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February 18, 2014

Fatah's Revolutionary Council Secretary General Azzam Al Ahmad will not travel to Gaza for reconciliation talks with Hamas until the latter agrees to hold elections (Courtesy of The Cairo Post)
17:50 GMT

Fatah's Amin Maqboul told reporters this week that Hamas must agree to hold elections before reconciliation talks commence between the two Palestinian factions.

Libya's parliament has been attacked on several occasions by militia forces in Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
16:56 GMT

Libyan militias gave the country's interim parliament a five-hour ultimatum to dissolve Tuesday, threatening to kidnap any and all MPs who do not step down.

Regime forces have pounded rebel strongholds with barrel bombs for weeks, particularly in Aleppo (Zein Al Rifai/AMC/AFP)
16:49 GMT

At least seven civilians were reported dead Tuesday around Damascus from hunger and lack of medical care while rebel groups announced their plans to launch a "spring offensive" on the Syrian capital.

Three Egyptians were previously charged earlier this month for spying for Israel (Courtesy of Aswat Masriya)
15:56 GMT

Two Egyptians have been charged for serving as "spies for Israel."

Gaza PM Haniyeh allegedly sent a secret message to Israel's Netanyahu last week saying that Hamas was not seeking confrontation with Israel (Courtesy of Haaretz)
14:48 GMT

Hamas' Prime Minister sent a secret message to Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu saying that recent rocket fire is not an indication that Gaza is seeking a confrontation with Israel.

At least 10 car bomb attacks were reported in central Iraq Tuesday (File Archive/AFP)
14:32 GMT

At least 19 people have been killed from 10 separate car bombs in central Iraq Tuesday.

Kerry will next meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise stop in Tunisia on Tuesday, as he offers continued American assistance to the North African state.

Foreign tourists wait to cross from the Israeli side of the Taba crossing into Egypt on February 16, 2014, after a bomb targeted a tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai peninsula near the Israel border, carrying South Korean sightseers. (AFP)
11:51 GMT

Hardline Egyptian Islamist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has ordered all tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack any foreigners who remain in the country beyond a deadline of Feb. 20.

Iran will not allow mention of its military to be brought up at the Vienna talks, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. (AFP/Getty/File)
11:34 GMT

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has stressed that military issues have “no place” on the agenda of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear negotiations with six major world powers taking place in Vienna, Austria.

African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, lean at the fence of the Holot detention centre in Israel's southern Negev Desert, on February 17, 2014. (AFP)
10:42 GMT

About 1,000 African asylum seekers have held a demonstration in the south of the occupied Palestinian territories, protesting the Israeli policy toward refugees.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech from the southern Iraqi city of Najaf on February 18, 2014. Al-Sadr slammed Iraq's government as corrupt and headed by a "dictator". (AFP)
10:25 GMT

Iraq’s powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday described Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as a “tyrant” who heads a “corrupt” government and suppresses his opponents.

Most of the migrant workers building the 2022 World Cup infrastructure are from South Asia and face terrible conditions. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT

The Indian Embassy in Qatar said that more than 450 Indian workers have died in the Gulf country over the past two years, and that most of them were working on the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.

Boycotters are "classical anti-Semites in modern garb," Netanyahu said Monday. (AFP/File)
09:13 GMT

Amid a growing international boycott campaign against Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has labeled boycotters as anti-Semites.

A lack of food and medical supplies is also causing death in Yarmouk. Here, Palestinian children in Gaza stage a fake funeral in solidarity with their brothers in the besieged Damascus camp. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT

A human rights monitoring group has reported that Palestinian refugees from the Yarmouk camp are being tortured by the Syrian regime's intelligence, and that one man has died after being detained for five months.

An Iraqi man stands near debris in the aftermath of an explosion in the Ur district in eastern Baghdad, on February 18, 2014. Attacks in Iraq, including a series of car bombs in Baghdad, killed at least 23 people yesterday. (AFP)
07:53 GMT

Officials reported that two car bombs went off in Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing at least 10 people.