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March 17, 2014

President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have been unable to move forward with peace talks in recent months. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT

Thousands of Palestinians marched in the West Bank to show their support for President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday. Abbas is meeting with President Obama today in Washington.

Lebanon's Arsal has frequently been attacked by rockets from the neighboring war in Syria (File Archive)
13:21 GMT

Security sources reported Monday that three rockets launched from the Syrian-Lebanese border struck the village of Nabi Othman earlier in the day.

The Gaza power plant had to shut down for 50 days in December last year due to fuel shortages (File Archive/AFP)
13:03 GMT

Gaza's only power plant resumed operations Monday after Israel finally allowed fuel supplies to reach the energy-generating source.

Abdullah Morsi and a friend were arrested on 1 March for allegedly possessing cannabis. (Image courtesy of Al Ahram)
11:12 GMT

Abdullah Morsi, son of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, to face trial for possession and use of cannabis.

Pro-government forces stand on a street in the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014 after they seized full control of the rebel bastion in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border. (AFP)
10:03 GMT

Iran has come up with a four-point plan for UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi that aims to secure peace in war-torn Syria.

According to an AP report, Egypt has detained 16,000 since Morsi was ousted in July. (AFP/File)
09:39 GMT

Egypt’s military-backed government has jailed nearly 16,000 people since July 2013, when President Mohamed Morsi was ousted, a report says.

Navy SEALs demonstrate a special patrol insertion/extraction from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during a capabilities demonstration as part of the 2009 Veterans Day Ceremony and Muster XXIV at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, on November 7, 2009. (AFP)
09:04 GMT

U.S. Navy Seals have boarded and taken full control of a rogue North Korean tanker that had loaded crude oil at a port held by rebels in eastern Libya, the Pentagon said Monday.

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.