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January 21, 2015

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.

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.