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January 17, 2015

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the training program is set to begin in March, giving some groups the opportunity to travel back to Syria to fight before the year's end. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Troops from US Special Forces will be among some 400 military trainers traveling to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, the Pentagon said Friday.

Obama said instilling sanctions now would only harm a fresh round of nuclear talks with Iran, which are set to resume January 18 in Geneva.
06:00 GMT

During a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington Friday, US President Barack Obama said he will not allow a Republican-dominated US Congress to instate new sanctions on Iran until nuclear talks have played out.

January 16, 2015

The PA has lodged claims of war crimes committed on the part of Israel during Operation Protective Edge, an offensive which was launched in July and resulted in more than 2,200 deaths in Gaza. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda said Friday the court would launch a preliminary investigation into the "situation in Palestine," following war crimes claims lodged by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The US and ally effort to train and equip Syrian moderate rebels is part of a larger campaign to push back advances by Daesh in Iraq and Syria, where so far US-led coalition forces have been carrying out airstrikes against the group since last September.  (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT

The US has announced plans to send 400 military trainers to hosting sites Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, a US Defense Department officer said Friday.

The incident comes on the heels of another in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where 30 Kurdish families were kidnapped on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

Iraqi security forces said Thursday scores of people have been kidnapped by Daesh in the restive Iraqi province of Anbar.

Islamist extremists took killed 17 people in Paris last week, including 12 journalists from the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

Hundreds of Muslims took the streets in northern and southern Lebanon Friday to protest the new cover of satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which depicts the Prophet Mohammad.

Army officials said they arrested a militant cell Thursday after finding a dismantled car packed with explosives in northeastern Lebanon. (AFP/File)
12:01 GMT

The Lebanese army says it has encountered new suicide bombing threats across the country as a militant cell in northeastern Lebanon was arrested Thursday with a dismantled car packed with explosives.

Syrian refugees have been hit hard with freezing winter temperatures in Lebanon, where inadequate housing has already resulted in several casualties. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Rama Tahran, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee living in a makeshift cap in Lebanon's eastern city of Baalbek, passed away Thursday after winter temperatures dipped below freezing.

During the 2011 uprising, Nasrallah strongly supported the opposition accusing the Bahrani government of being "tyrannical and oppressive." (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
06:00 GMT

Bahrain's opposition party the Future Block condemned Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's denouncement of the Bahraini government

 Israel froze the monthly transfer of $120 million in taxes that it collects for the Palestinians, forcing the Palestinian Authority to halt salary payments for 153,000 employees. (AFP/Getty Images)
05:00 GMT

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to immediately resume the transfer of tax revenues to Palestine.

January 15, 2015

The incident follows a suicide attack on a cafe in Tripoli, Lebanon that killed nine people. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

The Lebanese army arrested three suspects using fake identification for plotting a series of suicide attacks.

Lebanon, an already fragile country, is hosting over a million refugees. (AFP/Getty Images)
17:27 GMT

Fifty-year-old Rama Tahran died in a refugee camp in the eastern city of Baalbek on Thursday due to extremely cold temperatures.

The Syrian government has regained control of parts of Homs in May 2014, and it is likely al-Waar will also surrender to government forces. (AFP/File)
15:02 GMT

A ten-day truce has been agreed upon between Syrian rebels and the government in Waar, an area of Homs.

Cornell is said to have admitted not being directly authorized by Daesh to launch attacks but had wanted to wage jihad on his own. (AFP/Getty Images/Karen Bleier)
14:30 GMT

The alleged Islamist militant researched the construction of pipe bombs to execute an attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Seven airstrikes targeted the contested Syrian city of Kobani. (AFP/Getty Images/Taieb Mahjoub)
14:02 GMT

The Combined Joint Task Force announced it launched 11 attacks in Syria and another 11 attacks in Iraq on Wednesday.