Iraq has suspended the licences of 10 satellite television channels, including Al Jazeera, for promoting violence and sectarianism, a senior official at the country's media watchdog has said.
Syria has dismissed US and British claims that it may have used chemical arms as a "barefaced lie" and its ally Russia has warned against using such fears to use military action.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has appeared to lay the blame for rising sectarian violence in Iraq on the civil war in Syria, saying in televised remarks that such strife "came back to Iraq, because it began in another place in this region".
Suspected Al-Qaeda fighters have killed five Yemeni soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint southeast of Sanaa, according to an official, while two assailants have reportedly been killed.
Cairo's Criminal court has rejected ousted President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak's second appeal calling for his release, pending the investigation of illicit gain charges and confirmed the prosecution's request to keep him detained.
Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse about 500 Palestinian villagers marching towards an illegal settlement outpost in the occupied West Bank.
A UN spokesman has said that investigators from the world body have started collecting evidence outside Syria on the suspected use of chemical weapons.
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