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March 7, 2014

Violence in Iraq has killed over 1,800 since the new year began in January, according to AFP records. (AFP/File)
13:15 GMT

Fighting in Fallujah, a city in Iraq held by anti-government fighters, continues as government forces seek to take back the city.

Current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are set to expire at the end of April. Palestinian and Israeli leaders have increasingly criticized peace talks in recent weeks, making a resolution or continuation of talks seem more unlikely.(AFP/File)
12:35 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains adamant in his refusal to recognize Israel as the Jewish state in current peace talks.

Erdogan's statement threatens to further embroil the prime minister and his Justice and Development Party in an unpopular and damaging scandal.  (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT

The prime minister's remarks come after several online leaks on social media sites suggested widespread corruption in the highest levels of Turkey's government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been denounced by Western powers for his involvement in Ukraine. President Assad's statement is his first public comment on the Ukrainian crisis. (Photo Courtesy:
08:02 GMT

Bashar al-Assad comes out publicly to defend Putin's actions in Ukraine

Last year the US decided not to retaliate with missile strikes after an August 21st chemical weapons attack killed hundreds outside Damascus. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Reports surface that Syria will fail to uphold a deadline to destroy chemical production facilities

March 6, 2014

Israel's President Shimon Peres spoke to citizens across the Arab world on topics ranging from Iran to the Palestinian peace process. (Photo Courtesy:
18:45 GMT

Peres appeared on Panet, a popular Israeli-Arab website, where he fielded questions from throughout the Arab world.

The Syrian civil war has drawn both Hezbollah and Israel into the violence to various degrees. The border between Syria and Israel has remained relatively quiet, though there are fears of escalation due to continued and increasing hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel.(AFP/File)
17:49 GMT

A recent explosive defused by the IDF on the Israeli-Syrian border suggests Hezbollah and Israel may be heading for a larger confrontation.

Qatar is facing a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain after the countries pulled their ambassadors from Doha on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Egypt's actions follow a decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar.

Moncef Marzouki became president after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in 2011. (AFP/File)
14:54 GMT

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki ended the state of emergency Thursday with a presidential decree.

This latest move to revoke Hamas members' Egyptian citizenships is the latest move by the Egyptian government to sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
13:15 GMT

Egyptian security services have started to collect information about thousands of Hamas members who were granted Egyptian citizenship during the rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, according to Egyptian media.

The Syrian government is upset with Israel over airstrikes in the Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT

The Syrian government has filed an official complaint with the UN over Israeli airstrikes.

The Syrian opposition does not want to negotiate with Hezbollah, who have been fighting alongside Assad's army. (AFP/File)
12:05 GMT

The Syrian opposition have rejected an offer put forward by a former U.S. Ambassador to Syria to negotiate with Hezbollah and other factions fighting alongside Syria's army.

ISIL have claimed responsibility for numerous suicide bombings inside Syria. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT

A bomb exploded in Hama, Syria Thursday. Approximately five people were killed.

The Revolutionary Guard has upgraded their ballistic missiles program. (AFP/File)
10:08 GMT

Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan announced Wednesday that Iran has obtained missiles equipped with multiple warheads.

Lieberman will meet with both Kerry and Lavrov in Rome this week to discuss the stalled peace talks (Kevin LaMarque/AFP)
09:58 GMT

Israel's Foreign Minister is scheduled to meet with his U.S. and Russian counterparts in Rome over the ongoing deadlock in the latest round of Israel-Palestine peace talks.