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January 12, 2014

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.

Palestinian supporters of the Islamic Jihad step on a poster bearing a portrait of former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon who died after being in a coma for eight years, aged 85. (AFP)
06:53 GMT

The director of Human Rights Watch's Middle Eastern division said that Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday aged 85, should have been made responsible for his role in the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Israel that it must give up the idea of having Jerusalem entirely to itself if it hopes to achieve peace with Palestine [AFP/File]
05:12 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas calls on Israel to negotiate to unify Jerusalem if it wants a peace agreement.

A file picture taken on September 20, 2013 shows Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is allegedly contemplating a bid for the presidency. [AFP]
05:01 GMT

If the people demand him to be the new leader of Egypt, Army Chief Sisi will run for election.

Earlier this November, Afghanistan’s Independent Elections Commission (IEC) announced the official election date for the country’s presidential elections for April 5, 2014. [muftah]
04:47 GMT

Based on numbers from previous years, Afghanistan expects higher turnout due to more protected voting sites for the 2014 Presidential election day.

January 11, 2014

South Africa boycotts products labeled 'Made in Israel' [Press Tv]
15:53 GMT

An international campaign to boycott Israeli products is taking a heavy toll on illegal settlers in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank.

Recognizing Israel as a Jewish state is the "minimal requirement for peace," Netanyahu told the Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington on Dec. 8. [EPA]
15:33 GMT

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi said defining Israel as a Jewish state would signify that any Jewish person would have the right to return to Palestine, while Palestinians would lose that right.

Rebel fighters man a checkpoint close to Jabal al-Zawiyaa in Idlib province on January 6, 2014. [AFP]
14:26 GMT

A bomb attack blamed on pro-al-Qaeda group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has killed at least five militants in Syria’s Idlib Province as infighting rages on among various foreign-backed opposition groups.

Riyadh al-Malki has sent letters to the United States, Russia, and UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon requesting to attend the Geneva II conference on January 22.
14:17 GMT

The Palestinian Authority representative to the UN in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi said on Friday that the PA has applied to participate in an upcoming international summit to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Iranian Navy fires a Mehrab (Altar) missile during the Velayat-90 naval drills in the general area of Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 1, 2012. [Press TV]
13:38 GMT

The Lebanese militant Shiite movement Hezbollah has dramatically improved its missile capabilities and can now pinpoint targets anywhere in Israel, a senior commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards said Saturday.

Ariel Sharon, who has a mixed reputation from his Arab neighbours, has died aged 85. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85, after being in a coma for eight years, the office of Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Saturday.

Former Israeli prime minister dies, eight years after he went into coma following a stroke. [AFP]
13:17 GMT

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon passed away on Saturday after eight years in a coma, leaving behind a bloody and conflicted legacy in the land he called home.

Defense lawyers for Salim Ayyash at the Special Tribunal of Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. [The Daily Star]
13:01 GMT

The Lebanese government must bolster efforts to arrest five men accused of the assassination of the country’s former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri, the prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon told British newspaper the Guardian on Friday.