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January 9, 2014

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, pictured here with EU representative Catherine Ashton in November 2013, will meet with major world powers in Geneva Thursday to discuss how to implement the historic nuclear deal from late last year (File Archive/AFP)
06:53 GMT

Nuclear talks between major Western powers and Iran resume Thursday in Geneva. The talks will focus on how to implement the landmark November deal, but previous disagreement on technical issues like centrifuges may undermine the accord if compromises are not made on both sides of the table.

A 2013 report said that extremists and jihadists now make up more than half of the rebel and opposition forces fighting against Assad in Syria. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

The Kyrgyz government announced Wednesday that it had arrested a senior terrorist ringleader who was seeking to recruit militants to fight jihad in the Syrian civil war.

January 8, 2014

Despite the chaos engulfing Anbar province, life must go on as normal for many residents. Here, Iraqi traders sell their goods at an open air market in the center of the city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad on January 8, 2014 (AFP)
19:55 GMT

The Iraqi Red Crescent warned of a growing humanitarian situation in Fallujah and Ramadi, in Iraq's Anbar province, reporting that thousands were in need of aid and fleeing their homes across the violence-torn area.

Mourners carry the body of a comrade killed during battles with members of the al-Qaeda-linked group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the northern city of Aleppo, on January 8, 2014.
19:04 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that after being battled by rebel fighters, very few Al Qaeda-affiliated militants remain the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Assuming the National Congress immediately appoint a replacement, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan may resign imminently. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Wednesday that he was ready to resign if the National Congress immediately replace him, and that the new cabinet will be appointed shortly.

A protestor holds up a sign in English as thousands of African asylum seekers who entered Israel illegally via Egypt staged a protest in Tel Aviv on January 7, 2014, slamming the Jewish state's long-term detention of African migrants. The protest continued to Jerusalem on Wednesday. (AFP)
15:18 GMT

African migrants traveled to Jerusalem on Wednesday to protest against Israel's migration policies - where it detains and expels refugees - for the fourth day in a row.

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki urged all Al Qaeda and other militants in the city of Fallujah to surrender. (AFP)
14:28 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki on Wednesday promised to eradicate Al Qaeda forces from Fallujah city in Anbar province, as the army prepared to launch an attack on the Sunni Islamist militants.

Goats are seen grazing in a cultivated field near the village of Ein al-Beida in the eastern foothill of the Jordan Valley. This controversial piece of land is set to cause trouble at the peace talks negotiating table. (AFP)
14:06 GMT

Two leading Jordanian officials - the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister - have said that Jordan will play a central role in creating a solution to the Mideast conflict, and that it would ensure its strategic interests would not be compromised in any U.S.-brokered deal.

An opponent to the Muslim Brotherhood set fire to a portrait of ousted president Mohamed Morsi during a demonstration outside the Cairo police academy where his trial was set to take place before it was postponed until Feb. 1, 2014. (AFP)
13:37 GMT

The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi - who has been charged with inciting the murder of protesters - has been postponed until February as Morsi was absent due to "bad weather".

Israeli settlers burnt two Palestinian cars near Nablus (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
12:59 GMT

Israeli settlers torched two Palestinian cars near Nablus as a "revenge attack" after some settlers were held captive by Jalud villagers Tuesday.

The Syrian opposition National Coalition was supposed to decide whether they will attend the peace talks this week, but heated debates have delayed the decision until Jan. 17 (Courtesy of Press TV)
12:20 GMT

Syria's main opposition National Coalition has suspended its decision on whether or not the group will partake in peace talks scheduled for later this month until Jan. 17.

US, EU and Arab officials meeting in Rome as the Friends of Syria Group [AFP]
11:38 GMT

Ministers from the Friends of Syria grouping are due to hold talks in France on Sunday with leaders of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad ahead of peace talks due later this month.

Rebel fighters, one holding a weapon, walk in a street on January 7, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. [AFP]
10:47 GMT

The headquarters of al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the main northern city of Aleppo has been seized by fighters from several Syrian rebel brigades.

Lebanese soldiers at the site of a car bomb attack on a Hezbollah convoy travelling towards the border crossing with Syria on Tuesday. [ AFP]
10:16 GMT

A Lebanese judge requested the death penalty Wednesday for 14 suspects accused of terrorist attacks including last year’s ambush of a Hezbollah convoy that killed one of the party’s fighters.

The strike took place in the Shejaiyah district near Gaza's border with Israel, killing Mohammed al-Ijlah, 32.
10:00 GMT

A man was killed on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip after Israeli tanks fired at the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood in Gaza City, medical sources said.