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Suad Al Shammari had been held in jail in Jeddah since October.  (Photo: AFP/File)
17:37 GMT
A Saudi activist who has been reportedly detained for three months in the Red Sea city of Jeddah for a tweet was released on Sunday.
Conference participants stressed the importance of speeding up the process of finding a solution to the conflict in Yemen. (Photo: AFP/File)
17:09 GMT
A National Dialogue Conference in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, has called on the army to deal with terrorist and extremist groups operating in the Arab country.
The UN said the worst affected area was Baghdad. (Photo: AFP File/Marwan Ibrahim)
16:11 GMT
Fighting and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people including 790 civilians in January, the United Nations said on Sunday.
The bus was carrying Shia pilgrims around the Syrian capital. (Photo: AFP/File)
15:40 GMT
Seven people have been killed and more than 20 injured after a Lebanese bus exploded in Damascus, AFP reported.
Moaz al-Kassasbeh was captured by Daesh on December 24. (Photo: AFP/File)
15:18 GMT
Jordan has pledged to save a Jordanian pilot held hostage by Daesh following an announcement by the terrorist group that it has beheaded a Japanese hostage.
Journalist Peter Greste was arrested in December 2013. (Photo: AFP)
14:53 GMT
Families of journalists involved in the Al Jazeera trial, said that Australian journalist Peter Greste left prison early Sunday morning.
The bus was carrying Shia pilgrims around the Syrian capital. (Photo: AFP/File)
14:36 GMT
Seven people have been killed and more than 20 injured after a Lebanese bus exploded in Damascus, AFP reported.
Human Rights Watch has criticized the US for frequent drone attacks in Yemen. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT
Four people were killed by a US drone attack in Yemen's southern province of Shabwa, though it remains unclear if the targets were civilians or militants.
Jordan's government said it would exchange Sajida al-Rishawi (right), for captured pilot Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT
As the sunset deadline given by Daesh to Jordan's government on Thursday passed, the fate of captured pilot Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh remains unknown. Three days later, his family awaits in limbo.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said "the rules of the game have been changed," following a Hezbollah attack on the IDF. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Sunday said another war with Lebanon was "inevitable" following a Hezbollah attack on an IDF convoy that killed two soldiers.
A file picture shows a damaged UN watchtower following Israeli clashes with Hezbollah in the southern Lebanese village of Abbassiyeh, near the border with Israel, January 29, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT
Footage has emerged of Israeli forces allegedly shelling UN peacekeepers during the recent clashes with Hezbollah on the Lebanese border.
Three checkpoints were attacked by militants in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, late on Saturday. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT
Militants attacked three army checkpoints in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula late Saturday, wounding at least six soldiers.
Iraqi troops stand outside a military base in the Anbar province, prior to a conference on fighting Daesh, November 11, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT
Iraqi security forces killed at least 45 Daesh militants Saturday in the Iraqi province of Anbar, while US-led coalition strikes hit five people in the town of Al-Qa'im.
Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was beheaded in a video released by Daesh on Saturday. (Image: Screenshot)
07:51 GMT
US President Barack Obama called the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto a "heinous murder" after the Japanese hostage was executed by Daesh Saturday.
Israeli soldiers opened fire after a group of Palestinian youths hurled Molotov cocktails at settler cars driving past. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian in the West Bank city of Nablus late Saturday, according to local sources.
A woman wears a placard reading "Bubbles of Sodastream, Tears of Palestinians" during a demonstration, on January 31, 2015 on the sidelines of the 42nd Angouleme International Comics Festival (Festival international de la bande dessinee d'Angouleme) to protest against the partnership between the comics festival and the Israeli drinks firm SodaStream, in Angouleme, western France. Sodastream, hit by international boycott calls, claims its factory in the Jewish settlement of Mishor Adumim in the occupied West Bank, is a "model of integration" employing 500 Palestinians, 450 Arab Israelis and 350 Israeli Jews on the same salaries and with the same social security benefits. Palestinian employees "receive salaries four or five times that of the average wage in the territories controlled by Palestinian authorities", it has said. (AFP / PIERRE DUFFOUR)
07:13 GMT
A woman wears a placard reading "Bubbles of Sodastream, Tears of Palestinians" during a demonstration, on January 31, 2015 on the sidelines of the 42nd Angouleme International Comics Festival.
The US and its allies have been carrying out airstrikes on Daesh positions since September.(Photo: AFP)
06:00 GMT
For the first time since it was reported last week, Isis has confirmed that it has been driven out of the Syrian town of Kobani — but said it will return to attack.
The ousted president is accused of espionage and collaborating with foreign groups to commit acts of terrorism in Egypt. (Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)
05:00 GMT
Ousted president Mohamed Morsi will receive a final verdict in his trial on charges of espionage on 16 May.

January 31, 2015

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto had been held by Daesh since October, 2014. (AFP/File)
21:05 GMT
Daesh militants have beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto in a new video Saturday, according to unverified reports from the SITE monitoring group.
The Yemeni parliament has not yet accepted Hadi's resignation. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
17:36 GMT
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi says he is sticking by his decision to resign and that he has no plan to reconsider his decision.
The verdict of the court in Cairo stays memebers of the group in Egypt will be labelled a "terrorist element." (Photo: AFP)
13:26 GMT
A Cairo court has declared Hamas’ military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, a terrorist organisation.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. (Photo: AFP/File)
12:37 GMT
At least nine people have been killed and several others wounded during separate bomb attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, sources say.
The money will be used to help Syrian refugees get through the winter in Lebanon's refugee camps. (Photo: Hassan Jarah/AFP)
11:45 GMT
An EU delegation announced Saturday that it has pledged 37 million euros ($42 million) in emergency winter aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Imag Mugniyeh died in bomb attack in Syria seven years ago. (Photo: AFP)
10:01 GMT
Imad Mughniyeh, the global operations chief of Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah who died in a bomb blast in Damascus on February 12, 2008, was reportedly assassinated in a joint Mossad-CIA operation that required special approval from president George W. Bush.
A photo taken on January 30, 2015 shows the eastern part of the destroyed Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab. Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier on January 26, in a symbolic blow to the jihadists who have seized large swathes of territory in their onslaught across Syria and Iraq. (AFP/BULENT KILIC)
08:47 GMT
A photo taken on January 30, 2015 shows the eastern part of the destroyed Syrian town of Kobane.
Japan's deputy foreign minister said there had been no progress in securing the release of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian pilot. (Photo: YouTube)
07:51 GMT
Negotiations with Daesh over the fate of two hostages they are holding are "deadlocked", Japan's deputy foreign minister has said
AQAP's ideological leader has called for further attacks against the West. (Photo: Screenshot from YouTube)
07:17 GMT
Al-Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP) has named France as its top enemy over the US, AFP has reported. The group's chief ideological leader Ibrahim al-Rubaish said this was because of the "weakening" of the US in recent years.
The expert reportedly worked under Saddam Hussein's regime before joining Al-Qaeda and then Daesh. (Photo:AFP/File)
06:41 GMT
The Pentagon says a US-led airstrike has killed a “chemical weapons expert” working for Daesh in northern Iraq.
Fighting spread to Idlib Province, in what Syria analyst Noah Bonsey described as an "instance of Nusra efforts to expand their areas of dominance in Idlib and Aleppo," and eliminate the Western-backed groups from northern Syria. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Fighting between the al-Nusra Front ad the Western-backed rebels spread from Aleppo into Idlib on Friday.
Bahraini demonstrators protest the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of the al-Wefaq opposition movement. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Bahrain forces cracked down on those protesting the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman of the al-Wefaq opposition group on Friday in the town of Diraz.

January 30, 2015

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday: “We do not want a war, but we do not fear it... We have the right to confront the enemy at any time, place, or manner.” (AFP/File)
16:58 GMT
Hezbollah leader Nasrallah delivered a speech Friday regarding the Israeli attack on the Syrian Golan Heights. He asserted that Hezbollah is not afraid of war with Israel.
The injured victim was rushed to the hospital. He is now in stable condition. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT
Unknown gunmen attacked two U.S. citizens in Saudi Arabia on Friday. One of the victims was injured, but he his currently in stable condition.
The father of captured pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh protests outside the Royal Court in Amman, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
15:42 GMT
Jordan's government on Friday threatened to hang Sajida al-Rishawi and other Daesh prisoners if the captured pilot is killed by the militant group.
A senior commander was among the six Peshmerga fighters killed in the attack. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT
Daesh launched a surprise assault on Kirkuk, an oil-rich city in northern Iraq. The attacks killed at least six Peshmerga fighters, including a senior commander.
Israel will build the homes in four West Bank settlements, including Elkana, pictured above. (AFP/File)
12:13 GMT
The Israeli government published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the West Bank. A Palestinian official condemned the measure as a "war crime."
The bombs exploded in Bab al-Sharqi, a popular market in central Baghdad. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
Two bombs killed 12 civilians in Baghdad Friday morning. The bombs exploded in a popular market in Bab al-Sharqi.
The militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis changed its name to Sinai Province after pledging allegiance to Daesh last year. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT
Daesh's Egypt wing, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Sinai Peninsula. At least 26 security personnel were killed.
The Syrian ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari led the Syrian government delegation. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
Syria peace talks ended in Moscow with little result. The parties agreed to reconvene for another round of talks, but did not set a date.
Lebanese army troops drive an armoured personnel carrier in the village of Ras Baalbak in the eastern Bekaa Valley near the border with Syria during clashes between Islamist fighters and Lebanese troops on Jananuary 23, 2015, leaving casualties on both sides. (AFP)
05:00 GMT
In the 25th edition of its world report HRW alleged various human rights violations in Lebanon with regard to discrimination, violence, government regulations and judicial decisions.

January 29, 2015

Troops man a checkpoint in the Sinai. (File photo)
20:53 GMT
At least 20 people, including civilians, were killed in a series of militant attacks involving car bombs and mortar rounds in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
King Salman has announced several major cabinet moves. (File photo)
20:32 GMT
Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is staying in place, Reuters reported.
An Egyptian demonstrator shouts slogans during a women's demonstration in Cairo on January 29, 2015 protesting the killing of Shaima al-Sabbagh, who was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare left-wing protest in central Cairo on January 25, 2015. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
17:00 GMT
Protesters held signs commemorating Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh and Sondos Abu-Bakr, both of whom were killed by police forces during demonstrations.
Muath Kasasbeh and Sajida al-Rishawi (File photo).
16:36 GMT
The New York Times is reporting that negotiations between Jordan and Isis appeared to have collapsed, citing a source in contact with Jordanian officials.
Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani addressed the press earlier today. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
14:44 GMT
Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani announced the government demands proof of life for the Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh before they will consider a prisoner exchange for Sajida al-Rashawi.
Iraqi Sunni fighters from the Jubur tribe rest after defeating Daesh in the village of Sharween in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. The symbolic victory for Baghdad, which has at times struggled to push Daesh back, could clear the way for further advances against the jihadists. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
13:36 GMT
The probe will investigate accusations made by Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province that pro-government militias killed more than 72 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Daesh.
Attacks like these have become a common occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES/Arwan Ibrahim)
12:55 GMT
A series of attacks occurred in and around Iraq's capital city of Baghdad, killing a total of nine people and injuring 32 others.
Yemeni Shiite supporters of the Huthi movement march in support of the Shiite movement's uprising, in the capital Sanaa. Yemen faced a dangerous power vacuum after its president announced his resignation over a deadly standoff with Shiite militia controlling the capital and lawmakers called an emergency weekend session. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:35 GMT
The government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, which resigned last week, has said it is no longer responsible for running Yemen's affairs
The Israeli received training in weapons, preparing explosives and carrying out missions for the groups. (AFP/Guillaume Briquet)
11:09 GMT
Amin Ahmed Salah Snobar, age 24, traveled to Syria to train with two al-Qaeda affiliates before returning to Israel.
Both sides have disputed major differences during talks, leading to missing two deadlines in 2014. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT
Officials from Iran are due to meet with members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul Thursday in a bid to secure a longterm deal over Tehran's nuclear program.
Abu Khaled of Australia speaks flanked by other Daesh jihadists in propaganda video. (Image: Screenshot)
10:28 GMT
20,730 foreign fighters, including about 11,000 people from the Middle East, went to Iraq and Syria.
A protester covers his face with a Palestinian flag during an attack on the UN headquarters in Gaza City, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT
Palestinian protesters attacked the United Nations compound in Gaza following the UN's decision to halt funding for rebuilding homes destroyed during the Israeli war with Hamas.
Armed members of the Shia Houthi group guard a demonstration in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, January 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:01 GMT
Seven Houthi fighters were killed following a suspected Al Qaeda attack in the Yemeni central province of al-Bayda Thursday.
An Egyptian riot police man stands guard in a street in the Egyptian city of Port Said.
(AFP Photo\ Stringer)
09:24 GMT
Three were injured in an explosion in a bus station in Port Said in the early hours of Thursday, Aswat Masryia reported.
Israeli troops carry an injured soldier in the village of Ghajar following a Hezbollah attack, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT
US spokesperson Jen Psaki called on both Israel and Lebanon to "respect the blue line" between both countries and condemned yesterday's Hezbollah attack, which left two Israeli soldiers dead.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) greets President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin before a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on January 26, 2105. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
07:56 GMT
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the attack, urging the UN to publicly condemn Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization."
An Israeli soldier stands next to a burnt out vehicle in the village of Ghajar following a Hezbollah attack, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT
After at least two Israeli soldiers were killed following a Hezbollah ambush Wednesday, it is clear both sides have a long and turbulent history. Here's a recap.
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks to the press following his official appointment by President Michel Sleiman. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
07:42 GMT
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam received assurance from Hezbollah that the recent clashes on the border will not lead to full scale war with Israel.
Safi al-Kassasbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (portrait), who was captured by Islamic State (IS) group militants on December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria, protests outside the Royal court in Amman on January 28, 2015. The IS group threatened to kill the Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist within 24 hours unless Jordan frees a jailed female militant. (AFP / KHALIL MAZRAAWI)
07:29 GMT
Safi al-Kassasbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (portrait), who was captured by Islamic State (IS) group militants on December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria, protests outside the Royal court in Amman on January 28, 2015.
The Iraqi army, backed by volunteers, would soon launch the massive operation to retake more areas from the militants across the troubled region, according to security sources. (AFP/Welayat Salahuddin)
07:16 GMT
A senior Daesh commander has been killed together with a dozen of his comrades during a missile strike carried out by the Iraqi army in the troubled northern province of Salahuddin.
The wife of captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh, is comforted by a relative outside the King's palace, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT
Daesh militants set a new deadline to exchange Sajida al-Rishawi for captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh by sunset in a new audio recording released Thursday.
Last year, six senior Taliban commanders pledged allegiance to Daesh in Pakistan. (AFP/File)
06:41 GMT
A Pakistani militant affiliated with Daesh allegedly received funding from the US to sent recruits to Syria, according to a leading newspaper.
People demonstrate against German right-wing movement PEGIDA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Jan. 26. Around 15,000 people took part in the demonstration, according to the police. (AFP/Christoph Schmidt)
05:00 GMT
The German anti-Muslim and immigrant group PEGIDA has been thrown into further disarray as it lost its second leader in one week.
Safi al-Kaseasbeh, father of captive Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh, exits a royal palace in Amman  Wednesday, January 29 after a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah to discuss ongoing negotiations for his son's release from Daesh militants. (Al Bawaba/Alisa Reznick)
02:07 GMT
As a 24-hour deadline for the release of Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi closes without a swap deal, tensions run high in Jordan over fate of captive pilot Muath Kasasbeh, and Daesh releases a new audio recording promising "immediate" execution for both captives if new swap deadline is not met.

January 28, 2015

sraeli soldiers carry their injured comrade in the divided village of Ghajar after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon on Jan. 28. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
18:58 GMT
A UNIFIL soldier – part of a Spanish unit – was also killed in the violence.
Earlier Wednesday, a UNIFIL peacekeeper was killed in cross border fire, while Israel's military said two soldiers were killed and seven wounded.
17:37 GMT
After a Hezbollah strikes on an Israeli military convoy in south Lebanon Wednesday, the Lebanese militant group receives mixed reactions from the international community.
Smoke from Israeli shelling covers the Lebanese town of Al-Majidiyah (L) on the Lebanese border with Israel as the town of Al-Ghajar is seen on the right. Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack against a military convoy in an Israeli-occupied border area. (AFP/Ali Dia)
15:10 GMT
The Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed two soldiers died and seven more were injured as a result of a Hezbollah anti-tank guided missile attack early today.
A Daesh militant holds the remains of Muath al-Kasasbeh's plane, which was shot down over the militant's unofficial capital, Raqqa. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
Despite claims made by media agencies, Nasser Judeh of the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied Sajida al-Rishawi has been returned to Iraq.
Displaced Iraqis from Mosul and Tal Afar city gather to protest in the southern city of Najaf against their living conditions, asking Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to push the central government to liberate their areas from Daesh. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
14:02 GMT
An Iraqi security source says members of Daesh have abducted approximately 30 people in the troubled northern province of Nineveh, as they continue to wreak havoc in the areas under their control.
Israeli soldiers carry their injured comrade after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon on January 28, 2015. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
13:25 GMT
Hamas praised Hezbollah for their attack on Israeli soldiers earlier today.
A mortar shell sits in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on January 28, 2015. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on January 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
12:45 GMT
The Kurds have reclaimed Kobani, a symbolic and strategic blow against Daesh, who lost numerous fighters in the battle.
Bahraini protesters march during a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman (on the posters), head of the Shiite opposition movement al-Wefaq, in Salman's home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama on January 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
12:28 GMT
Sheikh Salman, leader of Bahrain's opposition movement, denied all charges against him in court today.
Daesh militants kidnapped Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh in December, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT
Jordan will release Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi in exchange for the captured pilot, Mu'ath Kasasbeh, according to a government spokesperson.
A peacekeeper of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) speaks on his talkie-walkie in front of a billboard bearing a portrait of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a patrol in the southern Lebanese town of Adaysseh, near the border with Israel. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
10:41 GMT
Heavy crossfire is occurring across the Israeli-Lebanese border. Lebanon is using guided anti-tank missiles in Northern Israeli.
The settler attempted to drag the 14-year-old to a car before the teen managed to escape. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
A 14-year-old Palestinian boy was injured after an Israeli settler attempted to kidnap the teen near Silwan in Jerusalem Wednesday.
An Israeli army 155mm mobile artillery battery is stationed near the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on January 28, 2015 . At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied plateau the previous day prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
10:02 GMT
The Israeli Defence Forces have begun drilling on the Israeli-Lebanese border in response to local residents' fear of possible attacks by Hezbollah.
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was jailed in 2005 after a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman. (Image: 9 News)
09:56 GMT
Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi is due to be released within hours following last attempts by Jordan and Japan to free the two hostages being held by Daesh.
Father of the pilot, Safi al-Kasasbeh called on Jordan's government to help free his son before the Daesh deadline passes. (Al Bawaba/File)
08:44 GMT
Thousands of protesters along with family members of the captured Jordanian pilot gathered in Amman and Karak late Tuesday after Daesh militants announced they would execute the hostage within 24 hours.
Bahraini protesters dodge tear gas canisters during clashes with police after a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, in Salman's home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama on January 26, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed al-Sheikh)
07:58 GMT
Bahrain's opposition leader Sheikh Salman will stand trial today having been accused of “promoting regime change by force, threats, and illegal means, and of insulting the Interior Ministry publicly."
Assir, the eldest of five children, was born in 1968 to a Shiite mother and a Sunni father, renowned for taking part in a TV singing competition, “Studio El Fan.” (AFP/Getty Images)
07:50 GMT
Daesh decided to appoint the Salafi Sheikh Ahamd Assir to be the new emir of Lebanon.
Yemeni members of a local popular committee, which consists of a group of volunteers who maintain security in their region, stand in the street, some of them barefoot and one holding an anti tank rocket launcher, in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, on January 27, 2015. (AFP/STR)
07:35 GMT
Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi announced his plans for a peaceful transfer of power following the coup.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (R) speaks to reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo early on January 28, 2015. Japan has asked Jordan for help after the Islamic State jihadist group threatened to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant. (AFP / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA)
07:14 GMT
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (R) speaks to reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo early on January 28, 2015.
Libyan security forces surround the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli during the attack, which left several people dead, January 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT
The UN Security Council condemned the Libya hotel attack in Tripoli, which left several people dead Tuesday.
Armored Israeli vehicles are stationed close the the border with Syria, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, January 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:43 GMT
Israeli forces overnight Wednesday hit Syrian army positions in the occupied Golan Heights, hours after rockets had been fired from the area.
Sources say the displaced Iraqi families are not able to protect themselves, while many are living in unoccupied public buildings or mosques. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
06:00 GMT
The UN food agency has warned of a looming refugee crisis across the relatively peaceful southern regions of Iraq.
Kurdish people flash the V for victory sign during a celebration rally near the Turkish-Syrian border at Suruc, in Sanliurfa province. Kurdish fighters have expelled Islamic State group militants from the Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitor and spokesman said today, dealing a key symbolic blow to the jihadists' ambitions. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC
05:00 GMT
US State Department officials said it was too early to consider the "mission accomplished" in Kobani

January 27, 2015

Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.(Image:YouTube)
15:44 GMT
Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.
Libyan security forces surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015 in the Libyan capital. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
15:40 GMT
The prominent Tripoli hotel that was attacked by Daesh earlier today is now empty after security forces rescued 12 expats from the 26th floor.
A Shiite Huthi militiaman, wearing uniform confiscated from the Yemeni army, mans a checkpoint on a street leading to the US embassy compound in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
15:06 GMT
Presidential aide Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was released to tribes in southern Yemeni province after having been kidnapped by Houthi rebels.
Located west of the capital Baghdad, Iraq's international airport is outside the restive Anbar province, prompting several Western airlines to pull back from Iraqi airspace in recent months.
14:27 GMT
Lebanese carrier Middle East Airlines suspended all flights to and from Baghdad, joining a growing list of airlines who have cancelled service to the Iraqi capital following a gunfire incident Monday night on a flydubai passenger aircraft landing at the Baghdad International Airport.
An Israeli solider walks near an Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:58 GMT
Syrian media has reported Israeli artillery fire at a Syrian military based in Golan Heights.
A hotel employee told the AP five assailants were still inside the building and engaged with Libyan security forces. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
Masked gunmen stormed a popular hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli Tuesday morning following a car bomb explosion in the parking lot. Daesh-linked militants claimed responsibility for the attack as
Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz was born on August 30, 1959. He is one of the sons of the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz from his wife, Princess Jawhara bint Abdulaziz bin Musaid bin Jalawi al-Saud.(AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
13:22 GMT
The new Saudi King Salman declared the name of the deputy crown prince: Mohammed bin Nayef, the first grandson of the founder King Abdulaziz to assume the post. But who is the man that will carry the banner of the House of Saud in ruling Saudi Arabia in the future?
President Erdogan predicts grave problems in the future if the Kurds take gull control of northern Syria. (AFP/Getty Images/Nikolay Doychinov)
12:52 GMT
According to a report, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to accept the idea of a Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.
Muath Kasasbeh has been held by Daesh since his plane went down more than a month ago. (File photo)
11:31 GMT
The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Jordan's parliament said Tuesday that the country would "likely" accept a deal to release a prisoner on death row in exchange for a Japanese hostage if the swap also included Jordan's captured fighter pilot.
Facebook has denied that an outage was the result of hacking. (File photo)
10:35 GMT
While hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility, Facebook said the interruption was due to a technical change.
The airline spokesperson said the plane sustained light damage from a slew of bullets as it landed at the Baghdad International Airport last night. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
A spokesperson for flydubai confirmed gunfire on one of its carriers upon landing at the Baghdad airport Monday night, but the attack has so far gone unclaimed.
The key capture of the embattled Syrian city of Kobane by Kurdish forces has instilled more confidence in ground troops' ability to regain control in Daesh-held areas, but US-led airstrikes are still considered to be largely ineffective against the military group. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT
As Iraqi troops hailed success in retaking eastern Iraq's Diyala Monday, Kurdish militia announced the complete drive-out of Daesh militants from the key Syrian border city of Kobane, whose bloody plight has been a focus point in the Kurdish struggle to stave off militants.
Bahrain's main opposition group leader Salman has been in government custody since the end of last December, earning the country international criticism over human rights abuses, and almost-daily protests within its borders. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT
The al-Wefaq opposition group of Bahrain, whose leader Sheikh Ali Salman was detained in December following accusations of trying to overthrow the country's long-standing Al Khalifa regime, has called for economic boycotts ahead of Salman's scheduled trial on Wednesday.
The video comes just days after protests on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution left at least 18 mainly-peaceful demonstrators dead across the country when security forces fired into the crowd. (AFP/File)
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Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, who recently pledged allegiance to Daesh and renamed itself "Sinai Province," released a video on Monday depicting what they said were images of Egyptian security forces mistreating Muslim female protesters, followed by footage of captured police captain Ayman El-Desouki's kidnapping and execution at the hands of the group.
Kurdish people flash the v for victory sign as they celebrate during a demonstration on January 26, 2015 in Diyarbakir. Kurdish fighters have expelled Islamic State group militants from the Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitor and spokesman said, dealing a key symbolic blow to the jihadists' ambitions. (AFP/ILYAS AKENGIN)
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Kurdish people flash the v for victory sign as they celebrate during a demonstration on January 26, 2015