January 29, 2014
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.
The Egyptian army said Wednesday that it has killed two militants and destroyed two homes belonging to "dangerous Islamists" in the restive Sinai peninsula.
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.
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 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.
In a 2011 interview with a French channel, Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi reportedly said that he bankrolled Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency.
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'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 crashed in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, near the city of Rafah.
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 shut down a Shiite Muslim clerics' council Wednesday accusing it of politicization and illegal operations.
Israeli forces killed a 19-year-old Palestinian youth near Ramallah in the West Bank Wednesday.
Morocco's foreign ministry summoned Algeria's ambassador Tuesday regarding allegations from Algiers that Rabat has been expelling Syrian refugees.
Certain groups in Yemen may be the target of new U.N. sanctions, particularly associated of the former regime.
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.