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January 13, 2014

Israeli honour guards carry the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon in to the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem at the end of the day on January 12, 2014 as Israelis came to pay their respects. [AFP]
06:34 GMT

The Vice President of the United States is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minster while in Israel attending Ariel Sharon's funeral.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad next to Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun and Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi attending prayers on the eve of the anniversary of the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed at the al-Hamad mosque in Damascus. [AFP]
06:00 GMT

Rarely seen in public, President Bashar Al-Assad made an appearance at a mosque in Damascus in honor of the Prophet Mohammed.

This combination of two recent pictures made on January 9, 2014 shows (at L) Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in a picture released by the Iranian Presidency and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. [AFP]
05:47 GMT

The Geneva II conference is approaching and discussions are still on the table about whether Iran should be part of the resolution process at the January 22nd meeting.

The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday resumed its hearings for the retrial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. [AFP]
05:26 GMT

The retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak is adjoined to February as more top officials are set to give testimonies.

January 12, 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hugs French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva on Nov. 24, 2013.
18:24 GMT

The White House confirmed on Sunday that the landmark agreement Iran clinched with world powers on its disputed nuclear program will take effect from Jan. 20, Agence France-Presse reported.

An Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling station.
17:37 GMT

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, who promised that the “new constitution will establish a modern civil state,” said the country’s new leader will have “full powers,” without detailing what these powers are in a television address on Sunday.

Youth from the Palestinian refugee camp of al-Jalazoun, clash with Palestinian police as they block the main road leading to the West Bank city of Ramallah and Bir Zeit as they protest against the reduction of aid to refugees given by United Nation's UNRWA on January 12, 2014. [AFP]
17:25 GMT

Dozens of young Palestinians blocked major roads in Ramallah on Sunday morning in protest against the lack of public services resulting from the ongoing strike by employees of t

'Friends of Syria'  met with leaders of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad ahead of peace talks due later this month. [AFP]
17:00 GMT

he U.S.-led “Friends of Syria” grouping had agreed that President Bashar al-Assad and his family will have no role in the country’s future, Ahmad Jarba, head of Syria’s opposition National Coalition, said during a press conference held in Paris on Sunday.

Car bombs have targeted Kurds in Syria as part of the country's ongoing civil war (Courtesy of Press TV)
12:30 GMT

A bomb targeted a Kurdish general in the usual peaceful northern Iraq territory.

At least 130,000 people have died in Syria three-year war, but the UN has stopped tracking the death toll due to limited access to accurate data (Fadi Dirani/AFP)
11:52 GMT

United States Secretary State John Kerry along with ten other Western nation envoys reportedly have "raised the pressure" on one of Syria's main opposition groups to attend Swiss peace talks. Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's regime shelled the central city of Homs, killing 20.

The president of Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani. [majalla]
09:54 GMT

President Massoud Barzani raises concerns about intervention in the violence in the Anbar province.

The roof of vehicle is partially destroyed following of a suicide car bomb that detonated outside a central police station in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk earlier this month. [AFP]
09:15 GMT

Police officers reported a blast on Sunday morning and have confirmed nine dead and 16 wounded.

Many besieged areas throughout Damascus have not received food supplies and humanitarian aid for months (Courtesy of Foreign Policy)
07:20 GMT

At least 48 people have died from starvation in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp near Syria's capital.

Opposition leader Ariel Sharon of the right-wing Likud gestures towards Jerusalem's Old City 24 July 2000 on the Mount of Olives during a rally to protest any land concessions in Jerusalem to the Palestinians. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

Former Israeli President Ariel Sharon will be buried at his southern ranch on Monday after a ceremony earlier in the day in parliament, the Israeli army radio said. Sharon's coffin will also be placed at parliament in Jerusalem so that the public may pay their respects.

Mr. Droui was a former member of the National Transitional Council that served as the "political arm" that ended Gaddafi's dictatorship in 2011 (Courtesy of Press TV)
06:56 GMT

Libya's deputy industry minister was shot dead in his hometown of Sirte Saturday.