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January 25, 2015

Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement place their flag on the Post office in the southern city of Aden. Separatists also seized police checkpoints in Ataq, the provincial capital of Shabwa, as other regions declared they would defy Sanaa following the resignation of Hadi, who is a southerner. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT

Clashes have broken out between Southern Movement supporters and Yemeni security forces, leaving one member of the government forces dead.

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa in the largest demonstration against Huthis since the Shiite militiamen overran the capital in September. "Down, down with the Huthis' rule," chanted the protesters who rallied following a call by the Rejection Movement -- a group recently formed in provincial areas to challenge the powerful militia. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
07:59 GMT

Yemen's parliament again postponed meeting following the resignation of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, leaving the country's imminent power vacuum unresolved.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga answers questions during a press conference after Daesh released a nearly three-minute recording showing a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding an apparent photograph of Haruna Yukawa's slain body. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
07:43 GMT

Japan's government ministers held emergency meeting in response to the recently released Daesh video.

Shaimaa El-Sabag was allegedly shot and killed at a march in Tahrir Square. (Photo: Courtesy of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party )
07:27 GMT

A woman was killed as security forces dispersed a march by the Socialist Popular Alliance Party on Saturday in central Cairo.

Shannon Maureen Conley was arrested in the Denver airport. Her arrest foiled her plans to board a plane to Turkey, where she would join Daesh. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

An American woman was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to join Daesh. She planned to join Daesh in Turkey and marry a militant she had never met.

In it's fifth year, the Syrian conflict has so far resulted in an exodus of 3.8 million Syrians into Jordan and Iraq, while another 7.6 have been internally displaced. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Activist network Syrian Network for Human Rights reported in a statement that at least 92 people across Syria were killed in government airstrikes on Friday.

January 24, 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Riyadh Saturday, previously declined an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Riyadh. He will offer his condolences after the death of Saudi King Abdullah.

While the video has not yet been verified by officials, experts have noted the original video, which demanded $200 million ransom on a 72-hour deadline, varies considerably from previous Daesh videos. (AFP/File)
17:07 GMT

In an unverified video released Saturday afternoon, Daesh militants claim to have killed the first of two Japanese hostages after the passing of a 72-hour deadline to receive a $200 million ransom, and issues new demands for the release of the second hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.

A lighting offensive by Daesh militants last summer in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that took the country by surprise and sparked a massive Christian exodus to neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

US military's Central Command General Lloyd Austin said US and Iraqi forces are organizing plans to launch a counter-attack in the Daesh-held, northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Among other leaders to offer condolences in Beirut were U.S. Ambassador David Hale and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

Following the early Friday death of Saudi King Abdullah, Lebanese officials joined international voices when Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri was consoled by hundreds in downtown Beirut.

This anti-Houthi demonstration is the largest since Houthi rebels raided Sanaa in September. (AFP/File)
12:40 GMT

In the aftermath of the collapse of the Yemeni government, thousands are marching in Sanaa in the largest anti-Houthi demonstration yet.

U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah are pictured during a meeting in the White House in 2010. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

In the wake of the death of Saudi King Abdullah, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to cut his visit to India short and fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

The violence is the latest in a slew of clashes in Lebanon's restive Bekaa Valley area, where militants spill over from Syria and encounter the Lebanese army frequently. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT

Ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and Syrian al-Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front have reportedly left casualties on both sides, with two Lebanese soldiers dead, four wounded and five missing completely in the restive Lebanese border town of Ras Baalbek.

Mohammad al-Zahawi was a leader of Ansar al-Shariah, the Islamist group blamed for the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

Mohammad al-Zahawi, the leader of Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, died of wounds incurred in an ambush in September.

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.