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January 14, 2015

Relatives carry a man injured in a suicide blast in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Jan. 12. No one claimed responsibility but the attacks bore the hallmark of Boko Haram militants. (AFP/Aminu Abubakar)
10:20 GMT

The mass displacement comes after a number of towns and villages came under attack in the northeast of Nigeria.

The Egyptian army has been battling a jihadist insurgency for almost a decade in the restive Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

On Tuesday, the army announced that a kidnapped police captain had been found dead.

Mourners bury the body of Phillipe Braham at a cemetery in Jerusalem on Jan. 13, during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. (AFP/Ariel Schalit)
08:12 GMT

France led the list of countries from which Jews made aliyah to Israel in 2014, with almost 7,000 new French immigrants, more than double the 3,400 who came last year.

Palestinian employees of the former Hamas government shout slogans after breaking past the gate of the Palestinian unity government cabinet headquarters to demand back pay on Jan. 13. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
08:00 GMT

An employees' union official said former civil servants are carrying out sit-in protests inside the Palestinian cabinet's headquarters until their salaries are paid.

Lebanese security forces and emergency personnel gather outside a cafe targeted by a suicide bombing on Jan. 10 in the northern city of Tripoli. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
07:50 GMT

A senior military official said the crackdown on Islamist militants at the Roumieh Prison would pave the way for the government to implement a security plan in the northern Bekaa region, long plagued by kidnappings for ransom, killings, vendettas, drug smuggling and car thefts.

The crossing remained closed following the abduction of an Egyptian security officer by Sinai militants. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT

Egypt continued to keep the Rafah crossing closed for Palestinians following the killing of a security officer this week.

In its first publication since last week's shocking attack, three million copies of the satirical magazine will circulate worldwide, but with its cover to don the Prophet, some groups say its release will only add to the tension. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The controversial new edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, available in newspapers Wednesday, will be featured in six new languages, including Turkish, while a digital version will be available in Arabic.

January 13, 2015

Saturday's attack on a crowded Tripoli cafe left at least nine people dead and over thirty wounded. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT

Following Saturday's deadly cafe blast in Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, the Lebanese army announced Tuesday night it had arrested a Lebanese national they believe was plotting another attack on the northern city.

Winter conditions hit Lebanon's refugees hard last week, with inadequate clothing and shelter leaving many ill-equipped. (AFP/File)
18:46 GMT

More than one thousand Syrian families in Lebanon's Akkar were given emergency winter aid by a Qatari delegation Tuesday, according to country's state news agency.

A screen shot of a Daesh propaganda video shot last March shows militants riding on tanks through the northern Syrian city of Homs, experts say the use of children in the most recent videos reflects a drastic change in direction. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

A video by the militant group in Iraq and Syria purports to show a young boy, thought to be around 10 or 11 years old, shooting dead two men they call

A similar incident occurred at the same checkpoint in October, but officials say the car did not reach the checkpoint before exploding and caused no casualties aside from its driver. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT

A explosive-laden car entered a checkpoint east of Benghazi before detonating and killing three Libyan soldiers Tuesday, the AFP reports.

Sixteen militants have been executed in Pakistan since the government reintroduced the death penalty last month. (AFP/File)
14:44 GMT

Seven convicted militants were executed in Pakistan, bringing the total number to 16 since the country lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 Moroccans have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight for Daesh or other jihadi groups, according to government estimates. (AFP/Ahmad Aboud)
14:18 GMT

Moroccan authorities have arrested three Daesh-linked suspects in the town of Fnideq near the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

At least 27 Syrian have died due to the freezing weather, according to the Syrian National Coalition. (AFP/File)
13:21 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition was heavily criticized over the rising number of deaths due to harsh winter conditions in the country.

Mubarak is seen leaving court on a stretcher due to his poor health. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT

It was announced that Hosni Mubarak will remain in police custody until retrial or until the courts order for his release.