Chief opposition negotiator Mohammad Alloush (C) of the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebel group attends the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. (AFP/Kiril Kudryatsev)
January 24, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
The groups exchanged barbs on the first day of negotiations, but agreed on the need for a ceasefire.
An Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) member loads his machine gun during a battle against Daesh in Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
January 24, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
An Iraqi army spokesman said Daesh had suffered significant losses in the battle for the city's eastern districts.
Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. (AFP/File)
January 24, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
One soldier inside the vehicle survived the shooting, while the gunmen managed to escape, according to the anonymous source, who added that the bodies of slain soldiers were taken to Suez general hospital by Egyptian ambulances.
A file photo of prominent Bahraini human rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab. (File photo)
January 24, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that the Manama regime authorities may execute two more Bahrainis after “unfair” trials and based on confessions extracted under torture.
Turkey has been hit by more than a dozen bomb and gun attacks since July 2015. (AFP/File)
January 23, 2017 - 16:00 GMT
They included 1,218 suspected members of the Fetullah Organization (FETO) held responsible for the attempted coup in July.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Donald Trump is a
January 23, 2017 - 15:00 GMT
Netanyahu's announcement came as Israel's Jerusalem municipality approved permits for the construction of at least 566 new illegal Israeli settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, after the plans were said to be put on hold until after US President Donald Trump was sworn in.
Jerusalem has political and historical significance to Jews, Muslims and Christians and has been a major source of contention between Israel and Palestine. (AFP/File)
January 23, 2017 - 13:31 GMT
The relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will pose an increasing danger,” said Hamas.
Syrian artist Aziz al-Asmar works on a mural depicting the war in Syria. (AFP/File)
January 23, 2017 - 13:17 GMT
The talks, sponsored by government allies Russia and Iran and opposition backer Turkey, should consolidate the ceasefire for a limited period, the head of the government delegation said in an opening statement reported by Syrian state news agency SANA.
Ismail Haniyeh, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau. (AFP/File)
January 23, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
Haniyeh and his delegation will reportedly remain in Cairo for several days, during which they will discuss recent developments in the Palestinian territories.
Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before a meeting at the Royal Palace in Amman on November 12, 2014. (AFP/File)
January 23, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
bbas said that the two leaders had discussed the consequences and procedures to be undertaken in case Trump followed through with his campaign promise.
Iraqi and coalition forces launched an operation on October 17, 2016 to retake Mosul from Daesh militants.
January 23, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
On Sunday the Iraqi Army reportedly recaptured al-Milayeen neighborhood and al-Binaa al-Jahiz area east of the city.
Man holds his child as they wait to cross at Erez between Gaza and Israel earlier this year. (AFP/File)
January 23, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Israeli authorities had denied Ahmad Hassan Shubeir from Gaza City, permission to cross into Israel to receive life-saving medical treatment from a hospital.
Palestinian labourers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, on January 22, 2017. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
January 23, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
The bill would retroactively legalize 4,000 settlers' homes built on private Palestinian land.
A view of Astana's Rixos President Hotel, the place that will host Syria peace talks, in Astana, on January 22, 2017. (AFP/Kiril Kudryatsev)
January 23, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
Syrian government and opposition representatives are expected to discuss expanding the ceasefire and humanitarian issues.
Smoke billows behind a building following a reported air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on January 22, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
January 23, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
If confirmed, it would be the first such attack of the Trump presidency.
Palestinian protesters hold placards during a demonstration east of Jerusalem against US President-elect Donald Trump. (AFP/File)
January 23, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The statement argued that the Israeli government's appeals to a "racist" far-right Israeli public, by "refusing peace" and insisting on the continuation of the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territory, was indicative of an "internal political crisis," which would only escalate tensions in the region.