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January 6, 2014

Tunisia’s constitutional assembly prepares to select a new committee to oversee elections after its work weekend was disrupted. [AFP]
15:50 GMT

Tunisia’s constitutional assembly prepares to select a new committee to oversee elections after its work weekend was disrupted by death threats against one of its members.

[Ma'an]
15:35 GMT

Hamas and Fatah have secretly resumed reconciliation talks in an attempt to finalize an agreement, a Fatah spokesman said on Monday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud talk before a meeting at the King's desert encampment on January 5, 2014 [AFP]
15:26 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi King Abdullah on Saturday as part of the U.S. diplomat’s regional talks on the frameworks for a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

People carry one of the two bodies during the funeral of Malak Zahwa and her step-mother Iman Hijazi, who both died in a car bomb that targeted a Beirut's suburb the day before on January 3, 2014. The death toll of the blast has now risen to six. (AFP)
12:46 GMT

The death toll of last week's deadly bombing of Beirut suburb Haret Hreik has risen to six after Al Manar TV journalist Abbas Karnib died on Monday.

Rebel infighting has left many of Syria's northern cities in shambles (Ahmad Aboud/AFP)
11:39 GMT

Syrian rebels managed to free 50 individuals who had been captured and held hostage by Al Qaeda-linked jihadists.

Israelis fired tear gas on Palestinian protestors last week, leading to the death of an 85-year-old man (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
11:21 GMT

Israeli authorities have failed to provide evidence that would justify their December killing of a Palestinian teenager.

Syrian rebels and regime fighters signed a truce in Damascus on Sunday. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT

Syrian rebels and regime troops fighting in the northern suburbs of Damascus - in Barzeh - on Sunday signed a truce after "intense negotiations".

Israel frequently demolishes Palestinian villages in the occupied territories to make space for new settlements. (AFP/File)
09:34 GMT

Israel military forces on Monday ordered demolition and stop-work orders to Palestinians living in the Nablus villae of Aqraba in the West Bank.

A man shows off the V-sign for victory as he stands on top of a burn out lorry on the side of the main highway leading west out of the capital Baghdad to Fallujah, on January 5, 2014. (AFP)
08:47 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday called on residents and tribes in the western Anbar province to help government forces oust terrorist factions from the city of Fallujah.

Asylum-seekers and allies alike have been protesting throughout Israel against the new immigrant detention policies (Jack Guez/AFP)
08:41 GMT

The United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR condemned Israel's policy against African migrants Sunday, saying that the country is not "living up to the Spirit of the 1951 Refugee Convention."

Local Iraqi tribesmen in Fallujah prepare to "battle the terrorists" (Sadam El Mehmedy/AFP)
08:05 GMT

An Iranian military official told reporters Sunday that Tehran is ready to help Iraq "battle [its] Al Qaeda 'terrorists'" in its western Anbar province.

Ahmad Jarba will serve as the leader for Syria's Opposition National Coalition for the next 6 months (File Archive/AFP)
07:34 GMT

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba was re-elected to on Sunday in Istanbul to continue serving as the president of the main opposition National Coalition.

ISIS fighters have been fighting with rebel factions in Syria's northern regions at unprecedented levels over the past week (File Archive/AFP)
07:10 GMT

Syrian rebels from the Islamic Front issued a warning to Al Qaeda jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria Sunday as rebel infighting escalates throughout the country

Kerry met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah following his 4-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories last week (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
06:36 GMT

Saudi leadership offered U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "enthusiastic support" for his proposed peace accord that would begin to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Syrian Army Forces [Press Tv]
04:00 GMT

At least 200 militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) operating in Syria have surrendered to the country’s army in the capital Damascus.