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January 23, 2015

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.

Clashes between Lebanese residents and Syrian militants have arisen in higher frequency in the restive border town of Arsal as tensions over state of Syrian refugees in the area boils over. (AFP/FIle)
16:46 GMT

After three residents of the northeast border town of Arsal were kidnapped earlier this week, gunmen released two of the three hostages Thursday, but a 36-year-old businessman remains detained.

The car bomb incident follows a series of planned attacks in the restive Lebanese border town of Arsal, where clashes flare up regularly between militants and the Lebanese army. (AFP/File)
16:01 GMT

The Lebanese army uncovered a car packed with explosives in a village in east Lebanon, security sources said Thursday.

The sons of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Gamal (L) and Alaa (R) behind the defendants' cage during their retrial at the Police Academy in Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
14:06 GMT

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the two sons of the ousted dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

“On average 700 Palestinian children a year, appear before Israel's military court,” said the United Nations. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
13:27 GMT

Malak al-Khatib, age 14, was sentenced by Israeli courts to two months in jail and a $1,523 fine for allegedly throwing rocks and possessing a knife.

The site of an Iraqi suicide bomb. (AFP/Getty Images)
13:13 GMT

Suicide bomb in Taji killed nine and injured 14 in the Taji area of Iraq.