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January 18, 2015

Protesters burn the French flag in the Pakistani city of Quetta, January 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Muslims have used images and depictions of idols for centuries. Why all the ruckus following the Charlie Hebdo attacks?
The film, which depicts a dramatization of a stabbing and shooting of a settler and Rabbi, was produced by  unofficial student group Islamic Bloc, an affiliate of Hamas. (AFP/File)
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Members of administration at Palestinian Al-Quds University released a statement Saturday condemning a short video released by Hamas-affiliated university students which dramatizes the stabbing and shooting of Jews.
Arizona state Senator John McCain has urged for more US military action in Syria during the conflict's long life span, and arrived in Saudi Arabia this week to discuss the US's upcoming train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels. (AFP/File)
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With a US-led train and equip program for moderate Syrian forces on the horizon in March, US Senator John McCain led a delegation of US senators to Saudi Arabia to discuss the plan's progress.
Muslim groups condemned the attack, calling it "horrible", in wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. (AFP/File)
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A French man was stabbed to death in front of his wife in a hate crime attack, a day after a Eritrean asylum seeker was killed in Germany.
The King's College radicalization studies' center said the women have appeared across social media asking other British women who cannot come to Syria to 'carry out something at home.' (AFP/File)
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British-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization has identified about 30 British female Daesh members as emerging threats as they encourage other female Muslims to carry out attacks in the UK on social media.
Security in the kingdom was increased after a Daesh attack, which killed a senior Saudi general last week. (AFP/File)
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Saudi security forces have begun building a security wall along the border with Iraq in a bid to prevent potential attack from Daesh.
Lebanon's Roumieh prison was emptied of several Islamist inmates last week following security intel that several terror cells have been in contact with inmates to plan more terror attacks in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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Following a raid on Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison, where several Islamist inmates are held awaiting trial, Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-latif Derain headed to Qatar Saturday to 'strengthen political and religious ties' between the two countries.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and his wife Akie disembark their plane upon their arrival in the Jordanian capital Amman on January 17, 2015. Abe pledged $2.5 billion in humanitarian and development aid for the Middle East as he launched a regional tour that includes visits to Egypt, Jordan and Israel. (AFP/ KHALIL MAZRAAWI)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and his wife Akie disembark their plane upon their arrival in the Jordanian capital Amman.
Yazidi refugees seek medical attention in a health center located between Kirkuk and Erbil, January 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk freed hundreds of Yazidis and were picked up by Kurdish peshmerga forces.

Egypt has cracked down on the underground smuggling of goods and weapons to Gaza in recent weeks. However, army intelligence believes tunnels as long as three kilometers in length may still remain. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian armed forces found and destroyed a 1,200 meter smuggling tunnel running from Sinai to Gaza. The tunnel held a large quantity of explosives and mortar shells.
The Moroccan government believes nearly 2,000 Moroccans have fought in Syria or Iraq for Daesh or other militant organizations. (AFP/File)
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The Moroccan police dismantled a terrorist cell and arrested its eight members. The cell recruited Moroccans to fight for Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

January 17, 2015

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Algerian embassy. The aftermath of the explosion is pictured above. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
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A bomb injured two security guards in an attack on Algeria's embassy in Libya.
Smoke rises from Kobani, the site of 11 of the 29 targeted airstrikes. (AFP/File)
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Twenty-nine US-led coalition airstrikes hit Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq in a period of 24 hours.
The Kouachi brothers are of Algerian descent. However, according to Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, the brothers "have never set foot in Algeria." (AFP/File)
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Algerian authorities rejected a French request to bury the bodies of the Charlie Hebdo attackers Cherif and Said Kouachi in Algeria.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began his Mideast tour in Cairo on Saturday. He plans to visit Jordan, Israel, and Palestine later this week. (AFP/File)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Japan would send $2.5 billion in non-military aid to support Middle East countries fighting Daesh. The aid will be allocated to humanitarian and infrastructural projects.
Yemen president's chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak resigned from the position of prime minister shortly after he was appointed in October 2014. (AFP/File)
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Gunmen kidnapped Yemen president's chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak Saturday amid heightened tensions among rebel groups in anticipation of a new constitutional draft.
Bahrainis have staged numerous protests against the detention of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman since he was arrested on December 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Bahraini forces cracked down on the thousands protesting the detention of political prisoners on Friday. The protests erupted in response to the indefinite extension of Sheikh Salman's detention.
The success of the upcoming UN-backed peace talks hinges on the participation of Libya Dawn, the alliance in control of Tripoli, which opted out of last week's talks. (AFP/File)
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Warring Libyan factions announced a ceasefire and agreed to continue UN peace talks next week. The talks will focus on forming a national unity government.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the training program is set to begin in March, giving some groups the opportunity to travel back to Syria to fight before the year's end. (AFP/File)
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Troops from US Special Forces will be among some 400 military trainers traveling to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, the Pentagon said Friday.
Obama said instilling sanctions now would only harm a fresh round of nuclear talks with Iran, which are set to resume January 18 in Geneva.
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During a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington Friday, US President Barack Obama said he will not allow a Republican-dominated US Congress to instate new sanctions on Iran until nuclear talks have played out.

January 16, 2015

The PA has lodged claims of war crimes committed on the part of Israel during Operation Protective Edge, an offensive which was launched in July and resulted in more than 2,200 deaths in Gaza. (AFP/File)
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International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda said Friday the court would launch a preliminary investigation into the "situation in Palestine," following war crimes claims lodged by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.
An August report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights documented 36 cases, or 63 citizens, being charged with 'blasphemy' from 2011 to the end of 2012 under a shady law from the country's 1982 penal code. (AFP/File)
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A look into the restive nation's increasingly troubling relationship with those who don't believe.
The US and ally effort to train and equip Syrian moderate rebels is part of a larger campaign to push back advances by Daesh in Iraq and Syria, where so far US-led coalition forces have been carrying out airstrikes against the group since last September.  (AFP/File)
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The US has announced plans to send 400 military trainers to hosting sites Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, a US Defense Department officer said Friday.
The incident comes on the heels of another in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where 30 Kurdish families were kidnapped on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi security forces said Thursday scores of people have been kidnapped by Daesh in the restive Iraqi province of Anbar.
Islamist extremists took killed 17 people in Paris last week, including 12 journalists from the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. (AFP/File)
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Hundreds of Muslims took the streets in northern and southern Lebanon Friday to protest the new cover of satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which depicts the Prophet Mohammad.
Army officials said they arrested a militant cell Thursday after finding a dismantled car packed with explosives in northeastern Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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The Lebanese army says it has encountered new suicide bombing threats across the country as a militant cell in northeastern Lebanon was arrested Thursday with a dismantled car packed with explosives.
Syrian refugees have been hit hard with freezing winter temperatures in Lebanon, where inadequate housing has already resulted in several casualties. (AFP/File)
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Rama Tahran, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee living in a makeshift cap in Lebanon's eastern city of Baalbek, passed away Thursday after winter temperatures dipped below freezing.
During the 2011 uprising, Nasrallah strongly supported the opposition accusing the Bahrani government of being "tyrannical and oppressive." (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
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Bahrain's opposition party the Future Block condemned Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's denouncement of the Bahraini government
 Israel froze the monthly transfer of $120 million in taxes that it collects for the Palestinians, forcing the Palestinian Authority to halt salary payments for 153,000 employees. (AFP/Getty Images)
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to immediately resume the transfer of tax revenues to Palestine.

January 15, 2015

The incident follows a suicide attack on a cafe in Tripoli, Lebanon that killed nine people. (AFP/File)
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The Lebanese army arrested three suspects using fake identification for plotting a series of suicide attacks.
Lebanon, an already fragile country, is hosting over a million refugees. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Fifty-year-old Rama Tahran died in a refugee camp in the eastern city of Baalbek on Thursday due to extremely cold temperatures.
The Syrian government has regained control of parts of Homs in May 2014, and it is likely al-Waar will also surrender to government forces. (AFP/File)
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A ten-day truce has been agreed upon between Syrian rebels and the government in Waar, an area of Homs.
Cornell is said to have admitted not being directly authorized by Daesh to launch attacks but had wanted to wage jihad on his own. (AFP/Getty Images/Karen Bleier)
14:30 GMT
The alleged Islamist militant researched the construction of pipe bombs to execute an attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
Seven airstrikes targeted the contested Syrian city of Kobani. (AFP/Getty Images/Taieb Mahjoub)
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The Combined Joint Task Force announced it launched 11 attacks in Syria and another 11 attacks in Iraq on Wednesday.
Muslim countries have condemned the Charlie Hebdo attacks as well as the magazine's new cover. (Shutterstock)
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A number of Arab capitals and institutions condemned the action of the magazine in publishing a new cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1, a high-stakes move that will enable the Palestinians to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
13:20 GMT
Abbas made a plea to the Arab League to cover tax revenues withheld by Israel in retaliation for his attempt to join the International Criminal Court.
Algerians wave flags in the casbah in Algiers following the ratification of independence in July 1962. (AFP/Getty Images/Fernand Parizot)
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Acclaimed author Robert Risk traced the recent Paris attack back to Algeria in 1954, dissecting the countries colonial history to give insight to this modern tragedy.
While the Western world believes Tehran may be building a nuclear weapons capacity, the Iranian government denies the claims, saying the program is instead aimed at producing atomic energy. (AFP/File)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry attended a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif to discuss Tehran's nuclear program Wednesday, ahead of planned Geneva talks Thursday.
Abu Anwar al-Canadi, a 23-year-old Canadian who appeared in a Daesh propaganda video last year condemning Canada's involvement in the US-led coalition airstrikes, is reportedly among five Canadians killing fighting with the militant group in Syria. (AFP/File)
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Canadian media reports the deaths of at least five Canadians fighting with Daesh in Syria in recent months, including a 23-year-old Ottawa man who appeared in a video condemning US-led coalition airstrikes months ago.
2014 ended with more than 17,000 civilian and security personnel deaths due to brutal violence in Iraq, while 519 civilian deaths have already been documented in 2015. (AFP/File)
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A search team uncovered a mass grave of 16 corpses northern Iraqi area previously held by Daesh militants and liberated by peshmerga and Iraqi Shia troops last November.
Turkey will sign a 'memorandum of understanding' with the US late-January, marking the first step toward the implementation of a train and equip program for moderate opposition forces in the war-torn Syria. (AFP/File)
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The IS Syria envoy discussed joint Turkish-US plans to implement a train-and-equip program for Syrian rebels in recent Istanbul meetings, the Central Command said Wednesday.
A spike in Islamist militant insurgency in the Sinai has taken Egypt by storm over the last year, where militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for killing at least a dozen people by decapitation. (AFP/File)
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Three more decapitated bodies were found in the restive North Sinai governorate Wednesday, according to one security source, following a troubling trend of brutal Islamist militant insurgency in the area.
During a visit, International Committee for the Red Cross President Peter Maurer met with Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam and discussed the prisoner crisis as well as Lebanon's controversial new visa policy for incoming Syrians. (AFP/File)
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During a visit to Lebanon, a top official to the organization said the International Committee for the Red Cross could help in securing the release of Lebanese servicemen still held hostage from clashes in Lebanon's northeastern border town of Arsal through a prisoner exchange.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (C) meets with Al-Azhar's top cleric, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb (2nd L), at the headquarters of Sunni Islam's most prestigious centre of learning in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 14, 2015. Abbas is on an official visit to Egypt during which he will also meet Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED)
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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (C) meets with Al-Azhar's top cleric, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb (2nd L), at the headquarters of Sunni Islam's most prestigious centre of learning in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 14, 2015.
Reports state that the suspects will be first interrogated by Afghan forces before being turned over to Pakistan. (AFP/Getty Images/A Majeed)
06:00 GMT
Afghan authorities have arrested five people on suspicion of involvement in last month's carnage at a school in northwestern Pakistan, where nearly 150 people lost their lives.
In August 2014 the UN reported over 191,000 deaths in Syria since the start of the conflict, making al-Assad an expert on the senseless murder of civilians. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shared his expert opinion on senseless murders, blaming Europe's governments for the terrorist attacks in Paris.

January 14, 2015

Earlier Wednesday Erdogan blasted Netanyahu for "daring" to attend the rally in Paris. (AFP/Getty Images/Fethi Belaid)
19:25 GMT
Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisreal Beitenu party called out Europe for tolerating Erdogan's alleged anti-Semitism.
Police denied reports about casualties among the prisoners during the raids. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
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Families of the inmates held in the terrorist bloc of Roumieh demand to see the prisoners following police raids.
Charlie Hebdo published their first weekly since the attacks last week, again featuring the Prophet Muhammad. (AFP/File)
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Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper, was ordered police protection after publishing the last Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad.
Sisi made the ban based on a law stipulating that “the cabinet has the right to ban publications offensive to religion or publications promoting erotica in a way that can disturb the public peace.” (AFP/File)
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi banned all foreign publications that insult religion in light of recent Charlie Hebdo publication.