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February 9, 2014

The explosion that killed Colonel Hussein was caused by a bomb planted under the seat in his car. [presstv]
11:36 GMT

A Yemeni intelligence officer was killed after an explosion detonated in his car wounding three others.

Gunmen walk in the streets of the city of Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad. [AFP]
10:55 GMT

Nine are dead after two separate instances if militant violence in the region.

A Hamas policeman looks at a motorcycle that was hit in an Israeli air strike in Dir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip June 19, 2012. [newagebd]
09:32 GMT

Two men have been evacuated to a local hospital after being fired on while riding their motorcycle in the Gaza Strip.

Libyans have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against the government's decision to extend its own mandate rather than resign and have new representatives form a fresh governmental body (Abdullah Doma/AFP)
07:55 GMT

Libya's first post-Gaddafi era prosecutor general was murdered Saturday while visiting family in the country's eastern city of Derna.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei thinks the U.S. wants to shake up Tehran. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the United States is lying when it says it is not pursuing an agenda of regime change in Tehran.

UN Aid workers finally entered Homs this weekend, but have been under attack since entering the besieged city (Bassel Tawil/AFP)
07:45 GMT

The U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos vowed Saturday to "keep pushing to deliver humanitarian assistance to Syria's neediest" despite recent attacks on aid convoys near Homs

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.