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October 8, 2013

A Lebanese newspaper has reported that a fifth suspect in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri has been apprehended. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT

A new suspect linked to the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has been identified, according to a Lebanese daily.

Iraqis inspect the aftermath of a suicide attack in Baghdad's eastern Al Jadidah district, on October 7, 2013. (AFP)
08:13 GMT

Fears of an all-out sectarian war grip Iraq the morning after nine car bombs rippled through Baghdad. 72 people were killed and 109 injured in the coordinated blasts.

An Egyptian riot policeman takes position in Al Jumhuria street in downtown Cairo during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on October 6, 2013. (AFP)
07:55 GMT

Egypt's Prosecutor General ordered on Monday comprehensive investigations into the violence that erupted in Cairo and outside the capital on Sunday. 53 people were killed in Cairo as seven security officials were killed elsewhere in Egypt.

Danger warnings for UN team disarming Syrian chemical weapons. [telegraph]
07:42 GMT

UN team of 100 experts has a dangerous mission ahead in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stores.

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called Syrian President Bashar Assad a terrorist who is using state terror against his people. (AFP)
07:35 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday, calling him a terrorist and warning about the repercussions of the crisis on Turkey.

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany meet with Iran over their nuclear program. (Image credit: AFP)
05:52 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that his country has the "absolute right" to enrich uranium.”

October 7, 2013

Bedouin tribes in the Jordanian desert.  Tribalism has often been the cause of conflict in Jordan. (Image credit: Getty)
17:49 GMT

Former Irbid deputy Abdul Nasser Bani Hani was killed on Sunday night during a tribal clash.

Iraqi women walk past a burnt-out vehicle on October 7, 2013 following a bombing attack in Baghdad's eastern al-Jadidah district the night before. (Image credit: AFP)
17:04 GMT

A woman was caught by a security guard as she was placing a bomb next to a primary school south of Baghdad.

Yemeni policemen and people gather at the scene where the bodyguard of Germany's ambassador to Yemen was killed in the southern Sanaa district of Hada. (Image credit: AFP)
16:35 GMT

Gunmen shot down the German Ambassador’s bodyguard in Sanaa. In another incident, a Sierra Leonean working for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was kidnapped.

A recent UN report states that there will be an additional two million Syrian refugees in 2014. (AFP)
13:55 GMT

The UN is anticipating some four million Syrians to become refugees or be displaced within Syria by 2014, according to recent UN agencies documents.

Al-Qaeda militants ready for attack. [blogspot]
13:16 GMT

Al Qaeda takes credit for attacks in Iraq and blames President's expression of help to Syrian Kurdish militia.

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour is due in Amman on Tuesday to meet with King Abdullah. (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian presidency)
12:55 GMT

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour is due to travel to Amman on Tuesday, despite widespread clashes across Egypt causing the death of more than 50 civilians.

An opposition fighter walks along a log in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 6, 2013. Syria's army took back control of a strategic town in the northern province of Aleppo on October 3, after a weeks-long battle for the city. (AFP)
12:41 GMT

Syrian government forces have reopened a strategic road leading to the northern province of Aleppo following weeks of violent clashes with rebels.

Netanyahu urges Palestinians to consider Israel a "Jewish state". [mondoweiss]
12:17 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister urges Palestinians to acknowledge Israel as a "Jewish state" to encourage peace talks.

Egyptian policemen stand guard in Sinai. Recent militant attacks targeting the Egyptian security forces have grown in scope. (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT

An attack on an army patrol near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia on Monday killed five Egyptian soldiers as a car bomb targeting security headquarters in Sinai killed two people and injured 50 more.