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March 19, 2014

Obama received the Palestinian leader at the White House on Monday this week (Saul Loeb/AFP)
06:58 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington this week. The encounter has been described as "long and difficult" by both sides and no solution or framework has resulted from the talks.

Regime airstrikes have reduced Syria's second largest city Aleppo to shambles (Fadi Halabi/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Damage from Syria's war stands at an estimated $31 billion as the conflict enters into its fourth year.

March 18, 2014

A suicide car bomb exploded in Lebanon's Bekaa valley earlier this week as sectarian tensions escalate (AFP)
20:52 GMT

Lebanese protestors blocked several roads throughout Lebanon Tuesday in protest of what they are describing as the "siege" of Arsal.

Israel is supposed to release the fourth batch of prisoners on March 29 (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni said Tuesday that the Palestinian president's decision on peace talks will determine whether Israel will release a new group of prisoners

The Syrian army has largely been in control of the entire Latakia province since the start of the civil war in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Five rockets have targeted Syria's main transit port for its chemical weapon destruction since the start of the month.

The U.S. has suspended activities at the Syrian embassy's consulates in Michigan and Texas as well (AFP)
17:22 GMT

The U.S. has decided to suspend all operations of the Syrian Embassy in Washington as well as its consulate counterparts in Michigan and Texas.

Only 30 MPs voted Tuesday to oust the current PM (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Jordanian MPs decided to hold a no-confidence vote for Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour following last week's killing of a Palestinian holding Jordanian citizenship at the hands of Israeli border guards.

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in Tuesday's Golan Heights blast (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
15:56 GMT

The Israeli army released a statement via Twitter blaming Tuesday's explosions in Golan Heights on the Syrian government.

Last week, a Palestinian living in Jordan was killed at a border crossing by an Israeli patrol officer (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Since the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations last July, 56 Palestinians have been killed an 897 have been injured by Israeli military and security officials.

President Rouhani has stressed that he wants progressive reforms for Iran but some argue that his policies do not go far enough. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT

Mohsen Naziri Asl, Iran's Ambassador to the UNHRC, rejected a U.N. report on human rights in Iran Tuesday.

Five separate car bombs exploded in central Iraq Tuesday (File Archive/AFP)
14:18 GMT

At least seven people were killed Tuesday in five separate car bomb attacks in central Iraq.

Israeli settlement construction doubled in 2013. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

According to a new survey, 30% of settlers in the West Bank outside the major blocks would leave their homes for compensation, even if there was no peace deal with Palestinians.

Egyptian police have been accused of using excessive force to disperse protestors. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT

An Egyptian court sentenced four policemen for their involvement in the death of 37 detainees who died in a police vehicle.

Moshe Yaalon is known for his hawkish statements. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT

In recent comments, Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon hints that Israel could take action against Iran with or without U.S. approval.

NCHR called the crackdown on the pro-Morsi sit in at Rabaa al-Adaqwiya "outrageous and brutal". (AFP/File)
10:23 GMT

The National Council for Human Rights held a press conference on Monday to release its final report on the circumstances that surrounded the dispersal of a pro-Mohamed Morsi protest camp last summer. According to their statistics, 632 people died and 1,492 were injured.