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February 2, 2014

Saudi is seeking information on connections to terrorist funding sources. [rediff]
05:25 GMT

Meant to fight terrorism by imposing high penalties to funding sources, Saudi enacts counter-terrorism law.

Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. [AFP]
04:47 GMT

Aleppo death toll continues to rise as another barrel bomb is unleashed on the city.

February 1, 2014

A suicide car bomb attack in the northeastern city of Hermel Saturday killed at least four people.
17:42 GMT

A suicide bomber driving a vehicle blew himself up in the Lebanese town of Hermel, a Hezbollah stronghold, killing at least five people on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

Syrian governement delegation on peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on January 31, 2014 in Geneva. [AFP]
15:32 GMT

Relief officials in Syria said this week's peace talks inn Geneva, Switzerland, had not opened the doors to humanitarian aid to country's beleaguered civilians.

An Egyptian man holds a placard showing deposed president Mohamed Morsi and fellow defendants behind bars, as police forces stand guard outside the Police Academy in Cairo where a second hearing in Morsi's murder trial is expected to open on February 1, 2014.
14:17 GMT

Ousted President Mohammad Mursi's murder trial has been postponed to Feb. 4, Al Arabiya's correspondent reported Saturday.

He said Fatah officials in Gaza had not been receiving regular salaries, and that families of "martyrs" had not received allowances for six years. [ AFP]
11:43 GMT

The leading body of the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip submitted its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas last week, Fatah sources said.

Mursi’s trial is seen as a test for Egypt’s military-installed authorities. [ Press TV]
11:27 GMT

The murder trial of ousted President Mohammed Mursi is due to resume in Cairo Saturday, after the Islamist leader insisted at a separate hearing that he was still the legitimate president, Agence France-Presse reported.

Kerry and Lavrov are in Munich to attend the 2014 Munich Security Conference. [AFP]
11:20 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Russia’s foreign minister on Friday to put pressure on the Syrian government to accelerate the removal of chemical weapons, which Kerry said is not happening quickly enough, Reuters reported

Supporters of the Shiite Huthi group march alongside a vehicle carrying the body of Ahmed Sharafeddin, a key figure of the Shiite Huthi rebels' delegation to Yemen's reconciliation talks who was assassinated by gunmen during his funeral on January 27, 2014 in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Fighting between Yemeni tribesmen and Houthi rebels killed at least 60 people in the north of the country on Friday, while at least 15 soldiers were killed by suspected al-Qaeda militants in the south, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

January 31, 2014

Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike that injured two Palestinians, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on January 31, 2014. [AFP]
18:44 GMT

Israeli forces shot and injured ten people on Friday in the northern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

Egyptian media reported that 26 people were injured in the violence that took place in the north-eastern Cairo’s Matariya district.
18:36 GMT

Egyptian security forces broke up a set-in by backers of ousted President Mohammad Mursi in an area of Cairo on Friday, prompting heavy clashes in nearby streets.

yria's Foreign Minister and head of the Syrian government delegation Walid Muallem speaks during a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on January 31, 2014 in Geneva. [AFP]
18:25 GMT

A week of talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition National Coalition in Geneva ended on Friday without tangible results, Syrian Minister Walid Muallem told reporters.

Peace talks between Syria's government and opposition is likely to resume from February 10, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said after a week of negotiations wrapped up. [AFP]
13:31 GMT

Gaps between the rival Syrian sides remain “wide,” U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters during a press conference wrapping up the first round of the Geneva II peace talks. He added that he observed a “little common ground.”

According to Hof, one Iranian official told him that “neither the U.S. nor Israel intervened in Syria,”
13:21 GMT

Former U.S. ambassador Frederic Hof has revealed that Iranian officials, in private meetings, told him that Iran is not in conflict with the U.S. or Israel but rather believe Saudi Arabia to be the main threat considering its perceived tampering in Syria.

“The need for the process to pick up the pace is obvious,” Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. [AFP]
12:57 GMT

The world’s chemical watchdog called Friday for Syria to “pick up the pace” in shipping out its chemical weapons stockpile after a key deadline was missed, Agence France-Presse reported.