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February 2, 2016

PIA employees blame the new chief for Friday’s baton charge against protesting workers at the Karachi airport. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Police and paramilitary forces used tear gas and water cannons on the demonstrators protesting the airlines' privatization plans. Two died in the clashes while several others were wounded.
Israeli Supreme Court to rule on fate of hunger striking journalist on Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The journalist, Mohammed Al-Qiq, has been on hunger strike for 70 days in protest of his administrative detention in Israeli jail without charge or trial.
A Syrian woman begs for money on a Lebanese street. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Women refugees in Lebanon face exploitation and abuse according to a report by Amnesty International.
Shia fighters from Hashid Shaabi units supporting Iraqi government forces gather on the outskirts of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, to prepare an attack on Isis positions in the city. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Fallujah residents are suffering from food shortages and insufficient medical supplies as a result of the siege. Civilians are also being used as human shields by Daesh militants.
A Syrian man walks through rubble in Aleppo. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
11:30 GMT
With the cover of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian regime forces on the ground gained control of a strategic village near Aleppo and the Turkish border.
Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari (R) gestures as he arrives for Syrian peace talks in Geneva on February 2, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
11:06 GMT
Every day we hear news of hardships and dire conditions suffered by tens of thousands of besieged Syrians.
The UNHCR refugee camp. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
10:30 GMT
The international charity released an analysis on Monday which revealed how many rich nations are giving much less than their fair share to the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis.
Palestinians face home demolitions in both Israel and the West Bank. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
10:00 GMT
Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes, claiming they were built without the appropriate permits. Both were built by families of seven and eight, who planned to move in on Tuesday.
A young boy inspects the damage in a house demolished by Israeli troops in Qalandia on November 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT
After killing Ahmad Sukkari, father of four, the Israeli government has instructed the demolition of the deceased's family home.
Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
07:44 GMT
Military commander commented on Saudi Arabia remaining stuck in a static war while the kingdom enforces a blockade on Yemen.
Syria refugees arrive in Turkey via the Akcakale border crossing on June 15, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT
A denial was issued following a report by German media outlets that Ankara asked the EU for an additional 2 billion euros in aid.
The General Court of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT
The majority of cases are still under investigation, with no set prison sentences.
US soldiers chat as they train Iraq's 72nd Brigade in a live-fire exercise in Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 27, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
05:52 GMT
Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said the battle against the militant group in Syria would be much more complex.
Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP/File)
05:28 GMT
Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi made the comments following speculation that cartoonist Islam Gawish had been arrested for mocking the former army chief.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Ban Ki-moon urged Israeli authorities to stop "lashing out at every well-intentioned critic."

February 1, 2016

Galal’s family received a phone call to retrieve their son’s body from Zeinhom morgue; he had been shot in the head. (AFP/File)
18:30 GMT
Ahmed Galal, a young Egyptian man, was found dead on Sunday after having been reported missing for two weeks.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
The trip comes as opposing factions in Syria’s five-year conflict gather in Geneva for UN-brokered talks.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
The UN official said starvation of people in besieged cities and towns in Syria should not also be ignored.
Cartoonist Islam Gawish. (Twitter)
17:00 GMT
The popular cartoonist was released after being detained for a day.
A picture taken on January 30, 2016 shows debris at the Queen Arwa University campus following a Saudi-led airstrike, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
16:30 GMT
UN report said that the Saudi-led coalition targeted civilians and documented 119 raids that may violate international law.
Egyptian police stand guard at Tahrir Square in Cairo. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
Egypt's constitutional court is currently looking into another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the controversial law.
In 2015, Saudi Arabia ordered the execution of 153 people, the highest for two decades. (Twitter)
15:30 GMT
Ahmed al-Harbi was found guilty of stabbing and shooting fellow Saudi national Fahed al-Balawi in a dispute.
Families of victims are to receive compensation from the governorate in addition to the Social Solidarity Ministry. (Twitter)
15:00 GMT
The detained suspect was accused of endangering the lives of citizens and the unintentional injury and killing of others.
Workers survey the aftermath of a crane that collapsed at Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing more than 100 worshippers. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
The suspects include directors, technicians, project leaders, and at least ten from the public sector.
More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria in four years of conflict, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
14:00 GMT
Reports of additional Russian airstrikes on Aleppo said four people have been killed and a further 60 have been injured.
Hundreds of unemployed youth in Tunisia. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Tunisia is launching a new program to engage youth across the country.
Afghan security personnels carry a victim at the site of a suicide car bomb next to a police base in Kabul on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Shah Marai)
13:00 GMT
A Taliban statement claimed more than 40 police officers were killed or injured in the attack.
Egyptians wave the national flag in Cairo's Tahrir Square during a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising on January 25, 2014. (AFP/Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
12:42 GMT
On the fifth anniversary since the January 25 Revolution, many reflect on what's left and what went wrong.
A Twitter user posted a picture of a truck with an al-Qaeda flag in Azzan, Yemen. (Twitter)
12:30 GMT
Al-Qaeda has claimed a popular commercial city in Yemn.
Syrian refugees run away as Turkish border guards use water cannon to move them away from fences at the Turkish border near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, June 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:47 GMT
A fresh flow of regime fled Syria as the Assad regime pounded the Turkmen region with attacks.
Soldiers walk through Ramallah. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT
Israel will only let people with Ramallah IDs enter, and no one can leave the city.
Afghan security forces. (Twitter)
11:20 GMT
A suicide bombing left no casualties but injured eight civilians. The bombing took place in the Gilan district centre at noon on Monday.
A Yemeni boy stands amidst the rubble of houses destroyed in the Saudi-led air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels in Sanaa, on May 18, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
10:00 GMT
The rocket was fired on the Saudi Arabian border regions from Yemen. It hit a family home killing one child and injuring the rest of the child's family.
Afghan soldiers prepare their equipment in Helmand, southern Afghanistan on December 21, 2015. (AFP/Noor Mohammad)
09:39 GMT
Allegations from Afghanistan of abuse and killings may lead to investigations into the British army.
The Syrian Opposition / Higher Negotiations speaker Salem Muslit. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
09:00 GMT
After multiple attacks on civilians in Damascus, the Syrian opposition is threatening a boycott.
The body of a Palestinian man shot during an attempted stabbing is covered by Israeli forces. (AFP)
08:30 GMT
Palestinian shot after penetrating security fence, threatening soldiers with knife.
Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu said, “Turkey and Saudi Arabia will continue to support moderate opposition groups in Syria.” in a news conference following a meeting with Saudi King Salman. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Saudi, Turkey share the same views towards Syrian conflict
Protesters run for cover from tear gas. (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
07:21 GMT
Bahraini police fired birdshot and tear gas onto protesters near the capital.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Even though sanctions against Iran have been lifted, Iran vowed to promote a self sufficient economy.
Cartoonist Islam Gawish. (Facebook)
05:00 GMT
Islam Gawish, popular cartoonist, was arrested at his place of work, after publishing an anti-regime cartoon.

January 31, 2016

People take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration on October 10, 2015, in Paris, calling for a boycott of Israel and for the recognition of the State of Palestine. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
France has given Israel an ultimatum that should peace efforts collapse, the country would recognize a Palestinian state.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/Win McNamee)
17:41 GMT
Kerry addressed all sides of the Syrian war, urging them to take the opportunity to come to an agreement, otherwise Syria will end up completely destroyed.
Army forces supervise the process of demolishing tunnels in North Sinai. (Twitter)
17:00 GMT
Explosions in North Sinai killed two and injured two others according to security sources.
Dr. Taher Mokhtar  and his roommates were arrested after rioting broke out at the  fifth anniversary of the 25 January revolution. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Egyptian courts add 15-day extension to doctor's sentence while they investigate his part in Egyptian riots.
Iraqi refugees arriving in Erbil from Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The Iraqi government announced that it could only fund up to 43 percent of the humanitarian needs from its budget.
A young Palestinian boy looks out over the rubble that used to be his home. (AFP/Said Khatib)
15:30 GMT
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to crack down on Palestinian attacks by destroying their homes.
Kashmiri residents and Indian police clash in Srinagar on October 6, 2014. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Indian forces killed a commander and two aids of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group in a shoot out in Kashmir.
Burning after a powerful car bomb exploded near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the centre of Damascus. (AFP/Sana)
14:02 GMT
As the death toll rises to at least 45 killed, Daesh militants claim responsibility for the twin bombings on the Shia neighborhood.
A member of the Syrian regime forces walks next to a well at Jazel oil field, near the ancient city of Palmyra in the east of Homs province after they retook the area from Daesh fighters on March 9, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Reports indicated that Daesh seized control of chemical compounds forbidden by international law.
A boat that capsized is seen in Canakkale's Bademli district, after at least 37 migrants drowned when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece. (AFP/file)
13:50 GMT
A boat that capsized is seen in Canakkale's Bademli district, after at least 37 migrants drowned when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece. (AFP/file)
The group posted pictures of the attack on Twitter accounts allegedly operated by Sinai Province members. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Sinai province has claimed an attack on a military M60 tank on Twitter.
The Sayyida Zeinab shrine has been targeted many times since the Syrian conflict began. (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
Two bomb blast near the Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of the Syrian capital Damascus kills twelve
High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesman Salem al-Meslet (Syria's main opposition body) speaks to the press upon his arrival on January 30, 2016 in Geneva for Syrian peace talks. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
12:20 GMT
The Syrian opposition will not enter the conference palace and is holding meetings at its hotel.
Saudi Arabia is ramping up their efforts against potential attacks. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia has arrested 33 people suspected of being involved with terrorist activity.
Daesh member Neil Prakash,also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodia, is presumed dead. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
A top Daesh mililtant recruiter from Australia is reportedly killed in Syria by sniper
Israeli security forces gather around the body of a Palestinian man who was shot dead following a reported shooting attack on Israelis at a checkpoint on January 31, 2016. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
11:05 GMT
A gunman opened fire at the Focus checkpoint in the West Bank.
Jordan is increasing job-training and job-creation. (Twitter)
10:30 GMT
Two new programs are aimed at fighting Jordanian and Syrian unemployment in Jordan.
An Israeli teen is carried away by medical personnel after being stabbed by another Palestinian teen. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
A Palestinian teen accused of stabbing an Israeli teen surrenders to police in Jerusalem
A man sits among the destruction inside the Ridha mosque. (Twitter)
09:06 GMT
The attacker who detonated a suicide bomb at the al-Ridha Mosque has been identified.
Protesters in Kasserine, Tunisia. (Twitter)
08:33 GMT
How will the Kasserine protests affect Tunisia - and the rest of the Arab world?
Israeli soldiers check a Palestinian woman's ID in the Old City of Hebron, in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT
Israeli forces raided multiple towns in the West Bank overnight.
Members of the Lebanese army on patrol. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT
Lebanese police arrested people smuggling luxury goods.
A girl at a refugee center in Serbia. (AFP/Armend Nimani)
06:30 GMT
Europol fears refugee children are a major target for criminal gangs and traffickers.
Relations between Turkey and Russia hit a new low as Turkey has alleged that a Russian jet has again violated Turkish airspace. (File Photo)
06:00 GMT
Turkey has formally summoned the Russian ambassador, as Moscow insists that no airspace violations took place.
Police security officers stand guard at the entrance of the appeal court of Brussels, in the case of Khalid Zerkani and three others, accused of recruiting people to fight in Syria from 2012 to 2014, during their trial on January 29, 2016. (AFP/Nicolas Maeterlinck)
05:00 GMT
Police said the four were not arrested in connection with the Nov. Paris attacks.

January 30, 2016

An Iraqi soldier stands on an armored vehicle prior to start of an exercise under the surveillance of US-led coalition forces at Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Jan. 27, 2016.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
20:00 GMT
The US military says it targeted Daesh positions near Raqqa and Mosul.
Prefabricated metal homes are seen at the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan on January 30, 2016. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
19:00 GMT
Abdullah Ensour indicated that Jordan might change its policy toward Syrian refugees without significant international support.
When Turkey downed a Russian warplane in November, Russia responded with economic sanctions on Turkey.
18:00 GMT
Turkey has again summoned the Russian ambassador, claiming that a Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace.
A man presents the model of a M52 hand grenade during a press conference in Villingen-Schwenningen, southern Germany, on January 29, 2016. (AFP/Patrick Seeger)
17:00 GMT
The hand grenade thrown at a house for refugees did not explode and no one was injured.
French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius waves as he arrives before a meeting with the Iranian president at the Elysee Palace in Paris on January 28, 2016. (AFP/Bertrand Guay)
16:00 GMT
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has proposed that France would recognize Palestinian statehood if the conflict is not resolved through an upcoming diplomatic conference.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets participants prior to a meeting of members of the German cabinet with the leaders of the country's federal states at the chancellery in Berlin on January 28, 2016. (AFP/John MacDougall)
15:00 GMT
Germany's Chancellor stressed that although ongoing efforts at integration were important, refugees have only been given permission to stay in Germany until the wars finish in their home countries.
The Ras Jedir border crossing. (Twitter)
14:30 GMT
Libyan guards thwarted smugglers trying to cross into Tunisia.
Mayadin Al-Tahrir at a lecture in Germany in 2015. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Egypt detained and banned a prominent researcher, who is protesting in his confinement.
Sanaa is seeing an increase in the dangers for journalists. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Houthi rebels have abducted another journalist this week.
Syrian migrants holding life vests gather onto a beach in the Yesil liman district of Canakkale, after being stopped by Turkish police attempting to reach the Greek island of Lesbos on January 29, 2016. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
13:00 GMT
Five children were among those attempting to cross to the Greek island of Lesbos.
Mohammad Zubair Khaksar. (Twitter)
11:30 GMT
Shortly after the Taliban issued a threat to all journalists, an Afghan journalist was found dead.
Residents gather around destroyed civilian buildings in Sanaa after a recent airstrike. (Twitter)
11:00 GMT
A technical college in Sanaa was completely destroyed after multiple airstrikes.
Lebanese army soldiers walk through the border town of Arsal. (Twitter)
10:00 GMT
A deadly clash between al-Nusra Front and Daesh forced some Arsal residents to escape toward Baalbek.
Pro-Assad forces in Rabiya, in the costal province of Latakia. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Turkmens fled for Turkey after the Syrian regime recaptured their town from opposition forces.
Kairouan, Tunisia is the site of unrest. (Twitter)
08:00 GMT
A militant cell group intending to train in Libya was busted by Tunisia police.
An Iraqi solider walks by a sign pointing toward Mosul. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
The US hopes to train up to 3,000 Iraqi soldiers for a special mission to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Staffan de Mistura faces Syrian ambassador to the UN and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari at the opening of Syrian peace talks on January 29, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
06:00 GMT
The opposition team would come after it received support from key international powers.
Palestinian women supporting the militant Hamas movement shout slogans during an anti-Israel rally in Gaza City, on December 6, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
05:00 GMT
One Palestinian suffered serious injuries after being shot in the head, a spokesman said.

January 29, 2016

A file photo of USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. (Wikimedia)
19:04 GMT
The drone managed to capture a video during the surveillance mission over the US aircraft carrier.
Yemeni supporters of the Houthi fighters shout slogans during a rally in the capital, Sanaa. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Daesh said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber it identified as Abu Hanifa al-Hollandi.
Hezbollah fighters patrol Lebanon's northeastern mountainous region of Qalamoun. (AFP/File)
16:52 GMT
Intermittent, but fierce fighting between the rival extremists has been ongoing since Wednesday.
Members of the Egyptian police special forces patrol streets in al-Haram neighbourhood in the southern Cairo Giza district on January 25, 2016. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)
16:35 GMT
The militant group, formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, issued a statement on Twitter through an account affiliated with it.
A convoy of Egyptian armoured vehicles heads along a road in El-Arish. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The two officers were killed by an IED which exploded inside an armoured vehicle.
Al Quds University campus in Abu Dis. (Wikimedia/imadM)
14:53 GMT
Soldiers raided Abu Dis' al-Quds University's Islamic studies department, as well as its student union offices.
Journalists attend a briefing at the United Nations Offices on the opening day of Syrian peace talks on January 29, 2016 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
14:40 GMT
Syrian peace negotiations are starting Friday afternoon as UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura will meet the regime delegation.
Al Aqsa mosque has often been a site for renewed tension and violence with settler provocation and denying access to Palestinian worshippers. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound played a major role in prompting the wave of unrest that swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October last year.
Journalists attend a briefing at the United Nations Offices on the opening day of Syrian peace talks on January 29, 2016 in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
13:51 GMT
Syrian peace negotiations are starting Friday afternoon as UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura will meet the regime delegation.
Israeli settlers wielding automatic rifles stand guard near an illegal Israeli settlement. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Human Rights Watch accused Israel of not sufficiently punishing settlers who commit violence against Palestinians.
The wreckage of the A321 Russian airliner in Wadi al-Zolomat, a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT
Suspicions that a bomb brought down the Russian craft in the Sinai remain.
A suicide bomber detonated a vest of explosives during Friday prayers at Ali Ibn Abi Taleb mosque in Kudeih, Qatif province. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
Witnesses reported an explosion followed by a gunfire attack on the mosque.
Geneva U.N.peace envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura looks on during a news conference Monday. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT
The Syria peace talks have already been plagued with obstacles such as sides threatening not to participate and setting conditions before attending.
Riad Hijab in Cairo on 11 February 2013. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Despite pressure from international figures to enter the talks without conditions, the Syria opposition has set its preconditions for participating and therefore will not attend the talks held in Geneva.
Palestinians take part in a demonstration to demand the release of Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq (portrait) from Israeli jails. (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT
The ICRC pointed to the urgency of the Mohammed al Qiq's health condition and urged Israeli authorities to swiftly find a solution.
US President Barack Obama. (AFP/File)
07:39 GMT
The US sent a small team to assess the situation in Libya.
A mother hugs her children after arriving safely to the Greek island of Kos in an overcrowded dinghy. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
According to the plan, EU member states would pledge to take up to 250,000 refugees a year in return.