car bombs has left 19 dead across Iraq and dozens injured.

Gaza's only power plant was closed earlier this week due to fuel shortages (Mohamed Abed/AFP)
09:21 GMT

Gaza received its first delivery of fuel for its only power plant Sunday after depleted energy resources forced the plant to stop operations last week.

A handout picture released on March 15, 2014, by the official Syrian Arab News Agency reportedly shows the city of Yabroud after the Syrian army advanced in the key rebel bastion. (AFP)
08:54 GMT

Syrian army forces on Sunday seized full control Yabroud, a rebel stronghold in the strategic Qalamun region near Syria's border with Lebanon, state media reported.

Lebanese residents in southern Lebanon inspect the damage to their homes after Israel launched bombs into its neighboring country this weekend (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
08:15 GMT

Lebanon's government released a policy statement Friday that gives citizens the right to resist Israeli occupations or attacks.