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February 12, 2014

SYRIA, HOMS : TOPSHOTS
Syrian civilians walk as they are evacuated during a humanitarian operation in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on February 10, 2014. (AFP)
18:46 GMT

On Wednesday, a small convoy brought crucial humanitarian aid into the besieged Syrian rebel quarter of Homs following a weekend attack on a similar effort that left five people dead.

Since Morsi's ouster in July 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood has been classified as a terrorist organization by the government. (AFP/File)
17:40 GMT

An Egyptian employee with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo has been detained over his job as liaison officer to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Naftali Bennett has demanded Martin Schulz (pictured) apologize for "the deceptive preaching of morality to the people of Israel and the Israeli Knesset". (AFP)
17:00 GMT

The president of the European parliament Martin Schulz was heckled by right-wing members of the Israeli parliament Wednesday as he discussed the Palestinian peace process.

Under the opposition's principles, President Assad must hand over power to a transitional governing body. (AFP/File)
16:31 GMT

The Syrian opposition coalition conducting peace talks with the Syrian government in Geneva presented on Tuesday its vision of 24 “basic principles” for a political settlement to end the three-year-old Syrian civil war.

Egypt's police force have recently been hit with accusations of abuse and torture. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Amid an outcry against a broadening government crackdown on dissent, Egypt's top prosecutor said on Wednesday that Egyptian prisons have no political detainees.

Israel annexed east Jerusalem in a move not recognized by the international community. They do not believe building there constitutes as settlement building. (AFP/File)
15:27 GMT

An Israeli planning committee is moving forward with plans to build a nine-storey Jewish seminary in the heart of a densely populated Palestinian neighborhood near Jerusalem's Old City, a watchdog reported Wednesday.

Israel recently offered Turkey $20 million as compensation to families of those individuals who were killed in Israel's 2010 raid on the flotilla that was delivering humanitarian aid supplies to Gaza. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday demanded Israel to lift its blockade on the besieged Gaza Strip in order to sign an agreement between the two countries.

Smoke ascends after a Syrian military helicopter allegedly dropped a barrel bomb over the city of Daraya, southwest of the capital Damascus, on February 5, 2014. Syrian government forces have been bombing near the Lebanese border. (AFP)
14:04 GMT

Syrian warplanes have pounded a rebel-held town near Lebanon's border in an apparent attempt to dislodge opposition fighters from the area, activists said Wednesday.

Iraqi soldiers gather around the bodies of anti-government fighters, affiliated to al-Qaeda Islamist organization, who were killed during a military operation against them on February 9, 2014, in the city of Ramadi. (AFP)
13:20 GMT

Violence in Iraq's Anbar province, where large amounts of territory are controlled by Al Qaeda-linked groups and other militants, has forced some 300,000 people to leave their homes in the past six weeks, according to the United Nations.

The grenade attacks have left Alassema's offices in shambles (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
12:06 GMT

Attacks Wednesday morning targeted Libya's privately owned television channel Alassema.

Iran's General Hassan Firouzabadi warned neighboring countries to not let anyone attack Iran from their soil (Courtesy of Persian Umpire)
11:48 GMT

Iran's armed forces chief of staff told reporters Wednesday that Iran is "prepared for a decisive battle" against Israel and the U.S. if attacked.

Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut in November (File Archive/AFP)
11:09 GMT

Top Al Qaeda-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades leader was arrested by the Lebanese army Wednesday.

Sisi left for Moscow Wednesday (Courtesy of the Egyptian Independent)
10:53 GMT

Egypt's military chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi is en route to Moscow in what is considered a "rare visit by Cairo's top commander."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described the proposed U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria "one-sided" (File Archive/AFP)
09:10 GMT

Russia said that they will reject a U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria, saying it is "one sided," according to reports Wednesday. Convoys also waited on standby Wednesday to continue the evacuation process in Homs after the governor suspended the operation Tuesday due to "technical and logistical" reasons.

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrives to take part in the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations headquarters. [AFP]
09:09 GMT

The international mediator, Brahimi, claims that the talks between Syria's opposing forces are not showing much progress.