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February 4, 2014

Militant groups in Syria's Latakia region have joined together to expel ex-partners from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS). [AFP]
06:42 GMT

Al-Qaeda and ISIS split over control of battling militant groups in Syria.

Obama during a previous meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. [AFP/File]
05:44 GMT

As part of regularly scheduled visits, Obama is expected to visit Saudi Arabia for discussion in March.

February 3, 2014

Lebanese rescuers and emergency personnel gather around the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Choueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
18:05 GMT

Another car bomb exploded in southern Beirut killing two.

King Abdullah II of Jordan. [AFP]
17:55 GMT

Jordan vows to ensure that its own interests will be kept safe in the Palestinian peace talks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, UN Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov take their seats for a meeting. [AFP]
17:27 GMT

Assad's delegates at ease after Brahimi's deputy steps out of Syrian peace talks.

View of barbed wire at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, on Holocaust Day, January 27, 2014. [AFP]
16:27 GMT

Iran makes a public statement regarding its views on the Holocaust at an international security conference in Munich.

Zarif expressed his confidence in a full nuclear deal being struck by July 2014. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT

Whilst stating that Iran is "not a military aggressor", Iran's foreign minister Javad Mohammad Zarif expressed his confidence in a full nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers being struck by July 2014.

The U.S. feared Libya's chemical weapons would fall into the hands of "terrorists". (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

U.S. and Libyan officials announced Monday that the last of the chemical weapons that were around under former leader Muammar Gaddafi have been destroyed.

Tribesmen and Iraqi police forces hold a position in a street of the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad, on January 30, 2014 during a military operation against anti-government fighters. (AFP)
13:05 GMT

Iraq's government troops and allied tribesmen killed nearly 60 Islamist militants in the restive Anbar province on Monday as fierce clashes took place outside the city of Ramadi.

An Iraqi policeman stands guard outside a building occupied by a state-owned company that was stormed by attackers on January 30, 2014 in the northeast of the capital Baghdad. (AFP)
10:32 GMT

A series of attacks in and around Baghdad, including four car bombs in several different neighborhoods, killed at least 12 people on Monday, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

Israeli defense forces killed nine Turkish nationals during the flotilla raid in 2010 (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
09:31 GMT

After nearly four years, Israel has offered Turkey $20 million as compensation to families of those individuals who were killed in Israel's 2010 raid on the flotilla that was delivering humanitarian aid supplies to Gaza.

Bombs targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut late last year (File Archive/AFP)
08:04 GMT

Analysts predict that bombings will continue in Lebanon until Hezbollah retracts it decision to intervene in Syria's civil war.

Al Qaeda fighters launched a deadly double attack on Aleppo. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

A double bomb attack in Aleppo carried out by al-Qaeda-affiliated group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed the lives of at least 16 Syrian rebel fighters on Sunday, an NGO said.

The mortar shells landed approximately thirty meters from the wall of the French Embassy (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:22 GMT

Mortar shells targeted the French Embassy in Yemen Monday evening.

Dozens of Yarmouk residents are dying from hunger - according to activists, they've been surviving on a diet of stale vegetables, herbs, powdered tomato paste, animal feed and cooking spices dissolved in water. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

Four people died in Yarmouk refugee camp over the weekend despite the UN delivering food packages and humanitarian supplies to the besieged Damascus neighborhood.