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January 29, 2015

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."

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.

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.

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.