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January 24, 2015

Among other leaders to offer condolences in Beirut were U.S. Ambassador David Hale and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

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.

This anti-Houthi demonstration is the largest since Houthi rebels raided Sanaa in September. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT

In the aftermath of the collapse of the Yemeni government, thousands are marching in Sanaa in the largest anti-Houthi demonstration yet.

U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah are pictured during a meeting in the White House in 2010. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

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.

The violence is the latest in a slew of clashes in Lebanon's restive Bekaa Valley area, where militants spill over from Syria and encounter the Lebanese army frequently. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT

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 was a leader of Ansar al-Shariah, the Islamist group blamed for the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

Mohammad al-Zahawi, the leader of Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, died of wounds incurred in an ambush in September.

King Salman, although rumored to be in poor health himself, has asserted that a Saudi Arabia under his rule will not differ much from his predecessor and half-brother, King Abdullah. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

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.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday in an effort to finalize a nuclear deal by the March 1 deadline. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT

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.

The news follows an international address by UN Security General Ban Ki-moon Friday, in which the UN leader stressed the deteriorating state of some 7.6 internally displaced people in Syria, and another 3.8 million who have be forced to flee. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

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.

Yemen is in the midst of political chaos. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Yemen to support Shia Ansarullah revolutionaries of Houthi movement.

January 23, 2015

Daesh and other Islamic fundamentalists have taken to social media to celebrate the death of the king. (Photo: AFP)
18:16 GMT

Islamic fundamentalists and those who support them took to social media to celebrate the death of the late Saudi King Abdullah on Friday, the Associated Press has reported.

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.