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January 1, 2014

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.

Military officers carry the coffin of a comrade during his funeral in the city of Nasiriyah, on December 31, 2013, after he was killed in fighting in the western Anbar province. (AFP)
13:05 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Malaki on Tuesday told the army to leave cities in the Anbar province in a bid to defuse tensions in the area after security forces launched a crackdown on a major Sunni anti-government camp.

Regime air raids have killed at least 500 people in Aleppo within the past two weeks (AFP)
12:55 GMT

At least ten people died in Syria's Aleppo Tuesday after a regime tank shell smashed into a bus.

Israel security forces killed 27 Palestinians in the West Bank in 2013, the highest number in five years. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

According to a recent report, the number of deaths of Palestinians at the hands of the IDF in the occupied West Bank is at a "five year high".

Egypt has issued a request to the Qatari government that it arrests the Egyptian Al Gamaa Al Islamiya leader Assem Abdel Maged following the ousting of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Here, a Morsi supporter flashes his support for the ousted leader in August. (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT

Egypt has issued a request to the Qatari government that it arrests the Egyptian Al Gamaa Al Islamiya leader Assem Abdel Maged following the ousting of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Zahran is being tried in front of a military state security court which means he will not be privy to a public jury or other usual rights associated with court proceedings for civilians (File Archive)
11:27 GMT

A Jordanian-Palestinian critic living in Britain is being charged for incitement and insulting the king through social media. He is being tried in front of a military court where he will not have the right to a public jury.