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January 26, 2014

An historic winter storm struck the Levant in December, leading to major flooding in the Gaza Strip and displacing 40,000 from their homes.
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Israeli media reported on Sunday that Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon had approved plans to allow construction material into the Gaza Strip in order to help repair buildings destroyed in December's severe winter storm.

Kofi Annan is representing a group called the Elders which is a group of 12 global leaders that was established to "promote peace, justice and human rights" (Courtesy of The Guardian)
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Former UN chief Kofi Annan arrived in Iran Sunday in a visit "aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community.

Car bombs have killed dozens of people in Iraq over the past week alone (File Archive/AFP)
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Car bombs in Kirkuk and Baghdad left six dead and at least 14 wounded Sunday.

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the second president of the United Arab Emirates and the 16th ruler of the largest Emirate of Abu Dhabi. [presstv]
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The state news agency has reported that the President is in good health after surgery following a recent stroke.

Interim President Adly Mansour made the announcement about the switch in the order of presidential and parliamentary elections a day after Egypt's revolution anniversary clashes left dozens killed (File Archive/AFP)
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Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced Wednesday that the country's presidential elections have been switched to take place prior to the parliamentary poll.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi speaks to the press at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. [AFP]
11:12 GMT

Release of prisoners is expected to be a top agenda item on Sunday's Geneva II peace talks.

Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near a destroyed bus at the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (The Official Facebook Page of the Egyptian Military Spokesman of the Armed Forces)
10:03 GMT

Sinai-based militants attack military bus in Sinai.

Four of the five kidnapped Egyptians work for Cairo's embassy in Tripoli (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
09:38 GMT

Libyan kidnappers who have took six Egyptian hostage this weekend have urged Egyptian authorities to release a Libyan militia commander immediately in exchange for the kidnapped Egyptians.

Leftist Palestinian parties protested Saturday against further participation in the ongoing peace talks with Israel (Courtesy of The Guardian)
08:52 GMT

Palestinian political parties held demonstrations in West Bank in opposition of continued negotiations with Israel.

Protestors clash in Cairo Saturday (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
08:07 GMT

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour will address the nation Sunday following Saturday's fatal revolution anniversary clashes that have left dozens dead.

Algeria's former Prime Minister Ali Benflis announced earlier last week that he will be running in April's election (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Algeria's main Islamist party announced Saturday that they will boycott the country's upcoming elections.

Tunisia's newly appointed interim PM Mehdi Jomaa made the announcement Saturday that the new cabinet has not yet been established due to a lack of consensus (Fethi Belaid/AFP)
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Tunisia's newly appointed Prime Minister has failed to form a new cabinet under the transitional government, according to reports from late Saturday and early Sunday.

Hermel has been victim of Syrian rocket fire over the past three years as the neighboring civil war continues (Courtesy of Naharnet)
06:57 GMT

Five rockets from Syria hit Lebanon's Hermel area Saturday in an attack claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Afghan security forces stand next to a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. [AFP]
06:53 GMT

A suicide bomber explosion has killed four in Kabul.

Around 90 percent of the private sector labor force in Saudi Arabia was foreign before expat deportation took place. [AFP]
05:41 GMT

After the mass exodus deportation in Saudi, the Ministry of Labor has been forced to create stronger efforts to prevent fake employment by expatriates.