January 9, 2014
A suicide bomber killed 13 Iraqi army recruits and wounded more than 30 near Baghdad on Thursday in an attack on men who were responding to the government's appeal for more fighters to help battle Al Qaeda in Anbar province.
Iraqi tribesmen have recaptured the majority of Anbar province, restoring tentative calm to the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah after they were controlled by Al Qaeda-affiliated gunmen for several days.
Russia blocked a British-drafted UN Security Council statement that condemns the Syrian government attacks on the northern city of Aleppo.
Three Palestinians were injured after Israel launched an airstrike on the southern Gaza strip on Thursday morning.
Bahrain announced late Wednesday that it has suspended reconciliation talks with the Shiite opposition majority amidst growing unrest.
Fatah, the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has reached out an olive branch to rival group Hamas regarding the formation of a national unity government.
Sectarian clashes between Palestinians in Lebanon's south and Hezbollah may be imminent if the latter party does not "revise its policies at home and in Syria," a key spiritual leader told reporters this week.
Minority Israeli lawmakers in the Knesset lost their bid to pass a "Two-State Solution" bill that would make it illegal for Israel to randomly annex any Palestinian land, with the conservative Likud party rejecting it on a 44-25 vote.
Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) began freeing hundreds of prisoners in Aleppo, shocking stories about their detention have emerged.
Nuclear talks between major Western powers and Iran resume Thursday in Geneva. The talks will focus on how to implement the landmark November deal, but previous disagreement on technical issues like centrifuges may undermine the accord if compromises are not made on both sides of the table.
The Kyrgyz government announced Wednesday that it had arrested a senior terrorist ringleader who was seeking to recruit militants to fight jihad in the Syrian civil war.
January 8, 2014
The Iraqi Red Crescent warned of a growing humanitarian situation in Fallujah and Ramadi, in Iraq's Anbar province, reporting that thousands were in need of aid and fleeing their homes across the violence-torn area.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that after being battled by rebel fighters, very few Al Qaeda-affiliated militants remain the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Wednesday that he was ready to resign if the National Congress immediately replace him, and that the new cabinet will be appointed shortly.
African migrants traveled to Jerusalem on Wednesday to protest against Israel's migration policies - where it detains and expels refugees - for the fourth day in a row.