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February 14, 2014

Lavrov said there were ongoing attempts to derail the talks and suggested the opposition and its backers were to blame. [AFP]
11:02 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused backers of the Syrian opposition on Friday of seeking “regime change” and said the creation of a transitional governing body must not be the sole focus of peace talks in Geneva, Reuters reported him as saying.

February 13, 2014

Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside the central prison after gunmen tried to storm it on February 13, 2014 in Sanaa. A Yemeni policeman was killed and four wounded when security forces repulsed the gunmen. [AFP]
19:39 GMT

Militants attacks the central prison of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Thursday helping at least 14 inmates, mostly al-Qaeda members escape, security sources said.

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman during the second round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 13, 2014. [AFP]
19:32 GMT

U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi held a trilateral meeting with U.S. and Russian diplomats in Geneva on Tuesday in hope of breathing new life into the stalled peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition.

GAZA : Relatives gather around the body of Ibrahim Mansur, a Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli troops, displayed at the morgue of al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza city on February 13, 2014. [AFP]
18:08 GMT

A Palestinian man was shot dead and another injured on Thursday by Israeli forces east of Gaza city.

Exclusive information obtained by Al Arabiya News Channel has revealed the identities of the top field commanders running the Islamist militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [Al-Arabyia]
17:59 GMT

Exclusive information obtained by Al Arabiya News Channel has revealed the identities of the top field commanders running the Islamist militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is widely considered to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks on New York in 2001. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, alleged mastermind in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks offered to be a defense witness in the New York trial of Osama Bin Laden's nephew.

Israel has largely blamed Erdogan for delaying the compensation deal due to his demand to have a protocol be included in the deal that affirms Israel's commitment to ending its blockade of the Gaza Strip (File Archive/AFP)
13:45 GMT

Senior Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told public radio this week that Turkey's Prime Minister is to blame for the delays on finalizing a compensation deal for the killing of nine Turkish nationals during the 2010 Gaza Flotilla raid.

Iran will not allow the U.S. to discuss its defense capabilities in the talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear arsenal. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT

A senior Iranian lawmaker has rejected U.S. claims that Iran’s defense capabilities would be part of the nuclear negotiations, saying the nation’s missile program is not a threat to the region.

Security authorities used tear gas to break up protests in Bahrain Thursday (Courtesy of The Guardian)
12:52 GMT

Bahrain's pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with security police in Bahrain on the third anniversary of the country's Arab Spring uprisings that was largely crushed by Bahraini authorities with the assistance of Saudi-led troops

Militant activity in Iraq's Anbar province has displaced at least 300,000 civilians (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
11:45 GMT

Militants in Iraq seized parts of the northern city of Sulaiman Bek Thursday.

Sisi met with Russia's top leaders during his two-day visit including Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (Vasily Maximov/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Russia's president Vladimir Putin provided public support for Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi's rumoured presidential bid during talks with Sisi in Moscow Thursday,

A young iraqi boy stands in front of burnt out vehicles at the site of car bomb explosions on February 6, 2014 in al-Obeidi Shiite neighborhood, on the eastern outskirts of Baghdad. (AFP)
10:59 GMT

Five people were killed after bombs hidden in clothing stalls in a busy Baghdad market went off on Thursday morning. At least 15 people were injured in the bombs, AP reported.

Some school children required treatment after inhaling the tear gas Thursday (Courtesy of All Voices)
09:56 GMT

Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters into four schools in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan Thursday.

Coskun Demirkol was killed one month before Turkey's local elections. (AFP/File)
09:51 GMT

A candidate in Turkey's upcoming elections was killed in an armed attack in Istanbul, media reported on Thursday.

This file picture taken on November 15, 2009 shows a US captain silhouetted as he looks on during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul. (AFP)
08:10 GMT

As the Afghan government prepared to release 65 detainees from the notorious Bagram prisoner, the U.S. warned against setting the "dangerous individuals" free.