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October 28, 2013

 An image grab taken from Syrian television on October 19, 2013 shows inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location. (Image credit: AFP)
17:38 GMT

International inspectors are not able to visit two remaining chemical weapons sites because of the security situation in war-torn Syria, the global watchdog said Monday.

Chairman of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda leadership Rached Ghannouchi said that his party will not give up power in the future transition government (Courtesy of Tunisia-Live)
13:16 GMT

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party leadership announced that it may be willing to give up government seats, but not power in the upcoming transitional government according to televised interviews Sunday.

Anti-government factions from Bahrain's Shiite majority have previously targeted security officials in protest of the oppressive Sunni leadership (Hasan Jamali/AP)
13:05 GMT

A homemade bomb targeting a police patrol in Bahrain wounded security officials in the Gulf country Monday.

Tunisian security forces conducted operations last week that killed ten alleged terrorist militants one day prior to the fatal clashes in Sidi Bouzid that left eight policemen dead (AFP)
09:44 GMT

Eight individuals believed to be involved in the deaths of Tunisian policemen from last week were arrested by officials late Sunday.

Israelis have frequently launched retaliatory missile attacks on the Palestinian territories (Courtesy of The Washington Times)
08:53 GMT

Israelis launched an airstrike on Gaza Monday in response to two rockets fired on Israeli land from the territory earlier this week.

US Lawmakers John McCain and Lindsey Graham expressed doubts regarding the success of the proposed Geneva peace talks in ending the conflict in Syria (AP)
08:40 GMT

US Lawmakers called on President Barack Obama Sunday to "repair ties" with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Three Egyptian policemen were killed by unidentified gunmen in Egypt's Mansoura on Monday morning. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT

Three policemen were killed in Mansoura, in the Egyptian Nile Delta, early on Monday morning after unidentified gunmen attacked a security checkpoint.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi will meet with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano on Monday in Vienna (Courtesy of Press TV)
06:58 GMT

Iranian negotiators will meet in Vienna this week to prepare for the upcoming nuclear talks with world powers in Geneva.

Smoke rises from above Tripoli's predominantly Sunni Bab Al-Tabbaneh neighborhood following days of fatal clashes with the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen (Joseph Eid/AFP)
06:20 GMT

While the Lebanese Army reinforced its presence in the city of Tripoli Sunday, six people died as week-long fatal fighting between the Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh and Alawite Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods continued. Lebanese MPs further accused the city's lawmakers for "failing to restore security."

October 27, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  meets with International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  in Tehran on October 27, 2013.  [ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images]
22:24 GMT

International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi is to arrive in Damascus on Monday to discuss preparations for Geneva II conference.

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of peace negotiations with the Palestinians. [Photo by Reuters]
16:55 GMT

Israeli government reject a bill by right-wing party Habayit Hayehudi to ban the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Iraqis look at the remains of a vehicle following an explosion on October 27, 2013, in the the Mashtal district of the capital Baghdad. [SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images]
15:36 GMT

A series of car blasts hit 8 different areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday killing at least 49 people and wounding more than 90, pushing the October death toll from Iraq violence past 600.

Palestinian militants of the Islamic Jihad hold rocket propelled grenades (RPG) as they take part in a rally against Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, on October 24, 2013. [Photo credit: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]
14:46 GMT

Gaza militant fire mortal shells into Israel Sunday afternoon

Syria submitted its chemical arms destruction plan on time to the UN chemical watchdog Sunday. So far, Damascus has complied with all OPCW information requests and deadlines (Courtesy of Deutsche-Welle)
12:52 GMT

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced Sunday that it received Syria's chemical arms destruction plan on time.

Israel has previously boycotted the UN Human Rights Council periodic review after it told the Jewish state that it planned to investigate illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as an infringement on Palestinians' rights (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
11:26 GMT

Germany cautioned Israel Sunday that diplomatic ties could be damaged if the Jewish state failed to attend a periodic UN human rights review on Tuesday. Israel has boycotted the review since March 2012 after the council announced plans to investigate how Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem may infringe on Palestinians' rights.