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January 8, 2014

An image grab taken from a video released on January 4, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIL fighters marching at an undisclosed location. [AFP]
08:02 GMT

Al-Qaeda group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Tuesday urged its fighters to “crush” other rebel groups in Syria, in an audio message from the group’s spokesman.

Syria's Information Minister said this week that the "Syrian street" wants Assad to run for president in this year's upcoming elections (File Archive/AFP)
07:49 GMT

The Syrian people have allegedly decided that President Bashar Assad should be nominated for another presidential term in this year's upcoming elections.

Morsi's first trial in November was adjourned after riots inside and outside the courtroom made proceedings impossible (Courtesy of Al Jazeera)
07:39 GMT

Ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi will face his second trial Wednesday on charges of conducting acts of murder during December 2012 protests near the presidential palace in Cairo.

Iraqi civilians flee Fallujah ahead of the government forces' planned attack (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
07:28 GMT

Iraqi forces have been instructed to delay their attack on the Al Qaeda-held city of Fallujah fearing civilian casualties will grow.

Ahmad Jarba was recently re-elected to lead the Syrian opposition National Coalition this month (File Archive/AFP)
07:13 GMT

Syrian opposition members remain undecided on whether they will attend peace talks in Switzerland this month with regime counterparts.

Palestinian children look at bungalows built by Israeli settlers on seized land, near the West Bank city of Birzeit on December 3, 2013. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh on Tuesday condemned Israel's recent announcement to build 272 settler homes in the occupied West Bank.

January 7, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal speaks to reporters during a visit to Pakistan on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2014. [AFP]
17:39 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal demanded on Tuesday that the opposition Syrian National Coalition be the only legitimate umbrella of the Syrian opposition, ahead of the planned Geneva II peace talks.

A handout picture taken on January 5, 2014, and released by Norwegian Armed Forces, the Danish support vessel L17 "Esbern Snare" [AFP]
16:58 GMT

The Syrian regime has moved the first shipment of chemical material out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and onto a Danish vessel, the joint mission overseeing the disarmament said Tuesday.

Syrian rebels have clashed with Al Qaeda-linked opposition in Idlib and Aleppo in particular (File Archive/AFP)
14:34 GMT

Regime-led air strikes killed 10 civilians in northern Syria Tuesday and at least 34 Al Qaeda linked fighters have died in Idlib over the past three days.

Abbas publicly expressed hope that the U.S.-led negotiations will lead to peace between Palestine and Israel. (AFP/File)
14:05 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that he and his government are "exerting every effort possible" to reach a peace agreement with Israel.

Although the U.N. has stopped updating its Syria death toll, the number of civilians dying has not stopped. It has now exceeded 130,000, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT

According to a U.N. human rights official, the organization will not be updating the death toll in the Syrian civil war as it is becoming increasingly more difficult to verify facts on the war-torn ground.

Erdogan's government has been hit hard by serious corruption charges and dissatisfaction with the leadership is widespread. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT

In a recent crackdown on corruption engulfing the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 350 police officers in Ankara - including top level officials - have been fired.

Hezbollah soldiers have been supporting regime fighters within Syria. One of Hezbollah's Lebanese commanders was recently killed in a battle near Damascus (AFP)
10:10 GMT

Hezbollah pledged this week that it will not end its support for the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

Edward Snowden has got secrets pertaining to Israel and the Middle East up his sleeve, Glenn Greenwald says. (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is poised to reveal secrets that relate to Israel and the Middle East, according to a close journalist friend of the ex-NSA employee.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has called for a Syrian future without Assad. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the upcoming U.N. hosted peace conference in Geneva must work to eliminate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from Syria's future, because he is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians.