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September 28, 2013

Protests have broken out in Bahrain after the arrest of ex-MP Khalil Mazrooq. (Image credit: AFP)
06:48 GMT

Thousands of people took to the streets in Bahrain to protest against the arrest of ex-MP Khalil Marzooq.

After a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, US President Barack Obama expressed hope over the possibility of reaching an agreement. (Image credit: AFP)
06:16 GMT

US President Barack Obama placed a telephone call to his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani. The two leaders expressed a desire to resolve a stand-off over Iran's nuclear program.

September 27, 2013

Iraqi sectarian violence has claimed the lives of 720 people in September. (Image credit: AFP)
17:46 GMT

Just one day after 23 people died in bomb blasts targeting markets in Baghdad, two bombs went off near Sunni mosques in the city.

Members of the Australian navy look for survivors from a boat carrying Middle Eastern asylum seekers. At least 22 people have died, most of them children. (Image credit: AFP)
16:59 GMT

At least 22 people, mostly children have died as a boat carrying asylum seekers from the Middle East has sunk off the Indonesian coast. The boat was on its way to Australia.

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem's Old City. (Image Credit: AFP)
16:28 GMT

Clashes broke out between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

A car bomb has killed at least twenty people in Rankus, a town 30 kilometers north of Damascus. The attack is the latest in a series of deadly bombings in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
15:50 GMT

A car bomb in Damascus province has killed at least twenty people and wounded a further thirty.

Egypt’s Presidential Adviser has called on the Muslim Brotherhood to let go of “escalating rhetoric.” (Image credit: Getty)
15:24 GMT

In an interview with CNN, Egyptian presidential adviser Mostafa Hegazy called on the Muslim Brotherhood to join in "an Egypt for all Egyptians,"

A new report suggests that President Assad's chemical stockpile is largely unweaponized and can be eliminated in as little as nine months.  (Image credit: Getty)
08:48 GMT

A confidential report by the US and Russia suggests that Syria's chemical stockpile is largely "unweaponized" and can be eliminated quickly.

The Saudi religious police are feared for cracking down on a variety of "offences” including the wearing of Guy Fawkes masks and women driving cars (Image credit: AFP)
08:20 GMT

A young Saudi has been killed while being chased by religious police sparking anger in Saudi Arabia.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop settlement activity. (Image credit: Getty)
07:47 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the current US brokered peace talks a "last chance" and insisted that the current peace deal must be "permanent."

Permanent members of the UN Security Council have agreed on a "binding and enforceable" draft on Syria's chemical weapons. (Image Credit: AFP)
06:30 GMT

Members of a deeply divided U.N. Security Council have overcome their differences to reach an agreement on a draft resolution on Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif have held historic talks at the UN on Thursday (Image Credit: AFP)
06:05 GMT

Top officials from the United States and Iran met in New York. These talks mark the highest level contacts between the two nations since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

September 26, 2013

A once-convicted jihadist of Canadian origin has been killed in Syria. (Image for illustrative purposes - Credit: Getty)
18:06 GMT

A young man, once jailed for his involvement in a plot to attack Canada's Parliament, has been killed in Syria.

The United States has pledged to support Lebanon’s efforts to help address the Syrian refugee crisis (Image credit: AFP)
17:40 GMT

The United States will continue to provide support for Lebanon to address the growing challenges of the Syrian conflict as long as the country addresses the crises in a “responsible and practical way.”

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani spoke at a U.N. nuclear disarmament conference ahead of a historic meeting between Iran and major Western powers. (Image credit: AFP)
15:43 GMT

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has called for Israel's alleged nuclear weapons to be put under international control.