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March 5, 2014

Syrians from a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo search for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed building on March 5, 2014, after a barrel bomb was reportedly dropped by the regime. (AFP)
18:02 GMT

The U.N. Security Council failed to take action that could have prevented much of the human suffering in Syria, a U.N. commission of inquiry said Wednesday.

Australian journalist Peter Greste (2nd L) of Al-Jazeera and his colleagues stand inside the defendants cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood at Cairo's Tora prison on March 5, 2014. (AFP)
16:55 GMT

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Wednesday the trial of 20 Al Jazeera journalists, including four foreigners, to 24 March to listen to more witnesses. Many were shocked at images of the journalists being held in cages during the court proceedings.

An image of the weapons that Israel found onboard a boat "heading for Gaza and Palestinian terrorists" on Wednesday. Hamas refutes the claims. (Image courtesy of the IDF)
16:45 GMT

Hamas leaders denied the accusations that Iran was sending weapons to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, pointing out that Gaza is under a complete naval blockade by Israel that would make any shipment of arms into the besieged coastal enclave impossible.

During the AIPAC conference, Netanyahu said world powers should reverse their easing of sanctions following a deal with Iran. (AFP)
16:19 GMT

An analyst has said that the U.S.'s powerful pro-Israel lobby group has been putting pressure on Washington to adopt a tough approach when it comes to Iran.

According to initial reports, four Al Qaeda suspects were killed in Wednesday's drone attack in Yemen. (AFP/File)
14:58 GMT

Washington has carried out its fourth assassination drone strike over the past few days in Yemen, killing four Al Qaeda suspects.

Hezbollah's armed resistance is necessary in Lebanese society, Qassem said.
14:31 GMT

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said that Hezbollah is a necessary part of Lebanese identity, as it keeps up am armed resistance against Israeli aggression.

Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood has apparently caused a major rift in the GCC. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

Qatar expressed "regret" and "surprise" at the news that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrawing their Gulf Cooperation Council envoys from Doha on Wednesday. According to inside sources, Qatar's stance on Syria and Egypt has caused a "rift" in the GCC.

An Israeli official said that if the weapons had made it to Gaza, "millions of Israelis" would have been under threat. (AFP/File)
12:51 GMT

The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea that was allegedly carrying dozens of Iranian-supplied rockets intended for Palestinian fighters in the besieged Gaza Strip, the IDF said on Wednesday.

The strategic Golan plateau has been the scene of many spillovers of violence in the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT

The Israeli military launched an offensive on the Syrian-controlled section of the Golan Heights on Wednesday, wounding seven security forces and four civilians, Syrian state media reported. This behavior reportedly violated a 40-year-old military disengagement agreement that was inked after the Arab Israeli war in 1973

Former prime minister Ali Benflis is considered Bouteflika's main challenger for the presidency (Courtesy of Afraze)
10:49 GMT

Ten individuals have registered thus far to participate in Algeria's presidential elections that are set for April 17.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that the West "cannot wish Iran's nuclear program away" (File Archive/AFP)
10:06 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told the media Wednesday that Tehran will never give up its right to nuclear enrichment for peaceful purposes.

A Qatari national was jailed in the UAE for seven years over links to an Islamist group in what Doha has described as an unfair ruling (File Archive)
09:49 GMT

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their diplomatic envoys to Qatar Wednesday.

Arsal is a frequent target of Syrian spillover attacks (File Archive)
08:54 GMT

Conflicting reports were released Wednesday or whether or not the Lebanese army opened fire on Syrian warplanes near the Lebanese border town of Arsal.

Seven of the bombs that detonated Wednesday were from car explosions (File Archive/AFP)
08:45 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed in Baghdad from nine bombs that detonated Wednesday morning.

Nusra and ISIL fighters are in discussions of entering Lebanon in their fight against Hezbollah, but the two Al Qaeda-linked groups remain undecided on what acti
08:38 GMT

Al Qaeda affiliated rebel groups have been pondering entering into Lebanon, but stated this week that they are still trying to "send messages to Hezbollah" before taking any direct action in Lebanon.