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February 5, 2014

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that Tehran is "committed" to implementing an interim nuclear deal (File Archive/AFP)
07:12 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister reaffirmed this week that Tehran is committed to implementing the Geneva nuclear deal ahead of the next round of nuclear talks with world powers.

Akkar border towns have been frequently hit by Syrian shells since the war erupted in 2011 (Courtesy of the Daily Star)
06:46 GMT

Shells from Syria hit six Lebanese border towns in one night, damaging many houses and properties in the respective areas.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Kingdom`s grand mufti, prays during the funeral of the Saudi woman and her daughter. [biyokulule]
05:24 GMT

Saudi's Grand Mufti warns against false jihad.

February 4, 2014

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Swiss and Syrian officials Tuesday to discuss increasing aid access for Syrian civilians trapped inside the war-torn country (Courtesy of Press TV)
19:39 GMT

Syrian, Iranian and Swiss officials met in Tehran to discuss improving aid access to the victims of Syria's civil war.

Many Tunisians took to the streets in protest over MP Belaid's death last year in what they believed was the former Islamist government's effort to eliminate the country's opposition (Courtesy of Haaretz)
18:33 GMT

The suspected assassin of opposition MP Chokri Belaid who was killed in February last year has allegedly been killed in a police raid outside of Tunis, according to the country's state media Tuesday.

Robert Ford has served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria since 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
17:09 GMT

The top U.S. diplomat to Syria announced plans to retire from his post by the end of February to friends and colleagues Tuesday.

Israeli President Shimon Peres thanked Kerry for his Mideast peace efforts Tuesday after Israeli hardliners slammed the U.S. diplomat for warning the Jewish state that it is likely to face growing boycotts if peace talks collapse (File Archive)
15:59 GMT

In a break with his other government official counterparts, Israeli President Shimon Peres lauded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his peace efforts after hardline representatives "attacked" Kerry for his warning to Tel Aviv on growing boycotts against the Jewish State.

Clashes in Anbar between ISIL fighters and government soldiers have left the province in shambles (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
14:48 GMT

Violence throughout Iraq's capital Tuesday has left seven people dead.

The U.N. WFP delivered its first aid airlift from Iraq to northeastern Syria in December (File Archive/AFP)
14:10 GMT

The United Nations World Food Program began airlifting more supplies to Syria's northeast region Tuesday.

Clashes between Salafi militants and Shiite Houthis in northern Yemen has left over 60 dead in this past weekend alone (AFP)
13:29 GMT

A local ceasefire between Shiite and Sunni communities in northern Yemen was allegedly reached Tuesday following intense clashes last week that have left at least 60 people dead.

Cairo has been cracking down on all Muslim Brotherhood members such as Mohammed Badie since former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's oust in July 2013 (Ahmed Gamil/AFP)
13:10 GMT

Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned Qatar's charge d'affaires Tuesday, demanding the handover of Islamists from Egypt living in Doha.

Aleppo has been pounded with regime barrel bomb attacks, leaving at least 30 dead thus far on Tuesday (Mohammed Al Khatieb/AFP)
12:49 GMT

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters Tuesday that the Syrian government will attend the second round of peace talks with the opposition that is scheduled to commence Feb. 10 in Geneva, while regime forces continued to pound Aleppo with barrel bombs.

Egyptian security forces stand guard outside the Police Academy in Cairo where a new hearing in the murder trial of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi opened on February 4, 2014. (AFP)
12:20 GMT

The murder trial of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi will begin on Wednesday when the Egyptian court will begin hearing testimonies, including one from a top military officer.

 Palestinian Hamas supporters attend a gathering called by the Islamist mouvement to show solidarity with Palestinian refugees in Syria's main refugee camp of Yarmouk and against resuming peace talks with Israel. [AFP]
11:39 GMT

In efforts to prevent more rocket fire, the Hamas government has redeployed security forces along its borders.

There has been a major upsurge in violence in the Sinai peninsula since the ousting of Morsi in July, 2013. The army has been launching a major offensive against militant groups in the area since. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

The Egyptian army shot dead 21 gunmen affiliated to a radical Takfiri group in the northern Sinai peninsula on Tuesday, a security official said.