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January 29, 2014

 Syrian senior presidential advisor Buthaina Shaaban (C) answers journalists' questions on Syrian peace talks at the United Nations on January 29, 2014 in Geneva. (AFP)
16:40 GMT

Negotiators from both the Syrian government and the opposition said Wednesday that peace talks held in Geneva had taken a step forward after four days of deadlock.

An Egyptian soldier stands guard in the Sinai peninsula. Islamist-led attacks in the restive region have been on the rise since Morsi's ouster in July. (AFP/File)
16:26 GMT

The Egyptian army said Wednesday that it has killed two militants and destroyed two homes belonging to "dangerous Islamists" in the restive Sinai peninsula.

According to Avi Kochavi, Al Qaeda is tightening its grip in Syria by setting up bases in Turkey. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

Militants affiliated with Al Qaeda who are planning to fight in the Syrian civil war have assembled bases in neighboring Turkey and can have easy access to Europe, the chief of Israel's military intelligence said Wednesday.

Award-winning correspondent Peter Greste is one of 20 Al Jazeera journalists that are being tried in Egyptian courts for terrorist links and "harming national unity" (Courtesy of The Telegraph)
14:54 GMT

Egyptian prosecutors are trying 20 Al Jazeera journalists for "belonging to a terrorist organisation, harming national unity and social peace, and using terrorism as a means to their goals."

Iraqi soldiers were deployed to Anbar earlier this month to reclaim control of the province (File Archive/AFP)
14:48 GMT

Iraqi forces have reportedly taken back some areas of the restive Anbar province that has largely been under Al Qaeda-affiliated militants over the past weeks.

Gaddafi reportedly called Sarkozy "mentally deficient" in his 2011 interview. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

In a 2011 interview with a French channel, Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi reportedly said that he bankrolled Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency.

The opposition have accused the Syrian regime of using its military might to manipulate the talks. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT

The Syrian opposition on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to the Geneva II peace talks on the Syrian conflict, but warned against Bashar Al Assad using his military strength to manipulate the negotiations.

Libya has been overrun with rebels - who are equipped with Gaddafi's arms - since the revolution in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Libya's interior minister Seddik Abdelkarim escaped unscathed from an assassination attempt when gunmen shot his car as he was on his way to parliament on Wednesday.

An Israeli drone fell in the city of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning. (AFP/File)
12:18 GMT

An Israeli drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, near the city of Rafah.

The Syrian opposition representatives arrive to the fifth day of talks in Geneva (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
11:57 GMT

Syrian opposition and regime representatives resumed talks in Geneva Wednesday after U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi cancelled the afternoon session of Tuesday's talks.

Bahrain has accused the Olamaa Islamic Council for using its confessional cover to participate in politics that are not favorable to the current Sunni regime (File Archive/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Bahrain shut down a Shiite Muslim clerics' council Wednesday accusing it of politicization and illegal operations.

Israel's defense forces confirmed the killing Wednesday (File Archive/AFP)
10:53 GMT

Israeli forces killed a 19-year-old Palestinian youth near Ramallah in the West Bank Wednesday.

Rabat recalled its ambassador to Algiers late last year in response to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's criticism of Morocco's human rights record (Courtesy of Morocco World News)
10:36 GMT

Morocco's foreign ministry summoned Algeria's ambassador Tuesday regarding allegations from Algiers that Rabat has been expelling Syrian refugees.

The U.N. sanctions may target associates to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh (File Archive)
09:18 GMT

Certain groups in Yemen may be the target of new U.N. sanctions, particularly associated of the former regime.

President Obama's comments on the U.S. policy in the Middle East came during his annual State of the Union speech in front of the U.S. Congress (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
08:45 GMT

During the annual State of the Union address to congress, U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support to the Syrian opposition, emphasized the continued fight against terrorism, willingness to continue negotiations with Iran, and his last bid to close Guantanamo Bay this year.