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April 1, 2015

Somali refugees at a UNHCR reception center in Yemen in 2008. (AFP/Khaled Fazaa)
19:38 GMT
In a turnaround of the decades-old pattern of Somalis crossing seas to seek refuge in Yemen, Yemenis are now escaping to Somalia.
The deputy prime minister of the Palestinian Authority government submitted his resignation on Tuesday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
19:05 GMT
The deputy prime minister of the Palestinian Authority government submitted his resignation on Tuesday.
A group of 348 Indian citizens trapped during the escalating conflict in Yemen have been evacuated and are on their way home, officials said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
18:47 GMT
A group of 348 Indian citizens trapped during the escalating conflict in Yemen have been evacuated and are on their way home, officials said Wednesday.
Istanbul Police Headquarters in Fatih is seen on Dec. 18, 2013. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
17:58 GMT
Turkish police shot two attackers outside its headquarters Wednesday, killing one of the men.
A member of the Moroccan special forces guard stands outside of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) building on March 23, 2015 during a press conference by the governor of the BCIJ in Rabat. (AFP/File)
17:35 GMT
Moroccan authorities said Wednesday they dismantled a cell where Daesh had been recruiting fighters.
The al-Qaeda affiliate said Wednesday it will be ruling the northwestern city in Syria with Islamic sharia law. (AFP/File)
16:38 GMT
The al-Qaeda affiliate said Wednesday it will be ruling the northwestern city in Syria with Islamic sharia law.
Prosecutors, lawyers and judges stand on April 1, 2015, near a statue of Lady Justice during a funeral ceremony for senior Istanbul prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
16:21 GMT
Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday in Istanbul's main courthouse on Wednesday to pay tribute to the prosecutor who was killed by extremists.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the conflict's death toll exceeds 220,000, but understanding how and why people are still dying can offer important insight into where the war is headed next. (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT
Now in its fifth year of conflict, Syria's landscape is unrecognizable and its death toll barely fathomable. But keeping track of who dies and how is more important than ever before.
A Palestinian boy carries the Palestinian national flag as he makes his way through the debris of the destroyed Yarmouk Stadium in Gaza City. (AFP/File)
13:51 GMT
Daesh has allegedly taken control of most of Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) in Geneva, January 14, 2015. (AFP/Rick Wilking)
13:15 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif are holding a bilateral meeting in Lausanne and the nuclear talks have hit a stalemate of sanctions framework.
Yemeni students in Iran held similar demonstrations. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Yemeni students living in Lebanon launched a protest against the Saudi-led military campaign against the Houthi rebel movement.
New recruits to the Free Syrian Army, which made up of rebel groups fighting to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
12:14 GMT
A coalition of Syrian opposition launched a campaign to claim the Nasib border crossing from government forces. The crossing, located in Deraa district, lies on the Jordanian border.
Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi walks with others during a break in a meeting with world powers representatives seeking to pin down a nuclear deal with Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, on March 31, 2015 in Lausanne. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
11:45 GMT
The P5+1 countries have failed to agree on a framework to lift sanctions against Iran, which have been paralyzing the country's economy.
The week-long bombing campaign, led by Saudi Arabia, has deepened regional tensions with Iran, and send scores of Yemenis fleeing their homes amid deepening violence across the country.
11:33 GMT
Conflicting reports are surfacing of a bombing incident last night at a dairy factory in eastern Yemen, with sources loyal to the Houthis reporting the Saudi-led airstrikes are to blame, and medical sources claiming both rebel fire and airstrikes could be heard on site.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a speech during an event following the first session of the newly-elected Knesset (Israel's Parliament) on March 31, 2015 in Jerusalem. (AFP/ Gali Tibbon)
11:32 GMT
The PM called the nuclear deal unconscionable as it threatens the security of Israel.
Turkish riot police in Istanbul at the courthouse where a Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester was taken hostage by an armed group. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Police have surrounded the offices of Turkey's ruling AK party after two gunmen stormed the premises.
Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilization units celebrate in front of the the provincial council building inside the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit on March 31, 2015 during a military operation to retake it from Daesh. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT
Iraqi tribes liberated a number of villages near the Hamrain Mountains in Kirkuk from Daesh forces, killing 20 militants in the process.
Saudi-led warplanes have dropped strikes on areas across the war-torn Gulf nation over the last week, sending refugees fleeing for Somalia and angering Shiite-led Iran, who has also been accused of backing the Shiite Houthi rebels the Saudi campaign is targeting. (AFP/File)
10:20 GMT
The Saudi-led coalition carried out fresh airstrikes on military sites along the Yemeni border with Saudi Arabia Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, where the Shiite Houthi rebels are believed to have a stronghold.
The courthouse where a Turkish prosecutor, probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester, was taken hostage by an armed group. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
10:00 GMT
Turkish authorities arrested 22 students linked to the outlawed Marxist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) in Antalya following yesterday's hostage crisis.
Armed settlers overlook a Palestinian village south of Nablus during confrontations following the setting on fire of Palestinian-owned fields on Jan. 1, 2010. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
08:10 GMT
Shin Bet arrested an IDF soldier for passing classified information to far-right settlers.
The incident could be part of a larger back and forth in the restive northeast, where sectarian strife has been on the rise over the last several years, and the site of fierce clashes between Daesh affiliates and the Lebanese army. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT
Unidentified militants ambushed a passenger van in northeast Lebanon Tuesday, abducting two Lebanese from Arsal and later releasing them, according to a security source.
Daesh recently executed eight Syrian soldiers for "being Shia Muslims." (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
Daesh has allegedly killed upwards of 48 people, including women and children, in their campaign in the village of Hama in central Syria.
Hours before the midnight deadline Tuesday, US officials said negotiations could extend through Wednesday so long as "conversations continue to be productive." (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT
After a midnight deadline passed without a deal Tuesday, officials taking part in the Iranian nuclear negotiations in Switzerland said a new deadline has been set for the end of Wednesday.
A Palestinian sits amid the rubble of buildings that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighborhood, on March 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT
On Wednesday, Palestine will be granted full membership to the International Criminal Court, allowing for the country to pursue a criminal investigation against Israel for war crimes committed during this past summer war.
After Somalia's public display of support for the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, concerns have been raised about the safety of some 238,000 Somali refugees currently being hosted there. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT
In a stark change of roles, Yemeni refugees arrive in Somaliland port as the Saudi-led air campaign continues to pound Houthi positions across the Gulf country.
Visitors look at Egyptian artefacts at the Museu Egizio (Egyptian Museum) in Turin, the only museum other than the Cairo Museum that is dedicated solely to ancient Egypt art and culture. (AFP/Marco Bertorello)
07:01 GMT
Visitors look at Egyptian artefacts at the Museu Egizio (Egyptian Museum) in Turin, the only museum other than the Cairo Museum that is dedicated solely to ancient Egypt art and culture. (AFP/Marco Bertorello)
Back at home, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is facing pressure from hard-liners not to release too much to reach a deal, and to deliver on a promise to lift sanctions. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT
Amid deadlocks, nuclear talks between Iran and world powers in Switzerland soar past their midnight deadline.
An anti-Islamic ad campaign that will begin appearing this week on public buses compare Muslims with Nazis. (AFP/Karen Bleier)
06:00 GMT
An anti-Islamic ad campaign that will begin appearing this week on public buses compares Muslims with Nazis.
US President Barack Obama is releasing military aid to Egypt after the funds had been suspended for two years. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
US President Barack Obama is releasing military aid to Egypt after the funds had been suspended for two years.

March 31, 2015

The hostage and his three captors were killed Tuesday after a shootout in Istanbul. (Screenshot: Twitter)
21:16 GMT
The hostage and his three captors were killed Tuesday after a shootout in Istanbul.
The relative of an army officer cries outside the appeals court in Ankara after the court upheld the convictions of top retired military officers over a 2003 coup plot. (AFP/Adem Altan)
19:00 GMT
A high court in Turkey has canceled convictions against 236 defendants in the country's long-running "Sledgehammer" military coup plot case.
The drying shores of the Dead Sea, south of the Jordanian capital Amman, seen on Nov. 9, 2009. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
18:30 GMT
Jordan is now enforcing regulations banning Dead Sea visitors from swimming at night, following a 16-hour rescue operation that saved nine people in the waters.
Kuwait's donors conference for Syria has forked in over $3.8 billion in aid so far on the first day. (AFP/K. Mazraawi)
18:09 GMT
Kuwait's donors conference for Syria has forked in over $3.8 billion in aid so far on the first day.
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (C), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah attend a donor conference for Syria in Kuwait City, on March 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Kuwait's emir announced Tuesday a $500 million pledge to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, the worst in "modern history."
P5+1 European Union officials and Iranian officials wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on March 30, 2015. (AFP/File)
17:49 GMT
A senior US official told AFP the talks on the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers could go into Wednesday.
Nigeria had its first democratic transfer of power in history Tuesday in presidential elections that declared the opposition contender the victor. (Screenshot: Twitter)
17:07 GMT
Nigeria had its first democratic transfer of power in history Tuesday in presidential elections that declared the opposition contender the victor.
An Iraqi security force member stands looking at smoke billowing from the Ajeel oil field, located 35km (22 miles) northeast of Tikrit, on March 11, 2015. (AFP/William G. Dunlop)
16:33 GMT
The Iraqi prime minister said Tuesday Iraqi forces have reclaimed central Tikrit, liberating the area of Daesh with still more neighborhoods to go.
Turkey has imposed a temporary broadcast ban on coverage of an ongoing hostage crisis in Istanbul for "national security." (AFP/File)
16:14 GMT
Turkey has imposed a temporary broadcast ban on coverage of an ongoing hostage crisis in Istanbul for "national security."
International Red Cross vehicles wait in convoy in 2011. (AFP/File)
15:14 GMT
The Red Cross in a statement called on the coalition to remove obstacles for medical supplies "needed to treat casualties from a week of deadly clashes and airstrikes."
Four days after Israel announced it would stop withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid tax funds, the payment remained held up over a dispute regarding the size of the PA's electric bill. (AFP/File)
14:03 GMT
Four days after Israel announced it would stop withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid tax funds, the payment remained held up over a dispute regarding the size of the PA's electric bill.
In February the Pentagon announced 1,200 individuals were identified to be vetted for a train and equip program to help Syrian opposition fighters in the campaign against Daesh. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz says the joint Turkish-US train-and-equip program for 'vetted' Syrian fighters can start in May.
Officials wait for a meeting with officials from P5+1, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 31, 2015 in Lausanne. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT
Will disagreements on enrichment research and the pace of lifting sanctions delay a final agreement among P5+1 countries regarding Iran's nuclear program?
Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said that all possibilities are under investigation regarding a possible terrorist angle in Turkey’s power cut. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT
Power outage in most of Turkey occurred after problems in transmission lines; however, an investigation is underway to see if issue is relation to terrorist activity.
The Chinese citizens left from two port cities Tuesday, crossing the Red Sea to Djibouti where they will be flown home. (AFP/Rajesh Jantilal)
13:00 GMT
The Chinese citizens left from two port cities Tuesday, crossing the Red Sea to Djibouti where they will be flown home.
It is suspected the incident may be linked to the DHKP-C. (Image: Twitter)
12:51 GMT
Mehmet Selim Kiraz, a Turkish prosecuting investigating the death of a 15-year-old protestor, is being held hostage in an courthouse in Istanbul.
Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam (L) and one of Iraq's three Vice Presidents Iyad Allawi (R), attend the opening ceremony of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, at Bayan palace in Kuwait City, on March 31,2015. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Lebanon's Prime Minister made a plea for $1 billion in aid to cope with the Syrian crisis at a donors conference in Kuwait.
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter answers reporters' questions during a news conference. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
American Secretary of Defense announced the United States support of a joint Arab force, proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at an Arab League Summit in Sharm el Sheikh.
Iraqi government forces and allied militias fire weaponry from a position in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salahuddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from Daesh. (AFP/Younis Al-Bayati)
11:22 GMT
An anonymous source told media Iraqi forces purge Daesh from Tikrit's government complex.
Daesh is notorious for killing prisoners in mass public executions. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 30 civilians were executed by Daesh in the central Syrian province of Hama.
A Yemeni man receives treatment, at the Republic Hospital, for burns sustained following an explosion that hit an arms depot in Yemen's second city of Aden on March 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Eighteen Houthi militants and 15 civilians were killed in overnight air raids by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
Humanitarian workers from the Iranian Red Crescent loading medical aid. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
According to state news, Iran dropped its first shipment of aid in Yemen since Saudi Arabia launched its air campaign against the Houthi rebels.
Canadian forces already joined the coalition against Daesh in Iraq, but this is the first time troops will be sent to fight in Syria. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Canada's Parliament has voted to launch an air campaign against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
The International Criminal Court building in the Hague. (AFP/VINCENT JANNINK)
09:00 GMT
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat announced a preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court into Israeli war crimes during the summer Gaza offensive.
Smoke and flames rise from an alleged weapons storage depot at a Shiite Houthi rebel camp after an airstrike by the Saudi-led alliance on March 30, 2015 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
08:30 GMT
The Saudi-led coalition conducted airstrikes Monday night, targeting Houthi militias in Saadaeh, Sanaa, and Yarim.
European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wait a meeting with officials from P5+1, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 31, 2015 in Lausanne. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The final day of Iran nuclear talks among the P5+1 kicked off today in Lausanne, Switzerland. No consideration for an extension has been expressed as of yet.
Palestinian protesters run to take cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest marking Land Day on March 30, 2015 in the West Bank village of Silwad, north of Ramallah. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
Three Palestinians were shot by IDF on Monday in two separate incidences, both of which occurred in the Gaza area, for partaking in marches commemorating the 29th anniversary of Land Day.
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah, UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Humanitarian Envoy for the Gulf, Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organisation (IICO) and advisor in the Diwan Al-amiri, Abdullah Matouq attend the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. (Image: AFP/File)
07:19 GMT
The UN is holding a major donor conference in Kuwait, and has launched an appeal for $8.4 billion to meet the needs of over 11 million Syrians affected by the ongoing war.
Two Jordanian prisoners who had been released from Israeli jails said they spent months trying to come back. (AFP/File)
06:25 GMT
Two Jordanian prisoners who had been released from Israeli jails said they spent months trying to come back.
Tunisian women hold placards condemning the attack, with one sign reading, "Oh Tunisia your head is high and you blood is precious," outside the National Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A Daesh-affiliated militant group has vowed to carry out more attacks in Tunisia following a deadly assault on a museum earlier this month.

March 30, 2015

A Syrian teenage refugee girl has been kidnapped in Lebanon's northeastern city of Baalbek, a security source said Monday. (Source: The Daily Star)
19:02 GMT
A Syrian teenage refugee girl has been kidnapped in Lebanon's northeastern city of Baalbek, a security source said Monday.
A Libyan paramilitary checks his Grad rocket launcher during clashes on the outskirts of Sirte in September 2011. (AFP/File)
18:17 GMT
A rocket believed to be targeting a refinery hit a Western Libyan town and killed one foreign worker, officials said Monday.
Former military ruler and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari is significantly in the lead with at least nine states in Nigeria counted. (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)
17:44 GMT
With at least nine states in Nigeria counted, the president's opposition Muhammadu Buhari is significantly in the lead.
Six suspected militants were killed in clashes with forces south of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai, security sources said Monday. (AFP/File)
16:22 GMT
Six suspected militants were killed in clashes with forces south of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai, security sources said Monday.
Police responded to an incident near the NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., that left one dead Monday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
16:09 GMT
Police responded to an incident near the NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., that left one dead Monday.
An Egyptian policeman stands at the site of an explosion by militant group Ajnad Misr targeting a traffic police kiosk in Cairo on April 19, 2014. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
15:53 GMT
Two policemen have been wounded while attempting to defuse an improvised explosive device in Alexandria on Monday.
More than 30 policeman and soldiers were kidnapped in the restive border town of Arsal last August, at least 25 of whom are still being held by al-Qaeda's Syria wing Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
Frustrated by the a lack of headway by mediators, family members of some 25 Lebanese servicemen held by Daesh and Nusra since last August threatened to take matters into their own hands Monday in a fresh protest in downtown Beirut.
Palestinian protesters run for shelter from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on March 27, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
14:30 GMT
Over 2,000 Palestinians marched in honor of Land Day, which commemorates the Palestinians who protested against Israel on March 30th, 1976.
Netanyahu has been very vocal regarding his disapproval of the Iranian nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the P5+1 countries of rewarding Iran with a nuclear deal despite disrupting the political stability of Yemen by allegedly arming the Houthi rebel movement.
Yemenis stand at the site of a Saudi air strike against Houthi rebels near Sanaa Airport. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT
Saudi-led airstrikes hit Mazraq refugee camp in northern Yemen, killing 45 people.
Yemen's crisis continued to widen after almost a week of airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia on Houthi positions across the country, and a push by the Shiite rebels toward Hadi's former refuge city of Aden. (AFP/File)
13:15 GMT
Shiite Houthi rebels pushed deeper into the suburbs of Yemen's Aden Monday during heavy clashes with Hadi loyalists, while the capital Sanaa and Houthi positions in the north were hit with a slew of airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition, now nearly a week old.
A member of the Iraqi security smokes a cigarette atop a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on March 29, 2015 during a military operation to retake the northern Iraqi city from Daesh. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
President Masoud Barzani says Kurdistan Regional Government will back Iraqi troops in an attack on Mosul, Daesh’s largest stronghold in Iraq.
Pakistani officials told Reuters talks between their defense delegation and Saudi officials in Riyadh in the coming days could lead Pakistan to a role in the multi-state military operation in Yemen, but their specific place is still unclear. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT
A high-level Pakistani defense delegation will head to Riyadh in the coming days to discuss the possibility of an entrance into Saudi Arabia's military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Smoke billows from the site of an explosion that hit an arms depot in Yemen's second city of Aden on March 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:32 GMT
The Saudi Arabian-led coalition warplanes launched a fresh round of airstrikes, targeting Houthi sites in Noqm Moutanin region in eastern Sanaa and rocket launching sites in Fag Attan district near the center.
Iraqis stand at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Shiite-majority Sadr City area of north Baghdad on March 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Two explosive laden vehicles detonated in a Shiite district of northeastern Baghdad, killing nine people and injuring 20 others.
Prior to his visit in Iraq, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke during the Arab League summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on March 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:23 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has traveled to war-torn Iraq to hold talks with the Arab country’s top officials.
The head of Israel's Arab parliamentary bloc Ayman Odeh (C) walks alongside supporters as they arrive in Jerusalem on March 29, 2015, after a four-day march from the Bedouin village of Wadi al-Naam, near the city of Beersheba in the Negev desert in southern Israel, to support Bedouin Arabs. (AFP/File)
10:08 GMT
The four-day march for Bedouin rights has ended in Jerusalem at the Israeli parliament where Palestinian representatives delivered a report on the hardships faced by Bedouin villages.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on March 29, 2015. Netanyahu denounced as "dangerous" a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared. (AFP/File)
09:45 GMT
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanayhu voiced his concern over the P5+1 nuclear deal framework during a meeting at his West Jerusalem office with US Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell.
Abbas' comments came during the 26th round of the Arab Summit, in which Arab leaders discussed at length the recent air campaign led by Saudi and backed by nine other Arab nations against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is facing backlash after a remark urging an Arab intervention similar to the one unfolding in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia.
Egyptian policemen gather next to the crash site of a public transport bus, that fell from the bridge above, in the Giza governorate, south of Cairo, on March 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT
Two trucks and a microbus collided on their way to the Red Sea, killing 16 people and injuring seven others.
China's move follows a similar one by India, who announced earlier this week it would be evacuated its citizens from Yemen by boat. (AFP/File)
09:15 GMT
Amidst growing unrest in the Gulf country, China announced Monday it planned to evacuate some 500 Chinese diplomats and workers from the country.
Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R), Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, and members of his delegation attend a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on March 26, 2015, ahead of the annual Arab League summit. (AFP/File)
09:10 GMT
As Riyadh positions itself to become the regions police force, we must ask ourselves what good has come of Saudi Arabia positioning itself as a major political broker in the past?
US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (C), British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd R) wait to start a meeting with P5+1, European Union and Iranian officials as part of talks on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 30, 2015 in Lausanne. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
A new round of talks with P5+1 countries has kicked off in the Swiss city of Lausanne to try to narrow down differences during the negotiation phase in an attempt to reach a final deal.
Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels and supporters take part in a demonstration in the southwestern city of Taez against the Saudi-led military intervention in the country, on March 29, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT
Yemen's acting foreign minister Riyad Yassin emphasized the importance of dialogue in resolving the Yemen crisis.
The embattled Syrian president also said he believed he still held popular support among his people, and brushed off recent claims by rights groups and rebels that his regime had launched a chemical attack on rebel-held areas of Idlib earlier this month, which monitors say killed a family of six including three children. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT
In a televised interview with American media channel CBS news, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said US airstrikes inside the country against Daesh militants had done little to deter the group's growth, claiming some 1,000 fresh recruits joining its ranks monthly.
Lebanon has been split in support over the Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen, with the Shiite militia group Hezbollah condemning the intervention and Lebanon's Future Movement siding with Saudi leadership. (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT
Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil urged Lebanon's Future Movement and Hezbollah group not to take sides in the Yemen conflict, as both have expressed opposing stances on the Saudi-led airstrike campaign against the Shiite Houthi rebels and left Lebanon divided.
Residents told Reuters new strikes appeared to be targeting diplomatic sites in Yemen's capital Sanaa, where the Shiite rebel group has been steadily tightening its control since an initial siege last September. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT
In the fifth day of a Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen, residents say overnight strikes targeting diplomatic centers in the capital Sanaa.
Clinton affirmed that Israel must never become a "partisan issue" in the US. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT
Former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton encouraged improving US-Israeli relations to "get back to basic shared concerns and interests."
Rebel forces set the Syrian flag alight. Idlib is the second provincial capital to be seized from central government control. (Image: AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
Following the abandonment of Idlib by Syrian government troops, the 'Army of Conquest' coalition of rebels declares the provincial capital as its seat of government.
Hammond said a deal was within reach late Saturday, adding that a successful departure from the negotiations would be in everyone's interest, making it more feasible. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT
As a March 31 deadline closes in in Switzerland, EU diplomats and Iranian officials have suggested a successful nuclear deal is closer than ever, with UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond joining the list of hopefuls late Sunday.
Netherlands' Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen (L), rides a bicycle at the UN-run Zaatari refugee camp, north east of the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
06:54 GMT
Netherlands' Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen (L), rides a bicycle at the UN-run Zaatari refugee camp, north east of the Jordanian capital Amman.
A Kuwaiti minister said Sunday that 78 states confirmed their participation in a conference for the support of the Syrian people. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A Kuwaiti minister said Sunday that 78 states confirmed their participation in a conference for the support of the Syrian people.
Syrians wait to receive food from a charity distribution vehicle in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, on the southern outskirts of Damascus, on Feb. 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Only 4 percent of emergency work in Syria for Palestinian refugees has been funded so far this year, the UN said Sunday.

March 29, 2015

French rescue workers gather in front of a memorial for the victims of the Germanwings air crash in Le Vernet, France. (AFP/Jeff Pachoud)
20:47 GMT
A team of Israeli rescue and recovery experts will travel to the French Alps to help gather the remains of the Germanwings crash victims.
Thirteen people, most of them Syrian nationals, were killed in a traffic accident Sunday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
20:06 GMT
Thirteen people, most of them Syrian nationals, were killed in a traffic accident Sunday.
The Palestinian Authority is not expected to take steps against Israel in the ICC regarding settlements in the West Bank. (Creative Commons)
19:45 GMT
Following Israel's decision on Friday to release frozen tax revenues, the Palestinian Authority is not expected to take steps against Israel in the ICC.
Afghan police walk around a destroyed U.S. military vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on May 16, 2013. (AFP/Massoud Hosseini)
18:25 GMT
A suicide attack that targeted an Afghan lawmaker in Kabul killed three, including a child, and wounded the parliament member.
Senior world officials joined thousands of Tunisians in a rally denouncing extremism Sunday, less than two weeks after an attack on the national museum. (Screenshot: Twitter)
17:50 GMT
Senior world officials joined thousands of Tunisians in a rally denouncing extremism Sunday, less than two weeks after an attack on the national museum.
Yemeni tribal members opposed to the Shiite Huthi militia gather in Shabwa province, on Feb. 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
At least 38 people were killed Sunday when Yemen's tribesmen attacked rebel positions in an oil-rich area.
A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's presidency office shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Natanz uranium enrichment facilities some 300 kms, south of the capital Tehran on April 8, 2008. (AFP/File)
16:17 GMT
Western diplomats said Iran and six world powers have reached a provisional agreement on key parts of a nuclear deal Sunday.
The Jordanian mass media should move toward an agenda more in tune with national interests, rather than serve as "government mouthpieces," experts said Saturday. (AFP/File)
15:18 GMT
The Jordanian mass media should move toward an agenda more in tune with national interests, rather than serve as "government mouthpieces," experts said Saturday.