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February 4, 2016

Egyptian leaving Libya in 2015. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Thirty-five Egyptian migrants, including women and children, will be allowed to leave Libya and return to Egypt.
A burning Libyan oil tanker, set ablaze by Daesh. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Smugglers with illegal oil drilling tools tried to cross from Libya to Tunisia.
Palestinian women react after a scuffle with Israeli border police following an attack by three Palestinian assailants at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
11:00 GMT
In addition to the injured, another ten Palestinians were detained in the West Bank district of Jenin's Qabatiya village.
File photo shows an ambulance in the Lebanese border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Khaled Mohammad al-Salem had bee illegally admitted to a Lebanese hospital in Bekaa.
Interfaith. (File)
09:30 GMT
An interfaith conference featuring religious leaders from seven faiths is meeting in Dubai this week.
File photo shows Jordan's crowded Zaatari refugee camp. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The latest pledge will take Britain's total for the region to more than $3.3 billion.
Airstrikes have hit Daraa multiple times over the past months, causing widespread damage. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Daesh rockets struck residential areas in Daraa, Syria.
Giulio went missing on January 25, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. (Twitter)
08:00 GMT
The Italian foreign ministry did not give any indication of how the student might have died or whether his body had been found.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Syrian refugees in Toronto. (Twitter)
07:14 GMT
The US Senate committee for Homeland Security met Wednesday to address concerns over Canada's plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees.
"God knows" was Mordechai's response when asked if Israel was behind a string of recent collapses. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
In an interview with Palestinian Ma’an news agency, Israel's Major General Yoav Mordechai refused to comment on whether Israel was responsible for recent tunnel collapses in Gaza.
US President Barack Obama greets attendees in an overflow room after speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, in Windsor Mill, Maryland,on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
06:00 GMT
“We have to be consistent in condemning hateful rhetoric and violence against everyone."
A recently arrived F-16 sits on the tarmac in Iraq on July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:20 GMT
The arrival of the warplanes brings the total number of F-16s in Iraq's air force to six.
A boy walks past tents in a Syrian Kurdish refugee camp in the Turkish town of Suruc (AFP/Aris Messinis)
05:00 GMT
The funding is part of a refugee action plan agreed upon with Turkey at a summit on Nov. 29.

February 3, 2016

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura gestures during a press briefing at the Syrian peace talks on February 3, 2016 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
18:58 GMT
UN envoy Steffan de Mistura noted the talks had been adjourned, but not cancelled.
An MQ-9 Predator drone operated by the US military. (Wikimedia)
18:00 GMT
Captain Lauren Ott said mechanical failure may have caused the incident.
Government forces stand on a tank three kilometres from the Shiite villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
17:30 GMT
The gain comes one day after pro-government forces captured the neighboring village of Hardateen.
Akram Zuhra, a Jordanian national, finished serving a 16-year jail sentence in Israel last month went on hunger strike after he was re-detained. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Akram Zuhra completed a 16-year jail sentence but was re-detained by Israel last month.
Israel's parliament passed a law allowing security forces to subject anyone suspected of planning a violent attack to a full-body search. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
The 'physical inspection' law allows police to conduct a full-body inspection on anyone suspected of planning to carry out a violent act.
Iraqi soldiers patrol the suburbs of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, 120 kilometers west of Baghdad, on February 2, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
16:00 GMT
The operation Wednesday marks a small step towards the ultimate goal of recapturing Mosul.
A man leaves his house during a curfew in the Sur district of Diyarbakir on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
15:30 GMT
Civilians remain trapped in other areas where round-the-clock curfews are still in effect.
An Israeli ski patrol member skies at the Mount Hermon ski resort, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.( AFP/File)
14:36 GMT
An Israeli ski patrol member skies at the Mount Hermon ski resort, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.( AFP/File)
Israeli police officers and emergency personnel inspect the bodies  reported Palestinian assailants killed following an attack at Damascus Gate on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
14:02 GMT
The Israeli officers have been transported to a hospital in critical condition.
Israeli police patrol in front of the Damascus Gate. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT
Two pipe bombs were discovered by the Damascus Gate.
Members of the Egyptian police special forces patrol streets in al-Haram neighborhood of Cairo on Jan. 25, 2016 in order to head off potential protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)
13:30 GMT
A raid on Islamists in Cairo's Maadi district has left two dead following clashes.
Government forces chat near a tank three kilometres from the Shiite villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege by the Islamic State (IS) group for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
Syrian government troops have retaken a number of villages in recent days with the support of Russian airstrikes.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani declared in a press conference in Erbil, on Feb. 3, 2016, that the "time has come" to hold a referendum on Kurdish statehood. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
12:30 GMT
The referendum will raise tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdish autonomous region, both of which are suffering from plummeting oil prices.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT
Jordan called for international intervention against Daesh.
Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:03 GMT
Israeli naval forces continue to detain Palestinian fishermen.
Arsal, Lebanon. (Twitter)
10:30 GMT
The Lebanese army conducted multiple raids in northern Lebanon on Wednesday.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters of former president Mohammad Morsi are seen in a protest in Cairo in 2013. (File)
10:00 GMT
The accused were initially sentenced in a series of mass trials as Egypt cracked down on Islamists.
Libya is facing a new wave of devastation with Daesh looming. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
With Daesh spreading into Libya, how will the West's strategy change?
Collapsed Gazan tunnel have cause multiple deaths this year. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT
Heavy rain caused another Gaza tunnel to collapse with people still inside.
Slovenian soldiers at the border with Croatia. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Slovenia is making moves against Daesh.
Increased security at the Ras Jedir border crossing in 2014. (Twitter)
07:43 GMT
Over 2,000 people traveled from Libya to Tunisia to access healthcare this week.
Palestinian children living in the rubble of the occupation.  (AFP/File)
06:49 GMT
Citing difficulties and frustrations, UN human rights investigator Makarim Wibisono resigns from his Israeli post.
Israel demolished dozens of Palestinian homes, water cisterns and farm buildings built with European funds. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
More families left homeless as Israel continues demolitions in West Bank.
Giulio Regeni was last seen January 25. (Twitter)
05:30 GMT
A visiting Cambridge student has been missing since January 25.
Dozen have died of starvation in Madaya and other besieged Syrian towns. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
The UN added four more cities - including Madaya - to the list of places believed to be under siege in Syria.

February 2, 2016

UN Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, meeting with the Syrian opposition on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
19:30 GMT
The Syrian opposition cancelled their second meeting with Staffan de Mistura.
A guard surveys the damage of a school hit by an airstrike in Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
19:00 GMT
An airstrike hit a car near the Khaled al-Dhafari school.
A Jaysh al-Islam fighter peers through a wall in Damascus. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
18:30 GMT
Jaysh al-Islam denies the Russian media reports of its oil stash being destroyed in an airstrike.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Ehud Olmert plea bargains for less jail time by confessing he obstructed justice.
A scientist studies mosquitoes in a lab Brazil. Mosquitoes are well-known carriers of the Zika virus.  (AFP/Nelson Almeida)
17:30 GMT
The Ministry of Health in Egypt says it's taking precautions to stop the spread of the Zika virus.
Bullet casings litter the streets of Ramadi. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
The corpses of Daesh militants in Ramadi are potentially contaminated with plague and other diseases.
Iraqi police patrolling in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Two car bombs and an IED exploded in Baghdad today.
Toujane, Tunisia. (Twitter)
14:30 GMT
Militants attacked a group of shepherds and were killed by the national guard.
Syrian refugees sit on the ground at the Azraq refugee camp in northern Jordan. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT
Syrian refugees sit on the ground at the Azraq refugee camp in northern Jordan.
The burned-out streets of Deir Ezzor, Syria. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
SOHR reports that women and children were kidnapped after this weekend's assault on the city.
PIA employees blame the new chief for Friday’s baton charge against protesting workers at the Karachi airport. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Police and paramilitary forces used tear gas and water cannons on the demonstrators protesting the airlines' privatization plans. Two died in the clashes while several others were wounded.
Israeli Supreme Court to rule on fate of hunger striking journalist on Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The journalist, Mohammed Al-Qiq, has been on hunger strike for 70 days in protest of his administrative detention in Israeli jail without charge or trial.
A Syrian woman begs for money on a Lebanese street. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Women refugees in Lebanon face exploitation and abuse according to a report by Amnesty International.
Shia fighters from Hashid Shaabi units supporting Iraqi government forces gather on the outskirts of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, to prepare an attack on Isis positions in the city. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Fallujah residents are suffering from food shortages and insufficient medical supplies as a result of the siege. Civilians are also being used as human shields by Daesh militants.
A Syrian man walks through rubble in Aleppo. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
11:30 GMT
With the cover of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian regime forces on the ground gained control of a strategic village near Aleppo and the Turkish border.
Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari (R) gestures as he arrives for Syrian peace talks in Geneva on February 2, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
11:06 GMT
Every day we hear news of hardships and dire conditions suffered by tens of thousands of besieged Syrians.
The UNHCR refugee camp. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:30 GMT
The international charity released an analysis on Monday which revealed how many rich nations are giving much less than their fair share to the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis.
Palestinians face home demolitions in both Israel and the West Bank. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
10:00 GMT
Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes, claiming they were built without the appropriate permits. Both were built by families of seven and eight, who planned to move in on Tuesday.
A young boy inspects the damage in a house demolished by Israeli troops in Qalandia on November 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT
After killing Ahmad Sukkari, father of four, the Israeli government has instructed the demolition of the deceased's family home.
Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
07:44 GMT
Military commander commented on Saudi Arabia remaining stuck in a static war while the kingdom enforces a blockade on Yemen.
Syria refugees arrive in Turkey via the Akcakale border crossing on June 15, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT
A denial was issued following a report by German media outlets that Ankara asked the EU for an additional 2 billion euros in aid.
The General Court of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT
The majority of cases are still under investigation, with no set prison sentences.
US soldiers chat as they train Iraq's 72nd Brigade in a live-fire exercise in Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 27, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
05:52 GMT
Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said the battle against the militant group in Syria would be much more complex.
Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP/File)
05:28 GMT
Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi made the comments following speculation that cartoonist Islam Gawish had been arrested for mocking the former army chief.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Ban Ki-moon urged Israeli authorities to stop "lashing out at every well-intentioned critic."

February 1, 2016

Galal’s family received a phone call to retrieve their son’s body from Zeinhom morgue; he had been shot in the head. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
Ahmed Galal, a young Egyptian man, was found dead on Sunday after having been reported missing for two weeks.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
The trip comes as opposing factions in Syria’s five-year conflict gather in Geneva for UN-brokered talks.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
The UN official said starvation of people in besieged cities and towns in Syria should not also be ignored.
Cartoonist Islam Gawish. (Twitter)
17:00 GMT
The popular cartoonist was released after being detained for a day.
A picture taken on January 30, 2016 shows debris at the Queen Arwa University campus following a Saudi-led airstrike, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
16:30 GMT
UN report said that the Saudi-led coalition targeted civilians and documented 119 raids that may violate international law.
Egyptian police stand guard at Tahrir Square in Cairo. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
Egypt's constitutional court is currently looking into another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the controversial law.
In 2015, Saudi Arabia ordered the execution of 153 people, the highest for two decades. (Twitter)
15:30 GMT
Ahmed al-Harbi was found guilty of stabbing and shooting fellow Saudi national Fahed al-Balawi in a dispute.
Families of victims are to receive compensation from the governorate in addition to the Social Solidarity Ministry. (Twitter)
15:00 GMT
The detained suspect was accused of endangering the lives of citizens and the unintentional injury and killing of others.
Workers survey the aftermath of a crane that collapsed at Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing more than 100 worshippers. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
The suspects include directors, technicians, project leaders, and at least ten from the public sector.
More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria in four years of conflict, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
14:00 GMT
Reports of additional Russian airstrikes on Aleppo said four people have been killed and a further 60 have been injured.
Hundreds of unemployed youth in Tunisia. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Tunisia is launching a new program to engage youth across the country.
Afghan security personnels carry a victim at the site of a suicide car bomb next to a police base in Kabul on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Shah Marai)
13:00 GMT
A Taliban statement claimed more than 40 police officers were killed or injured in the attack.
Egyptians wave the national flag in Cairo's Tahrir Square during a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising on January 25, 2014. (AFP/Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
12:42 GMT
On the fifth anniversary since the January 25 Revolution, many reflect on what's left and what went wrong.
A Twitter user posted a picture of a truck with an al-Qaeda flag in Azzan, Yemen. (Twitter)
12:30 GMT
Al-Qaeda has claimed a popular commercial city in Yemn.
Syrian refugees run away as Turkish border guards use water cannon to move them away from fences at the Turkish border near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, June 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:47 GMT
A fresh flow of regime fled Syria as the Assad regime pounded the Turkmen region with attacks.
Soldiers walk through Ramallah. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT
Israel will only let people with Ramallah IDs enter, and no one can leave the city.
Afghan security forces. (Twitter)
11:20 GMT
A suicide bombing left no casualties but injured eight civilians. The bombing took place in the Gilan district centre at noon on Monday.
A Yemeni boy stands amidst the rubble of houses destroyed in the Saudi-led air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels in Sanaa, on May 18, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
10:00 GMT
The rocket was fired on the Saudi Arabian border regions from Yemen. It hit a family home killing one child and injuring the rest of the child's family.
Afghan soldiers prepare their equipment in Helmand, southern Afghanistan on December 21, 2015. (AFP/Noor Mohammad)
09:39 GMT
Allegations from Afghanistan of abuse and killings may lead to investigations into the British army.
The Syrian Opposition / Higher Negotiations speaker Salem Muslit. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
09:00 GMT
After multiple attacks on civilians in Damascus, the Syrian opposition is threatening a boycott.
The body of a Palestinian man shot during an attempted stabbing is covered by Israeli forces. (AFP)
08:30 GMT
Palestinian shot after penetrating security fence, threatening soldiers with knife.
Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu said, “Turkey and Saudi Arabia will continue to support moderate opposition groups in Syria.” in a news conference following a meeting with Saudi King Salman. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Saudi, Turkey share the same views towards Syrian conflict
Protesters run for cover from tear gas. (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
07:21 GMT
Bahraini police fired birdshot and tear gas onto protesters near the capital.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Even though sanctions against Iran have been lifted, Iran vowed to promote a self sufficient economy.
Cartoonist Islam Gawish. (Facebook)
05:00 GMT
Islam Gawish, popular cartoonist, was arrested at his place of work, after publishing an anti-regime cartoon.

January 31, 2016

People take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration on October 10, 2015, in Paris, calling for a boycott of Israel and for the recognition of the State of Palestine. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
France has given Israel an ultimatum that should peace efforts collapse, the country would recognize a Palestinian state.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/Win McNamee)
17:41 GMT
Kerry addressed all sides of the Syrian war, urging them to take the opportunity to come to an agreement, otherwise Syria will end up completely destroyed.
Army forces supervise the process of demolishing tunnels in North Sinai. (Twitter)
17:00 GMT
Explosions in North Sinai killed two and injured two others according to security sources.
Dr. Taher Mokhtar  and his roommates were arrested after rioting broke out at the  fifth anniversary of the 25 January revolution. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Egyptian courts add 15-day extension to doctor's sentence while they investigate his part in Egyptian riots.
Iraqi refugees arriving in Erbil from Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The Iraqi government announced that it could only fund up to 43 percent of the humanitarian needs from its budget.
A young Palestinian boy looks out over the rubble that used to be his home. (AFP/Said Khatib)
15:30 GMT
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to crack down on Palestinian attacks by destroying their homes.
Kashmiri residents and Indian police clash in Srinagar on October 6, 2014. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Indian forces killed a commander and two aids of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group in a shoot out in Kashmir.
Burning after a powerful car bomb exploded near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the centre of Damascus. (AFP/Sana)
14:02 GMT
As the death toll rises to at least 45 killed, Daesh militants claim responsibility for the twin bombings on the Shia neighborhood.
A member of the Syrian regime forces walks next to a well at Jazel oil field, near the ancient city of Palmyra in the east of Homs province after they retook the area from Daesh fighters on March 9, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Reports indicated that Daesh seized control of chemical compounds forbidden by international law.
A boat that capsized is seen in Canakkale's Bademli district, after at least 37 migrants drowned when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece. (AFP/file)
13:50 GMT
A boat that capsized is seen in Canakkale's Bademli district, after at least 37 migrants drowned when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece. (AFP/file)
The group posted pictures of the attack on Twitter accounts allegedly operated by Sinai Province members. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Sinai province has claimed an attack on a military M60 tank on Twitter.
The Sayyida Zeinab shrine has been targeted many times since the Syrian conflict began. (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
Two bomb blast near the Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of the Syrian capital Damascus kills twelve