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January 24, 2015

This anti-Houthi demonstration is the largest since Houthi rebels raided Sanaa in September. (AFP/File)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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.
An Israeli man is treated by medics after he was stabbed by a Palestinian. (AFP/Getty Images/Yotam Ronen)
10:43 GMT
The Hamas movement's leadership said Wednesday morning that the Tel Aviv stabbing attack was a "natural reaction" by people suffering under occupation.
The court proceedings did not address if there were any causalities as a result of the attack. (AFP Photo/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
09:38 GMT
The men used a gas cylinder to explode a car in Manama in February of last year.
Relatives of senior Hezbollah commander Mohammed Issa stand over his casket after he was killed by an Israeli airstrike, January 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The Israeli airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria was an act of cowardice by the Jewish state. Hezbollah retaliating, however, would be giving Israel the attention it wants.
In the past 48 hours, Houthi fighters targeted a US diplomatic vehicle, despite a reported ceasefire. No injuries were reported in the incident. (AFP/Getty Images/Mohammed Huwais)
08:59 GMT
The US military has moved two navy warships into the Red Sea to stand ready to evacuate American personnel from its embassy in Yemen if an order is issued to do so.
In the ballot, 219 voted in favor, while 288 voted against sending the former minister to court. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT
Four former ministers will not go to trial for an alleged graft case following a secret parliamentary vote.
An armed Houthi militant stands in a damaged area, following intense clashes with the presidential guard in Sanaa, January 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT
The UN condemned an attack by Shia Houthi militants on Yemen's presidential palace following reports President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled the country's capital.
Two Israelis were seriously wounded in the attack while the other seven had moderate injuries. (AFP/File)
07:13 GMT
Nine Israelis were injured after a Palestinian man from the West Bank town of Tulkarem attacked people with a knife on a Tel Aviv bus.
The airstrikes are believed to have struck a cattle market in northern Syria. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
Airstrikes carried out by the Syrian government Tuesday killed at least 39 people including many civilians in the north of the country.
People look at a large TV screen in Tokyo on January 20, 2015 showing news reports about two Japanese men (in orange) who have been kidnapped by the Islamic State group. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at a press conference during a visit to Jerusalem on January 20, demanded that the Islamic State group immediately free the two Japanese hostages unharmed after the jihadists posted a video threat to kill them. (AFP/ Yoshikazu TSUNO)
06:59 GMT
People look at a large TV screen in Tokyo on January 20, 2015 showing news reports about two Japanese men (in orange) who have been kidnapped by the Islamic State group.
Al-Watan was ordered to close by Kuwait's Commerce Ministry. (Image: Snipview)
06:50 GMT
Kuwaiti authorities closed down the al-Watan newspaper, which was critical of the government and defied a gag order.
Six Hezbollah fighters were killed Sunday when an Israeli helicopter fired missiles at two vehicles in Syria's Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Hundreds gathered in south Lebanon Tuesday where three funerals were held for fallen Hezbollah fighters.
Reports have emerged in recent weeks of Daesh militants stoning women for adultery in Syria, and in Iraq, the UN warns the group appears to be targeting educated, influential women. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
In Iraq, the UN reported executions of female civilians is on the rise, and women who are educated are especially vulnerable.

January 20, 2015

Yemenis carry their belongings as they flee the area near the residence of Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi after it was attacked by Houthi militiamen, on January 20, 2015, in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
22:25 GMT
A spokeswoman described the move as "the completion of a coup."
Bahrain has seen massive international pressure in recent weeks to release activists and dissidents jailed for allegedly insulting the long-standing Manama regime. (AFP/File)
21:09 GMT
A senior Shia activist in Bahrain has been given six months in jail for tweets insulting the Manama regime, a judicial court source said Tuesday.
UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights say they saw the Israeli drones fly over the ceasefire line before the airstrike. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT
An unnamed Israeli security source said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard general, who was killed in an Israeli strike on a Hezbollah post in Syria, was not an intended target.
While Canadian officials declined to specify where the attack took place, the incident is the first recorded clash between Daesh and Western forces in Iraq. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT
In the first confirmed clash between Western forces and Daesh militants, Canadian special forces say they exchanged fire with insurgents in Iraq last week.
Of the 28 suspects, only four are currently in custody. (AFP/File)
13:05 GMT
Lebanon's military court charged 28 for the recent twin suicide bombing in Tripoli, Lebanon.
While several members of the Shiite militant group were contacted following the attack, most refused to comment on both the attack itself and possible retaliation. (AFP/File)
12:49 GMT
As thousands of Hezbollah supporters call for revenge in Beirut, Hezbollah has so far remained silent on retaliation plans for an Israeli strike on an Israeli air strike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria's Qunaitra Sunday.
A Houthi militant mans a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, January 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:18 GMT
Houthi militants surrounded the prime minister's residency in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after ongoing clashes with the army.
Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade take part in a military training exercise in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria. (AFP/Jack Guez)
11:14 GMT
The collaborative "resistant society" aimed to prevent Israel from normalizing relations with locals, following Israeli airstrikes earlier this week which killed numerous Hezbollah members and Iranians.
Israeli soldiers patrol the occupied Golan Heights, January 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT
Israeli security forces boosted deployment of the Iron Dome defense system in preparation for a potential Hezbollah attack following an airstrike on the Golan Heights, which killed at least six Hezbollah fighters.
No causalities were reported. (AFP/File)
10:01 GMT
Unknown assailant blew up the car of a Hamas administrative and financial manager.
Local media suggested the raids were targeted at supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, an ally-turned-foe of President Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/File)
09:18 GMT
The raids targeted the country's "parallel structure", a group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials allegedly working to undermine the Turkish government.
Lebanese soldiers stand in the border town of Arsal, which was overrun by Daesh and Nusra Front militants last year. (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT
A Lebanese man was kidnapped by Daesh militants in the border town of Arsal Tuesday, according to local media reports.
A large number of Israeli troops stormed the East Jerusalem house before dawn Tuesday. (AFP/File)
09:05 GMT
Israel bulldozers destroyed a Palestinian home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Isawiya Tuesday for allegedly being built without a permit.
Sami Ibrahim Zayadna, 45, died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli police at mourners in the Bedouin city of Rahat at the funeral of Sami al-Jaar, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
08:54 GMT
Leaders of the 1.7 million Palestinians living in Israel have declared a strike following the deaths of two Bedouin men.
The arrests follow Israel's airstrike on Syria's Golan Heights, in which six members of Hezbollah were killed. (AFP/File)
08:11 GMT
The arrests were made during a raid in various locations in the West Bank.
A screenshot shows the Daesh militant standing between two Japanese hostages. (Image: NBC)
08:06 GMT
Daesh militants threatened to execute two Japanese hostages in a new propaganda video released Tuesday.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi assures the public that he is not "targeting" young people. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
07:36 GMT
The Minister of Interior is in the process of identifying wrongly accused youth to be released before January 25th, 2015.
“In a way I feel guilty and I’ve gone over it in my mind many times of all the things that I could have done to avoid it from happening. But as a parent I feel like I’ve been a victim of this, rather someone to blame," said the young Jihadi's mother. (AFP/Getty/Al-Hayat Media Centre)
07:19 GMT
A mother who traveled to Turkey to bring her son home expresses fear and frustration at a lack of support for radicalized former fighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A rebel fighter makes his way through rubble in front of an anti-snipper curtain near the line dividing the rebel-held areas from the government-controlled parts of the northern city of Aleppo on January 19, 2015 in Aleppo's Suleiman al-Halabi neighbourhood. The city is divided with government forces controlling the western part and rebels controlling the east. (AFP/ AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI)
07:05 GMT
A rebel fighter makes his way through rubble in front of an anti-snipper curtain near the line dividing the rebel-held areas from the government-controlled parts of the northern city of Aleppo on January 19, 2015.
UN peacekeepers patrol the occupied Golan Heights in Syria. (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT
UN peacekeeping forces deployed in the Golan Heights said they saw Israeli drones prior to an airstrike, which killed seven Hezbollah fighters.
Iranian General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was inspecting Quneitra, a region near the Golan Heights, when he was killed in the airstrike. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iran confirmed that General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in the airstrike on Syria's sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday.
Syria is behind schedule in destroying its bunkers and hangars used to produce chemical weapons. (Photo: JM LOPEZ/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Syria has started destroying what remained of its chemical weapons production and storage facilities.

January 19, 2015

The Houthis have controlled two governorates in northern Yemen since 2011, and in September 2014 they seized control of the capital as well.  (AFP/MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
18:11 GMT
The Houthi militia and the Yemen army agreed to a ceasefire, ending a day of intense fighting in Sanaa.
Protests in Shiite villages across Bahrain have called for Sheikh Salman's release. (Photo:AFP)
17:40 GMT
Bahrain's Shiite opposition leader will go on trial later this month after being charged with promoting violent change of the current Al-Khalifa regime.
Alberto Nisman's body was found in the bathroom of his locked apartment next to a .22 caliber handgun. Authorities are conducting an investigation to determine further information. (AFP/File)
17:13 GMT
Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment. He was scheduled to speak to a congressional panel regarding his claim that Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez covered-up Iran's role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina.
Salafi jihadists staged a rally in support of Daesh against Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. (Photo:AFP)
15:53 GMT
Islamic extremists attempted to storm the French Cultural Center in Gaza, according to media reports. The incident happened at a rare rally of Salafi jihadists in support of Daesh and protesting against the publication of Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
The recapture of the hilltop is seen as significant progress for Kurdish fighters battling Daesh. (Photo: AFP/Bulent Kilic)
14:19 GMT
Kurdish fighters have managed to recapture a strategic hilltop from Daesh in the Syrian border town of Kobani.
An eldery man holds a placard reading "Hands off Mohammed", during a state-organized rally against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by French weekly Charlie Hebdo. (AFP/Yelena Fitkulina)
13:56 GMT
Chechnya hosted a state-run protest against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's publication a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad.
Sisi said the international community needed a "thoughtful response" to fight terrorism. (Photo: AFP)
13:53 GMT
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a reform of Muslim religious discourse to combat terrorism, AFP has reported.
Anti-government protesters hold up images of the banned al-Wefaq's leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, following his arrest, December 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT
Human Rights Watch called on Bahrain's government to release detained activists including the head of the country's opposition movement, Sheikh Ali Salman.