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January 3, 2014

A police car passes the Palestine embassy which stands next to the residence of the late Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal on January 2, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.  [Getty Images]
13:25 GMT

The Prague neighborhood where a safe explosion killed the Palestinian ambassador is seeking to oust the new Palestinian embassy complex from its territory, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

Men gather for the funeral of a person killed in fighting with Iraqi forces in the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on December 31, 2013. [AFP]
13:14 GMT

Iraqi police, together with armed tribesman, Friday succeeded in reclaiming control of a police station in the Sunni area of one of Anbar’s largest cities, Fallujah, as clashes renewed with al-Qaeda militants, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

Iris scanners could be used at airports, border crossings, and other security checkpoints, in the search for criminals and terror suspects. [amazonaws]
06:00 GMT

Syrian refugees are expected to be issues service cards that will use iris-scanning technology for identification.

A member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant carries his weapon as he looks through a hole in a wall in Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood December 4, 2013. [AFP]
05:00 GMT

Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) accused of of being “worse than the Assad regime,” by Islamist rebels.

January 2, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement to the press before a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on January 2, 2014 in Jerusalem. [AFP]
17:11 GMT

U.S. diplomat John Kerry arrived in Israel to work on major issues of a Middle East peace deal.

Flames rise from burning cars at the site of a car bomb that targeted Beirut's southern suburb of Haret Hreik on January 2, 2014. [AFP]
16:44 GMT

The second explosion in the capital of Beirut has claimed four lives and wounded 66 after a car bomb detonated.

Tunisian riot police run towards a scene to control the situation. [AFP]
16:24 GMT

Police arrested four suspected terrorists, members of a banned organization, during a raid in Sidi Bouzid.

Armed tribesmen and Iraqi police sit in a car as clashes rage on in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on January 2, 2014. [AFP]
15:54 GMT

After fighting which began Monday, two Iraqi cities are under the hold of Al Qaeda linked militants.

Local militias have set up their own checkpoints throughout the country as a way to maintain power over territory since the oust of Gaddafi in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT

Libya is planning to resume oil production at its El Sharara oil field this week.

Protestors have been calling for the oust of the Islamist Ennahda leadership to pave the way for an independent government (Fethi Belaid/AFP)
12:55 GMT

Political deadlock has brought protest and turmoil to Tunisia over the past six months, and it is showing no sign of abating ahead of the Jan. 14 constitution draft deadline.

A hospital official in Tel Aviv said the former PM's health is deteriorating significantly. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in "critical condition" in hospital as his vital organs are failing and his health deteriorating, an official from the Tel Aviv hospital in which Sharon is saying said on Thursday.

Settlement building reached an all-time high in 2013, with thousands of new homes being built on occupied territories. Under international law, the majority of Israel's settlements are illegal. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT

Israel will not announce any of its plans to expand settlements while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the region for a diplomatic visit, officials said Thursday.

Mohammed Morsi's previous trials have erupted in protests, forcing some judges to adjourn his trial late last year (File Archive/AFP)
11:32 GMT

The third trial of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been set for Jan. 28 in Cairo.

The Shebab claimed responsibility for the Jan. 2 twin bombing attack near Mogadishu's Jazeera hotel (Abdiwahab Mohamed/AFP)
11:12 GMT

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab claimed responsibility Thursday for executing the twin bombing in the country's capital Mogadishu that has killed at least 11.

At least 13 people have been killed over the past few days since Iraq's leadership deployed troops to Anbar to dismantle the Sunni Arab protest camp (AFP)
10:20 GMT

Half of Iraq's city of Fallujah is now controlled by Al-Qaeda linked militants, according to reports Thursday, and the country's annual 2013 death toll represents the the highest rate in the past 5 years.