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A U.S. Predator drone flies over Yemen. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT
A U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed three al-Qaeda militants. The strike was the first since Yemeni President Hadi and his cabinet resigned on Thursday.
Iraqi soldiers and pro-government militiamen check a machine gun mounted on an armored vehicle stationed near the town of Muqtadiyah in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad, during a military operation against Daesh. (AFP/Younis Al-Bayati)
13:24 GMT
Iraq's Armed Forces have allegedly purged the Daesh militants from the eastern Province of Diyala.
Earlier today it was announced that the Kurdish forces have reclaimed much of the contested city of Kobani. (AFP/US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
13:08 GMT
Of the 34 air-strikes, 21 were launched in Syria and 13 in Iraq, focusing on the cities of Kobani, Mosul, Tal Afar, and Falluja.
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising against the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT
Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan al-Saghir was released Monday after briefly being kidnapped from his home by unknown assailants.
Kurdish people look at the Syrian town of Kobani from the Turkish side of the border. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
11:50 GMT
AFP announces the Kurdish forces have reclaimed the border town of Kobani from Daesh.
Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a meeting at the Royal Palace on January 18, 2015 in Amman. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
11:35 GMT
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intent to release Goto "by seeking cooperation with other countries," according to Kyodo News.
Lebanon's Hezbollah buried the son of its slain former military commander after an Israeli strike that killed six of its fighters and raised tensions between the longtime foes. (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
11:04 GMT
Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi announced Monday a delay in delivering weapons to the Lebanese Army.
 A file picture taken on June 2, 2012 shows Alaa (R) and Gamal Mubarak, sons of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, standing inside a cage in a courtroom during their verdict hearing in Cairo on. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT
Ousted President Hosni Mubarak's sons were released from prison after having already served the maximum pre-trial detention period of 18 months.
Syrian Kurdish children sit outside tents in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa. (AFP/Getty Images/Aris Messinis)
10:03 GMT
Turkey opened its largest refugee camp, which at maximum capacity will host 35,000 Syrians, many of whom are fleeing the violence in Kobani.
A Yemeni supporter of the separatist Southern Movement stands in front of their movement's flag as they try to set up a checkpoint on January 25, 2015 in the southern city of Aden. (AFP/STR)
09:11 GMT
Several Yemeni provinces have cut off ties with the capital Sana’a, now under the virtual control of the Houthi movement, as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Yemen’s streets to protest the group’s control over large parts of the country.
Shiite Houthi rebels fight with Yemeni protesters during a rally against the control of the capital by Houthi rebels in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:43 GMT
In preparation for imminent protests, a large number of Houthi militants have been deployed in Sanaa.
An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles on Amal Farms in Quneitra earlier this month, killing numerous Hezbollah officers. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
07:36 GMT
In light of the recent helicopter airstrike which killed numerous Hezbollah officers, Israel issued a warning not to attack any Israeli institutions abroad.
The port, which has been under a blockade since 2006, will allow Palestinians to travel internationally. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
07:26 GMT
A ministerial committee announced plans to prepare for the opening of the port for international travel. Currently use of the port is restricted to fishing.
Syrian men walk on a street covered with dust following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, on January 25, 2015. In central Damascus, five civilians and two soldiers were also killed and dozens of people wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (AFP / ABD )
07:14 GMT
Syrian men walk on a street covered with dust following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, on January 25, 2015.
Police have since launched an investigation into the incident. (AFP)
07:12 GMT
The police officer was fatally shot in the head while in his car in Miryata.
Even social media sites like Facebook will be blocked if they fail to implement the court order. (Shutterstock)
07:06 GMT
Turkish court ordered to block all websites that insult the Prophet Muhammad, including Facebook, the world's biggest social network.
Clashes erupted across the country on the 4th anniversary of the uprising. (Photo:AFP)
06:00 GMT
At least 18 people, including three policeman, have died at protests around the country on the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, the health ministry announced Sunday.
Sinai-based militants have carried out numerous attacks in the region in recent months. (Photo: AFP)
05:00 GMT
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has extended a curfew in parts of North Sinai by another three months, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

January 25, 2015

One of the Japanese hostages is reportedly still alive.
20:10 GMT
Daesh radio confirmed on Sunday that its terrorists have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death, according to AFP.
General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in an Israeli attack last week. (Photo: AFP)
16:31 GMT
An Iranian general killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian Golan Heights last week was targeted because he kept his cellphone on - allowing Israeli intelligence to track his whereabouts, Al-Joumhouria reported.
Libya has seen constant clashes between government forces and rival militia groups. (Photo: AFP)
15:43 GMT
The deputy foreign minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government has been kidnapped in the eastern city of al-Bayda.
The rocket and mortar attacks on central Damascus were in retaliation for air raids carried about by the Syrian regime. (Photo: AFP File/SANAA)
15:25 GMT
Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.
(Photo: EMAD EL-GEBALY /AFP)
14:48 GMT
Five people have died at protests in several parts of Egypt on the fourth anniversary of the January 2011 uprising, the health ministry announced Sunday.
Similar attacks are a nearly daily occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT
Two bombings in Baghdad have left eight civilians dead and at least 22 wounded.
At least five people were killed in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police and witnesses said. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)
10:23 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday as part of his official visit to the Horn of Africa.
The group's leader, Zahran Alloush, demanded that the Syrian government stop their offensive in Ghouta or else the militant group will retaliate. (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT
A militant commander in Syria has threatened Damascus that terrorists may hit the capital by Katyusha rockets.
Earlier in the month  two Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo Paris offices to “avenge” the publication of cartoons considered disrespectful to the Prophet Muhammad. (AFP/GettyImages/Thomas Coex)
09:41 GMT
Following a decision by an Israeli bookshop to cease in-store sales of Charlie Hebdo because of fear of Muslim push-back, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered Yisrael Beytenu to buy thousands of copies of the weekly to distribute publicly.
A female demonstrator was killed during clashes with Egyptian police in central Cairo Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/MOHAMED EL-RAAY)
09:04 GMT
A bomb was detonated outside a sports club in Cairo's Heliopolis area.
Soldiers and policemen deploy to secure the venue during a rally of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Islamist group's six-year insurgency. (AFP/Tunji Omirin)
08:56 GMT
Insurgents affiliated with the Boko Haram militant group are attacking the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, engaging in heavy fighting with security forces that are trying to repel the assault, multiple sources said Sunday.
The US-led air campaign, which Washington claims aims to degrade Daesh's military capability, remains the subject of debate, with critics pointing to Daesh’s advances and battlefield successes despite the raids.(AFP/DOD /Jonathan Synder)
08:39 GMT
Since the start of the US-led airstrikes against Daesh, only one percent of the supposed "caliphate" has been reclaimed.
Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement place their flag on the Post office in the southern city of Aden. Separatists also seized police checkpoints in Ataq, the provincial capital of Shabwa, as other regions declared they would defy Sanaa following the resignation of Hadi, who is a southerner. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT
Clashes have broken out between Southern Movement supporters and Yemeni security forces, leaving one member of the government forces dead.
Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa in the largest demonstration against Huthis since the Shiite militiamen overran the capital in September. "Down, down with the Huthis' rule," chanted the protesters who rallied following a call by the Rejection Movement -- a group recently formed in provincial areas to challenge the powerful militia. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
07:59 GMT
Yemen's parliament again postponed meeting following the resignation of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, leaving the country's imminent power vacuum unresolved.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga answers questions during a press conference after Daesh released a nearly three-minute recording showing a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding an apparent photograph of Haruna Yukawa's slain body. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
07:43 GMT
Japan's government ministers held emergency meeting in response to the recently released Daesh video.
Shaimaa El-Sabag was allegedly shot and killed at a march in Tahrir Square. (Photo: Courtesy of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party )
07:27 GMT
A woman was killed as security forces dispersed a march by the Socialist Popular Alliance Party on Saturday in central Cairo.
Mourners throw rice and flower petals over the coffin of Lebanese soldier Mohammad Ali Alaeddine, who was killed alongside four other soldiers in clashes with gunmen near the Syrian border, during his funeral on January 24, 2015, in the southern Lebanese village of Majdal Silm. The clashes erupted in the Ras Baalbek area early on January 23, after around 200 gunmen coming from the Qalamun region of Syria attacked a Lebanese military post, according to a security source. (AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
07:24 GMT
Mourners throw rice and flower petals over the coffin of Lebanese soldier Mohammad Ali Alaeddine, who was killed alongside four other soldiers in clashes with gunmen near the Syrian border, during his funeral on January 24, 2015,
Al-Rishawi planned to wear a suicide bomb alongside her husband at a wedding reception in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman in 2005. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT
Daesh reportedly demanded the release of an Iraqi woman detained in Jordan in exchange for a Japanese hostage they have captured.
Shannon Maureen Conley was arrested in the Denver airport. Her arrest foiled her plans to board a plane to Turkey, where she would join Daesh. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
An American woman was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to join Daesh. She planned to join Daesh in Turkey and marry a militant she had never met.
In it's fifth year, the Syrian conflict has so far resulted in an exodus of 3.8 million Syrians into Jordan and Iraq, while another 7.6 have been internally displaced. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Activist network Syrian Network for Human Rights reported in a statement that at least 92 people across Syria were killed in government airstrikes on Friday.

January 24, 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Riyadh Saturday, previously declined an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Riyadh. He will offer his condolences after the death of Saudi King Abdullah.
While the video has not yet been verified by officials, experts have noted the original video, which demanded $200 million ransom on a 72-hour deadline, varies considerably from previous Daesh videos. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT
In an unverified video released Saturday afternoon, Daesh militants claim to have killed the first of two Japanese hostages after the passing of a 72-hour deadline to receive a $200 million ransom, and issues new demands for the release of the second hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.
A lighting offensive by Daesh militants last summer in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that took the country by surprise and sparked a massive Christian exodus to neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
US military's Central Command General Lloyd Austin said US and Iraqi forces are organizing plans to launch a counter-attack in the Daesh-held, northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Among other leaders to offer condolences in Beirut were U.S. Ambassador David Hale and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Following the early Friday death of Saudi King Abdullah, Lebanese officials joined international voices when Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri was consoled by hundreds in downtown Beirut.
This anti-Houthi demonstration is the largest since Houthi rebels raided Sanaa in September. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT
In the aftermath of the collapse of the Yemeni government, thousands are marching in Sanaa in the largest anti-Houthi demonstration yet.
U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah are pictured during a meeting in the White House in 2010. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT
In the wake of the death of Saudi King Abdullah, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to cut his visit to India short and fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
The violence is the latest in a slew of clashes in Lebanon's restive Bekaa Valley area, where militants spill over from Syria and encounter the Lebanese army frequently. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT
Ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and Syrian al-Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front have reportedly left casualties on both sides, with two Lebanese soldiers dead, four wounded and five missing completely in the restive Lebanese border town of Ras Baalbek.
Mohammad al-Zahawi was a leader of Ansar al-Shariah, the Islamist group blamed for the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT
Mohammad al-Zahawi, the leader of Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, died of wounds incurred in an ambush in September.
A members of the Spanish Legion stands beside a goat mascot during a farewell ceremony for the contingent making up part of the "Support Iraq" operation, at the base military "Alvarez de Sotomayor in Almeria" on January 23, 2015, before their departure to Iraq. Soon 200 legionaries will ship out imminently with the primary objective of educating and training members of the Iraqi army. (AFP / JORGE GUERRERO)
08:15 GMT
A members of the Spanish Legion stands beside a goat mascot during a farewell ceremony for the contingent making up part of the "Support Iraq" operation, at the base military "Alvarez de Sotomayor in Almeria on January 23, 2015.
King Salman, although rumored to be in poor health himself, has asserted that a Saudi Arabia under his rule will not differ much from his predecessor and half-brother, King Abdullah. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT
With impending social issues and a tense economic environment at home, and regional and international interests looming outside his country's borders, newly appointed Saudi King Salman has moved quickly to appoint younger heirs, reassuring of a path not far from the late King Abdullah's, and a successor plan for years to come.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday in an effort to finalize a nuclear deal by the March 1 deadline. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif held nuclear talks during the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday. The meeting was their fifth in the latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1.
The news follows an international address by UN Security General Ban Ki-moon Friday, in which the UN leader stressed the deteriorating state of some 7.6 internally displaced people in Syria, and another 3.8 million who have be forced to flee. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT
British-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday an air attack by the Syrian government in the city of Ghouta, outside Damascus, has killed over 40 people, many of the women and children.
Yemen is in the midst of political chaos. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Yemen to support Shia Ansarullah revolutionaries of Houthi movement.

January 23, 2015

King Abdullah was heavily criticized for Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but has been praised for advancing women's rights in the country. (Photo: AFP)
22:20 GMT
Tributes, condolences and kind words have continued to pour in for King Abdullah following his death early on Friday.
Daesh and other Islamic fundamentalists have taken to social media to celebrate the death of the king. (Photo: AFP)
18:16 GMT
Islamic fundamentalists and those who support them took to social media to celebrate the death of the late Saudi King Abdullah on Friday, the Associated Press has reported.
Israel's former president Shimos Peres said King Abdullah was "an experienced leader and a wise king."(Photo: AFP/Gali Tibbon)
16:51 GMT
Israel's former president Shimon Peres Friday said the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was "a real loss for the peace of the Middle East."
World leaders took part in a funeral prayer at the Imam Turki Abdullah mosque in Riyadh. (Photo: AFP Photo/Ho/Saudi TV)
15:23 GMT
Leaders from around the world gathered in Riyadh on Friday for the funeral of King Abdullah who passed away aged 90, after being admitted to hospital in December.
Saudi Arabia has come under widespread criticism for its approach to human rights. (Photo: AFP/Jiji)
14:25 GMT
Amnesty International has lashed out at the Western leaders for turning a blind eye to human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, voicing concern over the fate of the jailed Saudi activist, Raif Badawi.
Lebanon has witnessed increased violence recently that is seen as a spillover from the Syria conflict. (Photo: AFP/Zac Baillie)
11:39 GMT
Daesh militants have reportedly clashed with the Free Syrian Army in eastern Lebanon, which has been suffering from a spillover of the Syria crisis.
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman has given the post of defense minister to his son. (Photo: Fayez Nurdeline/AFP File)
11:26 GMT
The new Saudi king has appointed his son as the country's new defense minister, Saudi state television has reported.
Concerns have been raised over the health of the new king. (Photo: AFP)
10:31 GMT
The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah earlier this morning has placed the crown in the hands of his younger half-brother King Salman. But who is this veteran ruler?
Saudi Arabia's new king had served as defense minister since 2011. (Photo: AFP)
09:59 GMT
Saudi Arabia's new king promised Friday to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech, taking control of the kingdom after the death of its 90-year-old ruler.
Many countries in the region have declared periods of mourning following Saudi King Abdullah's death. (Photo: AFP/Awad Awad)
09:36 GMT
Leaders from across the Middle East have paid tribute to the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died on Friday morning.
Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Laskhar Gah city of Helmand on January 22, 2015. Police commander in southern Helmand, Sayed Rahman Shayeq told AFP that a suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden minivan blew himself up next to a convoy of Afghan police in Laskhar Gah city of Helmand killing at least two, one police and one civilian, and wounding around 20 others. (AFP / Noor Mohammad)
08:59 GMT
Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Laskhar Gah city of Helmand on January 22, 2015.
King Abdullah had ruled Saudi Arabia since 2006. (Photo: AFP)
08:08 GMT
President Obama has released a statement in response to King Abdullah's death, Reuters has reported.
Large parts of Anbar province are under Daesh control. (Photo: AFP/STR)
07:26 GMT
Daesh has reportedly turned over 1,500 schools in Iraq's Anbar province into military barracks, local sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.
The resignation follows months of political turmoil and violence in Yemen. (Photo: AFP)
07:00 GMT
Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi handed in his resignation on Thursday, not long after his Cabinet stepped down. It follows months of fighting in the country and comes just days after the government and Houthi rebels reached a peace deal.
King Abdullah was admitted to hospital in December. (Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
06:39 GMT
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died aged 90, after being admitted to hospital in December. He will be succeeded by his brother, Crown Prince Salman.
In additional comments, Hammond stressed that any ground activity to combat the group would be done by a reconstructed Iraqi army, and British ground troops would not be involved. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
As Europe remains tense after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, British Foreign Secretary Philiip Hammond said he believed the greatest threat to British soil was a Daesh attack by sympathizers living in the UK.

January 22, 2015

The shooting comes just days after rebel groups and government bodies agreed to a ceasefire in war-torn Libya. (AFP/File)
21:00 GMT
Armed men opened fire on the car of Libya's head of security Colonel Senussi Kaiba Thursday, killing him and his driver in the coastal, Islamist city of Sirte.
The US announced a train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels in the northern and southern fronts of war-torn Syria, which is set to launch in March. (AFP/File)
18:05 GMT
Syrian opposition umbrella group Syrian National Coalition (SNC) received $6 million from the US, marking the first direct financial aid from Washington to reach the group.
UN figures have named last December Iraq's deadliest month since 2008, with over 1,800 wounded and more than 1,100 killed in militant attacks across the country. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT
Just north of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, eight were killed and more wounded when a bomb exploded near a military base Thursday, according to official sources.
Clashes between Lebanese residents and Syrian militants have arisen in higher frequency in the restive border town of Arsal as tensions over state of Syrian refugees in the area boils over. (AFP/FIle)
16:46 GMT
After three residents of the northeast border town of Arsal were kidnapped earlier this week, gunmen released two of the three hostages Thursday, but a 36-year-old businessman remains detained.
The car bomb incident follows a series of planned attacks in the restive Lebanese border town of Arsal, where clashes flare up regularly between militants and the Lebanese army. (AFP/File)
16:01 GMT
The Lebanese army uncovered a car packed with explosives in a village in east Lebanon, security sources said Thursday.
The sons of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Gamal (L) and Alaa (R) behind the defendants' cage during their retrial at the Police Academy in Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
14:06 GMT
An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the two sons of the ousted dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
“On average 700 Palestinian children a year, appear before Israel's military court,” said the United Nations. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
13:27 GMT
Malak al-Khatib, age 14, was sentenced by Israeli courts to two months in jail and a $1,523 fine for allegedly throwing rocks and possessing a knife.
The site of an Iraqi suicide bomb. (AFP/Getty Images)
13:13 GMT
Suicide bomb in Taji killed nine and injured 14 in the Taji area of Iraq.
A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter. (AFP/Khaled Khatib)
12:54 GMT
The Syrian government reportedly dropped barrel bombs in Homs killing 13, including two children.
Iraq's army launched the attacks alongside Kurdish forces as part of a long-term operation against Daesh in Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:03 GMT
Kurdish troops and Iraq's military launched joint attacks on Daesh in Mosul with the support of US-led coalition strikes in the area.
Onlookers watch a large TV screen in Tokyo showing reports about two Japanese nationals who were kidnapped by Daesh. (January 20, 2015)
11:14 GMT
Japan's government made last attempts to free two hostages being held by Daesh militants in Syria as the three-day ultimatum given by the group entered day two.
Rahimi served as vice-president under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
10:45 GMT
Former Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi was convicted of unspecified crimes in connection with a money laundering and embezzlement scheme.
Syrian opposition members attend a conference to discuss the forthcoming Moscow meeting, in Damascus, on January 19, 2015. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
10:12 GMT
Syria's opposition interim government received $6 million from the US government for implementing development and relief projects in areas liberated by the "moderate Syrian opposition".
The 45 men from the Gaza Strip had been in Egyptian custody for several months. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
Egyptian authorities released 45 Palestinians from Gaza for attempting to travel by sea to Europe without any travel documents.
Protesters hold up posters of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour during a pro-government rally in Sanaa, August 24, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:39 GMT
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi reached a peace agreement with Houthi militants according to a senior official from the group Thursday.
An Israeli police officer drives the bus on which a Palestinian man stabbed at least five people on a Tel Aviv bus following the incident on January 21, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez)
09:32 GMT
The condition of Herzl Biton, the driver of the bus which was attacked by a Palestinian man, improved after he underwent surgery.
The White House expressed displeasure at the invitation hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked to speak at Congress. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcome "any time" to give a speech in America, despite the White House expressing displeasure at the invitation being expressed to the premier, hours earlier.
Iranian protesters pour kerosene on an Israeli flag during the funeral procession of Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, who was killed in an Israeli air strike on the weekend on Syria. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
08:39 GMT
Iran redraws borders in the Middle east following an Israeli helicopter attack on Golan Heights, which Tehran claimed was an effort to disrupt US-Iran negotiations.
Hashim Safieddin (C), head of Hezbollah's political bureau, arrives to attend the funeral of Hezbollah military leader Mohammed Issa, a senior commander responsible for Hezbollah operations in Syria and Iraq, one of the six Hezbollah fighters killed in an Israeli strike near Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, in the southern Lebanese village of Arab Salim. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
08:00 GMT
The Israeli airstrikes on Golan Heights has ushered in a new phase of strategic resistance by Syria and Hezbollah; but who will lead, what will retaliation look like, and how will the conflict escalate?
Israeli soldiers ready a tank as they hold position on the border with Lebanon, January 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
Israeli towns were gripped in a state of panic over the possibility of a reprisal attack following an airstrike last week, which killed six Hezbollah fighters.
Israeli soldiers drive a vehicle as the army closes roads for security reasons in northern Israel along the border with Lebanon on January 21, 2015. Six fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah were killed on January 18 in an Israeli air raid near Quneitra on the Syria-controlled side of the Golan Heights. AFP/ JALAA MAREY
07:21 GMT
Israeli soldiers drive a vehicle as the army closes roads for security reasons in northern Israel along the border with Lebanon on January 21, 2015.
Several leaders from the militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan pledged allegiance to Daesh last year. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT
Pakistani security forces arrested an ISIL militant and two accomplices in the city of Lahore. According to a senior security official, the Syrian man was setting up terrorist networks in the country.
Israeli forces destroy a Palestinian home for allegedly being built without a permit in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, October 29, 2013. (AFP/File)
06:39 GMT
Israeli forces destroyed a third Palestinian building within two days in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shufat.
The rebel Houthi movement has launched an increasing number of attacks since September. (Photo: AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
06:00 GMT
Yemen's president has reached an agreement with Houthi rebels to end a violent standoff in the capital Sana'a and to prevent further escalations.
Tony Blair has insisted he is not to blame for the delays. (Photo: AFP/Pool/Stefan Rousseau)
05:00 GMT
The delay of a long-awaited official report on the British government’s decision to join the US-led war with Iraq in 2003 sparked outcry among legislators and political activists on Wednesday.

January 21, 2015

The offensive was launched in north Iraq by Peshmerga and government forces. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
17:36 GMT
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, backed by government forces, have launched a large-scale operation against Daesh in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh.
Boko Haram's alleged leader Abubakar Shekau released a video claiming responsibility for the attacks in Baga, Nigeria earlier this month. (AFP/Getty Images/HO)
14:31 GMT
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the massacres in Baga and Doron Baga, which occurred earlier in January 2015.
Israeli forensics examine the scene of an attack after Hamza Muhammad Hasan Matro, age 23, stabbed at least five people on a Tel Aviv bus on January 21, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez)
14:01 GMT
Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matrouk from Tulkarm refugee camp was identified as the assailant behind the Tel Aviv bus stabbing.
Government forces regained control of parts of Homs in May 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
13:39 GMT
The bomb was detonated in a majority Alawite neighborhood of Homs.
Kenji Goto (left) and Haruna Yukawa (right) are Daesh's first Japanese hostages. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT
Japanese journalist Kenji Goto went to Raqqa to find his friend and fellow hostage Haruna Yukawa when he was abducted by Daesh.
What began as an effort to save trees in Gezi Park eventually morphed into a violent anti-government protest. (AFP/File)
12:56 GMT
A Turkish Court convicted two police officers of beating 19-year-old student Ali Ismail Korkmaz to death during the 2013 Gezi Park protests.
A tank takes position near the presidential palace in Sanaa, following a coup by Houthi militants, January 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT
Armed Houthi fighters replaced the presidential guard Wednesday outside the private residence of the country's premier, Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, following a coup.
US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech, January 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:18 GMT
US President Barack Obama said he would veto any plans to place additional sanctions on Iran during his State of the Union speech Wednesday.