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January 21, 2014

A picture taken on January 20, 2014 in Montreux shows the place of the Syrian opposition representative in the Syria peace conference room at the conference centre "Le Petit Palais", where the Geneva II talks will be held later this week. (AFP)
06:39 GMT

The Syrian National Council (SNC), the biggest bloc in Syria's opposition-in-exile, have announced that they will quit the umbrella Syrian National Coalition in protest over the upcoming Geneva II peace talks with the Bashar Assad regime.

Staff prepare a set for the shooting of a movie depicting the story of a member of Shiite movement Hezbollah, Amer Kalakesh, who blew himself up in his vehicle before an Israeli army patrol in 1985 during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon.  [AFP]
05:49 GMT

Border patrols "remain calm" after spying device was found and dismantled at the Lebanese border.

Eilat is known for its tourism and attraction to those wanting to escape. [famouswonders]
05:36 GMT

The Israeli Army is still investigating the source of two separate blasts that were heard on Monday in Eilat.

Rebel fighters talk near the bodies of the victims of a suicide bombing allegedly carried by al-Qaeda-linked group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) near the headquarters of the Army of the Mujahideen. [AFP]
05:05 GMT

Some of those Al Qaeda detainees who were captured by rebels said ISIS had ties with the Syrian regime.

The Syria peace conference room at the conference center "Le Petit Palais" as part of the Montreux-Palace will be the location Wednesday for Geneva II peace talks. [AFP]
04:53 GMT

The UN has decided to cancel Iran's invitation to the Geneva II conference after Iran's inconsistency regarding Syria's transitional government.

January 20, 2014

Smoke rises from the site of twin blasts in Damascus after two powerful blasts struck the Syrian capital during morning rush hour in early 2013.  [AFP]
18:45 GMT

Two car bombs hit a rebel-held border post in the northwest Syrian province of Idlib.

Avraham and Galit Tufan, and their 2-year-old son, Yossef Haim, were killed Sunday night in a gas explosion at their home in Jerusalem. [Flash90]
17:59 GMT

Negligence may be the cause in the gas explosion that killed a family of three.

Interim President of Egypt, Adly Mansour, makes statements to the press. [AFP]
17:32 GMT

Egypt is still unclear about its future following last week's ratification of a newly-amended constitution.

Ghardaia, The oasis town 600 kilometers south of Algiers has witnessed numerous sectarian clashes within recent years (Courtesy of Magharebia)
13:44 GMT

Growing sectarian unrest in Algeria's southern town of Ghardia is turning violent, leaving one person dead and several injured Monday.

The U.N. invited Tehran to attend the talks - a move that has unproved unpopular with those opposed to Assad's regime. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Iran should not be allowed to attend the upcoming Geneva II talks on the Syrian crisis as Tehran does not support a transitional Syrian government.

An Iraqi man inspects the site of a car bomb explosion in the Taubchi neighbourhood of the capital Baghdad on January 19, 2014, a day after the attack. (AFP)
12:58 GMT

Seven bomb explosions went off in Baghdad on Monday, killing 26 people and injuring 67, police and medics reported.

Saad Hariri has not yet specified a date for his expected return (File Archive/AFP)
12:12 GMT

Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri told reporters Monday that he will be returning to Lebanon before parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year to "work with his rivals for the good of the country."

U.S. President Barack Obama is seemingly not too optimistic about Mideast peace being reached. (AFP)
11:57 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview with New Yorker magazine that he thought that there was a "less than fifty-fifty" chance long-lasting peace will be secured in the Mideast.

Israel President Shimon Peres told AFP Monday that failed peace talks could spur renewed chaos in the Middle East (File Archive/AFP)
11:38 GMT

Israel's President Shimon Peres warned Monday that the Middle East may erupt into violent chaos if peace talks collapse between Israelis and Palestinian.

22 people were killed in 48 hours during clashes between rebels and gunmen in Yemen's northern Saada province. (AFP)
11:26 GMT

Violent clashes between rebels and gunmen from north Yemen's Hashid tribes resulted in the deaths of 22 people over 48 hours, tribal sources reported Monday.