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January 19, 2015

The two assemblies support two different governments headquartered in the two respective cities as well as two military entities. While the House has the support of much of the Libyan army and troops loyal to army commander Khalifa Haftar, the Congress is backed by Islamist militias which helped topple Gaddafi in 2011.(AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
05:00 GMT

The General National Congress agreed to attend the UN-sponsored dialogue shortly after the internationally recognized House of Representatives called for a cease fire.

January 18, 2015

One of the bombs was found under a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the secular Turkish Republic. (AFP/Getty/Ozan Kose)
18:13 GMT

A bomb exploded near a fuel substation, while two more were found and detonated in a controlled environments by explosive experts. There were no reported injuries.

Syria said last month that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon. (AFP/Jack Guez)
17:14 GMT

Israeli helicopters fired two missiles into the Syria's Golan Height, killing nine including Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Hezbollah's slain top military commander Imad Mughniyeh.

Pakistani religious party leaders raise their hands in solidarity at a protest against the printing of satirical sketches of the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Lahore on January 18, 2015. (AFP/Arif Ali)
16:29 GMT

More than 5,000 people rallied in Pakistan in protest against French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, for publishing cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

The Israel Defense Forces have not confirmed the attack. (AFP/Getty/Jack Guez)
14:52 GMT

Two missiles allegedly struck Syrian Golan Heights.

A Libyan woman waves a giant national flag during a rally of supporters of "Fajr Libya" (Libya Dawn), a mainly-Islamist alliance, against the dialogue on January 16 ,2015 in Tripoli's central Martyr's Square, as peace talks between the country's warring factions kicked off in Geneva. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
14:30 GMT

Libya's government declared a cease fire two days after an Islamist backed militia declared a truce.

Shia Houthi insurgents have taken over large swaths of the capital Sanaa and surrounding countryside, plunging Yemen into some of the worst violence its seen in years. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Following the abduction of Yemen President Abd Rabbuh Mansour's chief of staff Saturday, protests have broken out all over Yemen's capital Sanaa, where tribal leaders have threatened to shut oil production over the incident.

The Shin Bet said one of the defendants had tried to leave Israel in July in order to make his way to Syria but had been detained by authorities at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. (AFP/David Buimovitch)
13:38 GMT

Seven suspects were arrested by Israel's Shin Bet for plotting attacks against Israel and for communicating with an insurgent group in Syria.

The alleged killings come on the heels of a Houthi attack in Sanaa early Saturday in which gunmen kidnapped the Yemeni President's Chief of Staff. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT

More violence spread through Yemen Sunday as an al-Qaeda-linked group claimed via Twitter it had killed a number of Houthi rebels in the central city of Radaa.

The film, which depicts a dramatization of a stabbing and shooting of a settler and Rabbi, was produced by  unofficial student group Islamic Bloc, an affiliate of Hamas. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT

Members of administration at Palestinian Al-Quds University released a statement Saturday condemning a short video released by Hamas-affiliated university students which dramatizes the stabbing and shooting of Jews.

Arizona state Senator John McCain has urged for more US military action in Syria during the conflict's long life span, and arrived in Saudi Arabia this week to discuss the US's upcoming train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT

With a US-led train and equip program for moderate Syrian forces on the horizon in March, US Senator John McCain led a delegation of US senators to Saudi Arabia to discuss the plan's progress.

Muslim groups condemned the attack, calling it "horrible", in wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT

A French man was stabbed to death in front of his wife in a hate crime attack, a day after a Eritrean asylum seeker was killed in Germany.

The King's College radicalization studies' center said the women have appeared across social media asking other British women who cannot come to Syria to 'carry out something at home.' (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

British-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization has identified about 30 British female Daesh members as emerging threats as they encourage other female Muslims to carry out attacks in the UK on social media.

Security in the kingdom was increased after a Daesh attack, which killed a senior Saudi general last week. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT

Saudi security forces have begun building a security wall along the border with Iraq in a bid to prevent potential attack from Daesh.

Lebanon's Roumieh prison was emptied of several Islamist inmates last week following security intel that several terror cells have been in contact with inmates to plan more terror attacks in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

Following a raid on Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison, where several Islamist inmates are held awaiting trial, Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-latif Derain headed to Qatar Saturday to 'strengthen political and religious ties' between the two countries.