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January 10, 2014

Will the U.S. train elite Iraqi forces in Jordan? (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT

According to U.S. defense officials, Washington is mulling over the idea of training elite Iraqi forces in Jordan to help quell Al Qaeda in the restive country.

Tunisia's Islamist premier Ali Larayedh arrives at Kasbah Palace in Tunis to submit his resignation to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on January 9, 2014.  [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Tunisia's Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a caretaker government as part of a deal with his opponents to finish a transitional period.

January 9, 2014

he poll conducted in late December showed that 76 percent of the participants are expected to take part in the upcoming referendum on Jan. 14 and 15. [Getty Images]
20:59 GMT

Egyptian will approve the constitution despite the fact that over half the population have not read the draft of the document, a new poll revealed according to the Egyptian Daily news website al-Ahram.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the negotiations reveal U.S. “enmity.” [AFP]
20:21 GMT

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei admitted on Thursday pursuing the religious deception tactic known as a “taqiyya” in talks with the United States over his country’s nuclear program.

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi block a street during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Nasr City, Cairo on January 8, 2014. 63 Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday in a Cairo court. (AFP)
14:04 GMT

63 Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to three years in jail on charges such as rioting, thuggery and weapons possession on Thursday.

At least 700 people have been killed in Aleppo since Dec. 15 under government airstrikes (Medo Halab/AFP)
13:19 GMT

Syrian opposition groups, including Islamist rebels, met for the first time in Spain's Cordoba in order to "seek common ground" before peace talks scheduled for later this month in Switzerland, and a car bomb killed 18 in Syria's central Hama province in the village of Kafat.

Despite concerns over the slew of violence that has engulfed Egypt, the U.S. has said it is committed to building a longstanding diplomatic relationship with Cairo. (AFP/File)
12:42 GMT

The U.S. said Wednesday that despite the violence and troubles that have engulfed Cairo since Mohamed Morsi's ouster in July, Washington is looking to work on its relationship with Cairo.

Tunisia has been enveloped in political turmoil since July (File Archive/AFP)
12:23 GMT

Tunisia has appointed a new commission to oversee elections in 2014 as part of its efforts to form a transitional, independent government.

Iraqi soldiers monitor a checkpoint east of Baghdad on January 6, 2014. On Thursday, 13 Iraqi army recruits were killed by a suicide bomber in the capital city. (AFP)
10:30 GMT

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.

Several parts of Anbar province have been outside government control - and under the command of Al Qaeda-linked militants - for several days. (AFP)
09:09 GMT

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.

The UN Security Council has attempted to pass three resolutions on Syria since March 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Russia blocked a British-drafted UN Security Council statement that condemns the Syrian government attacks on the northern city of Aleppo.

Israeli airstrikes regularly damage Palestinian property severely. Here, Palestinians look at the wreckage of their homes in the Gaza town of Rafah in late 2012. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT

Three Palestinians were injured after Israel launched an airstrike on the southern Gaza strip on Thursday morning.

Tension between Bahrain's Sunni and Shiite populations has risen since the onset of protests and police crackdowns in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT

Bahrain announced late Wednesday that it has suspended reconciliation talks with the Shiite opposition majority amidst growing unrest.

Palestinian supporters of the Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah party wave flags during a rally marking the 49th anniversary of the movement on January 2, 2014 in the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP)
07:33 GMT

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.

AIn Al Hilweh, the Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon's south considered a "hotbed" for militants, fears a possible armed sectarian clash with Hezbollah forces due to the latter's politics at home and in Syria (Courtesy of the Guardian)
07:29 GMT

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.