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January 23, 2015

Israel's former president Shimos Peres said King Abdullah was "an experienced leader and a wise king."(Photo: AFP/Gali Tibbon)
16:51 GMT

Israel's former president Shimon Peres Friday said the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was "a real loss for the peace of the Middle East."

World leaders took part in a funeral prayer at the Imam Turki Abdullah mosque in Riyadh. (Photo: AFP Photo/Ho/Saudi TV)
15:23 GMT

Leaders from around the world gathered in Riyadh on Friday for the funeral of King Abdullah who passed away aged 90, after being admitted to hospital in December.

Saudi Arabia has come under widespread criticism for its approach to human rights. (Photo: AFP/Jiji)
14:25 GMT

Amnesty International has lashed out at the Western leaders for turning a blind eye to human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, voicing concern over the fate of the jailed Saudi activist, Raif Badawi.

Lebanon has witnessed increased violence recently that is seen as a spillover from the Syria conflict. (Photo: AFP/Zac Baillie)
11:39 GMT

Daesh militants have reportedly clashed with the Free Syrian Army in eastern Lebanon, which has been suffering from a spillover of the Syria crisis.

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman has given the post of defense minister to his son. (Photo: Fayez Nurdeline/AFP File)
11:26 GMT

The new Saudi king has appointed his son as the country's new defense minister, Saudi state television has reported.

Saudi Arabia's new king had served as defense minister since 2011. (Photo: AFP)
09:59 GMT

Saudi Arabia's new king promised Friday to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech, taking control of the kingdom after the death of its 90-year-old ruler.

Many countries in the region have declared periods of mourning following Saudi King Abdullah's death. (Photo: AFP/Awad Awad)
09:36 GMT

Leaders from across the Middle East have paid tribute to the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died on Friday morning.

King Abdullah had ruled Saudi Arabia since 2006. (Photo: AFP)
08:08 GMT

President Obama has released a statement in response to King Abdullah's death, Reuters has reported.

Large parts of Anbar province are under Daesh control. (Photo: AFP/STR)
07:26 GMT

Daesh has reportedly turned over 1,500 schools in Iraq's Anbar province into military barracks, local sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The resignation follows months of political turmoil and violence in Yemen. (Photo: AFP)
07:00 GMT

Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi handed in his resignation on Thursday, not long after his Cabinet stepped down. It follows months of fighting in the country and comes just days after the government and Houthi rebels reached a peace deal.

King Abdullah was admitted to hospital in December. (Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
06:39 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died aged 90, after being admitted to hospital in December. He will be succeeded by his brother, Crown Prince Salman.

In additional comments, Hammond stressed that any ground activity to combat the group would be done by a reconstructed Iraqi army, and British ground troops would not be involved. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

As Europe remains tense after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, British Foreign Secretary Philiip Hammond said he believed the greatest threat to British soil was a Daesh attack by sympathizers living in the UK.

January 22, 2015

The shooting comes just days after rebel groups and government bodies agreed to a ceasefire in war-torn Libya. (AFP/File)
21:00 GMT

Armed men opened fire on the car of Libya's head of security Colonel Senussi Kaiba Thursday, killing him and his driver in the coastal, Islamist city of Sirte.

The US announced a train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels in the northern and southern fronts of war-torn Syria, which is set to launch in March. (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT

Syrian opposition umbrella group Syrian National Coalition (SNC) received $6 million from the US, marking the first direct financial aid from Washington to reach the group.

UN figures have named last December Iraq's deadliest month since 2008, with over 1,800 wounded and more than 1,100 killed in militant attacks across the country. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT

Just north of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, eight were killed and more wounded when a bomb exploded near a military base Thursday, according to official sources.