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February 1, 2014

Supporters of the Shiite Huthi group march alongside a vehicle carrying the body of Ahmed Sharafeddin, a key figure of the Shiite Huthi rebels' delegation to Yemen's reconciliation talks who was assassinated by gunmen during his funeral on January 27, 2014 in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Fighting between Yemeni tribesmen and Houthi rebels killed at least 60 people in the north of the country on Friday, while at least 15 soldiers were killed by suspected al-Qaeda militants in the south, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

January 31, 2014

Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike that injured two Palestinians, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on January 31, 2014. [AFP]
18:44 GMT

Israeli forces shot and injured ten people on Friday in the northern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

Egyptian media reported that 26 people were injured in the violence that took place in the north-eastern Cairo’s Matariya district.
18:36 GMT

Egyptian security forces broke up a set-in by backers of ousted President Mohammad Mursi in an area of Cairo on Friday, prompting heavy clashes in nearby streets.

yria's Foreign Minister and head of the Syrian government delegation Walid Muallem speaks during a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on January 31, 2014 in Geneva. [AFP]
18:25 GMT

A week of talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition National Coalition in Geneva ended on Friday without tangible results, Syrian Minister Walid Muallem told reporters.

Peace talks between Syria's government and opposition is likely to resume from February 10, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said after a week of negotiations wrapped up. [AFP]
13:31 GMT

Gaps between the rival Syrian sides remain “wide,” U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters during a press conference wrapping up the first round of the Geneva II peace talks. He added that he observed a “little common ground.”

According to Hof, one Iranian official told him that “neither the U.S. nor Israel intervened in Syria,”
13:21 GMT

Former U.S. ambassador Frederic Hof has revealed that Iranian officials, in private meetings, told him that Iran is not in conflict with the U.S. or Israel but rather believe Saudi Arabia to be the main threat considering its perceived tampering in Syria.

“The need for the process to pick up the pace is obvious,” Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. [AFP]
12:57 GMT

The world’s chemical watchdog called Friday for Syria to “pick up the pace” in shipping out its chemical weapons stockpile after a key deadline was missed, Agence France-Presse reported.

Fatima Khan, left, mother of the deceased British doctor Abbas Khan. [PA]
12:41 GMT

The mother of the British doctor Abbas Khan who died in Syrian government custody last month did not only confront the Syrian delegation in Geneva screaming: “Why did you kill my son?” but she revealed the harrowing answers she purportedly received.

Egyptian policemen stand guard as construction workers restore the damaged facade of Cairo's police headquarters in the Egyptian capital, on January 31, 2014. [AFP]
12:12 GMT

A bomb exploded outside a police station in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Thursday amid clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces.

A tribeman, fighting alongside Iraqi police forces, patrols a street in the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad, on January 30, 2014. [AFP]
12:07 GMT

The Iraqi armed forces, working with tribal fighters in Anbar province killed 40 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), destroyed weapons and seized four ISIS headquarters in the city of Fallujah this week.

Palestinian children inspect the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike that injured two people, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on January 31, 2014. [AFP]
11:55 GMT

Israeli fighter jets targeted the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Friday morning, Agence France-Presse reported sources on both sides as saying, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave hit

Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan during a visit to Tehran aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Iran has a chance to play a constructive role in bringing stability to Syria and the broader region, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday.

January 30, 2014

A shepherd walking near the settlement of Revava.
18:20 GMT

The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund in Norway has put two Israeli firms on its blacklist over their contribution to the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in 2013 that the alternative to the ouster of Mohammad Mursi was chaos. [EPA]
17:05 GMT

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered his firm backing to Egypt’s government on Thursday, saying the Muslim Brotherhood was "taking the country away from its basic values of hope and progress."

Tunisian Tourism Minister Amel Karboul came under fire for an alleged visit to Israel in 2006. (Photo credit:
16:53 GMT

Tunisian Tourism Minister Amel Karboul submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Mahdi Jomaa over a trip to Israel in 2006, the state news agency TAP reported on Thursday.