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A woman lays flowers by a makeshift memorial in front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on January 17, 2017, a day after Turkish police arrested the suspected attacker. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
13:00 GMT
Abdulgadir Masharipov confessed to carrying out the attack after being arrested late Monday.
Egyptian security forces on patrol in the Sinai. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Egypt's battle against a Daesh-affiliated insurgency has largely been contained to the Sinai Peninsula until now.
Smoke billows in the distance as Yemeni pro-government forces patrol during clashes with Houthi rebels in Yemen's western Dhubab district, on January 9, 2017. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
12:00 GMT
Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition were also reported across the western part of the country.
Iraqi forces moving 'faster than expected' on Mosul, said Iraq's Prime Minister. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT
Clashes occurred in Shurta and Andalus districts where at least three Daesh suicide car bombs targeted Iraqi forces in Andalus.
An Israeli woman holds up a sign with 'Too many terrorists in prison' on one side and 'Kill them all!' on the other - in reference to Palestinians. (AFP/File)
09:47 GMT
Nearly 70 percent of the Israeli public supports calls to pardon the convicted soldier, who is largely perceived among Israelis as the "child of us all."
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT
The last cabinet reshuffle took place in March, when Sisi named 10 new ministers including for the finance and investment portfolios.
The conflict escalated in mid-2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a major air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's embattled Saudi-backed government. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Army launched wide-ranging campaign last month aimed at recapturing parts of Yemen’s southern Shabwah province.
People seen leaving the scene of the attack. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT
Turkish police captured Masharipov after a long manhunt and during a massive police operation in the Esenyurt district, a residential area of Istanbul.
Salman's lawyer was quoted by CBS and other media outlets as saying Salman had no knowledge of the attack ahead of time. (Twitter)
08:00 GMT
Noor Salman was arrested at a home where she lived with her 4-year-old son near San Francisco. Her husband, Omar Mateen, carried out the attack, which was the worst mass shooting in US history.
Turkish authorities identified the suspect as Abdulkadir Masharipov. (Twitter)
06:46 GMT
The main suspect in the attack was taken alive, along with four other individuals after a police operation in Esenyurt, on the European side of the Turkish metropolis Istanbul.
As many as 775 detainees have been held at the prison since it was set up after the 9/11 attacks. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
President Obama has been on a mission to release the remaining inmates before Trump takes office.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (3rd R) and lawmakers pose as they cast their ballots during a vote on provisions in a bill to change the constitution at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on January 14, 2017. (AFP/Adem Altan)
05:00 GMT
Debates over the constitutional changes have been heated, leading to fights in parliament.

January 16, 2017

Hunters shoot down seagulls that are attracted by the garbage at the Costa Brava dump, on January 14, 2017 near Beirut's International Airport. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
16:00 GMT
The Costa Brava landfill, located next to the Beirut airport, was temporarily closed after it posed a threat to aviation safety.
The plane had just passed Shiraz at 38,000 feet when the pilot decided to change course and head for Kuwait, rather than land in Iran. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The pilot has requested an emergency landing at the Kuwait City airport after leaving Salalah, citing that a bomb scare as the reason for the move.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The European Union (EU)’s top diplomat says the bloc will remain committed to and work to ensure the proper execution of a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers.
Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh. (AFP/File)
13:44 GMT
The Grand Mufti has a prestigious religious position in Saudi Arabia. He is the Mufti of all Muslin Sunnis around the world, since Saudi Arabia represents and leads all Muslims religiously.
Israel's Interior Ministry has stripped more than 20,000 Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem of their residency since Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967. Historians and political analysts have likened the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes to ethnic cleansing. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Palestinians living on their land, who were not uprooted during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, hold Israeli citizenship. They do not, however, enjoy equal rights, and complain that they are treated as second-class citizens.
Yemen has been racked by chaos since 2014, when the Houthis and their allies overran Sanaa and other parts of the country. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Ismail Ahmed is allegedly planned to meet with President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi.
The 10 will reside temporarily in the Sultanate which considers the release of the prisoners a humanitarian issue. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The 10 have been released from Guantanamo Bay and received by the Sultanate at the request of the US government, a senior official at the ministry said in a statement earlier today.
The controversy surrounding the Red Sea islands conceals a much more important struggle between Egypt's judiciary and Sisi's regime. (AFP/File)
10:31 GMT
Opposition lawyers chanted "Long live Egypt" and sung the national anthem after the court handed down its verdict.
Palestinians protest against the ongoing electricity crisis in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on January 12, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
10:00 GMT
The funds will go to cover the costs of fuel needed to operate the Gaza Strip's only power plant for more than eight hours a day.
The site where a cargo plane crashed in Bishkek. (Twitter)
09:10 GMT
The aircraft on a flight from Hong-Kong to Bishkek crashed during a landing approach due to bad weather conditions.
This file photo taken on January 2, 2015 shows a Bahraini protester taking cover behind a garbage container during clashes with riot police following a demonstration. (AFP/Mohamed al-Sheikh)
09:00 GMT
Clashes between police and protesters continued into the night.
The Iraqi military, backed up by US airstrikes, is fighting to retake Mosul from Daesh militants who captured the city in 2014. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Markets are back selling food as people venture out onto the streets and repairs are being carried out.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) gestures next to Russian Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov (L) and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini as they take part with other representatives during the Mideast peace conference in Paris on January 15, 2017. (AFP/Bertrand Guay)
07:00 GMT
Around half a million Palestinians still reside in Lebanon, most of them living below the poverty line.
Syrian civil defense volunteers carry a wounded man following a reported airstrike by government forces, in the Syrian town of Binnish, on the outskirts of Idlib, on January 12, 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
06:00 GMT
Violence has continued in the Wadi Barada region west of Damascus.
Bahraini protesters take cover from tear gas during clashes with police following a demonstration on February 13, 2015, to mark the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring-inspired uprisings in 2011. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Protesters blocked roads to Shia villages with burning tires, while police retaliated with tear gas.

January 15, 2017

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and France's Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault at a press conference after a meeting in Paris on December 10, 2016. (AFP/Patrick Kovarik)
17:00 GMT
They are not expecting any diplomatic breakthroughs.
Daesh militants have slowly been spreading to other areas outside Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
"The teachers were busy taking exams from students in Shpoly area when they were abducted," Attaullah Khugyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said.
A Germany-bound Eurowings passenger flight from Salalah in Oman made an emergency landing in Kuwait city on Sunday over a bomb threat but no explosives were found on board. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The aircraft requested an emergency landing when traveling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany with 299 passengers on board.
Smoke billows from a rebel-held area of Deraa, in southern Syria, following reported shelling by pro-government forces during sunset on January 12, 2017. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
14:00 GMT
Peace talks appear to be moving forward after the opposition initially hinted they would not attend.
Jordan's Prime Minister Hani Mulki speaks to the media after his swearing-in ceremony. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Mulki was expected to make changes to a minimum of 10 portfolios in his 30-strong Cabinet, which was formed on September 28, 2016, following the September 20 parliamentary elections.
German migration authorities rejected 8,363 asylum applications from North Africa in the period from January-November last year. Over that period, just 368 people were returned to their countries of origin. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Germany's North African migrants have been thrust into the spotlight as a result of high-profile crimes committed by members of that group. Their chances of asylum are slim, and the authorities want to return them to their countries of origin - with little success.
Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
A list produced by international investigators indicates that Bashar al-Assad and his brother were linked to the decision to use toxic weapons in 2014 and 2015.
A displaced Iraqi boy, who fled the violence in the Islamic State (IS) group stronghold of Mosul, plays with a ball as he waits for transportation to IDP camps near the town of Bartella (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)
10:03 GMT
A displaced Iraqi boy, who fled the violence in the Islamic State (IS) group stronghold of Mosul, plays with a ball as he waits for transportation to IDP camps near the town of Bartella
Iraqi troops inspect scene of car bomb in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmed al-Rubaye)
10:00 GMT
Three bomb attacks have struck several areas across Iraq, leaving nearly two dozen people dead and 46 more wounded.
Bahrainis protest death sentences issued against three of their compatriots, while holding up protest placards and pictures of jailed cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim, in the northwestern village of Diraz, January 15, 2014. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
The regime in Bahrain has executed three anti-regime Shia activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.
Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old Yemeni woman. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Yemen's devastating conflict of more than two years is putting increasing numbers of people in the poor Arab country at risk of malnutrition. Humanitarian agencies warn that some areas in Yemen are on the brink of famine.
French President Francois Hollande, left, greets US Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT
A draft declaration expected to be released at the conclusion of the conference called for a "negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security."
A Palestinian family whose house was demolished by Israeli bulldozers walk past a tent on April 21, 2015, in the southern West Bank village of Ad-Deirat Rifaiyya. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
06:00 GMT
On Tuesday, Israeli forces demolished 11 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel
Bahraini protesters wave their national flag. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The protests, called by Bahraini clerics, took place in the northern villages of Abu Saiba and Shakhurah on Saturday.

January 14, 2017

Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, hold a banner bearing a portrait of Mohammed al-Zoari in Gaza City on December 18, 2016. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
14:00 GMT
Ten members of the spy ring were arrested in Ghardaia Province on Friday over allegations of fueling chaos and insecurity.
A coalition made up of Al-Nusra Front, the official Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, and several Islamist factions seized the city of Idlib on March 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
A number of women and children were reportedly killed in the airstrike.
An 18-year-old Moroccan woman in Spain arrested under suspicions of being part of Daesh. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Spain’s Interior Ministry said police arrested a Moroccan man with Dutch identity documents in the northwestern town of Figueras.
An Iraqi army soldier fires his machine gun at Islamic State positions in Mosul's al-Sahiroun neighborhood on January 12, 2017. (AFP/Dimitar Dolkoff)
11:38 GMT
A security source, speaking anonymously to al-Sumeria, said the full liberation of the university’s premises occurred on Saturday.
Migrant families walk along a railway track near the border village Roszke, at the Hungarian-Serbian border on August 25, 2015. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)
10:00 GMT
A member of fiercely anti-immigrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban's cabinet, Szijjarto said his country's position "not to allow illegal transit" of migrants has been clear from the start.
Hungarian TV camerawoman Petra Laszlo kicks a running child as refugees flee border police near the Serbian border with Hungary. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Petra Laszlo was found guilty of disorderly conduct following the hearing session.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (C) and lawmakers vote on a constitutional reform package at the Turkish Parliament in the capital Ankara, January 12, 2017. (AFP/File)
07:13 GMT
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the legislation will strengthen Turkey and prevent a return to fragile coalition governments.
Tear gas canisters rain down on demonstrators in the West Bank village of Bilin. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
In Bilin, protesters, who included both Palestinian and international participants, held Palestinian flags and marched through the village's streets shouting slogans and songs, calling for national unity, resisting Israeli occupation, releasing Palestinian prisoners, and other principles close to the Palestinian struggle.
A United Nations weapons expert collects samples during an investigation into a 2013 suspected chemical weapons. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
In addition to blacklisting 18 senior Syrian officials, the U.S. also sanctioned five Syrian military branches, including the Syrian Arab Air Force, Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces, Syrian Arab Army, Syrian Arab Navy, and Syrian Arab Republican Guard.

January 13, 2017

Iraqi army soldiers hold a flag from the Daesh jihadist group up-side-down. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT
The troops "liberated" the district of al-Sadria in the eastern section of Mosul where the university is located, Rasheed said in a statement without giving casualty figures.
Screen shot of footage of alleged Israeli missile strike on the Syrian Mezzeh airbase near Damascus. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
The airbase at Mezzah is used by President Assad's elite Republican Guards.
Renowned human rights activist Hossam Bahgat (C), seen here leaving a courtroom. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The defendants include director of Nazra for Feminist Studies Mozn Hassan, director od Arab Organisation for Criminal Rehabilitation Mohamed Zare'a, and director of the Arab Penal Reform Organisation. They are charged with receiving foreign funds.
Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu leave after praying at the Westen Wall Tunnel in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Sara Netanyahu was interrogated by police who are investigating claims that the family received lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen.
Donald Trump is greeted on stage by Ted Cruz before speaking at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on Sept. 9, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Donald Trump's impending presidency raises questions about the future of the Iranian nuclear deal as it turns one-year-old.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu is accompanied by PMO Director-General Eli Groner to weekly cabinet meeting. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Recent UN resolution could lead to ‘troubling policies,’ Eli Groner acknowledges, but countries need to decide what’s in their best interest, ‘to be with Israel, or without Israel.’

January 12, 2017

The November 2015 Paris attacks claimed by Daesh left 130 people dead. (AFP/Kenxo Tribouilliard)
15:00 GMT
Bakraoui blew himself up at a Brussels metro station while his brother Ibrahim and another suicide bomber attacked Brussels airport in twin attacks that killed 32 people on March 22 last year.
Lebanese president Michel Aoun met with the Qatari emir after a trip to Saudi Arabia to repair relations with the country. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The Lebanese president asked the emir to continue Qatar's efforts in assisting with locating several Lebanese nationals who were kidnapped by Daesh in 2014.
Mass brawl in Turkish parliament. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Scuffles have broken out at Turkey’s parliament amid debates over a controversial bill on constitutional amendments, which would expand the powers of the president.
This file photo taken on May 13, 2015 shows Afghan soldiers walking at the scene of clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants in Helmand province. (AFP/Noor Mohammed)
12:00 GMT
The civilians were killed during an operation against the Taliban in November.
A picture taken on January 3, 2017, shows the skyline of Gaza City during the sunset. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
11:00 GMT
Palestinians living and working near the area often come under fire from Israeli forces.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the army division headquarters in the settlement of Bet El, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on January 10, 2017. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
10:00 GMT
The Israeli prime minster was questioned by police on allegations that he received gifts from businessmen in return for political favors.
Syrian children play next to a destroyed buidling in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on January 9, 2017. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
09:00 GMT
The talks are still set to go ahead in the Kazakh capital on January 23.
Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus Norway's Espen Barth Eide speaks during a press conference on the third day of UN-sponsored Cyprus peace talks on January 11, 2017 in Geneva. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
08:00 GMT
The UN envoy to Cyprus said talks to resolve the 42-year division were still on track.
Greek police vehicles next to a Turkish military helicopter at Alexandroupolis airport, after it landed there carrying eight officers seeking asylum after a coup bid in Turkey, on July 16, 2016 (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Eight Turkish soldiers landed a military helicopter in Greece directly after the coup attempt and requested asylum.
Hollande and Netanyahu at UN Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Representatives from dozens of countries will attend an upcoming conference on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Paris as France struggles to restore a stalled peace process in the Middle East.
Syrians walk past a water fountain that is running dry as shortages leave over 5 million people with little to no running water. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Intense fighting has taken place between government forces and insurgents as President Bashar al-Assad's troops aim to take control of the area lying north-west of Damascus.

January 11, 2017

Iraqi security forces fly above the Euphrates river near Haditha dam in September 2014. (AFP/File)
20:08 GMT
The importance of water in the twenty-first century – comparable to that of oil in the twentieth – can hardly be overstated. Yet some strategic experts continue to underestimate it.
Asylum seeker takes a selfie picture with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
In 2015, at the height of Europe's migration crisis, Germany took in 890,000 people - over three times the number registered the following year.
Iraqi forces gesture as they gather at the Qayyarah military base in preparation of an assault. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Daesh still holds all Mosul districts west of the river.
Azaria's father, Charlie, reportedly sat down with Col. Guy Hazut, the commander of the Kfir Brigade, in which his son serves. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
In a letter to Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, attorneys Eyal Besserglick and Ilan Katz denounced the meeting held at an IDF base on Monday and reported on the next day by Channel 2 news, saying it was "crossing a red line."
Morocco's Minister of Interior Prohibits Sale and Production of Burqa. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The human rights watchdog added that the decision is in "contradiction with the international conventions of which Morocco is a participant."
Eight policemen and one civilian were killed in two separate attacks in the northern Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Eight policemen and one civilian were killed in separate attacks claimed by Daesh.
This picture taken on January 10, 2017 shows Afghan policemen standing guard at the site of an explosion near the governor's compound in Kandahar. (AFP/Jawed Tanveer)
10:00 GMT
The UAE's ambassador to Afghanistan was injured but survived the attack.
A Bedouin woman sits in front of a razed home. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Bedouin communities, who have also been recent victims of home demolitions, say it comes as a direct retaliation from the impending evacuation of the Amona settlement.
Iranians gather around a hearse carrying the coffin of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his funeral ceremony in the capital Tehran, on January 10, 2017. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
08:00 GMT
Iran's former president died of a heart attack on Sunday.
Turkish lawmakers cast their votes during a debate for a proposal for change in the constitution on January 10, 2017 at the Turkish parliament in Ankara.  (AFP/Adem Altan)
07:00 GMT
The two amendments address the exercise of judicial power and an increase in parliament seats.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Taliban claimed suicide bombings in central Kabul and in southern Helmand province, and the UAE's ambassador to Afghanistan was injured in a separate blast at a governor's house in Kandahar province.
Relatives of Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held hostage by jihadists in Syria, hold portraits during a protest to press for their release. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who will head a delegation to Doha on Wednesday, is expected to press Qatar to pursue the case of the nine Lebanese servicemen.

January 10, 2017

Forming a third of the occupied West Bank and with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C -- under full Israeli military control -- the Jordan Valley has long been a strategic area of land unlikely to return to Palestinians following Israel's occupation in 1967. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The pipeline was funded by international NGO Action Against Hunger four years ago.
Thierry Mariani, who is a member of The Republicans party, his fellow LR member Nicolas Dhuicq and a former member of the Democratic Movement party and presidential candidate, Jean Lassalle, arrived in Damascus on Thursday to visit Syrian Christians in Aleppo. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Their humanitarian visit was organized without coordination between foreign ministries.
People inspecting the remains of the bombed out car outside Gaziantep police station. (AFP/File)
13:54 GMT
At least one attacker on the run after gun battle following string of attacks by Daesh and Kurdish groups.
Saudi prince Faisal bin Bandar receives the Lebanese president Michel Aoun at Riyadh airport. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz received Aoun and his accompanying delegation at the King Khaled International Airport.
An Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel keeps watch during an ongoing battle with Taliban militants. (AFP/File)
12:22 GMT
Taliban claims over 20 killed in attack targeting local elders in Lashkar Gah city in Helmand province.
Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria is one of the last towns in Syria held by Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Military officials said a total of 34 airstrikes were carried out in eastern Syria and Iraq over the weekend.
Migrants and refugees walk along snow-covered fields after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia. (AFP/File)
11:15 GMT
When the Balkan migration route slammed shut, it stranded thousands of migrants in a half dozen countries unprepared to take them in. Now that winter is descending, their precarious situation has grown even worse, and there is no sign of the cold abating.
It goes without saying that INGOs and U.N. agencies are undertaking multimillion dollar programs for which they alone currently have the capacity, for better or worse. (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT
Synaps experts Peter Harlin, Alex Simon and Rosalie Berthier explain the complex field of Syria’s humanitarian sector and the major issues that led to its failure for the Syrian people.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has written to several heads of state urging them to work to prevent the US from moving its embassy to Jersualem. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Abbas also wrote to other heads of state asking them to 'exert as much effort as possible' to prevent the relocation of the US embassy.
Flowers and pictures of victims have been laid in front of the Reina nightclub on January 5, 2017 in Istanbul, four days after a gunman killed 39 people on New Year's night. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
09:00 GMT
The defendants are charged with incitement of hatred and expressing support for 'terrorism.'
Israeli soldiers patrol near olive trees that were recently cut to open a new road east of the West Bank town of Qalqilyah on January 8, 2017. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
08:00 GMT
The IDF stormed al-Fariah refugee camp in an early morning raid.
Iraqi SWAT policemen show their skills during a ceremony to mark the 95th anniversary of the creation of the Iraqi police at the Shaabiyah training camp in the southern city of Basra on January 9, 2017. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
07:00 GMT
The meetings are expected to address re-opening of the Trebil border crossing, security coordination, and economic concerns.
Syrians fill plastic containers with water at a public fountain in the capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
06:00 GMT
The Syrian president said a president would have to be decided 'by all Syrians,' dismissing foreign-backed opposition groups.
The new constitution needs 330 votes in parliament to be approved. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The changes, if approved, would give President Erdogan unprecedented power.

January 9, 2017

Police investigators enter the house of the Russian consul Andrei Malanin in Athens, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Twitter)
21:03 GMT
The diplomat seemingly died of pathological causes, but an investigation is underway.
The Taliban have in recent months launched multiple offensives to overrun districts in the south, east and north of Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The blast occurred near a mosque in the country's northeastern Badakhshan province.
Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (C) is welcomed by Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Michael Moller (L) and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide (R) at UN-sponsored Cyprus peace talks on January 9, 2017 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
14:00 GMT
After decades of division, the island could finally be unified.
Egyptian security forces on patrol in the Sinai. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Police managed to detonate an explosives-laden truck just before it reached a security checkpoint.
George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami Division speaks during a news conference at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Terminal, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Jan. 7, 2017. (File photo)
13:00 GMT
George Piro, head of the FBI's Miami field office, is a Beirut native fluent in Arabic and Assyrian.
An Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) member shoots at a drone flown by Daesh in Mosul's al-Rifaq neighborhood on January 8, 2017. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
12:00 GMT
Iraqi forces have regained momentum in a new push to retake the city.
Since the operation began last October, Iraqi forces have reportedly recaptured more than a quarter of Mosul, once considered Iraq's second largest city in terms of population. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Thousands leave city in days as Iraqi army launches second phase of effort to remove Daesh militants.