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March 9, 2014

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.

Protests have rocked many Egyptian universities, including Al Azhar, pictured above. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT

Most schools in Egypt reopened Saturday after a delay due to political violence in the country.

Netanyahu wants Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. (AFP/File)
12:45 GMT

The U.S. Department of State says recognizing Israel as a "Jewish state" is not a precondition for the peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

The FSA now has a new leader. General Idriss has been replaced by General al Bashir. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT

The Free Syrian Army has appointed a new chief, Brigadier General Abdel Ilah al Bashir.

Victoria's Secret is on the list of companies to boycott. (AFP/File)
09:24 GMT

A new report estimates that Israel has lost 30 million dollars due to the recent boycott of Israeli products.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran soured after Iran's revolution in 1979. This will be Rouhani's first trip to the Kingdom. (AFP/File)
06:34 GMT

Rouhani has accepted an official invitation to visit Saudi Arabia.

Some Egyptians accuse Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb of being the military's puppet. (AFP/File)
05:58 GMT

At least seven people were killed during a protest in Cairo as mass protests spread across Egypt on Friday.

March 7, 2014

Current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are set to expire in April. The Palestinians have indicated that they will not agree to extend the talks, though US Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a framework agreement that would allow for the talks to continue past the April deadline. (Photo courtesy: saudigazette.com)
19:04 GMT

Kerry visits the region again to consult with the king over Israel-Palestine talks