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January 26, 2014

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi speaks to the press at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. [AFP]
11:12 GMT

Release of prisoners is expected to be a top agenda item on Sunday's Geneva II peace talks.

Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near a destroyed bus at the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (The Official Facebook Page of the Egyptian Military Spokesman of the Armed Forces)
10:03 GMT

Sinai-based militants attack military bus in Sinai.

Four of the five kidnapped Egyptians work for Cairo's embassy in Tripoli (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Libyan kidnappers who have took six Egyptian hostage this weekend have urged Egyptian authorities to release a Libyan militia commander immediately in exchange for the kidnapped Egyptians.

Leftist Palestinian parties protested Saturday against further participation in the ongoing peace talks with Israel (Courtesy of The Guardian)
08:52 GMT

Palestinian political parties held demonstrations in West Bank in opposition of continued negotiations with Israel.

Protestors clash in Cairo Saturday (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
08:07 GMT

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour will address the nation Sunday following Saturday's fatal revolution anniversary clashes that have left dozens dead.

Algeria's former Prime Minister Ali Benflis announced earlier last week that he will be running in April's election (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Algeria's main Islamist party announced Saturday that they will boycott the country's upcoming elections.

Tunisia's newly appointed interim PM Mehdi Jomaa made the announcement Saturday that the new cabinet has not yet been established due to a lack of consensus (Fethi Belaid/AFP)
07:07 GMT

Tunisia's newly appointed Prime Minister has failed to form a new cabinet under the transitional government, according to reports from late Saturday and early Sunday.

Hermel has been victim of Syrian rocket fire over the past three years as the neighboring civil war continues (Courtesy of Naharnet)
06:57 GMT

Five rockets from Syria hit Lebanon's Hermel area Saturday in an attack claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Afghan security forces stand next to a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. [AFP]
06:53 GMT

A suicide bomber explosion has killed four in Kabul.

Around 90 percent of the private sector labor force in Saudi Arabia was foreign before expat deportation took place. [AFP]
05:41 GMT

After the mass exodus deportation in Saudi, the Ministry of Labor has been forced to create stronger efforts to prevent fake employment by expatriates.

Libyan Justice Minister Salah al-Mirghani speaks during a press conference following the kidnapping of five Egyptian diplomats on January 25, 2014 in Tripoli Libya. [AFP]
01:12 GMT

Egypt has evacuated its staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital and the consulate in Benghazi city after kidnappers seized Egypt’s cultural attaché and three other embassy diplomats, an official told Al Arabiya News Channel Saturday.

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 24, 2014. [AFP]
01:03 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that talks with world powers to reach a long-term nuclear deal will resume next month.

Lebanese security forces patrol a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 23, 2014 as the army deployed following clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime. [AFP]
00:53 GMT

A recording by a previously unknown figure was distributed on jihadist forums on Saturday, announcing the creation of a Lebanese franchise for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Agence France-Presse reported.

January 25, 2014

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference in Geneva on January 25, 2014. [AFP]
22:14 GMT

The first day of face-to-face talks between Syria’s rival sides did not yield substantial results, International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reports Saturday, adding that he hoped the discussions would eventually lead to aid supplies reaching the besieged city of Homs.

A spate of deadly bombings put Egyptian police on edge as supporters and opponents of the military-installed government take part in rival rallies for the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. [AFP]
21:45 GMT

At least 29 people were killed in Egypt in street violence Saturday, as Islamists and military supporters staged rival rallies on the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, the health ministry said.