November 18, 2013
Jordan officially requested a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council Monday, following Saudi Arabia's decision to decline the seat in October.
Escalating violence in Libya, including late Sunday's death and kidnap of two intelligence officers, is becoming a point of worry for Libya's neighbors and the international community. Militia forces from Misrata have been ordered to leave the country's capital and US military forces are proposing to train Libyan government security forces in order to maintain security and promote counterterrorism in the fragile north African country.
At least 24 people have been killed and 28 wounded from a train wreck that occurred early Monday south of Cairo following the late Sunday killing of a police officer in the capital.
As government statements indicate that a proposed dialogue will not commence with the country's Muslim Brotherhood, an insider of the Islamist group shared with reporters that the decision to endorse a "national dialogue" was a result of interests and pressures from outside groups.
Kuwait announced that it will support Jordan's bid to take up the UN Security Council seat vacancy that was previously declined by Saudi Arabia earlier this year in protest to US policy in the Middle East, particularly in the context of Syria.
November 17, 2013
Libyan residents in Tripoli are on a three-day strike to protest the past weekend's fatal militia violence, and government officials are calling on all militias in the country's capital to leave.
Turkey's meeting with Kurdish leadership this weekend posed as a promising start to tentative peace talks between the two clashing groups
A 48-hour state of emergency was declared in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday, after deadly violence broke out between armed groups.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's adjourned trial is set to resume Sunday. The former president is being tried along with six security aides his former interior minister, and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal.
Syrian National Council Defense Minister Assad Mustafa said Assad's allies to launch an "organized invasion" in areas outside Damascus.
November 15, 2013
Norway on Thursday announced it will help the U.N. eliminate the Assad government’s chemical weapons.
Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defense systems in a landmark deal worth $2 billion military.
Morsi moved to solitary confinement after his ten days in a hospital. The continuation of his trial is expected to start next week.
November 14, 2013
As possible flames of progress lessen between Egypt and US, Russia shows up as "available" for talks as a comforting rebound. Despite any rumors, Egypt is not expected to stray too far from the US.
Long-delayed Geneva II conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war will take place on December 12.