Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Tehran’s Uranium enrichment program. Obama praised the agreement as a first step that “achieves a great deal” in a peaceful way through diplomacy. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the deal “a historic mistake” that endangers his country.

As the regular army intensifies its attacks on Aleppo, it is targeting Syrian media and news providers with one journalist killed and two media destroyed by shelling. At the same time, Reporters Without Borders has noted a marked increased in abductions of Syrian news providers by armed groups since the start of November.

Iraq: the world’s forgotten war. Baghdad is a city afraid of itself. Yet despite 30 deaths a day, bombs and sectarian strife, the world no longer listens

Lebanon is suffering hardly the consequences of the Syrian war. The flow of refugees and the violence threaten to destabilise the country.

About 10,000 refugees from Syria crossed the border with Lebanon on the last two days trying to escape from new battles in the border area close to the Bekaa Valley.

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The Philippine flag flies over typhoon ravaged Tacloban city as survivors wait for aid As the USS George Washington aircraft carrier sailed out of Hong Kong on Tuesday for the Philippines to help the devastated nation recover from typhoon Haiyan, China was unveiling its own relief effort: a donation…