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January 30, 2014

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi attends a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.[AFP]
04:33 GMT

While his hopes for progress in the first rounds of talks is low, International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi claims the "ice is breaking" over Syria peace talks.

January 29, 2014

Palestinians carry the body of 19-year-old Muhammad Mubarak who was shot dead by Israeli forces on January 29, 2014 during his funeral in the West Bank refugee camp of Jalazun. (AFP)
20:06 GMT

Hours after being shot dead by Israeli forces, the body of 19-year-old Muhammad Mubarak was laid to rest by Palestinians in the Al Jalazun refugee camp cemetary.

Does Sisi's potential presidental bid prove Morsi's ouster was a military coup? The Muslim Brotherhood seem to think so. (AFP/File)
19:48 GMT

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said Wednesday that the public's support for ruling Field Marshall Abdel Fattah Al Sisi becoming president is "evidence" that a military coup took place in 2013 with Mohamed Morsi's ouster.

The death toll in Syria has well surpassed the 100,000 mark after nearly three years of conflict. (AFP/File)
19:34 GMT

At least 83 people died on Tuesday in Syria - including eight children - as fierce clashes between rebels and regime fighters refused to abate across the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

20 Tunisian Salafists are on trial for the 2012 attack. Here, Tunisian Salafists wave black flags reading “There's no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet” during a past protest in Tunis. (AFP/File)
19:20 GMT

A Tunisian court has postponed the prosecution's appeal of light sentences given 20 Salafists convicted of attacking the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.

Libya's governmental forces have struggled against Gaddafi supporters since the strongman's death in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:27 GMT

Libyan Army troops and revolutionaries reclaimed the Tamenhit airbase held by supporters of deposed Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, a military official said Wednesday.

Israeli PM Netanyahu has put his foot down when it comes to Kerry's peace framework. (AFP/File)
18:08 GMT

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had that Israel would by no means be obliged to agree to all terms laid out in the framework document on Mideast peace being proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

 Syrian senior presidential advisor Buthaina Shaaban (C) answers journalists' questions on Syrian peace talks at the United Nations on January 29, 2014 in Geneva. (AFP)
16:40 GMT

Negotiators from both the Syrian government and the opposition said Wednesday that peace talks held in Geneva had taken a step forward after four days of deadlock.

An Egyptian soldier stands guard in the Sinai peninsula. Islamist-led attacks in the restive region have been on the rise since Morsi's ouster in July. (AFP/File)
16:26 GMT

The Egyptian army said Wednesday that it has killed two militants and destroyed two homes belonging to "dangerous Islamists" in the restive Sinai peninsula.

According to Avi Kochavi, Al Qaeda is tightening its grip in Syria by setting up bases in Turkey. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

Militants affiliated with Al Qaeda who are planning to fight in the Syrian civil war have assembled bases in neighboring Turkey and can have easy access to Europe, the chief of Israel's military intelligence said Wednesday.

Award-winning correspondent Peter Greste is one of 20 Al Jazeera journalists that are being tried in Egyptian courts for terrorist links and "harming national unity" (Courtesy of The Telegraph)
14:54 GMT

Egyptian prosecutors are trying 20 Al Jazeera journalists for "belonging to a terrorist organisation, harming national unity and social peace, and using terrorism as a means to their goals."

Iraqi soldiers were deployed to Anbar earlier this month to reclaim control of the province (File Archive/AFP)
14:48 GMT

Iraqi forces have reportedly taken back some areas of the restive Anbar province that has largely been under Al Qaeda-affiliated militants over the past weeks.

Gaddafi reportedly called Sarkozy "mentally deficient" in his 2011 interview. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

In a 2011 interview with a French channel, Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi reportedly said that he bankrolled Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency.

The opposition have accused the Syrian regime of using its military might to manipulate the talks. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT

The Syrian opposition on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to the Geneva II peace talks on the Syrian conflict, but warned against Bashar Al Assad using his military strength to manipulate the negotiations.

Libya has been overrun with rebels - who are equipped with Gaddafi's arms - since the revolution in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

Libya's interior minister Seddik Abdelkarim escaped unscathed from an assassination attempt when gunmen shot his car as he was on his way to parliament on Wednesday.