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January 28, 2015

Displaced Iraqis from Mosul and Tal Afar city gather to protest in the southern city of Najaf against their living conditions, asking Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to push the central government to liberate their areas from Daesh. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
14:02 GMT

An Iraqi security source says members of Daesh have abducted approximately 30 people in the troubled northern province of Nineveh, as they continue to wreak havoc in the areas under their control.

Israeli soldiers carry their injured comrade after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon on January 28, 2015. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
13:25 GMT

Hamas praised Hezbollah for their attack on Israeli soldiers earlier today.

Bahraini protesters march during a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman (on the posters), head of the Shiite opposition movement al-Wefaq, in Salman's home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama on January 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
12:28 GMT

Sheikh Salman, leader of Bahrain's opposition movement, denied all charges against him in court today.

Daesh militants kidnapped Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh in December, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT

Jordan will release Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi in exchange for the captured pilot, Mu'ath Kasasbeh, according to a government spokesperson.

A peacekeeper of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) speaks on his talkie-walkie in front of a billboard bearing a portrait of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a patrol in the southern Lebanese town of Adaysseh, near the border with Israel. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
10:41 GMT

Heavy crossfire is occurring across the Israeli-Lebanese border. Lebanon is using guided anti-tank missiles in Northern Israeli.

The settler attempted to drag the 14-year-old to a car before the teen managed to escape. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

A 14-year-old Palestinian boy was injured after an Israeli settler attempted to kidnap the teen near Silwan in Jerusalem Wednesday.

An Israeli army 155mm mobile artillery battery is stationed near the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on January 28, 2015 . At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied plateau the previous day prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
10:02 GMT

The Israeli Defence Forces have begun drilling on the Israeli-Lebanese border in response to local residents' fear of possible attacks by Hezbollah.

Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was jailed in 2005 after a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman. (Image: 9 News)
09:56 GMT

Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi is due to be released within hours following last attempts by Jordan and Japan to free the two hostages being held by Daesh.

Father of the pilot, Safi al-Kasasbeh called on Jordan's government to help free his son before the Daesh deadline passes. (Al Bawaba/File)
08:44 GMT

Thousands of protesters along with family members of the captured Jordanian pilot gathered in Amman and Karak late Tuesday after Daesh militants announced they would execute the hostage within 24 hours.

Bahraini protesters dodge tear gas canisters during clashes with police after a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, in Salman's home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama on January 26, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed al-Sheikh)
07:58 GMT

Bahrain's opposition leader Sheikh Salman will stand trial today having been accused of “promoting regime change by force, threats, and illegal means, and of insulting the Interior Ministry publicly."

Assir, the eldest of five children, was born in 1968 to a Shiite mother and a Sunni father, renowned for taking part in a TV singing competition, “Studio El Fan.” (AFP/Getty Images)
07:50 GMT

Daesh decided to appoint the Salafi Sheikh Ahamd Assir to be the new emir of Lebanon.

Yemeni members of a local popular committee, which consists of a group of volunteers who maintain security in their region, stand in the street, some of them barefoot and one holding an anti tank rocket launcher, in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, on January 27, 2015. (AFP/STR)
07:35 GMT

Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi announced his plans for a peaceful transfer of power following the coup.

Libyan security forces surround the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli during the attack, which left several people dead, January 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The UN Security Council condemned the Libya hotel attack in Tripoli, which left several people dead Tuesday.

Armored Israeli vehicles are stationed close the the border with Syria, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, January 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:43 GMT

Israeli forces overnight Wednesday hit Syrian army positions in the occupied Golan Heights, hours after rockets had been fired from the area.

Sources say the displaced Iraqi families are not able to protect themselves, while many are living in unoccupied public buildings or mosques. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
06:00 GMT

The UN food agency has warned of a looming refugee crisis across the relatively peaceful southern regions of Iraq.