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January 11, 2014

Ariel Sharon, who has a mixed reputation from his Arab neighbours, has died aged 85. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85, after being in a coma for eight years, the office of Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Saturday.

Former Israeli prime minister dies, eight years after he went into coma following a stroke. [AFP]
13:17 GMT

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon passed away on Saturday after eight years in a coma, leaving behind a bloody and conflicted legacy in the land he called home.

Defense lawyers for Salim Ayyash at the Special Tribunal of Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. [The Daily Star]
13:01 GMT

The Lebanese government must bolster efforts to arrest five men accused of the assassination of the country’s former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri, the prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon told British newspaper the Guardian on Friday.

Yemeni Military Police march during a ceremony launching the first phase of combat and operations training of the year on January 8, 2014 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. [AFP]
12:46 GMT

In efforts to monitor a ceasefire between Shiite rebels and hardline Sunni Salafists, Yemen troops began to deploy in the northern province of Saada on Saturday, a security official told Agence France-Presse.

January 10, 2014

Egyptian authorities have often used tear gas to dispel pro-Morsi protests since the former president's oust in July 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Clashes in Egypt's Alexandria left one person dead on Friday.

The FBI believes that approximately 70 Americans have traveled to Syria to join militant fighters since the start of the war three years ago (File Archive/AFP)
14:00 GMT

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently told reporters that Al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria are training U.S. and Western citizens fighting in the conflict to conduct terrorist attacks when they return home.

The Lebanese army was deployed to Tripoli in early December to mitigate ongoing turmoil and sectarian conflict that has enveloped the country's northern city (File Archive/AFP)
13:27 GMT

Clashes between the Lebanese Army and gunmen near a mosque in the northern city of Tripoli left three people, including two soldiers, wounded.

Sigrid Kaag, pictured right and who is the head of the joint disarmament mission in Syria between the United Nations and OPCW, says the Syrian government can meet its March deadline if it maintains its current efforts (File Archive/AFP)
13:10 GMT

The United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Friday that the Syrian government will be able to meet its March deadline to destroy Priority 1 chemical weapons. material if it maintains its current efforts.

Erekat said Friday that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "determined to destroy the two-state solution" (File Archive/AFP)
12:49 GMT

Palestine's top negotiator for the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks said that Israel's settlement announcement Friday is a message to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to not come back to the region to push for peace.

Militias throughout Libya have clashed with government forces to control territory in the north African country (File Archive/AFP)
11:22 GMT

The United States' top military commander to Africa told reporters Friday that the Pentagon is planning to commence training for Libyan soldiers by midyear to help "boost the [north African country's] security."

Israeli settlement construction in the Palestinian territory is illegal under international law (File Archive/AFP)
11:00 GMT

Israel announced Friday that it is planning to build over 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem and 800 in the West Bank.

The U.S. has expressed serious concern over the inmates who are set to be released, as most of them are believed to be members of the Taliban or similar militant groups. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ignored the U.S.' doubts. (AFP/File)
09:15 GMT

72 prisoners are to freed from Afghanistan's notorious Bagram prison, despite the U.S. voicing its concerns over their lack of proper trial and many of the prisoners' links to terrorist-related charged.

The U.S. is reconsidering sending nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, now that some Islamist rebels are proving to be more moderate, according to a recent New York Times article. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT

Despite the risk that any aid may end up in the hands of militant extremists, top Washington officials said Thursday that the U.S. is considering resuming its nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition.

Regime forces have enforced a siege in Homs' Old City for over a year and much of the city has been destroyed in clashes between loyalist troops and rebels. Reports of energy and food shortages in the central Syrian city are rife. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported late Thursday that Syrian regime forces killed at least 45 rebels during an offensive on the regime-stronghold of Homs.

Fatah and Hamas are making attempts to reconcile ahead of the elections. (AFP/File)
06:49 GMT

The head of Fatah's reconciliation team has confirmed that he will visit the Gaza Strip to meet with Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in the upcoming days, as Hamas and Fatah look to reconcile.