February 16, 2014
An Al Qaeda fringe group has claimed responsibility for the death of 15 Iraqi military troops who were killed in their barracks this week near Mosul.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Lebanon on the formation of the new Lebanese cabinet, and called on Premier Tammam Salam to bring stability to the restive Levant country.
Egyptian authorities destroyed at least 10 tunnels and seven homes Saturday as part of its "new campaign to create a buffer zone" along its shared border with Gaza.
A spokesman for the UN's Palestine refugee agency said Saturday that UNRWA has been unable to distribute aid in Yarmouk for the past week, leading to a potentially "life-threatening" situation for those trapped in the besieged camp.
Syria's government has added the Geneva talk's opposition delegates to a "terrorist list" and seized their assets.
Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi invited army chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi to take part in a debate ahead of Sisi's proposed presidential run.
Morsi's trial for espionage, along with other 35 co-defendants, is set to commence Sunday.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zihri criticized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying he has no authority or negotiate with Israel and the U.S. on behalf of the Palestinian people.
February 15, 2014
Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships fought on Saturday to retake full control of a northern town from militants who overran parts of it earlier this week, Reuters reported the mayor and other local officials as saying.
U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi on Saturday apologized to the people of Syria after the first two rounds of the peace talks in Geneva have not achieved any progress.
Fighters remaining inside besieged Old Homs and human rights workers say they fear an imminent government military onslaught aimed at eliminating the rebel-stronghold after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire and evacuation deal conclude
A spokesman for Hamas said Friday that the faction would regard any international military presence within a future Palestinian state as "occupation" forces.
Turkey’s parliament on Saturday passed a contested bill giving the government more control over the judiciary, after violent scuffles broke out in the assembly, according to Agence France-Presse.
The United States is considering further steps to put pressure on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, President Barack Obama said on Friday.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday pledged $1 billion in loan guarantees for Middle East ally Jordan and the renewal of a five-year aid package.