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February 9, 2014

Tunisia's former opposition MP Mohammad Brahmi was shot last July (Courtesy of CS Monitor)
07:30 GMT

Tunisian security forces arrested the suspect who is believed responsible for the killing for former opposition politician Mohammed Brahmi last July.

Government soldiers have been stationed in Sinai in growing numbers since the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in its effort to crack down on all Islamist supporters in the country (File Archive/AFP)
07:09 GMT

Air raids in Sinai have left at least 16 dead this weekend.

This will be the second time that Sabbahi has run for the presidency (Courtesy of Egypt Today)
06:58 GMT

Egypt's prominent leftist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi announced this weekend that he will run for president in this year's elections.

Iran has been planning to send military ships close to the United States' Atlantic coast, according to the head of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. [IRNA]
05:46 GMT

Iran has deployed two ships to the Atlantic Ocean.

This scene shows rescue workers removing bodies from the hotel after the fire was under control. [alalam]
05:14 GMT

At least 15 are dead and over 100 are wounded after a hotel fire broke out in Medinah.

Members of a United Nations and Syria's Red Crescent convoy are welcomed by rebel fighters after entering a besieged district of the central city of Homs. [AFP]
04:51 GMT

Despite being fired upon, the Red Crescent organization was able to deliver food and medical supplies to the besieged city of Homs.

February 8, 2014

While Hamas itself does not routinely fire rockets, Israel says it holds the group, which seized power in Gaza in 2007, responsible for such attacks. [AFP]
18:29 GMT

Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Saturday evening, the Israeli military said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Members of the jihadist group Al-Nusra Front fire homemade mortar rounds during fighting with goverment forces on February 8, 2014 in the Syrian village of Aziza, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo. [AFP]
18:22 GMT

A commander and military mastermind for the hardline Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rebel group was killed on Saturday after clashes with the al-Qaeda affliated al-Nusra Front in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, Al Arabiya News Channel reported activists as saying.

Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 8, 2014  speaking during a meeting with Iranian air force commanders in Tehran. [AFP]
16:24 GMT

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defended the moderate President Hassan Rowhani Saturday, demanding tolerance from opponents who have criticized him over talks with world powers on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, Agence France-Presse reported.

A man stands next to debris in the road following a reported Syrian government forces air strike in the northern city of Aleppo on February 8, 2014. [AFP]
13:44 GMT

Aid that was expected to enter the central Syrian city of Homs was halted after fighting broke out on Saturday, as Syrian military aircraft bombarded the northern city of Aleppo with barrel bombs, killing 15.

The statement added that the group would continue its attacks on policemen and called for them to repent and switch sides. [AFP]
11:55 GMT

A newly-formed militant group has claimed it was responsible for a bomb attack targeting a police checkpoint in Cairo’s twin city of Giza that injured six.

Mubarak, 85, has remained in a military hospital in Cairo since he was freed from prison in August after the maximum pre-trial detention period expired.
09:06 GMT

A Cairo court is to hold a “secret session” in the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, and his former top aides on Saturday.

TURKEY, Istanbul : ATurkish security officer stands guard in front of an Airbus A320 parked at the Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul, on February 7, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Turkey’s F-16 fighter jets forced down an airliner in Istanbul on Friday after a passenger tried to hijack it, brandishing a detonator and ordering it to Sochi where the Winter Olympic opening ceremony was underway, Turkish officials said.

 Several heads of state arrived in Tunisia to attend a ceremony to celebrate the adoption of a new constitution. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

A U.S. delegation walked out of the ceremony to celebrate Tunisia's new constitution on Friday in protest statements made by the representative of Iran accusing the United States of undermining the Arab Spring uprisings.

February 7, 2014

A man waves behind the window of a bus on February 7, 2014, during the evacuation of civilians from the rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Homs. [AFP]
19:27 GMT

The Syrian government began evacuating civilians from the besieged city of Homs on Friday, executing the first stage of a deal struck with the United Nations in a three-day ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to enter the city.