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February 13, 2016

An Iraqi policeman in Ramadi sits on an armored vehicle mounted with a national flag on Feb. 12, 2016, after security forces retook the eastern outskirts of the city from Daesh. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
19:00 GMT
As Saudi conducts a joint military exercise and plans for a possible ground invasion of Syria, Iraq has said incursion on its borders will not be tolerated.
Egyptian army tanks are seen on patrol in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Egyptian security forces are battling an armed insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.
UN peacekeeping troops have been trying to restore order to northern Mali, which was overrun by militant Islamist groups and ethnic Tuareg rebel groups. (File Photo)
17:00 GMT
The recent attacks may be a sign of competition between AQIM and Daesh in Libya.
Afghan Taliban militants gather around parts of a US F-16 aircraft that was struck over in eastern Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
A bombing attack in Helmand province killed one soldier and four fighters as well as the suicide bomber. A further 30 soldiers were injured in the attack.
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir arrives at the Bayerischer Hof hotel to participate at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 12, 2016. (AFP/Thomas Kienzle)
15:00 GMT
Saudi jets are due to arrive at Turkey's Incirlik air base, already being used by US-coalition members.
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, meets ministers from countries that are both for and against Syria's regime in Vienna. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
14:00 GMT
As the Syria talks develop, an end to hostilities is due to take place within a week, but no formal ceasefire has been agreed to as of yet.
Afghan forces are seen through the shattered glass of a bus caught in a roadside bombing in Kabul. Improvised explosives are one of the main causes of civilian casualties. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT
Dozens of passengers were rescued from militants by security forces, after they were forcebly disembarked from buses headed to Kabul.
Civilians and army soldiers gather at the site of a twin suicide bombing in Burj al-Barajneh, in the southern suburbs of the capital Beirut. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
A man was detained for suspected links to the twin bombing attack on Beirut on November 12, 2015.
Yemeni supporters of the Houthi fighters attend a demonstration in the second largest city of Taiz (AFP/File)
10:52 GMT
Following heavy clashes with Saudi forces, Yemeni fighters have reclaimed a mountainous area in the province of Ta'izz.
Mohammed al-Qiq, a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike, talks to a man in a hospital in the northern Israeli town of Afula on February 5, 2016. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
09:25 GMT
After a hunger strike that has lasted almost 80 days, Muhammad al-Qiq's health has severely detriorated with him experiencing acute chest pains, muscle spasms, impaired vision and losing the ability to speak.
A headline in German reads 'We mourn" in a Turkish newspaper the day after the Istanbul attack. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:17 GMT
The assailants who carried out the attacks on the newspaper offices have been identified using CCTV security footage.
Iraqi special forces take part in a drill simulating a hostage rescue operation at an Iraqi army base on June 19, 2013. (Twitter)
07:56 GMT
Iraqi military deployed troops to a base southeast of Mosul for a mission to recapture Mosul. The operation will involve approximately 4500 forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu about 450 miles east of Moscow, on February 12, 2016. (AFP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
07:00 GMT
"The truce does not apply to terrorists, and that is stated in today's document," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

February 12, 2016

Activists and Italian nationals living in Egypt take part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni on February 6, 2016, outside of the Italian embassy in Cairo. (AFP/Mohamed al-Shahed)
19:20 GMT
Egypt has denied allegations that Regeni was kidnapped and killed by Egyptian security forces.
A Yemeni man walks past flames rising from the ruins of buildings destroyed in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition on February 10, 2016 in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
19:19 GMT
Saudi Arabia warned international aid organizations to stay away from 'areas that are obvious targets.'
Syrian people wait in front of the Oncupinar crossing gate to go back to Syria, near the town of Kilis, in south-central Turkey, on February 11, 2016. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
19:18 GMT
"We do not have the word 'idiot' written on our foreheads," Erdogan said of the EU's support for refugees in Turkey.
A Palestinian man overlooks destruction in Gaza City's al-Tufah neighborhood, during the second day in a ceasefire on Aug. 6, 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
19:17 GMT
Israel has systematically denied access to Gaza by European Parliament delegates since 2011.
A Yemeni tribesman from the Popular Resistance Committees, loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President, holds a Yemeni flag west of Marib city, as the fight against Houthi rebels continues, on Feb. 11, 2016. (AFP/Abdullah al-Qadry)
19:16 GMT
Attacks against police are frequent in Aden, where al-Qaeda controls parts of the city.
Hezbollah regularly clashes with al-Nusra Front and Daesh along the Lebanese-Syrian border. (File Photo)
19:14 GMT
Arsal has been the site of frequent clashes between Hezbollah and militant groups inside Syria.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the monthly Mukhtars meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on February 10, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
19:13 GMT
“There are no huge crowds reaching at the border and trying to enter," Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said.
Egyptian doctors and medical students join the anti-government demonstration at Tahrir Square on February 10, 2011 (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
19:12 GMT
Hundreds of Egyptian doctors rallied in front of the doctors’ syndicate where an emergency general assembly meeting is being held.
Birds are seen sitting on iron rods from the rubble of destroyed buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
19:11 GMT
Sources said that two Russian warplanes struck a number of towns in Homs province’s northern countryside
File photo of a Eurofighter Typhoon warplane. (Wikimedia)
19:10 GMT
Defense ministers from Kuwait and Italy made the agreement on the sidelines of the international coalition against Daesh.
A Palestinian woman and her child check the rubble of their house after it was demolished by Israeli authorities. (AFP/File)
12:02 GMT
On Thursday, Israel razed 40 more Palestinian homes in Jordan Valley despite demands from EU and UN to halt demolitions.
UN soldiers are seen at the buffer zone dividing Turkish and Greek Cyprus. (Flickr)
09:03 GMT
Any power-sharing deal must be approved in separate referendums from Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
Syrian girls react following a reported Syrian regime air strike in a rebel-controlled area in the northern city of Aleppo on February 8, 2016. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
07:50 GMT
The last UN figures from 18 months ago put the death toll at 250,000
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura holds up a map of Syria during a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 12, 2016. (AFP/Christof Stache)
07:36 GMT
A partial truce is set to begin in one week to allow delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged cities.
Tunisian police. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
Tunisia arrested four militants with ties to Libyan extremist groups.

February 11, 2016

The aid is much needed in the city where most of the residents are women and children. (AFP/File)
21:42 GMT
On Wednesday, Russian cargo planes dropped tons of food aid to the besieged Syrian town of Deir Ezzor
Damage in Gaza, 2014. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Palestinian human rights organizations file more evidence of Israeli war crimes with the ICC.
According to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, World War III could be looming around the corner. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev claims that if there is no peaceful negotiations on Syria, the only alternative is a world war.
The death threats came after three MKs including, Ayman Odeh, pictured, were temporarily suspended from Knesset for visiting Palestinian families killed while attacking Israelis. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
18:00 GMT
An Isreali man has been detained after threatening the life of Palestinian MK member Ayman Odeh.
Judges hope the sentence will deter other soldiers from treating Palestinians the same way (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
An ultra-orthodox Israeli soldier gets a seven-month prison term for abuse of Palestinian detainees.
A protester waves a coffee pot at Israeli guards outside Ofer Prison. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
A prison raid in Ramallah involved Israeli forces assaulting three minors.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi waits to meet with the European Parliament President at the Carthage Palace in Tunis on February 10, 2016. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
16:00 GMT
EU Parliament President Martin Schulz has ruled out a military intervention in Libya, citing security concerns for Tunisia.
US says the March 1 deadline proposed by Russia would be too late. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
US wants a Syrian cease-fire now, claiming waiting for a Russian March 1 deadline will damage opposition forces beyond repair.
A man drives his motorbike past damaged buildings on February 10, 2016 in Harasta, east of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP/Abdulmonam Eassa)
15:23 GMT
A military spokesman indicated that the decision would take effect within two months.
Hundreds of migrants and refugees walk at the port of Piraeus upon their arrival from the island of Lesbos on February 10, 2016. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
15:00 GMT
Ships already stationed in the Mediterranean will be redirected 'without delay' to monitor smuggling routes.
Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President, hold a position during a fight against Shiite Houthi rebels on February 10, 2016 west of Maarib city. (AFP/Abdullah al-Qadry)
14:30 GMT
Meanwhile, Iran-backed Houthi rebels made advances toward Sanaa.
Israeli forces drilling to search for Palestinian tunnels in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
14:00 GMT
After multiple tunnel collapses this week, Egyptian forces destroyed a major one linking North Sinai and the Gaza Strip.
Isa Dare, dubbed "Jihadi Junior", is the four-year-old shown in the latest Daesh propaganda video. (AFP/File)
13:34 GMT
In the latest video release from Daesh, a four-year-old boy is seen blowing up a car containing four men accused of spying.
Saudi students sitting for an exam. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT
A teacher opened fire at the Saudi Ministry of Education.
Sidon, Lebanon, is the picturesque site of an arrest for suspicions of terrorism. (Twitter)
13:00 GMT
The Lebanese army conducted a sweep for terrorist activity and drug smuggling.
Members of the Egyptian Doctors Syndicate protest outside a hospital. (Twitter)
12:22 GMT
The Egyptian Doctor Syndicate rallied around doctors attacked and abused by police officers.
Turkish riot police use water cannons on February 9, 2016 in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, during the Ziraat Turkish Cup football match after a Kurdish player was suspended. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
11:58 GMT
The assailants hurled Molotov cocktails and opened fire on their editorial headquarters using long-range rifles.
Palestinian members of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas mourn during the funeral of Ahmed al-Zahar in the village of Al-Moghraga in the Gaza Strip on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:08 GMT
A split in the Qassam Brigades emerged after the group executed Mahmoud Rashid Eshtaiwi.
Syrian refugee Hatice Henidil hugs her grandson Usame while waiting for his parents still stuck on the Syrian side of the border, in front of the Oncupinar crossing in southern Turkey, on Feb. 10, 2016. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:36 GMT
German and Turkish leaders requested support from NATO in the form of surveillance on the Syrian border and in the Aegean Sea.
A passenger train is seen on the Aswan-Luxor line in Egypt on Feb. 13, 2012. (Flickr)
10:02 GMT
Two railway cars overturned as the train hit a cement wall trying to avoid an oncoming train.
A man drives his motorbike past damaged buildings on February 10, 2016 in Harasta, east of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP/Abdulmonam Eassa)
09:30 GMT
Spain and New Zealand said that while the council has tried to keep the humanitarian and the political situations separate, the two are interconnected.
Millions of Iranians are took to the streets across the country to commemorate the anniversary. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT
On February 11, 1979, the 22nd of the month of Bahman on the solar calendar year of 1357, the monarchy of the Pahlavi regime in Iran was overthrown after months of public unrest and protest.
Jordan's King Abdullah urged concerned parties to continue contributing aid to assist with the influx of Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT
“The northern border of the Kingdom is tight and safe, and our Arab Army and security bodies are capable of protecting it," Abdullah said.
UNICEF has long warned about the dire humanitarian situation of children in the impoverished country. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
07:06 GMT
UNICEF which has again raised the alarm about what many are calling the world’s forgotten war.
As the Obama prepares his exit, it is fair to ask whether he will let the complete destruction of Syria become a reality. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
06:50 GMT
As the American president prepares his exit from the White House, it is fair to ask whether he will let the complete destruction of Syria become a reality.
Dubai's ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (AFP/File)
05:51 GMT
The recent appointments, announced on Twitter, represent the largest ministerial shake-up in UAE history.
A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) walks between sandbags on the front line in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on September 4, 2015 (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
05:28 GMT
Minnigh Air Base was the lat remaining militant-held base in the Syrian region of Aleppo.
Syrian migrants and refugees wait in front of the Turkish Oncupinar crossing gate, near the town of Kilis, to return to Syria on February 9, 2016. (AFP/Bulent Kilis)
05:00 GMT
TTurkish premier Ahmet Davutoglu dismissed as hypocritical EU criticisms of Turkey's continued border closure.

February 10, 2016

A woman takes part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni, on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shaed)
17:30 GMT
Egyptian investigators have tracked the last movements and calls made by Italian national and Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni.
File photo shows Egypt's Cairo court. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Anas al-Fekky had been referred by prosecutors to court on accusations of "illegally obtaining" around $4.3 million.
Syrians carry the body of a victim following a reported Syrian regime air strike in a rebel-controlled area in the northern city of Aleppo, on February 8, 2016. (AFP/Ameer al-Halbi)
16:30 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims at least 500 people have been killed in Aleppo, since the start of an offensive in early February.
The mother of Omar Maddi, 16, is comforted by a relative as she mourns the death of her son in the al-Mizan hospital in Hebron on February 10, 2016 after he was killed by Israeli security forces in Al-Arroub refugee camp. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
16:00 GMT
Tear gas, rubber bullets, and live fire were all used during clashes in al-Arrub refugee camp.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 10 accused the United States of creating a "pool of blood" in the region by failing to recognize Syrian Kurdish organizations as terror groups. (AFP/Adem Altan)
15:30 GMT
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was enraged after a US delegation met with PYD fighters in Kobani.
Rosin said having the committee draft a bill suggested by the prime minister turns the panel into a puppet show, using the rules of democracy to harm anyone who doesn't agree with the government. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)
14:30 GMT
A bill proposed to allow 90 MKs to vote out a colleague in Israel turned into row that accomplished nothing.
Sexy spies? (Shutterstock)
13:48 GMT
Reports indicated that Mossad is using Moroccan agents to gather information - through seduction.
Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on February 8, 2016 during a demonstration against the curfew in Cizre. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
13:30 GMT
Turkish soldiers and police clashed with PKK militants in two separate incidents.
Palestinians say that UNRWA's aid cuts will "condemn them to death."  (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
A small group of Palestinians blocked the entrance to the UNRWA offices in Beirut protesting what they say is a death sentence in aid cuts.
Syrian children in Jordan are facing the risk of sexual exploitation. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Jordan is taking steps to fight human trafficking and the sex trade of Syrian girls.
Anisa Makhlouf died February 6 at age 86. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Ahrar Al-Sham sends Grad missiles to funeral of Assad's mother.
Protesters hold Bahraini flags. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Four protesters have been handed ten-year sentences for "an attack on police forces."
Syrians gather at the site following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
11:00 GMT
Several aid workers were injured in the attack, with three reportedly in critical condition.
About 30,000 refugees are currently massed along the Turkish border town of Oncupinar.  (AFP)
10:06 GMT
A Syrian group was caught trying to carry explosives and suicide belts into southeastern Turkey on Wednesday.
Israeli soldiers outside Nahhalin in 2015. (Twitter)
09:41 GMT
Nahhalin is sealed off, and food suppliers and humanitarian cases cannot enter or exit the village.
Saudi trucks loaded with aid. (Twitter)
08:26 GMT
Saudi is distributing food baskets throughout Taiz.
The former Israeli PM is now facing 19 months in prison for various corruption charges. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Judge refuses plea bargain and gives former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert additional month in prison for secret tapes saga.
Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen  on April 13, 2015. (AFP / Fayez Nureldine)
06:37 GMT
On Tuesday, six Saudi soldiers were killed in retaliatory rocket attacks in southern Saudi Arabia.
The recently completed border fence is one of many new security updates for Tunisia. (Twitter)
06:00 GMT
Tunisia is increasing military and security patrols at the Libyan border.
Nigerian police on patrol. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
Nigeria arrested multiple militants and is tightening security against people leaving to train in Libya.
The Egypt State Council. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
Eleven groups issued a statement against the ongoing exclusion of women from major judicial bodies in Egypt.

February 9, 2016

The rubble of a house in the Idlib province after an airstrike. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Russian airstrikes hit civilian targets in the Idlib province.
A woman holds up a sign at a demonstration in Cairo demanding freedom for all political prisoners in July 2012. (AFP/Gianluigi Guerci)
18:00 GMT
Reports of 44,000 political prisoners in Egypt are a 'lie' according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
Smoke rises from an attack in the Sangin district of the Helmand province. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Afghan forces are moving in on the hotly-contested Sangin district.
Israeli Arab member of parliament, Hanin Zoabi, is one of three Palestinian lawmakers suspended. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Palestinian lawmakers vow to appeal their suspension as punishment for visiting victims' families.
A man walks past rubble from an airstrike in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
As Russian airstrikes increase, civilians are fleeing Aleppo in massive numbers.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Israel has responded to UN criticism of illegal occupation-related crimes by accusing the organisation of promoting 'terror'. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stands by his statements.
Experts says the best protection against the H1N1 virus is a yearly dose of the flu vaccine. (AFP/Jesus Alcazar)
14:30 GMT
A Palestinian man has succumbed to the H1N1 virus after being treated in an Israeli hospital.
Palestinian family looks on as Israeli authorities demolish home. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Israeli occupation forces bulldozed over 10 homes east of Nablus in the West Bank.
Cluster munitions. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Cluster bombs have killed dozens of civilians in 2016 alone.
Saudi tanks deploy in Jizan close to the Yemeni border. (AFP/Fayez Nuraldine)
13:00 GMT
Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri announced Saudi Arabia is prepared for land war in Syria to tackle Daesh as part of the international coalition against the organisation.
Along with dengue, Rift Valley fever, and the West Nile vrus, these pesky little creatures could also bring the Zika virus to the MENA region. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The Middle East region is Zika-free according to the WHO, but the presence of mosquitoes in the region still makes the virus a possibility.
Iraqi pro-government forces drive their armored vehicles in the Jwaibah area, on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, on February 8, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)
11:30 GMT
Iraqi forces and their allies were able to retake the last remaining Daesh strongholds surrounding Ramadi.
A powerful car bomb explosion in the centre of Damascus on February 21, 2013. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
A car bomb attack exploded in Damascus, killing at least eight and injuring others, according to initial reports.
Yemenis gather near the rubble of houses close to Sanaa Airport, March 31, 2015, after they were destroyed in an air strike a Saudi-led coalition warplanes. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
10:44 GMT
Saudi airstrikes targeting several areas across Yemen have killed at least five. Yemeni ballistics struck an airport in Saudi Arabia.
Detectives found 600 marijuana plants in a nursery near Nablus.  (AFP/ Raul Arboleda)
10:30 GMT
Palestinian Authority find a nursery full of marijuana plants in Nablus.
Israeli border guards keep position during clashes with Palestinian youths following a protest over the rights of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, on February 05, 2016. (AFP/Musa al Shaer)
10:00 GMT
The two girls were detained in separate incidents, one in Jerusalem and the other near the West Bank City of Hebron.
The city of Aden is subject to numerous skirmishes with the presence of Al Qaeda and Daesh militants. (AFP/Saleh Al Obeidi)
09:41 GMT
Al Qaeda fighters clashed with Yemeni forces loyal to the embattled president Hadi as they attempted to recapture parts of Aden city.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and US President Barack Obama speak during a joint press conference. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
08:25 GMT
King Abdullah and President Obama will tackle efforts to combat extremism across the Middle East.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby. (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT
The US responds to Turkish concerns over support to the PYD which is linked to the PKK, saying the US will continue to support any moderate groups fighting Daesh.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center-right) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) during the session of the Knesset in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
07:15 GMT
The bill was previously described as marking the return to a 'climate of hate'.
Egypt's interior minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar speaks during a press conference on February 8, 2016 in the capital Cairo. (AFP/Mostafa Abulezz)
06:46 GMT
“These accusations are totally unacceptable, and this is not Egyptian security policy at all," Egypt’s Interior Minister said.
In terms of foreign policy, Daesh and Iran have dominated this year's presidential discussions. (Shutterstock)
06:09 GMT
What does it all mean for the Middle East?
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)
06:00 GMT
"Our first goal is to host these refugees outside of Turkey.”