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January 29, 2014

The Syrian opposition representatives arrive to the fifth day of talks in Geneva (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
11:57 GMT

Syrian opposition and regime representatives resumed talks in Geneva Wednesday after U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi cancelled the afternoon session of Tuesday's talks.

Bahrain has accused the Olamaa Islamic Council for using its confessional cover to participate in politics that are not favorable to the current Sunni regime (File Archive/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Bahrain shut down a Shiite Muslim clerics' council Wednesday accusing it of politicization and illegal operations.

Israel's defense forces confirmed the killing Wednesday (File Archive/AFP)
10:53 GMT

Israeli forces killed a 19-year-old Palestinian youth near Ramallah in the West Bank Wednesday.

Rabat recalled its ambassador to Algiers late last year in response to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's criticism of Morocco's human rights record (Courtesy of Morocco World News)
10:36 GMT

Morocco's foreign ministry summoned Algeria's ambassador Tuesday regarding allegations from Algiers that Rabat has been expelling Syrian refugees.

The U.N. sanctions may target associates to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh (File Archive)
09:18 GMT

Certain groups in Yemen may be the target of new U.N. sanctions, particularly associated of the former regime.

President Obama's comments on the U.S. policy in the Middle East came during his annual State of the Union speech in front of the U.S. Congress (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
08:45 GMT

During the annual State of the Union address to congress, U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support to the Syrian opposition, emphasized the continued fight against terrorism, willingness to continue negotiations with Iran, and his last bid to close Guantanamo Bay this year.

Tunisia's parliament adopted its new constitution Sunday after two years of divided debates over the wording of the document (Fethi Belaid/AFP)
08:26 GMT

Tunisia's parliament approved the interim cabinet of independents Wednesday, representing another progressive step towards its tentative parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of 2014.

Former president Mohamed Morsi may face the death penalty if convicted (File Archive)
08:09 GMT

The trial of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been postponed to Feb. 22.

U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi cancelled Tuesday afternoon's talks in Geneva (File Archive/AFP)
07:53 GMT

Talks between Syrian opposition and regime representatives in Geneva stalled Tuesday while negotiations continued in Syrian to evacuate the besieged city of Homs.

January 28, 2014

Abbas said that he is also willing to meet with Netanyahu at any time (File Archive/AFP)
16:08 GMT

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territory "should take place within a three-year period."

Iraq's security forces have been increasingly targeted by militiamen throughout the country (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
13:01 GMT

Seven security force members died Tuesday in gun attacks north of Baghdad.

U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters Monday that despite the slow pace of talks, getting both the opposition and regime in the same room has represented a major step forward (File Archive/AFP)
12:43 GMT

The U.N. will try to break a deadlock that has halted Syrian peace talks in Geneva as the long-awaited conference enters its fourth day of negotiations.

"I am the legitimate president," Morsi shouted during his trial in Cairo on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shouted at the judge that his trial for jailbreak charges was "not legal" and that he is the legitimate president of Egypt as the first session got underway in Cairo on Tuesday.

Palestinian children in Gaza stage a funeral in solidarity with their countrymen trapped in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. (AFP/File)
10:01 GMT

Over the past few days, seven Palestinian refugees have died in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp as residents continue to struggle against widespread hunger and a lack of medical supplies.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year. (AFP/File)
09:34 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he is ready to meet and talk to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "at any time" to discuss the ongoing Mideast peace process.