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March 9, 2014

The U.S. previously called on Israel to halt all settlement expansion during the peace talks. Tel Aviv failed to comply. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed opposition to freezing settlement construction on the Palestinian land as a condition for the extension of talks between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority.

The nuns were kidnapped in December 2013 (File Archive)
15:00 GMT

Thirteen nuns from Syria's Maaloula who were kidnapped last year were released Sunday, according to pro-Syrian regime sources based in Lebanon.

Saudi and Emirati journalists and broadcasters have been ordered by their respective ministries to quit their posts in Doha this week (Courtesy of Photographers Direct)
12:55 GMT

Prominent Saudi and Emirati journalists and broadcasters have been ordered by their respective ministries to quite their posts in Doha as tensions escalate between Qatar and its GCC counterparts.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are working with President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate a peace deal. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the peace deal with Palestinians could take another year to complete. He also mentioned on Sunday that he is opposed to a settlement freeze in the West Bank.

Interior Minister Abdo Tareb announces new security measures Sunday to crack down on violence throughout Yemen (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
11:27 GMT

Yemen's interim president has ordered a panel to create a constitution that would divide Yemen into a six-region federation while attacks in the country's northwest continued, leaving at least thirty dead thus far.

Egypt first labelled the group as a terrorist organization in December 2013. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday announced that it supports Saudi Arabia's decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads the Fatah party. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT

Hamas policemen intervened at a ceremony to honor martyrs and arrested members of the Fatah movement.

Iraq is in the middle in a major resurgence of sectarian-based violence - more than 1,400 people were killed in January and February of this year alone. (AFP)
08:42 GMT

A suicide car bomber in Iraq killed at least 12 people after driving his bomb-laden vehicle into a security checkpoint in southern Iraq, one day after a man driving a stolen police vehicle wounded 14 people in Anbar province.

A U.N official previously described the scenes coming out of Yarmouk as being "apocalyptic". (AFP/UNRWA/File)
07:46 GMT

"Chaos" and tension are reigning in Damascus' besieged Yarmouk refugee camp with the rebel groups and militants who have returned to the camp, a PLO official said.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his military have battled the Syrian opposition since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

The Syrian government regained control of al Zareh in the central province of Homs on Saturday.

Hamdeen Sabbahi said Saturday's new electoral law interfered with the transparency of the upcoming elections. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

Egyptian left-wing presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi slammed the new electoral law, put into place on Saturday, saying that it "renders immune the decisions of the Presidential Elections Commission".

Maliki accused the Gulf powers of incing terrorism in Iraq during an exclusive interview with France 24 Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
07:05 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of destabilizing Iraq vis-a-vis supporting militant groups during an interview broadcast Saturday.

Policemen were looking for members of the Resistance Brigades, a Hezbollah-affiliated group. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

Gunmen fired at a police patrol in southern Lebanon. The police were searching for wanted members of the Resistance Brigades.

Israeli naval commandos stand on the deck aboard the Panamanian-flagged Klos-C as it is escorted into the southern Israeli port of Eilat by Israeli warships on March 8, 2014. (AFP)
06:58 GMT

A cargo vessel that was allegedly carrying Iranian weapons bound for the besieged Gaza Strip arrived in the Israeli port of Eilat on Saturday evening.

March 8, 2014

Egypt is set to hold presidential elections this spring. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT

Adly Mansour, Egypt's interim president, issued a law on Saturday regulating the presidential elections.