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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.
Israel will build the homes in four West Bank settlements, including Elkana, pictured above. (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT
The Israeli government published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the West Bank. A Palestinian official condemned the measure as a "war crime."
The bombs exploded in Bab al-Sharqi, a popular market in central Baghdad. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
Two bombs killed 12 civilians in Baghdad Friday morning. The bombs exploded in a popular market in Bab al-Sharqi.
The militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis changed its name to Sinai Province after pledging allegiance to Daesh last year. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT
Daesh's Egypt wing, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Sinai Peninsula. At least 26 security personnel were killed.
The Syrian ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari led the Syrian government delegation. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
Syria peace talks ended in Moscow with little result. The parties agreed to reconvene for another round of talks, but did not set a date.
Lebanese army troops drive an armoured personnel carrier in the village of Ras Baalbak in the eastern Bekaa Valley near the border with Syria during clashes between Islamist fighters and Lebanese troops on Jananuary 23, 2015, leaving casualties on both sides. (AFP)
05:00 GMT
In the 25th edition of its world report HRW alleged various human rights violations in Lebanon with regard to discrimination, violence, government regulations and judicial decisions.

January 29, 2015

Troops man a checkpoint in the Sinai. (File photo)
20:53 GMT
At least 20 people, including civilians, were killed in a series of militant attacks involving car bombs and mortar rounds in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
King Salman has announced several major cabinet moves. (File photo)
20:32 GMT
Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is staying in place, Reuters reported.
An Egyptian demonstrator shouts slogans during a women's demonstration in Cairo on January 29, 2015 protesting the killing of Shaima al-Sabbagh, who was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare left-wing protest in central Cairo on January 25, 2015. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
17:00 GMT
Protesters held signs commemorating Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh and Sondos Abu-Bakr, both of whom were killed by police forces during demonstrations.
Muath Kasasbeh and Sajida al-Rishawi (File photo).
16:36 GMT
The New York Times is reporting that negotiations between Jordan and Isis appeared to have collapsed, citing a source in contact with Jordanian officials.
Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani addressed the press earlier today. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
14:44 GMT
Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani announced the government demands proof of life for the Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh before they will consider a prisoner exchange for Sajida al-Rashawi.
Iraqi Sunni fighters from the Jubur tribe rest after defeating Daesh in the village of Sharween in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. The symbolic victory for Baghdad, which has at times struggled to push Daesh back, could clear the way for further advances against the jihadists. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
13:36 GMT
The probe will investigate accusations made by Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province that pro-government militias killed more than 72 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Daesh.
Attacks like these have become a common occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES/Arwan Ibrahim)
12:55 GMT
A series of attacks occurred in and around Iraq's capital city of Baghdad, killing a total of nine people and injuring 32 others.
Yemeni Shiite supporters of the Huthi movement march in support of the Shiite movement's uprising, in the capital Sanaa. Yemen faced a dangerous power vacuum after its president announced his resignation over a deadly standoff with Shiite militia controlling the capital and lawmakers called an emergency weekend session. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:35 GMT
The government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, which resigned last week, has said it is no longer responsible for running Yemen's affairs
The Israeli received training in weapons, preparing explosives and carrying out missions for the groups. (AFP/Guillaume Briquet)
11:09 GMT
Amin Ahmed Salah Snobar, age 24, traveled to Syria to train with two al-Qaeda affiliates before returning to Israel.
Both sides have disputed major differences during talks, leading to missing two deadlines in 2014. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT
Officials from Iran are due to meet with members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul Thursday in a bid to secure a longterm deal over Tehran's nuclear program.
Abu Khaled of Australia speaks flanked by other Daesh jihadists in propaganda video. (Image: Screenshot)
10:28 GMT
20,730 foreign fighters, including about 11,000 people from the Middle East, went to Iraq and Syria.
A protester covers his face with a Palestinian flag during an attack on the UN headquarters in Gaza City, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT
Palestinian protesters attacked the United Nations compound in Gaza following the UN's decision to halt funding for rebuilding homes destroyed during the Israeli war with Hamas.
Armed members of the Shia Houthi group guard a demonstration in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, January 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:01 GMT
Seven Houthi fighters were killed following a suspected Al Qaeda attack in the Yemeni central province of al-Bayda Thursday.
An Egyptian riot police man stands guard in a street in the Egyptian city of Port Said.
(AFP Photo\ Stringer)
09:24 GMT
Three were injured in an explosion in a bus station in Port Said in the early hours of Thursday, Aswat Masryia reported.
Israeli troops carry an injured soldier in the village of Ghajar following a Hezbollah attack, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT
US spokesperson Jen Psaki called on both Israel and Lebanon to "respect the blue line" between both countries and condemned yesterday's Hezbollah attack, which left two Israeli soldiers dead.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) greets President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin before a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on January 26, 2105. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
07:56 GMT
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the attack, urging the UN to publicly condemn Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization."
An Israeli soldier stands next to a burnt out vehicle in the village of Ghajar following a Hezbollah attack, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT
After at least two Israeli soldiers were killed following a Hezbollah ambush Wednesday, it is clear both sides have a long and turbulent history. Here's a recap.
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks to the press following his official appointment by President Michel Sleiman. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
07:42 GMT
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam received assurance from Hezbollah that the recent clashes on the border will not lead to full scale war with Israel.
Safi al-Kassasbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (portrait), who was captured by Islamic State (IS) group militants on December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria, protests outside the Royal court in Amman on January 28, 2015. The IS group threatened to kill the Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist within 24 hours unless Jordan frees a jailed female militant. (AFP / KHALIL MAZRAAWI)
07:29 GMT
Safi al-Kassasbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (portrait), who was captured by Islamic State (IS) group militants on December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria, protests outside the Royal court in Amman on January 28, 2015.
The Iraqi army, backed by volunteers, would soon launch the massive operation to retake more areas from the militants across the troubled region, according to security sources. (AFP/Welayat Salahuddin)
07:16 GMT
A senior Daesh commander has been killed together with a dozen of his comrades during a missile strike carried out by the Iraqi army in the troubled northern province of Salahuddin.
The wife of captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh, is comforted by a relative outside the King's palace, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT
Daesh militants set a new deadline to exchange Sajida al-Rishawi for captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh by sunset in a new audio recording released Thursday.
Last year, six senior Taliban commanders pledged allegiance to Daesh in Pakistan. (AFP/File)
06:41 GMT
A Pakistani militant affiliated with Daesh allegedly received funding from the US to sent recruits to Syria, according to a leading newspaper.
People demonstrate against German right-wing movement PEGIDA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Jan. 26. Around 15,000 people took part in the demonstration, according to the police. (AFP/Christoph Schmidt)
05:00 GMT
The German anti-Muslim and immigrant group PEGIDA has been thrown into further disarray as it lost its second leader in one week.
Safi al-Kaseasbeh, father of captive Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh, exits a royal palace in Amman  Wednesday, January 29 after a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah to discuss ongoing negotiations for his son's release from Daesh militants. (Al Bawaba/Alisa Reznick)
02:07 GMT
As a 24-hour deadline for the release of Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi closes without a swap deal, tensions run high in Jordan over fate of captive pilot Muath Kasasbeh, and Daesh releases a new audio recording promising "immediate" execution for both captives if new swap deadline is not met.

January 28, 2015

sraeli soldiers carry their injured comrade in the divided village of Ghajar after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon on Jan. 28. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
18:58 GMT
A UNIFIL soldier – part of a Spanish unit – was also killed in the violence.
Earlier Wednesday, a UNIFIL peacekeeper was killed in cross border fire, while Israel's military said two soldiers were killed and seven wounded.
17:37 GMT
After a Hezbollah strikes on an Israeli military convoy in south Lebanon Wednesday, the Lebanese militant group receives mixed reactions from the international community.
Smoke from Israeli shelling covers the Lebanese town of Al-Majidiyah (L) on the Lebanese border with Israel as the town of Al-Ghajar is seen on the right. Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack against a military convoy in an Israeli-occupied border area. (AFP/Ali Dia)
15:10 GMT
The Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed two soldiers died and seven more were injured as a result of a Hezbollah anti-tank guided missile attack early today.
A Daesh militant holds the remains of Muath al-Kasasbeh's plane, which was shot down over the militant's unofficial capital, Raqqa. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
Despite claims made by media agencies, Nasser Judeh of the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied Sajida al-Rishawi has been returned to Iraq.
Displaced Iraqis from Mosul and Tal Afar city gather to protest in the southern city of Najaf against their living conditions, asking Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to push the central government to liberate their areas from Daesh. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
14:02 GMT
An Iraqi security source says members of Daesh have abducted approximately 30 people in the troubled northern province of Nineveh, as they continue to wreak havoc in the areas under their control.
Israeli soldiers carry their injured comrade after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon on January 28, 2015. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
13:25 GMT
Hamas praised Hezbollah for their attack on Israeli soldiers earlier today.
A mortar shell sits in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on January 28, 2015. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on January 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
12:45 GMT
The Kurds have reclaimed Kobani, a symbolic and strategic blow against Daesh, who lost numerous fighters in the battle.
Bahraini protesters march during a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman (on the posters), head of the Shiite opposition movement al-Wefaq, in Salman's home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama on January 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
12:28 GMT
Sheikh Salman, leader of Bahrain's opposition movement, denied all charges against him in court today.
Daesh militants kidnapped Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh in December, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT
Jordan will release Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi in exchange for the captured pilot, Mu'ath Kasasbeh, according to a government spokesperson.
A peacekeeper of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) speaks on his talkie-walkie in front of a billboard bearing a portrait of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a patrol in the southern Lebanese town of Adaysseh, near the border with Israel. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
10:41 GMT
Heavy crossfire is occurring across the Israeli-Lebanese border. Lebanon is using guided anti-tank missiles in Northern Israeli.
The settler attempted to drag the 14-year-old to a car before the teen managed to escape. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
A 14-year-old Palestinian boy was injured after an Israeli settler attempted to kidnap the teen near Silwan in Jerusalem Wednesday.
An Israeli army 155mm mobile artillery battery is stationed near the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on January 28, 2015 . At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied plateau the previous day prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
10:02 GMT
The Israeli Defence Forces have begun drilling on the Israeli-Lebanese border in response to local residents' fear of possible attacks by Hezbollah.
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was jailed in 2005 after a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman. (Image: 9 News)
09:56 GMT
Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi is due to be released within hours following last attempts by Jordan and Japan to free the two hostages being held by Daesh.
Father of the pilot, Safi al-Kasasbeh called on Jordan's government to help free his son before the Daesh deadline passes. (Al Bawaba/File)
08:44 GMT
Thousands of protesters along with family members of the captured Jordanian pilot gathered in Amman and Karak late Tuesday after Daesh militants announced they would execute the hostage within 24 hours.
Bahraini protesters dodge tear gas canisters during clashes with police after a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, in Salman's home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama on January 26, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed al-Sheikh)
07:58 GMT
Bahrain's opposition leader Sheikh Salman will stand trial today having been accused of “promoting regime change by force, threats, and illegal means, and of insulting the Interior Ministry publicly."
Assir, the eldest of five children, was born in 1968 to a Shiite mother and a Sunni father, renowned for taking part in a TV singing competition, “Studio El Fan.” (AFP/Getty Images)
07:50 GMT
Daesh decided to appoint the Salafi Sheikh Ahamd Assir to be the new emir of Lebanon.
Yemeni members of a local popular committee, which consists of a group of volunteers who maintain security in their region, stand in the street, some of them barefoot and one holding an anti tank rocket launcher, in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, on January 27, 2015. (AFP/STR)
07:35 GMT
Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi announced his plans for a peaceful transfer of power following the coup.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (R) speaks to reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo early on January 28, 2015. Japan has asked Jordan for help after the Islamic State jihadist group threatened to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant. (AFP / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA)
07:14 GMT
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (R) speaks to reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo early on January 28, 2015.
Libyan security forces surround the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli during the attack, which left several people dead, January 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT
The UN Security Council condemned the Libya hotel attack in Tripoli, which left several people dead Tuesday.
Armored Israeli vehicles are stationed close the the border with Syria, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, January 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:43 GMT
Israeli forces overnight Wednesday hit Syrian army positions in the occupied Golan Heights, hours after rockets had been fired from the area.
Sources say the displaced Iraqi families are not able to protect themselves, while many are living in unoccupied public buildings or mosques. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
06:00 GMT
The UN food agency has warned of a looming refugee crisis across the relatively peaceful southern regions of Iraq.
Kurdish people flash the V for victory sign during a celebration rally near the Turkish-Syrian border at Suruc, in Sanliurfa province. Kurdish fighters have expelled Islamic State group militants from the Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitor and spokesman said today, dealing a key symbolic blow to the jihadists' ambitions. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC
05:00 GMT
US State Department officials said it was too early to consider the "mission accomplished" in Kobani

January 27, 2015

Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.(Image:YouTube)
15:44 GMT
Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.
Libyan security forces surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015 in the Libyan capital. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
15:40 GMT
The prominent Tripoli hotel that was attacked by Daesh earlier today is now empty after security forces rescued 12 expats from the 26th floor.
A Shiite Huthi militiaman, wearing uniform confiscated from the Yemeni army, mans a checkpoint on a street leading to the US embassy compound in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
15:06 GMT
Presidential aide Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was released to tribes in southern Yemeni province after having been kidnapped by Houthi rebels.
Located west of the capital Baghdad, Iraq's international airport is outside the restive Anbar province, prompting several Western airlines to pull back from Iraqi airspace in recent months.
14:27 GMT
Lebanese carrier Middle East Airlines suspended all flights to and from Baghdad, joining a growing list of airlines who have cancelled service to the Iraqi capital following a gunfire incident Monday night on a flydubai passenger aircraft landing at the Baghdad International Airport.
An Israeli solider walks near an Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:58 GMT
Syrian media has reported Israeli artillery fire at a Syrian military based in Golan Heights.
A hotel employee told the AP five assailants were still inside the building and engaged with Libyan security forces. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
Masked gunmen stormed a popular hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli Tuesday morning following a car bomb explosion in the parking lot. Daesh-linked militants claimed responsibility for the attack as
Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz was born on August 30, 1959. He is one of the sons of the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz from his wife, Princess Jawhara bint Abdulaziz bin Musaid bin Jalawi al-Saud.(AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
13:22 GMT
The new Saudi King Salman declared the name of the deputy crown prince: Mohammed bin Nayef, the first grandson of the founder King Abdulaziz to assume the post. But who is the man that will carry the banner of the House of Saud in ruling Saudi Arabia in the future?
President Erdogan predicts grave problems in the future if the Kurds take gull control of northern Syria. (AFP/Getty Images/Nikolay Doychinov)
12:52 GMT
According to a report, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to accept the idea of a Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.
Muath Kasasbeh has been held by Daesh since his plane went down more than a month ago. (File photo)
11:31 GMT
The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Jordan's parliament said Tuesday that the country would "likely" accept a deal to release a prisoner on death row in exchange for a Japanese hostage if the swap also included Jordan's captured fighter pilot.
Facebook has denied that an outage was the result of hacking. (File photo)
10:35 GMT
While hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility, Facebook said the interruption was due to a technical change.
The airline spokesperson said the plane sustained light damage from a slew of bullets as it landed at the Baghdad International Airport last night. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
A spokesperson for flydubai confirmed gunfire on one of its carriers upon landing at the Baghdad airport Monday night, but the attack has so far gone unclaimed.
The key capture of the embattled Syrian city of Kobane by Kurdish forces has instilled more confidence in ground troops' ability to regain control in Daesh-held areas, but US-led airstrikes are still considered to be largely ineffective against the military group. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT
As Iraqi troops hailed success in retaking eastern Iraq's Diyala Monday, Kurdish militia announced the complete drive-out of Daesh militants from the key Syrian border city of Kobane, whose bloody plight has been a focus point in the Kurdish struggle to stave off militants.
Bahrain's main opposition group leader Salman has been in government custody since the end of last December, earning the country international criticism over human rights abuses, and almost-daily protests within its borders. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT
The al-Wefaq opposition group of Bahrain, whose leader Sheikh Ali Salman was detained in December following accusations of trying to overthrow the country's long-standing Al Khalifa regime, has called for economic boycotts ahead of Salman's scheduled trial on Wednesday.
The video comes just days after protests on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution left at least 18 mainly-peaceful demonstrators dead across the country when security forces fired into the crowd. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT
Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, who recently pledged allegiance to Daesh and renamed itself "Sinai Province," released a video on Monday depicting what they said were images of Egyptian security forces mistreating Muslim female protesters, followed by footage of captured police captain Ayman El-Desouki's kidnapping and execution at the hands of the group.
Kurdish people flash the v for victory sign as they celebrate during a demonstration on January 26, 2015 in Diyarbakir. Kurdish fighters have expelled Islamic State group militants from the Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitor and spokesman said, dealing a key symbolic blow to the jihadists' ambitions. (AFP/ILYAS AKENGIN)
06:56 GMT
Kurdish people flash the v for victory sign as they celebrate during a demonstration on January 26, 2015
Fajr Libya, the faction that has controlled the capital since August, is not participating in this round of UN peace talks. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
UN-brokered Libya peace talks resumed on Monday in Geneva in the absence of a major opposition faction which is only willing to participate if the talks take place in Libya.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad criticized some of the opposition participants as "puppets" of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, or the West. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Despite low expectations, Syrian opposition figures began peace talks in Moscow on Monday. A government official may join later in the week.

January 26, 2015

Eight shots were fired at a Fly Dubai passenger jet as it landed in Baghdad Monday evening. (Shutterstock)
20:45 GMT
A Fly Dubai plane was shot as it landed in Baghdad. Two passengers were injured and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Since the recent political upheaval, Sanaa has faced mass protests and violence. (AFP/File)
19:07 GMT
The United States embassy in Yemen has suspended consular services until further notice. The decision was a result of the political turmoil and security concerns in Sanaa.
A U.S. Predator drone flies over Yemen. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT
A U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed three al-Qaeda militants. The strike was the first since Yemeni President Hadi and his cabinet resigned on Thursday.
Iraqi soldiers and pro-government militiamen check a machine gun mounted on an armored vehicle stationed near the town of Muqtadiyah in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad, during a military operation against Daesh. (AFP/Younis Al-Bayati)
13:24 GMT
Iraq's Armed Forces have allegedly purged the Daesh militants from the eastern Province of Diyala.
Earlier today it was announced that the Kurdish forces have reclaimed much of the contested city of Kobani. (AFP/US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
13:08 GMT
Of the 34 air-strikes, 21 were launched in Syria and 13 in Iraq, focusing on the cities of Kobani, Mosul, Tal Afar, and Falluja.
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising against the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT
Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan al-Saghir was released Monday after briefly being kidnapped from his home by unknown assailants.
Kurdish people look at the Syrian town of Kobani from the Turkish side of the border. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
11:50 GMT
AFP announces the Kurdish forces have reclaimed the border town of Kobani from Daesh.
Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a meeting at the Royal Palace on January 18, 2015 in Amman. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
11:35 GMT
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intent to release Goto "by seeking cooperation with other countries," according to Kyodo News.
Lebanon's Hezbollah buried the son of its slain former military commander after an Israeli strike that killed six of its fighters and raised tensions between the longtime foes. (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
11:04 GMT
Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi announced Monday a delay in delivering weapons to the Lebanese Army.
 A file picture taken on June 2, 2012 shows Alaa (R) and Gamal Mubarak, sons of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, standing inside a cage in a courtroom during their verdict hearing in Cairo on. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT
Ousted President Hosni Mubarak's sons were released from prison after having already served the maximum pre-trial detention period of 18 months.
Syrian Kurdish children sit outside tents in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa. (AFP/Getty Images/Aris Messinis)
10:03 GMT
Turkey opened its largest refugee camp, which at maximum capacity will host 35,000 Syrians, many of whom are fleeing the violence in Kobani.
A Yemeni supporter of the separatist Southern Movement stands in front of their movement's flag as they try to set up a checkpoint on January 25, 2015 in the southern city of Aden. (AFP/STR)
09:11 GMT
Several Yemeni provinces have cut off ties with the capital Sana’a, now under the virtual control of the Houthi movement, as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Yemen’s streets to protest the group’s control over large parts of the country.
Shiite Houthi rebels fight with Yemeni protesters during a rally against the control of the capital by Houthi rebels in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:43 GMT
In preparation for imminent protests, a large number of Houthi militants have been deployed in Sanaa.
An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles on Amal Farms in Quneitra earlier this month, killing numerous Hezbollah officers. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
07:36 GMT
In light of the recent helicopter airstrike which killed numerous Hezbollah officers, Israel issued a warning not to attack any Israeli institutions abroad.
The port, which has been under a blockade since 2006, will allow Palestinians to travel internationally. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
07:26 GMT
A ministerial committee announced plans to prepare for the opening of the port for international travel. Currently use of the port is restricted to fishing.
Syrian men walk on a street covered with dust following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, on January 25, 2015. In central Damascus, five civilians and two soldiers were also killed and dozens of people wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (AFP / ABD )
07:14 GMT
Syrian men walk on a street covered with dust following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, on January 25, 2015.
Police have since launched an investigation into the incident. (AFP)
07:12 GMT
The police officer was fatally shot in the head while in his car in Miryata.
Even social media sites like Facebook will be blocked if they fail to implement the court order. (Shutterstock)
07:06 GMT
Turkish court ordered to block all websites that insult the Prophet Muhammad, including Facebook, the world's biggest social network.
Clashes erupted across the country on the 4th anniversary of the uprising. (Photo:AFP)
06:00 GMT
At least 18 people, including three policeman, have died at protests around the country on the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, the health ministry announced Sunday.
Sinai-based militants have carried out numerous attacks in the region in recent months. (Photo: AFP)
05:00 GMT
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has extended a curfew in parts of North Sinai by another three months, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

January 25, 2015

One of the Japanese hostages is reportedly still alive.
20:10 GMT
Daesh radio confirmed on Sunday that its terrorists have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death, according to AFP.
General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in an Israeli attack last week. (Photo: AFP)
16:31 GMT
An Iranian general killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian Golan Heights last week was targeted because he kept his cellphone on - allowing Israeli intelligence to track his whereabouts, Al-Joumhouria reported.
Libya has seen constant clashes between government forces and rival militia groups. (Photo: AFP)
15:43 GMT
The deputy foreign minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government has been kidnapped in the eastern city of al-Bayda.
The rocket and mortar attacks on central Damascus were in retaliation for air raids carried about by the Syrian regime. (Photo: AFP File/SANAA)
15:25 GMT
Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.
(Photo: EMAD EL-GEBALY /AFP)
14:48 GMT
Five people have died at protests in several parts of Egypt on the fourth anniversary of the January 2011 uprising, the health ministry announced Sunday.
Similar attacks are a nearly daily occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT
Two bombings in Baghdad have left eight civilians dead and at least 22 wounded.
At least five people were killed in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police and witnesses said. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)
10:23 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday as part of his official visit to the Horn of Africa.
The group's leader, Zahran Alloush, demanded that the Syrian government stop their offensive in Ghouta or else the militant group will retaliate. (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT
A militant commander in Syria has threatened Damascus that terrorists may hit the capital by Katyusha rockets.
Earlier in the month  two Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo Paris offices to “avenge” the publication of cartoons considered disrespectful to the Prophet Muhammad. (AFP/GettyImages/Thomas Coex)
09:41 GMT
Following a decision by an Israeli bookshop to cease in-store sales of Charlie Hebdo because of fear of Muslim push-back, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered Yisrael Beytenu to buy thousands of copies of the weekly to distribute publicly.
A female demonstrator was killed during clashes with Egyptian police in central Cairo Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/MOHAMED EL-RAAY)
09:04 GMT
A bomb was detonated outside a sports club in Cairo's Heliopolis area.