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January 31, 2015

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto had been held by Daesh since October, 2014. (AFP/File)
21:05 GMT

Daesh militants have beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto in a new video Saturday, according to unverified reports from the SITE monitoring group.

The Yemeni parliament has not yet accepted Hadi's resignation. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
17:36 GMT

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi says he is sticking by his decision to resign and that he has no plan to reconsider his decision.

The verdict of the court in Cairo stays memebers of the group in Egypt will be labelled a "terrorist element." (Photo: AFP)
13:26 GMT

A Cairo court has declared Hamas’ military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, a terrorist organisation.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. (Photo: AFP/File)
12:37 GMT

At least nine people have been killed and several others wounded during separate bomb attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, sources say.

The money will be used to help Syrian refugees get through the winter in Lebanon's refugee camps. (Photo: Hassan Jarah/AFP)
11:45 GMT

An EU delegation announced Saturday that it has pledged 37 million euros ($42 million) in emergency winter aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Imag Mugniyeh died in bomb attack in Syria seven years ago. (Photo: AFP)
10:01 GMT

Imad Mughniyeh, the global operations chief of Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah who died in a bomb blast in Damascus on February 12, 2008, was reportedly assassinated in a joint Mossad-CIA operation that required special approval from president George W. Bush.

Japan's deputy foreign minister said there had been no progress in securing the release of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian pilot. (Photo: YouTube)
07:51 GMT

Negotiations with Daesh over the fate of two hostages they are holding are "deadlocked", Japan's deputy foreign minister has said

AQAP's ideological leader has called for further attacks against the West. (Photo: Screenshot from YouTube)
07:17 GMT

Al-Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP) has named France as its top enemy over the US, AFP has reported. The group's chief ideological leader Ibrahim al-Rubaish said this was because of the "weakening" of the US in recent years.

The expert reportedly worked under Saddam Hussein's regime before joining Al-Qaeda and then Daesh. (Photo:AFP/File)
06:41 GMT

The Pentagon says a US-led airstrike has killed a “chemical weapons expert” working for Daesh in northern Iraq.

Fighting spread to Idlib Province, in what Syria analyst Noah Bonsey described as an "instance of Nusra efforts to expand their areas of dominance in Idlib and Aleppo," and eliminate the Western-backed groups from northern Syria. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Fighting between the al-Nusra Front ad the Western-backed rebels spread from Aleppo into Idlib on Friday.

Bahraini demonstrators protest the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of the al-Wefaq opposition movement. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Bahrain forces cracked down on those protesting the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman of the al-Wefaq opposition group on Friday in the town of Diraz.

January 30, 2015

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday: “We do not want a war, but we do not fear it... We have the right to confront the enemy at any time, place, or manner.” (AFP/File)
16:58 GMT

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah delivered a speech Friday regarding the Israeli attack on the Syrian Golan Heights. He asserted that Hezbollah is not afraid of war with Israel.

The injured victim was rushed to the hospital. He is now in stable condition. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT

Unknown gunmen attacked two U.S. citizens in Saudi Arabia on Friday. One of the victims was injured, but he his currently in stable condition.

The father of captured pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh protests outside the Royal Court in Amman, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
15:42 GMT

Jordan's government on Friday threatened to hang Sajida al-Rishawi and other Daesh prisoners if the captured pilot is killed by the militant group.

A senior commander was among the six Peshmerga fighters killed in the attack. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT

Daesh launched a surprise assault on Kirkuk, an oil-rich city in northern Iraq. The attacks killed at least six Peshmerga fighters, including a senior commander.