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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)
19:15 GMT
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)
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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)
18:00 GMT
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
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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)
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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)
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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)
16:30 GMT
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)
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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)
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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.
File photo shows an ambulance in the Lebanese border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Khaled Mohammad al-Salem had bee illegally admitted to a Lebanese hospital in Bekaa.
Interfaith. (File)
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An interfaith conference featuring religious leaders from seven faiths is meeting in Dubai this week.
File photo shows Jordan's crowded Zaatari refugee camp. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The latest pledge will take Britain's total for the region to more than $3.3 billion.
Airstrikes have hit Daraa multiple times over the past months, causing widespread damage. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Daesh rockets struck residential areas in Daraa, Syria.
Giulio went missing on January 25, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. (Twitter)
08:00 GMT
The Italian foreign ministry did not give any indication of how the student might have died or whether his body had been found.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Syrian refugees in Toronto. (Twitter)
07:14 GMT
The US Senate committee for Homeland Security met Wednesday to address concerns over Canada's plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees.
"God knows" was Mordechai's response when asked if Israel was behind a string of recent collapses. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
In an interview with Palestinian Ma’an news agency, Israel's Major General Yoav Mordechai refused to comment on whether Israel was responsible for recent tunnel collapses in Gaza.
US President Barack Obama greets attendees in an overflow room after speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, in Windsor Mill, Maryland,on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
06:00 GMT
“We have to be consistent in condemning hateful rhetoric and violence against everyone."
A recently arrived F-16 sits on the tarmac in Iraq on July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:20 GMT
The arrival of the warplanes brings the total number of F-16s in Iraq's air force to six.
A boy walks past tents in a Syrian Kurdish refugee camp in the Turkish town of Suruc (AFP/Aris Messinis)
05:00 GMT
The funding is part of a refugee action plan agreed upon with Turkey at a summit on Nov. 29.

February 3, 2016

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

February 2, 2016

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

February 1, 2016

Galal’s family received a phone call to retrieve their son’s body from Zeinhom morgue; he had been shot in the head. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
Ahmed Galal, a young Egyptian man, was found dead on Sunday after having been reported missing for two weeks.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
The trip comes as opposing factions in Syria’s five-year conflict gather in Geneva for UN-brokered talks.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
The UN official said starvation of people in besieged cities and towns in Syria should not also be ignored.
Cartoonist Islam Gawish. (Twitter)
17:00 GMT
The popular cartoonist was released after being detained for a day.