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Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years before he stepped down following protests in 2011. (AFP/File)
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Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has urged all sides in Yemen's conflict to return to political dialogue to end to the ongoing violence in the country, Reuters has reported.
The Saudi authorities arrested a 23-year-old man with links to Daesh militants in Syria. (AFP/File)
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Saudi authorities have held the ISIL (Daesh) militant group responsible for the fatal shooting of two policemen in the capital, Riyadh, earlier this month.

April 24, 2015

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Iraqi forces have reportedly recaptured a key bridge from the ISIL (Daesh) group in the Iraqi western province of Anbar.
Pro-Daesh accounts say the pilot has been captured. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants have shot down an army aircraft near an important military airport in the south of Syria, according to AFP.
Events throughout this week have been held to mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre. (AFP)
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Ceremonies are being held around the world to remember the Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915.
Iraqi security personnel backed by international coalition forces seized the southern part of al-Karma city from Daesh in Anbar province. (AFP/File)
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Security forces killed at least 48 Daesh (ISIS) militants in Anbar and Ninawah provinces Friday, military officials said.
The UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura invited Syria’s government and opposition groups to talks in Geneva, set to start on May 4.  (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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The talks, set for May 4, are the latest to attempt a resolution to the civil war.
At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured since start of Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, says UNICEF.  140 children have been recruited as fighters.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured in the Yemeni conflict since the launch of the Saudi-led airstrikes in the country, says UNICEF.
In the wake of the recent deaths of hundreds off Libyan coast, EU officials pledge increased emergency funding for search-and-rescue operations.  (AFP/File)
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In the wake hundreds of migrant deaths off Libyan coast, EU officials pledge increased emergency funding for search-and-rescue operations.
The three British hobbyists, arrested on espionage charges, were released Thursday. (AFP/Toussaint Kluiters)
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The three British hobbyists, arrested on espionage charges, were released Thursday.
Israeli tanks near the border with the Gaza Strip during the summer 2014 war, which left over 2,000 Palestinians dead, mostly civilians.  (AFP/File)
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Israeli tanks strike northern Gaza Strip following Thursday rocket fire, no casualties reported.
Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups. (Tumblr)
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Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups.
A memorial in Yerevan, Armenia dedicated to victims of the Armenian genocide. 2015 marks 100 years since the Armenian and Assyrian genocides at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)
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Presdident Joachim Gauck admits German responsibility in the 'genocide', using a term the Turkish government ardently disputes.
Guards man the Iran-Iraq border, 2008.  (AFP/Ali Yussef)
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Officials from Iran and Iraq sign border security agreement, while Iraq officials pledge to beef up security along border with Syria.
Al-Jadeed news editor Karma Khayat arrived in Beirut on Thursday after a week of a trial for contempt at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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Al-Jadeed news editor Karma Khayat arrived in Beirut on Thursday after a week of a trial for contempt at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

April 23, 2015

Yemenis dig graves on April 4, 2015 to bury the victims of a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition against Shiite Houthi rebel positions in the village of Bani Matar. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The death toll from clashes in Yemen rose to 1,080, including 48 children, the UN health agency said Thursday.
The president saluted the sacrifices and efforts of the armed forces Thursday, ahead of the commemoration of Sinai Liberation Day. (AFP/File)
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The president saluted the sacrifices and efforts of the armed forces Thursday, ahead of the commemoration of Sinai Liberation Day.
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon nominated Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the current UN Ebola chief, as special envoy to Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon nominated the current UN Ebola chief to the UN Security Council on Thursday.
A session at Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo ruled the parliamentary election law unconstitutional on Feb. 25, 2015, delaying the polls. (AFP/File)
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Transitional Justice Minister Ibrahim al-Heneidy said Thursday the parliamentary elections will not be held until after Ramadan for technical and security reasons.
The US returned dozens of Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled out of the Middle East. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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The US returned dozens of Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled out of the Middle East.
US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a previously unannounced appearance in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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A US raid against al-Qaeda in January killed two hostages being held by the extremist group, the White House said Thursday.
The army raided a northern town and arrested three suspected militants connected to a soldier who joined Nusra Front, a security source said Thursday. (Screenshot: YouTube)
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The army raided a northern town and arrested three suspected militants connected to a soldier who joined Nusra Front, a security source said Thursday.
Asylum seekers living in Malta, arrive to attend an interfaith funeral ceremony of 24 migrants who died after a fishing boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, on the helipad at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta on April 23, 2015. (AFP/Matthew Mirabelli)
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Coffins for the only bodies recovered from the Mediterranean's migrant disaster were carried from Malta's morgue to a funeral Thursday.
A shell from an unknown source hit a house in North Sinai, leaving one dead and four injured Thursday, the state news agency said. (AFP/File)
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A shell from an unknown source hit a house in North Sinai, leaving one dead and four injured Thursday, the state news agency said.
Iraqi forces also recaptured three villages north of Karmah. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
The Iraqi army, assisted by popular mobilization units, has succeeded in retaking some areas from ISIL (Daesh) terrorists in the western province of Anbar.
Most of those that have been killed are Daesh militants.(AFP/File)
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At least 2,000 people, mostly Islamic State group (Daesh) terrorists, have been killed in Syria by a US-led air campaign in the past seven months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday, according to AFP.
Lebanon to consider Aqaba Port in Jordan as alternative export route. (Creative Commons/Gerard Janot)
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The government will discuss opening an alternative maritime export route due to the closure of the Nasib crossing with Syria.
The mosque was frequented by Sufi Muslims. (AFP/File)
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Militants blew up an ancient mosque in an ancient mosque in Libya's capital Tripoli, witnesses have said.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing. (AFP/File)
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A car bomb has gone off near the Iraqi city of Balad, killing at least eight people and injuring 16 others, authorities say.
There is increasing concern about the role of Iranian influence and Shiite militias in a post-ISIL Iraq. (AFP/File)
10:57 GMT
While ISIL (Daesh) may be making gains in Syria, the tides of battle are shifting against them in Iraq.
Five Shiite rebels were reportedly killed in the attack on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
A new division of Daesh (ISIS) that calls itself the 'Green Brigade' has claimed a bombing in Yemen, AFP has reported.
The television journalist was a director of a private production company. (AFP/File)
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A Libyan television journalist has been killed in Benghazi, AFP has reported. He was killed by a gunshot to the head.
Afghan women wait to get amulets from religious healer Juma Khan at his home in the Surkh Rood district, of Nangarhar province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Afghan women wait to get amulets from religious healer Juma Khan at his home in the Surkh Rood district, of Nangarhar province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
Saudi Arabia had announced two days ago that it was ending airstrikes. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched a round of new airstrikes on Yemen, AFP reported on Thursday.
Chlorine can suffocate its victims to death and several cases have been reported by security forces and residents. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Daesh militants have reportedly used chlorine gas during attacks in Iraq's Anbar province, officials have said.
Ban Ki-moon said that he hoped fighting would end as soon as possible. (AFP/File)
07:06 GMT
The UN Secretary-General has expressed concern over the renewal of Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.
Turkey recalled its ambassador to Austria hours after the Austrian Parliament described the Armenian massacre as "genocide" Wednesday. (AFP/File)
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Turkey recalled its ambassador to Austria hours after the Austrian Parliament described the Armenian massacre as "genocide" Wednesday.
A forensic report released Wednesday said Umarali Kuvatov was poisoned before he was shot dead in March. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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A forensic report released Wednesday said Umarali Kuvatov was poisoned before he was shot dead in March.

April 22, 2015

Supporters of the Shiite Houthi movement take part in a demonstration in the capital Sanaa on April 22, 2015, against the Saudi-led military "Decisive Storm" air campaign targeting Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Iran said Wednesday two of its warships had reached the Gulf of Aden a day after the Saudi-led coalition announced the end of its air campaign.
Rescued migrants walk along the quayside after disembarking from the Italian Navy vessel Bettica in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on April 22, 2015. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)
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Another 446 rescued migrants docked in southeast Sicily on Wednesday, increasing the total refugees who have arrived in Italy this year to 22,000.
Israeli soldiers fire a gun salute during a Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the fallen soldiers at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on April 22, 2015. (AFP/Ammar Awad)
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Violence marred a public memorial ceremony on Wednesday, showing tensions between the city's ultra-orthodox and Zionist communities.
Nile water is fit for human use, an official said after a barge carrying phosphate capsized in Upper Egypt on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Nile water is fit for human use, an official said after a barge carrying phosphate capsized in Upper Egypt on Tuesday.
Taliban fighters pose during a patrol in Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Jan. 23, 2010. (AFP/File)
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Afghan Taliban announced their spring offensive will be launched Friday, the first year without NATO forces in the country.
Jacqueline Toutounjian, a 73-year-old Syrian Armenian, who fled the violence in Aleppo, prays inside her home on April 17, 2015, in Lebanon's historic town of Anjar. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
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A UN representative held a series of meetings with Lebanese officials Wednesday over issues facing women in conflict.
In addition to the Assad regime, several militant groups, including Islamists, are presently fighting Daesh (File-AFP)
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Activist group says 12 Daesh figthers dead in battle with Islamist rebels.
Indian authorities have taken Al Jazeera off the air for five days citing broadcasts of "wrong" maps of the Kashmir region. (Screenshot: Al Jazeera Livestream)
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Indian authorities have taken Al Jazeera off the air for five days citing broadcasts of "wrong" maps of the Kashmir region.
Obama has refused to use the term "genocide" to avoid angering his strategic ally, Turkey (File-AFP)
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Armenian leaders are told that the President will not use the term "genocide."
Yemen's defense minister has been freed after a month of captivity, sources said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
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Yemen's defense minister has been freed after a month of captivity, sources said Wednesday.
Amnesty said US officials responsible for the offenses should be brought to justice, not granted immunity from the Obama administration. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
The international human rights group has demanded the disclosure of the names, locations and dates of operations under the CIA program, and accused the Obama administration of granting 'de facto amnesty' to CIA personnel involved in the torture.
Iraqis stand at the site of an explosion at the parking across the street from the al-Yarmuk hospital in the west of Baghdad on April 14, 2015. (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
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Security officials say a car bomb exploded in Baghdad's eastern district of Talibiyah Wednesday afternoon, killing seven people and wounding at least 14.
A UN count said more than 1,000 people had been killed in a single month of violence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
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A bombing at a funeral in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk left at least five civilians dead and another 21 wounded Tuesday night, in another uptick in violence in Daesh-held areas of Iraq.
Crowds of Palestinians carried the body of Muhammed Abu Khdeir to mosque on July 4, 2014 (File-AFP)
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Family of Palestinian teen murdered by Jewish extremists asks Israeli government to remove name from terror memorial
Fresh strikes came hours after the announced end of Saudi's air campaign against the Houthis Tuesday night and as the US warned Iran against sending weapons to the Houthis. (AFP/File)
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Renewed strikes targeted new positions in Yemen's third largest city of Taez Wednesday, just hours after the announced end to their operation "Operation Decisive Storm."
French officials arrived at the suspect's home after he accidentally shot himself and had to call an ambulance. (AFP/File)
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French authorities arrested a 24-year-old computer science student Wednesday after finding an arsenal of heavy weapons and notes on potential targets in his Paris apartment.
Following their announced ceasefire, the Saudi defense ministry said the operation had "succeeded" in quelling weapons supplies of the Shiite Houthi rebels after almost a month of airstrikes in the country. (AFP/File)
09:54 GMT
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi thanked the Saudi-led coalition for their role in rebuffing the advancement of Shiite Houthi rebels attempting to oust his government in war-torn Yemen.
Trafficking 'godfathers' in Tripoli were heard laughing off the terrible plight of migrants attempting to reach Italy, saying: 'They probably died.' (AFP/File)
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Wire taps from inside one of Libya's biggest people smuggling rings in Tripoli reveal human trafficking 'godfathers' boasting about overstuffed vessels and laughing off migrant deaths.
Tehran and world powers hope to reach a final nuclear agreement by June 30. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT
Russia's foreign minister has voiced support for an immediate lifting of international sanctions against Iran following a successful nuclear agreement, which is the timeline Iran hopes for instead of another suggested by world powers to slowly lift sanctions after inspections are completed.
A group of international foreign fighters pose for a photo in the outskirts of the north-western Syrian town of Tal Tamr, as they fight alongside People Protection Unit. (AFP/file)
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A group of international foreign fighters pose for a photo in the outskirts of the north-western Syrian town of Tal Tamr, as they fight alongside People Protection Unit. (AFP/file)
Saudi Arabia announced the end of "Operation Decisive Storm" Tuesday night, hailing the campaign as a victory despite continued clashes on the ground in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Following Saudi's announcement of the end of airstrikes in Yemen Tuesday, the US pushes for further progress toward peace talks and warns Iran against escalating the conflict with weapons supplies for the Houthis.
Areas across Syria under Daesh control have been blocked from receiving aid for months, according to the UN. (AFP/FIle)
07:03 GMT
More than 225,000 Syrians are besieged by Daesh forces in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, according to the most recent UN report, leaving civilians without access to foodstuffs and water supply.
The Pentagon has expressed doubt about the claims, saying there's no evidence to support that Baghdadi was wounded. (AFP/File)
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The Pentagon has expressed doubt about the claims, saying there's no evidence to support that Baghdadi was wounded.
Syrian Army troops engaged militants in the mountainous Qalamoun region, thwarting opposition fighters infiltrating the country Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Syrian Army troops engaged militants in the mountainous Qalamoun region, thwarting opposition fighters infiltrating the country Tuesday.

April 21, 2015

Smoke billows from the Fajj Attan Hill in Sanaa following a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on an army arms depot, now under Houthi rebel control, on April 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
19:30 GMT
The objectives of "Operation Decisive Storm" were achieved, a Saudi defense ministry statement said Tuesday.
Boats float on the river Nile in Cairo on April 30, 2013. (AFP/File)
17:38 GMT
Egypt's irrigation minister declared a state of emergency due to the spillage of 500 tons of phosphate Tuesday.
Yemenis check the damage following a raid by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on a missile depot in the rebel-held part of Sanaa on April 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Saudi-led airstrikes conducted in Yemen's capital Monday killed 38 civilians and injured 532, medics said Tuesday.
Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and former US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Nov. 21, 2014 in Arlington, Va. (AFP/Alex Wong)
16:46 GMT
King Salman has ordered the National Guard to be involved in Operation Decisive Storm, a minister announced Tuesday.
Canadian Mohamed Fahmy said he will finally be able to get married with his fiancee when he receives his passport. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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The Canadian government said it will be granting a new passport to an Al Jazeera journalist currently waiting for his retrial in Egypt.
Israeli soldiers walk in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Jerusalem's old city on Oct. 19, 2014. (AFP/File)
15:27 GMT
UNECO adopted a resolution that reaffirms the definition of al-Aqsa Mosque as the entire sacred complex surrounding it.
A Syrian opposition fighter and his son in Aleppo. (AFP/Odd Andersen)
15:04 GMT
Daesh beheaded two opposition fighters accused of fighting against the group, a monitor said Tuesday.
Bystanders look at the wreckage of a car bomb attack in Mogadishu on April 21, 2015. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)
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Three people were killed and six injured after a car bomb detonated outside a restaurant in the Somali capital, police said Tuesday.
The alleged leader of Daesh, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known as Caliph Ibrahim, addresses Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul, July 5, 2014 (AFP/File)
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Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been recuperating for weeks from serious injuries, The Guardian reported Tuesday.
Three Eritrean asylum seekers who left Israel last summer were among a group of people killed by militants of Daesh in Libya, an NGO said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Three Eritrean asylum seekers who left Israel last summer were among a group of people killed by militants of Daesh in Libya, an NGO said Tuesday.
"Women's rights are not only about gender equality but also about abolishing the innate hegemonic undercurrents of power and control."
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"Women's rights are not only about gender equality but also about abolishing the innate hegemonic undercurrents of power and control."
An Egyptian man stands in an armored vehicle as residents gather outside a police station in North Sinai's provincial capital of el-Arish after it was targeted by a car bomb on April 12, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Separate military raids in North Sinai on Tuesday left eight suspected militants dead, military sources said.
Pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization units rest as they patrol west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on April 20, 2015, where pro-government forces say they have recently made advances on areas held by extremists. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
12:35 GMT
Daesh released photos online Tuesday claiming to have executed 11 pro-government fighters in Iraq.
Rescued migrants off the Libyan coast arrive at the harbor in Catania, Italy on April 20, 2015. (AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)
11:56 GMT
The Tunisian captain was one of only 28 survivors after a boat capsized off the coast of Libya and left 800 dead.
The Lebanese Army arrested three people suspected of shooting at soldiers in 2011, the military said Tuesday.
11:28 GMT
The Lebanese Army arrested three people suspected of shooting at soldiers in 2011, the military said Tuesday.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held a wide-ranging interview with France 2 television network on Monday. (Image: file photo)
10:58 GMT
In a television interview with France 2 television on Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flatly denied reports that his forces have used chlorine gas and barrel bombs in combat.
Rescue workers help a migrant woman after a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Rhodes, southeastern Greece. (Image: AFP/Eurokinissi/Argiris Mantikos)
10:37 GMT
The captain and a crewman of a migrant boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday has been arrested by Italian authorities. More than 700 are presumed dead.
Morsi was ousted by the military in July of 2013 following protests against his presidency. (Image: file photo)
09:53 GMT
In a much anticipated verdict, an Egyptian court sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison on violence-related charges.
The site of the suicide attack outside a bank in Jalalabad. (Image: AFP/Noorulah Shirzada)
09:40 GMT
Six men have been arrested in connection to a suicide bombing in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. Militants linked to Daesh have claimed responsibility for the attack that left 35 people dead and 125 others wounded last Saturday.
Militiamen loyal to Yemen's President Hadi prepare to launch attacks towards Houthi rebels near the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. (Image: AFP/ Saleh Al Obeida)
09:15 GMT
Houthis carry out suicide operations on the Saudi border as the Saudi-led coalition targets pro-rebel tribes.
A surface to air missile paraded on Army Day in Tehran. (Image: AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
08:40 GMT
Iran has rejected a call by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for unlimited access of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to the Islamic Republic’s military sites.
Armed Yemeni tribal gunmen of the Popular Resistance Committees loyal to President Hadi, gather in Taez. (Image: AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
The leader of the 37th brigade has his support for the government of President Hadi, as aid operations are obstructed in Yemen.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop hold a press conference following a meeting in Tehran on April 18, 2015. (Image: Atta Kenare/AFP)
08:09 GMT
Iran and Australia have agreed to share intelligence on tracking foreign fighters working with Daesh, as part of Australia's first official visit to Iran in over a decade.
Fighting in Yarmouk has intensified since April 1 when Daesh seized part of the neighborhood, clashing with other armed groups as Syrian government forces besieged the area. (Image: AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
As fighting continues in Yarmouk, the UN Security Council the council "called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Yarmouk camp and for the protection of civilians inside the camp."
A general view shows a defaced Islamic State group flag in front of the main gate of palace of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit. (AFP/ Mohammed Sawaf)
07:30 GMT
A general view shows a defaced Islamic State group flag in front of the main gate of palace of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit. (AFP/ Mohammed Sawaf)
The building shows the damage caused by a bomb at the Moroccan embassy on April 13. (Image: AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
07:21 GMT
No casualties have been reported from an explosion outside the Spanish embassy, following a string of attacks against foreign nationals.
Lebanese Army chief Jean General Jean Kahwaji, Lebanese Defence Minister Samir Moqbel, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri and French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the hand-over ceremony of a shipment of French weapons to the Lebanese Army in Beirut. (Image: AFP/Joseph Eid)
07:07 GMT
Lebanon rolls out the red carpet to receive the first shipment of French weapons, as part of a $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia.
U.S.-led coalition struck several Daesh positions across Iraq, the majority in the country's western Anbar province.  (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
U.S.-led coalition struck several Daesh positions across Iraq, the majority in the country's western Anbar province.
The guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
06:30 GMT
Two US warships follow the arrival of Sunday's aircraft carrier and guided-missile cruiser, as the US beefs up their presence in Yemen.

April 20, 2015

The family, last seen April 7, included a seven-year-old daughter and three sons aged four, two, and one.  (Screenshot: Twitter)
18:57 GMT
The family, which includes four young children, was last seen April 7.
Syrian army vehicles in Deraa province, February 2015.  (AFP/File)
18:12 GMT
After shelling and clashes Monday, government forces cut off route used for weapons and fighter transport.
Rezaian and his wife, Iranian photojournalist Yaganeh Salehi.  (AFP/File)
16:46 GMT
The journalist, detained since July 2014, faces charges of espionage and "collaboration with hostile governments," according to his attorney.
Saudi Arabia and its partners have carried out some 2,300 airstrikes on Houthi targets across Yemen since launching the air campaign more than three weeks ago. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT
Sanaa residents say they say one of the largest explosions in three weeks of bombing after the Saudi-led coalition targeted a Scud missile base in the capital's Hadda district.
Italian authorities recover bodies of victims in Sunday's migrant boat capsize off the coast of Libya.  (AFP/File)
14:39 GMT
According to a survivor, as many as 950 passengers may have been aboard the boat, which capsized Sunday off the Libyan coast.
Somalia's northern, semi-autonomous Puntland region has been the site of increased violence in recent months as the militant group pushes into remote mountainous regions after the Somalia army made gains against them in the country's south. (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT
At least ten people were killed in a deadly blast at the UN office in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region in an attack claimed by the militant group, Al-Shabaab.
Yemeni Foreign Minister rejected Iranian offers for peace negotiations in the ongoing Yemen crisis, citing Iran's role in supporting rebel militants.  (AFP/File)
13:51 GMT
Yemen's FM rejected Iranian offers for peace negotiations in the ongoing Yemen crisis, citing Iran's role in supporting rebel militants.
Demonstrators rally in July 2013 prior to the Egyptian army's ouster of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi.  (AFP/Mahmud Khaled)
13:20 GMT
Defendants were charged with murder, attempted murder, and other charges from a 2013 attack on a police station.
Most of the 700 migrants aboard the boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea Sunday are presumed dead in one of the worst migrant boat disasters in the EU's history. (AFP/File)
11:58 GMT
After what is believed to be the deadliest migrant boat disaster in years, European Union spokespeople say wilted funds and resources mean there's no 'magic solution' for the growing number of refugees trying to enter Europe by sea.