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January 15, 2014

Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad would not say which countries' intelligence organizations contacted Syria. (AFP/File)
15:40 GMT

Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad on Wednesday said that Western intelligence services - aka spies - who are opposed to President Bashar Assad have visited Damascus in a bid to discuss security cooperation with the government.

Israel defence minister Moshe Yaalon has apologized to John Kerry. (AFP)
13:16 GMT

Israeli defense minister apologizes to US Secretary John Kerry after he accuses him of middle east "obsession".

A Palestinian man looks at graffiti scrawled at the entrance to a mosque that reads in Hebrew, "Arabs out" and "Revenge for blood spilled in Qusra" in the West Bank village of Deir Istiya which lies next to the Israeli settlement of Ariel on Tuesday.
12:54 GMT

Israeli settlers graffitied the words "Arabs Out!" and "Revenge for blood spilled in Qusra" on a West Bank mosque in the village of Deir Istiya near the sprawling settlement of Ariel on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference on the sidelines of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, on January 15, 2014. [AFP]
11:35 GMT

In a gesture of support and acknowledgement for Jordan's continued efforts to support regional refugees, the U.S. will continue support to the Kingdom.

An Iraqi man walks past the site of a car bomb in central Baghdad, on January 15, 2014. [AFP]
10:53 GMT

Over a dozen bombs have exploded in the Baquba and Baghdad areas Wednesday killing over 50 people.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks to the press in Amman before his departure to Damascus.  [AFP]
09:12 GMT

The foreign minister of Iran arrived in Damascus on Wednesday to meet President Bashar al-Assad.

Tunisian troops takes part in an official ceremony marking the third anniversary of the uprising that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday in Tunis. [AFP]
08:46 GMT

Leaders in Tunisia participated in a small ceremony marking the third anniversary of the Arab Spring.

IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation held a press statement regarding to the unlawful search to IHH’s Kilis Office and humanitarian aid storage. []
08:25 GMT

Police searched location of Humanitarian Relief Foundation after accusations that they were smuggling arms across Syrian borders.

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced on Tuesday two terrorists to death for their involvement in the murder of four French nationals in Madinah nearly seven years ago. [suqalmal]
08:09 GMT

The Riyadh Criminal Court has handed out the death sentence for two men charged in the killing of four Frenchmen in early 2007 during an attack in Madinah.

Hailing from Tripoli, Libyan political activist Amal al-Taher el-Haj has put her name forward to the General National Congress as a candidate to succeed Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. [libyaherald]
07:51 GMT

In efforts to bring a more feminine touch to the political arena in Libya, Amal al-Taher el-Haj has submitted her name to the General National Congress as a candidate and she believes her chances of being appointed are high.

An angry Hamdallah got out of his car and hurled accusations at the army for unjustly pulling over his convoy. [Farah Studio]
05:29 GMT

After being stopped at one checkpoint earlier in the day, Israeli forces stop interim PM Hamdallah for a second time for reckless driving.

Syrian youths gather to receive aid food in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 14, 2014. [AFP]
05:13 GMT

In a war torn region that has killed over 100,000 people, Gulf State officials announce that NGO's have pledged a combined $400 million in humanitarian aid funding.

An Egyptian man holds a portrait of Egypt's Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi outside a polling station during the vote on a new constitution. [AFP]
05:08 GMT

Despite several deaths in the region since the polls have been opened to vote on the new constitution, Egyptians turned up in numbers to cast their votes.

January 14, 2014

An Iranian diplomat was killed during the November bombing in Beirut (File Archive/AFP)
19:19 GMT

Lebanese security forced arrested a Palestinian man who is allegedly involved in November 2013's Iranian embassy bomb attack in Beirut

Algerian President Bouteflika suffered a stroke in early 2013 and has made few public appearances since (File Archive/AFP)
18:34 GMT

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was admitted to a Paris hospital Monday for a "long-planned check-up."