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March 16, 2014

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.

A message of support for the Syrian people was projected onto the Eiffel Tower during the march. (AFP/File)
08:14 GMT

Thousands of people marched in support of the Syrian people in Western cities on Saturday.

Libya's eastern rebels control some of the country's key ports and oil refinery areas (Abdullah Doma/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Libya rebels said Saturday that they are ready to negotiate with Tripoli over ending six-month blockade if Tripoli agrees to end its discussion over plans for a military offensive.

Bombs and large quantities of ammunition were found inside the suspicious car. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

The Lebanese army stopped a suspicious car Saturday in the northern town of Shadra and found a large amount of weaponry.

Smoke rises from Tripoli's Bab Al Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods due to three days of  gunmen fighting in Lebanon's northern city (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP)
07:16 GMT

After three days of fighting, at least 10 people have been killed in clashes between Tripoli's rival districts of Jabal Mohsen and Bab Al Tebbaneh.

Antonio Guterres urged western nations to relax visa policies in order to help Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres encouraged western nations to open their borders to Syrian refugees in a press conference on Saturday.

March 15, 2014

Ahmed Jarba has been the President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces since 2013. (AFP/File)
18:37 GMT

The head of the Syrian opposition said Saturday that they need more weapons to fight both Assad's forces and al Qaeda-linked groups.

One person was killed in Saturday's attack. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT

Eight rockets were fired from Syria into Lebanon Saturday. One person was killed.