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January 2, 2014

Al Qaeda bombings in Casablanca left 33 people dead in May 2003 (File Archive/AFP)
08:14 GMT

Morocco authorities told reporters that they have dismantled a "terrorist cell" responsible for sending fighters to Syria.

Egyptian police have been clashing with Islamist protestors since the oust of former president Mohammed Morsi in July (File Archive/AFP)
07:08 GMT

Violent clashes between Islamists and police authorities in Egypt's Alexandria late Wednesday left two people dead.

Lebanon hosts nearly 858,000 refugees, according to UNHCR statistics (File Archive/AFP)
06:48 GMT

A Syrian airstrike that targeted Lebanon's border town of Arsal earlier this week left one refugee killed.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki  [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday reversed a decision to withdraw troops from tense cities in Anbar province, hours after militants attacked police stations and freed prisoners.

January 1, 2014

Firefighters work outside the residence of the late Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal on January 1, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. [Getty Images]
20:19 GMT

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jamal al-Jamal, was killed in his apartment on Wednesday by an explosion caused by explosives detonated when the diplomat opened a safe, police said.

The WikiLeaks Party website said the meeting was aimed at showing solidarity with the Syrian people and voicing opposition to western military intervention. [Getty Images]
14:52 GMT

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has condemned as "reckless" and "counterproductive" a WikiLeaks Party delegation which met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

The head of a jihadist group behind the suicide bomb attack on the Iranian embassy in Lebanon in November is arrested, reports say. [AFP]
14:41 GMT

Lebanese troops arrested the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked group responsible for a double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in Lebanon in November, the defense minister told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday.

Recently released Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Khalaf  is carried by friends in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on December 31, 2013. [Getty Images]
14:29 GMT

After months of intense talks with the Israeli and Palestinian governments, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry begins 2014 with a trip to the Middle East on Wednesday.

Egyptian security stand in the vicinity of flames following an attack by saboteurs on an Egyptian gas pipeline on July 12, 2011. [AFP]
06:00 GMT

Suspected militants in Egypt's Sinai on Tuesday blew up a gas pipeline that feeds an industrial area.

More than 65 people have been killed in violence since protests led by the country's Shiite majority began in February 2011. [foreignpolicy]
05:00 GMT

Ministry in Bahrain claim that Imams should "condemn terrorism from the religious, legal and human points of view,".

US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, deputy Iranian negotiators Majid Ravanchi and Abbas Araghchi seated between them against the wall at a meeting in New York in September. [AFP]
23:26 GMT

Iranian nuclear negotiations continued in Geneva on December 30 and December 31 with progress described as "good" by Iran's senior nuclear negotiator and concurrence on a January implementation date for the interim nuclear agreement signed in November.

December 31, 2013

Egyptian police have arrested Australian and Egyptian Al-Jazeera journalists for broadcasting news that "harmed domestic security", the interior ministry said Monday. [AFP]
18:40 GMT

Four journalists working for the Qatar based satellite station to be held 15 days pending investigation.

Residents of the industrial city of Adra, northeast of Damascus, walking as they are evacuated from the city, which is strategically located on a main road into the capital, due to fierce fighting between government troops and opposition forces. [AFP]
18:04 GMT

The death toll continues to rise in Syria as the new year approaches with the overall total for those killed in the violence passes the 130,000 mark.

Arrested Al-Azhar students held for 15 more days pending investigation. [Ahram]
17:43 GMT

Son of Mohamed El-Beltagy, along with two other students, apprehended on allegations of inciting violence at two Cairo universities.

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah headed the meeting. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT

The Palestinian Authority cabinet convened its weekly meeting in the Jordan Valley on Tuesday to protest an Israeli bill to annex the area.