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January 26, 2015

A Yemeni supporter of the separatist Southern Movement stands in front of their movement's flag as they try to set up a checkpoint on January 25, 2015 in the southern city of Aden. (AFP/STR)
09:11 GMT

Several Yemeni provinces have cut off ties with the capital Sana’a, now under the virtual control of the Houthi movement, as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Yemen’s streets to protest the group’s control over large parts of the country.

Shiite Houthi rebels fight with Yemeni protesters during a rally against the control of the capital by Houthi rebels in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:43 GMT

In preparation for imminent protests, a large number of Houthi militants have been deployed in Sanaa.

An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles on Amal Farms in Quneitra earlier this month, killing numerous Hezbollah officers. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
07:36 GMT

In light of the recent helicopter airstrike which killed numerous Hezbollah officers, Israel issued a warning not to attack any Israeli institutions abroad.

The port, which has been under a blockade since 2006, will allow Palestinians to travel internationally. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
07:26 GMT

A ministerial committee announced plans to prepare for the opening of the port for international travel. Currently use of the port is restricted to fishing.

Police have since launched an investigation into the incident. (AFP)
07:12 GMT

The police officer was fatally shot in the head while in his car in Miryata.

Even social media sites like Facebook will be blocked if they fail to implement the court order. (Shutterstock)
07:06 GMT

Turkish court ordered to block all websites that insult the Prophet Muhammad, including Facebook, the world's biggest social network.

Clashes erupted across the country on the 4th anniversary of the uprising. (Photo:AFP)
06:00 GMT

At least 18 people, including three policeman, have died at protests around the country on the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, the health ministry announced Sunday.

Sinai-based militants have carried out numerous attacks in the region in recent months. (Photo: AFP)
05:00 GMT

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has extended a curfew in parts of North Sinai by another three months, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

January 25, 2015

One of the Japanese hostages is reportedly still alive.
20:10 GMT

Daesh radio confirmed on Sunday that its terrorists have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death, according to AFP.

General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in an Israeli attack last week. (Photo: AFP)
16:31 GMT

An Iranian general killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian Golan Heights last week was targeted because he kept his cellphone on - allowing Israeli intelligence to track his whereabouts, Al-Joumhouria reported.

Libya has seen constant clashes between government forces and rival militia groups. (Photo: AFP)
15:43 GMT

The deputy foreign minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government has been kidnapped in the eastern city of al-Bayda.

The rocket and mortar attacks on central Damascus were in retaliation for air raids carried about by the Syrian regime. (Photo: AFP File/SANAA)
15:25 GMT

Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.

(Photo: EMAD EL-GEBALY /AFP)
14:48 GMT

Five people have died at protests in several parts of Egypt on the fourth anniversary of the January 2011 uprising, the health ministry announced Sunday.

Similar attacks are a nearly daily occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT

Two bombings in Baghdad have left eight civilians dead and at least 22 wounded.

At least five people were killed in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police and witnesses said. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)
10:23 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday as part of his official visit to the Horn of Africa.