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A general view taken on February 3, 2016 shows the town of Tal Jabin, north of the Syrian embattled city of Aleppo. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, some of the barrel bombs contained toxic gas.
Activists and Italian nationals living in Egypt take part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
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The results also confirmed that Regeni was not subject to any type of sexual abuse or assaults.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (Twitter)
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German Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister of Turkey Davutoglu
UAE pilot Major Mariam Al Mansouri led a strike against Daesh in Syria in October 2014.
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The army chief officials discussed several issues including the fight against extremism in the region
A member of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service sits in a vehicle after being wounded in fighting with Daesh militants on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Some 4,500 soldiers are expected to arrive at a military base near Makhmur, 70 km southeast of Mosul.
A pair of Mi-17 helicopters operated by the Afghanistan air force. (Wikimedia)
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An Afghan National Army official said the helicopter made an emergency landing due to technical issues.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP/Yuri Cortez).
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Erdogan expressed anger at US support for Syrian Kurds and called on Washington to choose between Turkey and the PKK.
Several lawmakers are preparing legislation that would make attendance to presidential elections mandatory. (AFP/File)
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Monday's session was adjourned until March 2 due to a lack of quorum.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 18, 2015. (AFP/Tolgas Bozoglu)
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Merkel travelled to Turkey to meet the Prime Minister and the President concerning cooperation over the influx of refugees into Turkey and Europe.
Syrian government forces in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege of two government-held Shia villages, Nubol and Zahraa, on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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The Syrian regime tightens its grip around rebel held Fallujah and Aleppo preparing for a costly and possibly lengthy siege.
Two Boats capsized off the coast of Turkey, killing 33 (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
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The capsizing of two boats in two separate incidents off the Turkish coast have cost 33 migrant lives.
Security forces inspect the aftermath of deadly attack carried out by Daesh in a mall in Baghdad. (Hindustan Times)
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The Iraqi Interior Ministry's spokesman said the "wall" would include an increased number of checkpoints around Baghdad.
The aftermath of a car bombing in Baghdad in November. (AFP/File)
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A string of attacks in Iraq yesterday left ten dead.
Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired from Yemen Monday morning. (AFP/Kim Jae-Hwan)
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A Scud missile fired from Yemen missed its target after being intercepted by Saudi air defenses.
This file photo shows a Palestinian man arrested by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces carried out overnight raids in Tulkarem on Monday, detaining at least 18 Palestinians.
Taliban militants. (AFP)
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A bomb attack on a army minibus in Balkh killed three soldiers and injured another 18.
The King of Jordan went on a working visit to Dublin, Ireland, to discuss the refugee crisis with Irish President Michael D. Higgins. (Twitter)
09:52 GMT
As part of a drive to foster more support for humantarian efforts for the Syrian crisis, King Abdullah invited the German President of the Bundestag to the Royal Court in Jordan.
Giulio Regini. (Twitter)
09:33 GMT
How does the Italian PhD student's death parallel the ongoing struggles in Egypt?
Demonstrators in front of the Gaza ICRC. (Twitter)
09:30 GMT
The ICRC in Gaza closed on Sunday after Palestinian activists demonstrating outside turned violent.
According to investigators Giulio Regeni had suffered "something inhuman, animal-like, an unacceptable violence." (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Cut, stabbed, burned and his neck broken, a new autopsy reveals the tortuous last moments of Italian student Giulio Regeni.
Canada is planning withdraw its six F18s from the anti-Daesh campaign in March. (AFP/File)
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Prime Minister Trudeau wants a more holistic approach to the conflict with Daesh which means pulling its warplanes out of the US-led coalition.
Spanish police outside a suspect's apartment building. (Twitter)
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Spain arrested people suspected of smuggling weapons under the guise of humanitarian aid.
Both the EU and UN have opposed the destruction of Palestinian homes. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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On Saturday, in opposition to Israel's settlement policies, the EU called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian homes.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (R) meeting with the new Saudi ambassador to Iraqi Thamer al-Sabhan in the capital Baghdad in January 2016. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia also plans to open an embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, following a 25-year hiatus.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov. (AFP/File)
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Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov responded to a statement from NATO which said that Russia’s military campaign in Syria was “undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.”

February 7, 2016

Egypt hopes to end female circumcision by 2030
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Egypt’s Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddine said his country plans to end female circumcision by 2030
Israeli soldier poses in Gaza tunnel. (vk.com)
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According to Israeli minister, Egyptian authorities flooded the tunnels between Gaza and Egypt at the request of the Tel Aviv regime. The two countries launched a campaign to destroy the tunnels and security cooperation is reportedly "at its best".
International journalists call on Egypt's Sisi to release imprisoned colleagues. (Twitter)
18:30 GMT
A documented 782 violations against journalists in Egypt have been carried out in the past year according to annual report published by Egypt's Press Syndicate.
Records said the accused forced the woman to have sex with him. (AFP/File)
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A legal consultant admits he raped woman in Dubai.
Hundreds of people have died crossing from Turkey to Greece this year alone. (AFP/File)
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Thousands of asylum seekers and migrants have lost their lives crossing by sea from Turkey to Greece aboard small inflatable boats like the ones seized.
The Pentagon has released photos from criminal investigations into allegations of misconduct. (Twitter)
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The investigations are a response to allegations of abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Supporters of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed al-Qiq hold portraits as they demonstrate in solidarity with him on February 7, 2016, outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
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Muhammad al-Qiq instead demanded an immediate release.
Aftermath of an airstrike dropped on eastern Libya. (Twitter)
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Airstrikes dropped by an unidentified warplane killed at least four people including a woman and her child.
Afghan Taliban Militants. (AFP/File)
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The Afghan government announced plans to hold talks with the Taliban this month.
UAE ground troops are ready to fight Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
The United Arab Emirates is ready to send ground troops to Syria in a US-led coalition, official says.
Hamas and Fatah officials discuss reconciliation in Gaza, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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Delegations from Palestine's rival political groups will meet in the Qatari capital on Sunday to discuss a reconciliation agreement.
Camels resting in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, February 8, 2013. (Photo credit: Lucie March/Flash 90)
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Social media sources confirm reports of an earthquake felt near Petra.
Al-Adly was arrested on suspicion of money-laundering less then a week after Mubarak stepped down. (AFP/File)
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Former interior minister Habib al-Adly and a dozen other officials have been banned by Egypt from travelling after facing "abuse of office" charges.
An Iraqi girl from an impoverished family searches through garbage for recyclable items at a waste dump on the outskirts of the shrine city of Najaf. (AFP/file)
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An Iraqi girl from an impoverished family searches through garbage for recyclable items at a waste dump on the outskirts of the shrine city of Najaf. (AFP/file)
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, the most holy site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City, on February 5, 2016. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
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Israel is planning to build a new "prayer plaza" at Jerusalem's Western Wall. Jordan has condemned the plan, saying that it would violate the site’s Islamic heritage.
A member of the Israeli security forces aims fire during clashes with Palestinian protestors in the village of Qabatiya, near the West Bank town of Jenin, on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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The suspect has been identified as Sudanese national Kamil Hassan. Hassan allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier at a bus station.
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near Turkish crossing gate. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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This week was full of omens that Syria in its already fractured and suffering condition should look forward to more misery.
Iraqi soldiers patrol a suburb close to the area of Jweibah, east of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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According to Iraqi media, Shobaib Abu Majd al-Kanani, a Saudi-born commander, was killed along with eight other Daesh commanders in an airstrike.
Twitter users have posted images of the civilian damage in Libya. (Twitter)
12:25 GMT
An airstrike hit Dema, Libya and killed three.
A man stands on the downed border fence. Turkish security personnel have worked to prohibit the Kurds from entering Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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As thousands of Syrian refugees flock to Turkish borders fleeing the regime and its back up of Russian airstrikes, Turkey has no plans of letting them in.
Police say they suspect the arsonists were from the nearby Palestinian town of Halhul. (AFP/File)
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Arson suspect in the Burning of a tent that was used as a synagogue dedicated to three Israeli teens.
Vaccination workers travel to rural areas to wipe out polio and other diseases. (AFP/File)
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Three vaccination workers have been found dead after being kidnapped two weeks ago.
The fence along the border. (Twitter)
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Tunisia has finished building a 250km barrier on the Libyan border.
The two sons are suspects in the bombing of the Special emergency Forces Mosque in Asir in August 2015 (AFP/File)
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A Saudi father has asked his two sons listed as suspects in the attack on the Special Emergency Forces Mosque to surrender to authorities.
An Israeli soldier suffered light wounds after being stabbed in Ashkelon Sunday morning. (AFP/File)
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Suspect shot and apprehended after stabbing of Israeli soldier in Ashkelon
The Lebanese army moves in Arsal. (Twitter)
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The Lebanese army is tightening its watch on the border town after multiple clashes.
Bahraini women protesting. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Bahrain is singling out female activists with more arrests and harsher sentences.
Syrian regime forces patrolling a city devastated by conflict. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Syrian government forces have tightened the siege on two rebel-held suburbs of Damascus by capturing land between the two and choking off their supply route.
Armed supporters of the al-Houthi movement gather against al Qaeda militants on Aug. 17. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Al Qaeda militants overran police headquarters in Zinjibar, southern Yemen.

February 6, 2016

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
The UN Secretary General affirmed Daesh is an unprecedented threat due to its expanding network of alliances and its capacity to generate wealth.
The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. (AFP/John Thys)
19:00 GMT
Following the lift of sanctions against Iran and the signing of a landmark nuclear agreement, the EU official announced plans to visit Tehran in the near future.
President of the Syrian regime. (AFP/File)
18:36 GMT
The mother of six is reported to have died according to MTV Lebanon; however, official sources have yet to verify the news.
Egyptian soldiers stand next to an armored personnel carrier on the road leading to Cairo University on July 4, 2013 in Cairo. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)
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The Egyptian military claimed it killed ten militants in Sinai and arrested six after carrying out raids in the area.
Afghan firefighter wash the site after a Taliban suicide attacker detonated himself at the entrance to a police base in Kabul on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
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The fourth round of peace talks are scheduled to begin Feb. 23 in Kabul.
Supporters of the Pegida movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident) hold placards featuring Angela Merkel in Dresden, eastern Germany, on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Tobias Schwarz)
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Around 25,000 people were expected to take to the streets both in support of and against Muslims and migration in Europe.
Around 2,000 members of Syria's Turkmen minority have fled to the Turkish border to escape renewed fighting in the northwest of the country. (AFP/File)
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Renewed attacks from Russian and Syrian regime forces has forced the displacement of thousands of Turkmens, many of which are fleeing to Turkey.
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Haitham al-Baw, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, during his funeral in the village of Halhoul north of the West Bank city of Hebron, on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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Nearly 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers since October.
Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb explosion in Quetta, Baluchistan province. (AFP/Banaras Khan)
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A bomb killed at least nine people and wounded 40 others as it targeted a paramilitary vehicle in Quetta.
A Palestinian is arrested by Israeli forces on June 21,2014 in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ola, near the town of Hebron. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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The human rights watchdog called for the release of 17 year old teen held by Israel without charge or trial. The teen is one of two minors currently in administrative detention.
Iraqi firemen work at four-star Capitol Hotel in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on February 5, 2016. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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"Until now, 17 people died, among them 14 foreign nationals, the majority from the Philippines," a spokesman said.
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Syrian civilians are fleeing Aleppo province as the Syrian army and its allies continue their offensive in the region.

February 5, 2016

Maryam Namazie is a well known former Muslim. She oftentimes faces strong opposition when attempting to share her views on apostasy and secularism. (Twitter)
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Former Muslims shared their responses to the US secretary of state calling Daesh apostates, and unsurprisingly they were not very happy being tarred with the same brush.
Mourners carry the coffin of Mohammed Hijazi, a member of Lebanon's Hezbollah who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, during his funeral on February 1, 2016. (AFP/File)
18:48 GMT
Hezbollah commander Haidar Fariz Merhi was killed alongside Syrian army
Israeli security forces stand next to a stretcher carrying the body of Haitham al-Bau as they hand over the body to members of the Palestinian Red Crescent on February 5, 2016. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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Fourteen-year-old Haitham Ismail al-Baw was shot and killed by Israeli forces after allegedly throwing a petrol bomb.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) shakes hand with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after their meeting on October 18, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Merkel’s unexpected visit comes amid growing worries in Ankara over a new refugee influx from Syria.
Egyptian security stand guard outside the Zeinhom morgue in Cairo, where the body of Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old Italian graduate student, is being held on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
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The body of Italian national Giulio Regeni, discovered Thursday, showed signs of torture.
Lebanese parliamentarians have failed to elect a president since May 2014. (AFP/File)
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General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim made the comments in his monthly column.
A member of the Israeli border police aims during clashes with Palestinian protestors in the  town of Qabatiya, near Jenin  on February 4, 2016 (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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The Jenin-district village of Qabatiya has been sealed by Israeli forces since late Wednesday.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. (AFP/File
13:30 GMT
Russian airstrikes in Syria are "undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict," Stoltenberg said.
Government forces chat near a tank near the Shia villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province which have been under siege by Daesh for three years on February 2, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
MENA economic growth was just 2.6 percent in 2015, due largely to armed conflict and cheap oil.
Police officers escort a man who was arrested in a flat during a raid on February 4, 2016 in Berlin. (AFP/Odd Andersen)
12:00 GMT
According to a German newspaper, some of the tips were dismissed as untruthful defamation.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presents the 2015 NATO annual report during a press conference in Brussels, January 28, 2016. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)
11:00 GMT
Jens Stoltenberg said that Russian strikes are targeting mainly rebel groups and put NATO member Turkey at risk.
It is estimated that $8 billion is needed over the next two years to support Jordan as a host community for refugees. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The plan outlines better access to European markets and job creation for Jordanians and Syrians.
Finland expects to expel around 20,000 of the 32,000 asylum seekers it received in 2015, the country's interior ministry said on January 28, 2016. (AFP/Jussi Nukari)
09:00 GMT
All 80 people in the building, about half of them children, managed to escape unharmed.
A Syrian man comforts a boy amid the rubble of buildings following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in Aleppo, on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
08:30 GMT
Ahmet Davutoglu says tens of thousands are now headed to Turkey as a result of airstrikes on the city of Aleppo.
Mohammed al-Qiq, an imprisoned Palestinian journalist who has been on hunger strike for 72 days, says he has rejected Israel's decision to temporarily suspend his administrative detention. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT
An Israeli court ruled to temporarily suspend his detention without trial, saying his sentence would continue once his health improved.
The opening of the Palestinian embassy in Brazil is a first for the Western Hemisphere. (AFP/Martin Bernetti)
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Palestine opens its first embassy in Western Hemisphere.
A US official says Daesh is on the rise in Libya. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)
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A US official claims the number of Daesh militants in Iraq and Syria are falling, but rising in Libya.

February 4, 2016

Defense of Children International Palestine has documented a massive increase in the detention of Palestinian minors. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
21:21 GMT
Parents who reported girl missing told by Israeli authorities she was in Israeli custody.
Saudi ready to send troops to Syria if needed in US-led ground war. (AFP/File)
20:18 GMT
If a US-led coalition is ready for a ground war in Syria, then Saudi Arabia says its willing to send troops in support of the alliance.
The 28-year-old had been missing since January 25. (AFP/File)
19:02 GMT
Both Italy and Egypt will investigate the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni who was found dead and tortured on the outskirts of Cairo.
Destruction caused by Russian airstrikes in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
Secretary of State John Kerry demands halt to Russian airstrikes in Syria.
Turkish Parliamentary speaker Ismail Kahraman, center, poses with other members ahead of the start of the first meeting of the committee on drafting a new constitution in Ankara on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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All parties recognize a need to change the current constitution dating to a 1980 military coup, but only Pres. Erdogan's party seeks a change to a presidential model.
Syrians wait for the arrival of an aid convoy on January 11, 2016 in the besieged town of Madaya as part of a  deal reached in September for an end to hostilities in those areas in exchange for humanitarian assistance. (AFP/Stringer)
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The ICRC has called for 'unconditional aid' access to besieged towns in Syria.
The wall will shut down some 50 checkpoints scattered throughout the city. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT
Iraq is currently constructing a wall around Baghdad in an effort to improve security.
Saudi Arabia is on the hunt for terrorists. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Saudi continues a nationwide sweep of people suspected to be involved in "terrorism."
Mourners gesture during the funeral of Mohammed Hijazi, a member of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, on February 1, 2016, in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (AFP/Stringer)
14:30 GMT
The Iranian soldiers, along with 23 other pro-government fighters, were killed in the advance which began on Monday.
The body of Giulio Regina has been found. (Twitter)
14:02 GMT
Giulio Regina has been found dead in the Giza desert.
Mohammed Abu Khdeir was only 16 years old when he was burned alive. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Two Israelis given maximum sentences for burning Mohammed Abu Khdeir alive
Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces in Qabatiya, a town near Jenin in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
13:28 GMT
Several children were among those detained by Israeli forces in a raid on Qalandiya refugee camp.
Syrian government forces walk in the village of Tal Jabin, north of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege and take control of parts of the supply route on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
For the first time, Moscow has admitted one of its officers died in a ground attack since beginning its military intervention in Syria.
Jalal Baleedi, a prominent leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is seen on January 21, 2012 in Yemen. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
The AQAP leader Jalal Baleedi was believed to be involved in several deadly attacks in Yemen.
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.