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October 29, 2013

Libya gunmen stole a mix of foreign and local currency estimated to be $50 million from a bank van en route from Sirte's airport to the local bank branch (Ismail Zitouni/Reuters)
18:34 GMT

Libya gunmen stole $50 million from a bank van on a highway east of Tripoli.

Approximately 3,000 women and children from Mouadamiya have managed to leave the besieged town according to UN figures (Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters)
17:21 GMT

1,800 civilians were able to flee a besieged suburb of Damascus Tuesday due to a rare moment of cooperation and coordination between Syrian government and rebel forces.

Syria's deputy PM Qadri Jamil was fired from office Tuesday for meeting with US representatives this past weekend to discuss the proposed Geneva peace talks to end the conflict in Syria (AP)
15:51 GMT

Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil was fired from his post Tuesday for participating in unauthorized foreign meetings following his return from talks on the proposed Geneva peace talks with US representatives.

IAEA's Tero Varjoranta and Iran's Reza Najafi reported that they will meet again in Tehran November 11 as a follow-up to the "positive" talks in Vienna (Dieter Nagl/AFP)
14:42 GMT

Iran's meeting with the UN's nuclear watchdog in Vienna Tuesday was reportedly "productive." A second round of meetings in Tehran will commence on November 11.

Iraq's PM Nuri al-Maliki cites the war in neighboring Syria as the reason for escalating violence in his country (Courtesy of Foreign Policy)
14:09 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki travelled to Washington Tuesday to seek assistance and arms to mitigate countrywide violence.

Weapon smugglers have previously been stopped along the Jordan-Syria border (Courtesy of Press TV)
13:28 GMT

Jordan tried three Syrians on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle 36 detonators into Syria for anti-government rebels.

Thousands of Egyptian truck drivers regularly cross the border into Libya for work (Courtesy of Libya Herald)
12:26 GMT

Two Egyptians were found dead in Eastern Libya and dozens of others have been reported missing.

Three judges in the trial of Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie withdrew from the session on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT

The three judges presiding over the trial of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood general guide Mohammed Badie withdrew themselves from the proceedings at the start of a session on Tuesday.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah accused the Saudi Arabian government of trying to sabotage the Syrian peace talks. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah accused the Saudi Arabian government of trying to sabotage the Syrian peace talks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry may be visiting Egypt shortly, despite the US halting its military aid to Egypt. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry hinted at an upcoming visit to Cairo that would be the first visit taken since the US stemmed its military aid to Egypt earlier in October.

Lebanese army soldiers patrol a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on October 29, 2013 as army deployed following a week of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime.
09:57 GMT

The Lebanese army has continued to deploy troops to the northern city of Tripoli following a week of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime in which at least 16 people died.

Car bombs were rigged to detonate in several areas of Lebanon and said to be funded by a man from Turkey. [euronews]
07:30 GMT

Lebanon charged 14 people for allegedly rigging vehicles with explosives, including one that detonated killing a suspected extremist in east Lebanon.

Tunisian mediator and Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abbassi speaks during a meeting as part of the dialogue between ruling Islamists and the opposition. [AFP]
07:11 GMT

A plan emerges as government in Tunisia turns to new leadership in the face of violence.

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said during a visit to Damascus that he does not believe that Assad should be the leader of the new, transitioning Syrian state, despite noting that he believes the President can contribute to its formation. (AFP/File)
06:43 GMT

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said during a visit to Damascus that although President Bashar Assad may be able to contribute to the "new" transitioning Syrian state, he should not be the leader of the country.

The Israeli authorities are preparing to release 26 Palestinian prisoners, who have been incarcerated since before 1994, on Tuesday evening (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT

The Israeli Prison Service is preparing to release 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday evening as part of a "gesture" in exchange for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's return to peace talks.