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January 13, 2014

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that it is imperative for all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to pursue a political solution to the conflict. (AFP/File)
18:41 GMT

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday that pursuing diplomacy and a political solution is the only way to end the sprawling, nearly three-year-old Syrian civil war despite the difficulty of the upcoming Geneva talks.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (R) greets United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Baghdad airport on January 13, 2014, upon the latter's arrival for a two-day visit to Iraq. (AFP)
18:32 GMT

The U.N. security council has called on Iraqi tribes and local communities in the restive Anbar province to help the government in the fight against Al Qaeda.

Russia's Lavrov told reporters Tuesday that Iran and Saudi Arabia should take part in the upcoming Syrian peace talks scheduled for next week (Alain Jocard/AFP)
14:30 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Paris Monday to discuss a ceasefire plan for Syria.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. [AFP]
12:58 GMT

VP and Prime Minster of the UAE is hopeful that Minister of Defence General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi continues his role as head of the army thus refraining from any presidential run.

An Egyptian woman living in Oman casts her vote on a divisive draft constitution in Egypt at the Egyptian embassy in the Gulf sultanate's capital Muscat on January 8, 2014. [AFP]
12:07 GMT

Egyptian expatriates began casting their ballots on the draft of the new constitution in 161 countries last week and most are voting "yes".

Mohammad Javad Zarif is due in Amman on Tuesday, the Jordanian foreign ministry said. (AFP/File)
10:49 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will visit Amman this week for talks regarding bilateral ties and regional developments.

Egyptian forces have been seeking to oust militants from the Sinai peninsula since Morsi left office in July. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT

Two suspected militants were killed in an explosion near the Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid on Monday, Egyptian security officials said.

Thousands of expats were deported in 2013 yet local Saudis have been unable to fill their roles. [riyadhconnect]
10:05 GMT

After thousands of expats were deported from Saudi, the country is still working to fill the void left in their place.

Palestinian children carry a fake coffin as they take part in a sit-in on January 4, 2014 in Gaza city in solidarity with Palestinian children at Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. (AFP)
09:12 GMT

Palestinian officials said Monday that efforts to break the Syrian siege on the Yarmouk refugee camp, where conditions are rapidly deteriorating due to a lack of basic supplies and medicines, had failed.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to journalists at Rafic Hariri International airport in Beirut on January 12, 2014 upon his arrival for a one day visit to Lebanon to meet Lebanese officials. Iran and Lebanon are looking to boost their bilateral ties. (AFP)
08:58 GMT

Iran's former ambassador to Beirut said that the Islamic Republic plays a crucial part in securing Lebanon's unity, and that it "contribute substantially" to Beirut's security.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently met with world powers in Geneva to finalize the timeline of implementing last November's historic nuclear deal (Ozan Kose/AFP)
07:37 GMT

Iran will receive $550 million in sanction relief around Feb. 1 as the first installment of nearly $4.2 billion that is set to be unblocked under its historic nuclear deal with Western powers.

While Israel remembers a war hero, many folks in the Middle East and around the world remember a war criminal (Gali Tabbon/AFP)
07:04 GMT

The Middle East bids farewell--and good riddance--to the late and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his funeral Monday.

Israeli honour guards carry the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon in to the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem at the end of the day on January 12, 2014 as Israelis came to pay their respects. [AFP]
06:34 GMT

The Vice President of the United States is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minster while in Israel attending Ariel Sharon's funeral.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad next to Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun and Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi attending prayers on the eve of the anniversary of the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed at the al-Hamad mosque in Damascus. [AFP]
06:00 GMT

Rarely seen in public, President Bashar Al-Assad made an appearance at a mosque in Damascus in honor of the Prophet Mohammed.

This combination of two recent pictures made on January 9, 2014 shows (at L) Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in a picture released by the Iranian Presidency and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. [AFP]
05:47 GMT

The Geneva II conference is approaching and discussions are still on the table about whether Iran should be part of the resolution process at the January 22nd meeting.