August 23, 2013
President Barack Obama of the United States said Friday that allegations of chemical weapons use by Syrian forces were currently being investigated and were of "grave concern".
Lebanese Red Cross said Friday that the two car explosions in the northern city of Tripoli has killed at least 29 and injured 500.
Two explosions rock the northern Lebanon city of Tripoli after Friday prayers.
Leaked NSA documents have revealed the UK runs a secret internet monitoring station in the Middle East, with information shared with the US.
The number of Syrian child refugees has reached one million, according to figures released by the United Nations.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Syrian government once again on Friday to allow chemical weapons inspectors to visit sites in Damascus, only a day after his original request.
Israel fired rockets into an area south of Beirut early Friday, in retaliation for rocket attacks into Israel fired from Lebanon the previous day.
The United States said Thursday it was unable to "conclusively determine" whether chemical weapons had been used near Damascus, where opposition figures say upwards of 1,300 people were killed.
August 22, 2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a swift investigation without delay over allegations that the Syrian government launched a chemical weapons attack on a residential suburb of Damascus.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been released from Tora Prison Hospital and transferred to Maadi Military Hospital in Cairo.
Four rockets were fired into northern Israel from the Lebanese port of Tyre.
A senior Obama administration official said there are strong indications the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack on Wednesday.
Turkey becomes the latest Muslim country Thursday to denounce the use of chemical weapons in Syria, saying that "a red line was crossed" on Wednesday.
Moktar Belmoktar, North Africa's most notorious radical jihadist, has officially joined forces with Mali-based Jihadist group MUJAO, and promised to launch attacks in Egypt.
Egypt's Interior Ministry confirms former President Mubarak has been freed from prison.