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United Nations chemical weapons team to visit Syria

United Nations chemical weapons team to visit Syria Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

U.N. experts will travel to Syria imminently to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during that country's civil war after the United Nations and the Syrian government agreed on details of the trip, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. 
Israel and Palestinians begin direct peace talks

Israel and Palestinians begin direct peace talks Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

An Israeli official says a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has begun.
ElBaradei quits as Egypt vice president in protest at crackdown

ElBaradei quits as Egypt vice president in protest at crackdown Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

Egyptian interim Vice President Mohamed Elbaradei resigned from his post following heavy political violence in Egypt. Elbaradei announced his resignation in a letter to the Interim President Adly Mansour.
Egypt declares month-long state of emergency

Egypt declares month-long state of emergency Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

Egypt's interim president has declared a monthlong state of emergency to combat worsening violence after riot police moved to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Opposition plans mass protests in Bahrain

Opposition plans mass protests in Bahrain Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

Anti-government activists in Bahrain are calling for protests Wednesday to push for greater democracy, despite a new ban on large demonstrations in the country.

Egypt troops in deadly crackdown on protesters Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

At least 41 people killed as security forces launch operation to remove supporters of former president from streets.
Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners before peace talks

Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners before peace talks Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

Israel began an operation to free 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday hours before the two sides were to hold new direct peace talks amid a growing row over settlements.
Clashes erupt in Cairo as Morsi supporters march

Clashes erupt in Cairo as Morsi supporters march Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

Egyptian police fired tear gas to break up clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and residents of a central Cairo neighbourhood, security sources said.
Israel approves another 942 settlement homes

Israel approves another 942 settlement homes Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

Israel approves additional 942 settler homes in east Jerusalem. "The Jerusalem municipality has approved a construction plan for 942 homes in Gilo," an existing illegal settlement in East Jerusalem, municipal councillor Yosef Pepe Alalu said.
Israel intercepts rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai

Israel intercepts rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

The Israeli military shot down a rocket launched toward a Red Sea resort town near the border with Egypt, the army said.
Israel names 26 Palestinian prisoners for release before peace talks

Israel names 26 Palestinian prisoners for release before peace talks Mon, 12 Aug, 2013

The Israeli government has published the names of twenty-six Palestinian prisoners to be released on Tuesday as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that led to a relaunch of Mideast peace negotiations.
32 killed, 104 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq

32 killed, 104 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq Mon, 12 Aug, 2013

Three blasts including a suicide bomb in a cafe killed 32 people in central and western Iraq on Monday evening, officials said. 
Egyptian army prepares crackdown on pro-Morsi protests

Egyptian army prepares crackdown on pro-Morsi protests Sun, 11 Aug, 2013

Egyptian security forces are preparing to besiege supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi who are gathered in Cairo protest camps.
Israel approves nearly 1,200 new settlement homes

Israel approves nearly 1,200 new settlement homes Sun, 11 Aug, 2013

Israel has invited bids to build nearly 1,200 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem.
Yemeni soldiers killed by militants at gas export plant

Yemeni soldiers killed by militants at gas export plant Sun, 11 Aug, 2013

Gunmen killed five Yemeni soldiers in their sleep early on Sunday in an attack on forces guarding the country's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal insouthern Yemen, a local official said.

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