January 25, 2015
Japan's government ministers held emergency meeting in response to the recently released Daesh video.
A woman was killed as security forces dispersed a march by the Socialist Popular Alliance Party on Saturday in central Cairo.
An American woman was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to join Daesh. She planned to join Daesh in Turkey and marry a militant she had never met.
Activist network Syrian Network for Human Rights reported in a statement that at least 92 people across Syria were killed in government airstrikes on Friday.
January 24, 2015
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Riyadh. He will offer his condolences after the death of Saudi King Abdullah.
In an unverified video released Saturday afternoon, Daesh militants claim to have killed the first of two Japanese hostages after the passing of a 72-hour deadline to receive a $200 million ransom, and issues new demands for the release of the second hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.
US military's Central Command General Lloyd Austin said US and Iraqi forces are organizing plans to launch a counter-attack in the Daesh-held, northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Following the early Friday death of Saudi King Abdullah, Lebanese officials joined international voices when Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri was consoled by hundreds in downtown Beirut.
In the aftermath of the collapse of the Yemeni government, thousands are marching in Sanaa in the largest anti-Houthi demonstration yet.
In the wake of the death of Saudi King Abdullah, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to cut his visit to India short and fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
Ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and Syrian al-Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front have reportedly left casualties on both sides, with two Lebanese soldiers dead, four wounded and five missing completely in the restive Lebanese border town of Ras Baalbek.
Mohammad al-Zahawi, the leader of Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, died of wounds incurred in an ambush in September.
With impending social issues and a tense economic environment at home, and regional and international interests looming outside his country's borders, newly appointed Saudi King Salman has moved quickly to appoint younger heirs, reassuring of a path not far from the late King Abdullah's, and a successor plan for years to come.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif held nuclear talks during the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday. The meeting was their fifth in the latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1.
British-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday an air attack by the Syrian government in the city of Ghouta, outside Damascus, has killed over 40 people, many of the women and children.