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January 27, 2015

Fajr Libya, the faction that has controlled the capital since August, is not participating in this round of UN peace talks. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

UN-brokered Libya peace talks resumed on Monday in Geneva in the absence of a major opposition faction which is only willing to participate if the talks take place in Libya.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad criticized some of the opposition participants as "puppets" of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, or the West. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Despite low expectations, Syrian opposition figures began peace talks in Moscow on Monday. A government official may join later in the week.

January 26, 2015

Eight shots were fired at a Fly Dubai passenger jet as it landed in Baghdad Monday evening. (Shutterstock)
20:45 GMT

A Fly Dubai plane was shot as it landed in Baghdad. Two passengers were injured and rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Since the recent political upheaval, Sanaa has faced mass protests and violence. (AFP/File)
19:07 GMT

The United States embassy in Yemen has suspended consular services until further notice. The decision was a result of the political turmoil and security concerns in Sanaa.

A U.S. Predator drone flies over Yemen. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT

A U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed three al-Qaeda militants. The strike was the first since Yemeni President Hadi and his cabinet resigned on Thursday.

Iraqi soldiers and pro-government militiamen check a machine gun mounted on an armored vehicle stationed near the town of Muqtadiyah in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad, during a military operation against Daesh. (AFP/Younis Al-Bayati)
13:24 GMT

Iraq's Armed Forces have allegedly purged the Daesh militants from the eastern Province of Diyala.

Earlier today it was announced that the Kurdish forces have reclaimed much of the contested city of Kobani. (AFP/US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
13:08 GMT

Of the 34 air-strikes, 21 were launched in Syria and 13 in Iraq, focusing on the cities of Kobani, Mosul, Tal Afar, and Falluja.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising against the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT

Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan al-Saghir was released Monday after briefly being kidnapped from his home by unknown assailants.

Kurdish people look at the Syrian town of Kobani from the Turkish side of the border. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
11:50 GMT

AFP announces the Kurdish forces have reclaimed the border town of Kobani from Daesh.

Lebanon's Hezbollah buried the son of its slain former military commander after an Israeli strike that killed six of its fighters and raised tensions between the longtime foes. (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
11:04 GMT

Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi announced Monday a delay in delivering weapons to the Lebanese Army.

 A file picture taken on June 2, 2012 shows Alaa (R) and Gamal Mubarak, sons of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, standing inside a cage in a courtroom during their verdict hearing in Cairo on. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT

Ousted President Hosni Mubarak's sons were released from prison after having already served the maximum pre-trial detention period of 18 months.

Syrian Kurdish children sit outside tents in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa. (AFP/Getty Images/Aris Messinis)
10:03 GMT

Turkey opened its largest refugee camp, which at maximum capacity will host 35,000 Syrians, many of whom are fleeing the violence in Kobani.

A Yemeni supporter of the separatist Southern Movement stands in front of their movement's flag as they try to set up a checkpoint on January 25, 2015 in the southern city of Aden. (AFP/STR)
09:11 GMT

Several Yemeni provinces have cut off ties with the capital Sana’a, now under the virtual control of the Houthi movement, as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Yemen’s streets to protest the group’s control over large parts of the country.

Shiite Houthi rebels fight with Yemeni protesters during a rally against the control of the capital by Houthi rebels in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:43 GMT

In preparation for imminent protests, a large number of Houthi militants have been deployed in Sanaa.

An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles on Amal Farms in Quneitra earlier this month, killing numerous Hezbollah officers. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
07:36 GMT

In light of the recent helicopter airstrike which killed numerous Hezbollah officers, Israel issued a warning not to attack any Israeli institutions abroad.