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January 29, 2015

King Salman has announced several major cabinet moves. (File photo)
20:32 GMT

Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is staying in place, Reuters reported.

An Egyptian demonstrator shouts slogans during a women's demonstration in Cairo on January 29, 2015 protesting the killing of Shaima al-Sabbagh, who was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare left-wing protest in central Cairo on January 25, 2015. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
17:00 GMT

Protesters held signs commemorating Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh and Sondos Abu-Bakr, both of whom were killed by police forces during demonstrations.

Muath Kasasbeh and Sajida al-Rishawi (File photo).
16:36 GMT

The New York Times is reporting that negotiations between Jordan and Isis appeared to have collapsed, citing a source in contact with Jordanian officials.

Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani addressed the press earlier today. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
14:44 GMT

Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani announced the government demands proof of life for the Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh before they will consider a prisoner exchange for Sajida al-Rashawi.

Iraqi Sunni fighters from the Jubur tribe rest after defeating Daesh in the village of Sharween in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. The symbolic victory for Baghdad, which has at times struggled to push Daesh back, could clear the way for further advances against the jihadists. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
13:36 GMT

The probe will investigate accusations made by Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province that pro-government militias killed more than 72 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Daesh.

Attacks like these have become a common occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES/Arwan Ibrahim)
12:55 GMT

A series of attacks occurred in and around Iraq's capital city of Baghdad, killing a total of nine people and injuring 32 others.

Yemeni Shiite supporters of the Huthi movement march in support of the Shiite movement's uprising, in the capital Sanaa. Yemen faced a dangerous power vacuum after its president announced his resignation over a deadly standoff with Shiite militia controlling the capital and lawmakers called an emergency weekend session. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:35 GMT

The government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, which resigned last week, has said it is no longer responsible for running Yemen's affairs

The Israeli received training in weapons, preparing explosives and carrying out missions for the groups. (AFP/Guillaume Briquet)
11:09 GMT

Amin Ahmed Salah Snobar, age 24, traveled to Syria to train with two al-Qaeda affiliates before returning to Israel.

Both sides have disputed major differences during talks, leading to missing two deadlines in 2014. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT

Officials from Iran are due to meet with members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul Thursday in a bid to secure a longterm deal over Tehran's nuclear program.

Abu Khaled of Australia speaks flanked by other Daesh jihadists in propaganda video. (Image: Screenshot)
10:28 GMT

20,730 foreign fighters, including about 11,000 people from the Middle East, went to Iraq and Syria.

A protester covers his face with a Palestinian flag during an attack on the UN headquarters in Gaza City, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT

Palestinian protesters attacked the United Nations compound in Gaza following the UN's decision to halt funding for rebuilding homes destroyed during the Israeli war with Hamas.

Armed members of the Shia Houthi group guard a demonstration in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, January 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:01 GMT

Seven Houthi fighters were killed following a suspected Al Qaeda attack in the Yemeni central province of al-Bayda Thursday.

An Egyptian riot police man stands guard in a street in the Egyptian city of Port Said.
(AFP Photo\ Stringer)
09:24 GMT

Three were injured in an explosion in a bus station in Port Said in the early hours of Thursday, Aswat Masryia reported.

Israeli troops carry an injured soldier in the village of Ghajar following a Hezbollah attack, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT

US spokesperson Jen Psaki called on both Israel and Lebanon to "respect the blue line" between both countries and condemned yesterday's Hezbollah attack, which left two Israeli soldiers dead.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) greets President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin before a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on January 26, 2105. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
07:56 GMT

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the attack, urging the UN to publicly condemn Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization."