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January 28, 2016

A Russian made Syrian army armoured personnel carrier (APC). (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT
Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth discussed peace talks, war crimes and mass atrocities, as part of his op-ed on the Syrian war.
Israeli occupation forces demolish Bedouin homes. (Twitter)
10:25 GMT
Israeli forces plan to expel and displace Bedouin residents in order to move forward with illegal settlement plan.
Syrian Kurdish refugees call for help as their boat sinks off the coast of Lesbos, Greece after crossing the Aegean from Turkey, Oct. 30, 2015. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
10:00 GMT
A man who swam safely ashore told authorities there were between 40 and 45 people on the boat.
Yemeni women hold placards during a protest on 25 June 2014 in the capital Sanaa in solidarity with Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt at the time. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The pan-Arab news channel said on its website early on Thursday morning that the three men had been freed.
Women in Isa Town wave the Bahraini flag on Tuesday during a rally of Shiite workers who lost their jobs for protesting in 2011. (Twitter)
09:00 GMT
The latest report by HRW has slammed Bahrain for failing to stop torturing political prisoners.
Lt. Gen. John W. Mick Nicholson Jr. is to lead the US military mission in Afghanistan. (Twitter)
08:30 GMT
President Obama nominated the new commander of the US military mission in Afghanistan.
Refugees are detained by Police at Padborg Station after crossing the Danish-German border in an effort to reach Sweden. (AFP/Alex Luka Ladime)
08:00 GMT
Sweden plans to deport up to 80,000 refugees who they consider not to be asylum seekers.
A panoramic view of Sharjah. (Twitter)
07:30 GMT
Sharjah hosted its first ever local elections to select candidates to represent them in the Sharjah Consultative Council.
Syrian Kurdish children hold on to a fence in a United Nations Refugee Agency refugee camp at Suruc in Turkey, on February 2, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
07:00 GMT
The UK has pledged to take in refugee children who have been separated from their parents.
Egypt has been through five years social and economic turmoil. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The latest Human Rights Watch report revealed numerous failings for Egypt's human rights record.
New Danish Prime Minister of the centre-right party Venstre, Lars Loekke Rasmussen. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
Welcome no more: rightwing party in Denmark passes deterring policies to keep refugees out.

January 27, 2016

UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura will host the talks in Geneva, on January 29, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
20:00 GMT
Tensions mounted as different sides disagree over who should be invited to participated in the peace negotiations.
Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/Jalama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin on October 24, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
18:55 GMT
Israeli occupation forces closed a West Bank village following a stabbing attack.
Fighters from Al-Nusra Front. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Al Nusra shared a video on Twitter displaying a large convoy of vehicles and fighters driving through Aleppo.
Boko Haram militants raid northeastern town in Nigeria. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Three bomb explosions killed ten people and wounded over 30 others.
A mother embraces her son after arriving from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos on August 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Authorities said that one of two people rescued in the incident was a 27-year-old Iranian woman.
A public beheading in Saudi Arabia. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia has executed 54 people so far in 2016, including both locals and foreigners. In 2015, Saudi Arabia carried out 153 executions. This number of executions in terms of annual basis in Saudi Arabia has been unseen since 1995.
The issuing of family cards to women is seen as a major step towards improving the rights of women in the ultra-conservative country. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
The practice in the kingdom had been to provide only husbands with the family record, which made women depend fully on them for official documents.
Russian jets have been accused of providing cover for President Assad's forces. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Russian airstrikes have been targeting moderate opposition held areas and indiscriminately bombing civilian areas such as schools, mosques, hospitals and bakeries.
Lebanese activists from the You Stink movement are arrested during protests on September 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
“As security challenges in Lebanon mount, so do concerns about the government failing to adequately protect human rights," HRW director Nadim Houry said.
The Iraqi air force. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
A series of suicide bomb attacks killed at least four and wounded ten others in western Iraq.
The Egyptian constitution grants the right to an education for all citizens, regardless of their legal status. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Interior Ministry says its the constitutional right of prisoners to get an education.
A member of the YPG, the military wing of the Kurdish PYD party, sits on rubble in Syria. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
"I'll go with my friends or not (at all). There is no compromise in this question," Haytham Manna said.
Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. (AFP/Jim Watson)
12:00 GMT
The Qatari emir is making changes to the ministries to reflect his rule.
UN Secretary-General says occupation is often the incubator of extremism, sparking Israeli prime minister's anger. (API/File)
12:00 GMT
Netanyahu says UN Secretary-General is 'encouraging terror' by claiming it's human nature for oppressed people to react to occupation.
Kerry says Geneva will not be about negotiations, but about "talks" on the Syrian Crisis. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT
America has big plans for the Geneva conference, but the real plans are unfolding on the ground in Syria
Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein was reportedly targeted for wearing a shirt that read "nation without torture." (Twitter)
11:00 GMT
Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein has been languishing in an Egyptian prison since January 25, 2014.
File photo areportedly shows the scene of a double suicide bombing in Homs city on January 26, 2015. (AFP/SANA)
10:42 GMT
The explosions comes one day after a similar Daesh-claimed attack killed 25 people in the same city.
A Catholic church in Kuwait. (Twitter)
10:30 GMT
Kuwaiti MPs rejected requests for new churches to be built.
Doctors Without Borders hospitals have been attacked multiple times in Yemen in the past few months. (Twitter)
09:57 GMT
Doctors without Borders is calling for an international investigation as their hospitals in Yemen are repeatedly attacked.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (AFP/File)
09:35 GMT
The presence of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party at the talks has been a point of contention with Turkey.
Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al Najjar has been allegedly detained in the UAE since December 2015. (Twitter)
09:17 GMT
With the status of detained Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al Najjar in the UAE unknown, Jordanian MPs are requesting an investigation
A Palestinian family stands next to their possessions as they watch their home being demolished. (AFP/File)
08:33 GMT
Israeli authorities claimed one of the structures had been built without a permit.
Afghan police patrol after an attack in Kabul. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The Taliban attacked a major power pylon, cutting off 250 megawatts of electricity.
Egyptian army forces on patrol in North Sinai. (Twitter)
07:30 GMT
The militant group Sinai Province released a video criticizing other Egyptian organizations for being too peaceful.
A Hezbollah fighter walks through a field in Arsal, on the Lebanon-Syria border. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A man suspected of smuggling money for Syrian militants was arrested in Arsal.
Masked police stand guard around Tahrir Square. (Twitter)
06:30 GMT
Small protests on the fifth anniversary of the 25 January revolution led to a few clashes with police.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Daesh militants are being trained in the Pankisi Valley Gorge in Georgia and attempting to set up cells in Central Asian countries. (File Photo)
06:00 GMT
Moscow says Georgia's Pankisi Valley Gorge is serving as a hideout for militants coming across the border from Chechnya.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov smiles as he speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow, on January 26, 2016. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)
05:00 GMT
Russia says it will only take back refugees with a valid visa and residence permit.

January 26, 2016

Migrants and refugees wait in line for a security check after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, on January 26, 2016. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
19:00 GMT
The passport-free travel of the Schengen zone is in danger as the EU struggles to curb the numbers of asylum-seekers arriving in Europe.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addresses the media after the European Union (EU) - Turkey ministerial political dialogue meeting at Ankara Palace in Ankara on January 25, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
18:00 GMT
The Kurdish Democratic Union Party is fighting Daesh, but is described by Turkey as a 'terror' organization.
Israeli soldiers guard a checkpoint controlling the access to highway 443 near the Jewish Beit Horon settlement in the West Bank, northwest of Jerusalem, on Jan. 26, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
17:00 GMT
US envoy Daniel Shapiro said he regretted that his comments came at a time when two Israeli women were buried after being stabbed.
Denmark's Minister of Immigration and Integration Inger Stojberg listen to the debate in the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen on January 26, 2016. (AFP/Mathias Lovegreen Bejesen)
16:30 GMT
The measures were passed by an overwhelming majority in parliament.
A glimpse inside Roumieh prison. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Lebanon's largest prison is facing an increase in violence.
UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura gestures at the United Nations Offices on January 25, 2016 in Geneva during a press conference on efforts to restart peace talks. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
15:30 GMT
After much back-and-forth over which opposition groups would participate, the UN has sent its invitations to Syria peace talks.
A young girl poses as migrants and refugees wait in line for a security check after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia, on January 26, 2016. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
15:00 GMT
The UN children's agency is doubling their appeal as more children than ever are exposed to war, food shortage, disease, and abuse.
A man holds his child on January 19, 2016 at a registration camp for migrants and refugees in southern Serbian town of Presevo, after crossing the Macedonian border. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
14:30 GMT
Over 45,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have landed on Greek shores this month alone.
Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani exchange gifts during their private audience on January 26, 2016, at the Vatican. (AFP/Andrew Medichini)
14:00 GMT
The Pope urged Tehran to do its part in finding political solutions to problems facing the Middle East.
Mohammed al-Qeq's wife stands next to a poster of him. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
The wife of Mohammed al-Qeeq called for Turkey to intervene and secure his release.
An Iraqi policeman checks the damage at a Sunni mosque that was destroyed during violence earlier in the month in the town of Muqdadiyah, northeast of Baghdad. (AFP/File)
13:23 GMT
An Iraqi policeman checks the damage at a Sunni mosque that was destroyed during violence earlier in the month in the town of Muqdadiyah, northeast of Baghdad
Map of Syria showing location of Sheikh Miskeen. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
In its continuing effort to regain control of the Daraa province, the Syria regime has seized an important rebel town that lies very close to the Jordanian border.
The new Egyptian parliament is facing some issues with representation. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Women are not proportionally represented in Egyptian parliament.
Egyptian, Pakistani and American paratroopers during Military Operations in Urban Terrain training at the Mubarak Military City. (Wikipedia)
12:01 GMT
Egyptian and Jordanian troops will take part in the operations, named "Thunder of the North."
Twitter users post images of the destruction in the once-thriving city of Taiz, Yemen. (Twitter)
11:30 GMT
The World Food Programme successfully entered the Taiz province with rations for 3,000 families.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mev lut Cavusoglu address the media on January 25, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
11:00 GMT
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made a point of noting the aid package was intended for refugee projects, not the Turkish government.
Iraqi forces fly the national flag as they drive through the streets of Ramadi. (Twitter)
10:30 GMT
Iraqi police discovered a mass grave of at least 50 civilians and soldiers in Ramadi.
An 18-year old Palestinian is arrested for allegedly stabbing an Israeli teen. (AFP/ Menahem Kahana)
10:00 GMT
The village of Beit Ur at-Tahta in the Palestinian West Bank has been shut down after two alleged stabbings.
The scene of a car bomb explosion in Homs on April 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The attacks were conducted in al-Zahraa district in the city of Homs early on Tuesday.
Tunisia has faced riots and protests for over a week due to high rates of unemployment. (AFP/File)
09:19 GMT
Tunisia has lessened the curfew and security measures in place during the unemployment protests.
An MQ-1 Predator drone operated by the US Air Force. (Wikimedia Commons)
08:41 GMT
Taliban commander Qari Hidayatullah was one of those killed in the strike.
Tunisia has been hailed as one of the few successes of the Arab Spring. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT
In reality, freedom and economic opportunity must be won, not delivered like a pizza.
A Libyan fireman stands in front of smoke and flames rising from an oil storage tank at an oil facility in northern Libya's Ras Lanouf on Jan. 23, 2016, after it was set ablaze following attacks by Daesh. (AFP/Stringer)
06:00 GMT
The internationally-recognized government in Tobruk moved to protect army chief Khalifa Haftar, which is unacceptable to the Tripoli-based government.
Migrants, mainly from Syria, walk on a highway near Rodby, Denmark on September 7, 2015. (AFP/Bax Lindardt)
05:36 GMT
The controversial piece of legislation has drawn comparisons to Nazi Germany.
Smoke billows from an Islamic State (IS) group position following an air strike by Syrian pro-government forces in the Hatabat al-Bab area, near town of Al-Bab in Aleppo's eastern countryside, on January 24, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
05:00 GMT
Reports last week suggested that it was being revamped by US special forces, but a rebel alliance says it's being used for non-combat purposes.

January 25, 2016

Tunisian policemen wave the national flag and shout slogans during a demonstration outside Tunis' Carthage Palace on January 25, 2016. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
19:30 GMT
Police are the latest group to demonstrate against Tunisia's ongoing economic problems.
Refugees continue to arrive at unprecedented rates on Greek shores. (File Photo)
18:32 GMT
European Union member states say Greece is not doing enough to stop the influx of refugees, but Athens says the rate at which they are arriving is impossible to manage.
People walk with coffins of victims from Cizre and Silopi killed during curfews during a funeral in Sirnak on January 12, 2016. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Turkey, for its part, has vowed no let-up in the military campaign in Kurdish-majority cities.
Police investigators are seen outside a home for juvenile asylum seekers in Molndal in southwestern Sweden on Jan. 25, 2016. A 22 year old female employee was killed in a knife attack at the center for migrant youths. (AFP/Adam Ihse)
17:00 GMT
The victim was 22 years old, working at a center for unaccompanied minors.
A Syrian man rides a bike in the neighbourhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on January 23, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
16:30 GMT
Discussions are still ongoing as to who will be invited to participate.
The Daesh "emir" was married to the Ala’a Bader al-Hashemi, recently executed for the murder of American schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The UAE man is accused of being associated with Daesh in the UAE and representing the group as an emir in the country.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and his British counterpart David Cameron attend their joint press conference after their meeting on January 22, 2016 in Prague. (AFP/Michal Cizek)
15:30 GMT
Prague has approved a plan to send 6,500 assault rifles and 7 million rounds of ammunition to forces fighting Daesh.
Bahraini protesters clash with police. (File Photo)
15:00 GMT
The prisoners were convicted of 'disobeying orders' and 'destroying furniture.'
Yemen's Vice President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Khaled Bahah is in Yemen to "assume the task of running the country’s affairs," an anonymous source said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addresses the media after the EU - Turkey ministerial political dialogue meeting at Ankara Palace in Ankara on January 25, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
14:00 GMT
Kurdish groups in Syria have received support from the US-led coalition in fighting Daesh, and Russia thinks they should be included, too.
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters flash the Rabaa sign in solidarity with the outlawed group. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The protesters acted in defiance of security forces deployed throughout the country.
Israeli soldiers stand guard next to a placard bearing a portrait of Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq during a protest on January 22, 2016. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
12:48 GMT
The 33-year-old journalist from the southern West Bank town of Dura has been on hunger strike for longer than two months.
Iraqi peshmerga fighters hold position near Sinjar. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Anwar Haji Osman, the KRG’s deputy minister for Peshmerga affairs, said Germany has been training peshmerga fighters in addition to supplying them with arms.
Israeli Forces Readying for Night Raids in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Overnight IDF Raids Across the West Bank Turn Up Weapons Cache. 10 Palestinians Detained For Questioning
Tanks stationed along a road in Lebanon's mountainous Qalamoun region. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
A report by Lebanon's National News Agency said casualties were inflicted, without elaborating.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, centre, opens the so-called Geneva II peace talks. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
With no date for Bashar's exit and a series of moves by Russia, Syrian opposition negotiators will go into the Geneva talks already a few steps behind.
Syrian children waiting for immigration to safer areas flash the peace sign. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
British Government Considers Taking In 3,000 Children Fleeing War-Torn Syria
An Egyptian national flag flutters over Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 24, 2016, on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
10:30 GMT
The Sadat station, situated beneath the iconic Tahrir Square, is one of the largest metro stations in the capital.
The aftermath of the Qamishli bombing. (Twitter)
10:00 GMT
A bomb placed on the back of a bicycle detonated in Qamishli city.
The video also called for militants to attack targets in the UK. (Screenshot)
09:30 GMT
The video purports to shows several perpetrators of the Paris attacks.
Smoke from an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza in 2014. (AFP/Said Khati)
08:45 GMT
Israeli retaliates with airstrikes in Gaza after alleged rocket fire.
Snow blankets the city of Ankara. (AFP/Adem Altan)
08:00 GMT
Ten people in Ankara have been detained under suspicion of recruiting for Daesh.
Children stand at the site of a bomb attack in Giza, Egypt earlier this month. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
07:00 GMT
A man hiding an IED was killed in a shootout with police.
Bahraini Shia women during a protest. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
The incarcerated Sheikh Ali Salman' tweets caused concerns with the Bahraini government.
Oil pumping jacks. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iran and Russia signed a deal for two exploration projects in oil rich Khouzestan province.
A Saudi soldier stands guard. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Houthi fighters and allies killed eight Saudi troops.

January 24, 2016

The Jordanian Parliament. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
The Ministry of Interior clarified on Sunday the rules regarding residency for Gazan holders of temporary Jordanian passports.
Palestinian security forces carry the body of Roqaya Abu-Eid, a Palestinian teenager who was shot dead during her funeral on January 24, 2016 in the southern West Bank village of Yatta. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT
The teenage girl, 13 years of age, was killed in Yatta, near Hebron, by Israeli forces.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
President Al Sisi praised the 2011 revolution which formed part of the Arab Spring.
Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol the curfew bound streets of Srinigar on September 14, 2010. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
The Kashmiri-independence group rejected claims of Daesh presence in Jammu Kashmir, saying that flag sightings are attempts to draw media attention.
Smoke billows following air strikes in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
The coalition conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Daesh targets.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry during a press conference at King Salman airbase on Jan. 23, 2016 in Riyadh. (AFP/AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
17:30 GMT
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says no mediation will take place 'as long as Iran does not respond positively.'
The Turkish Airlines flight, bound for Istanbul, was rerouted when officials discovered a handwritten bomb threat. (Flickr)
16:30 GMT
All 209 passengers are safe after being diverted to Shannon, Ireland.
The United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution. (AFP/Stan Honda)
16:00 GMT
A representative of Assad's regime vowed that no concessions would be made at the upcoming Geneva peace talks.
Syrians search through the rubble of a destroyed building in Raqqa, Daesh's self-proclaimed capital. (File Photo)
15:30 GMT
Increasing numbers of people are claiming that coalition airstrikes on Daesh disproportionately hit civilians.
An armed young Yemeni man stands amidst the debris of a house destroyed in an airstrike. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Government forces have reportedly killed Houthi leaders in a military operation carried out against the Houthi HQ in Saada.