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January 27, 2014

Sisi is a popular choice for president among many Egyptians (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Egypt’s military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been promoted to the top military rank of field marshal on Monday, state television announced.

Many mud-brick homes in rural areas of Iran crumbled in quakes from the past. [ibttimes]
10:20 GMT

A minor earthquake shook southern Iran although no damages have been reported.

Rebels in Aleppo have been the target of regime air strikes almost daily over the past month (File Archive/AFP)
09:56 GMT

United States officials confirmed Monday that it has restarted nonlethal aid deliveries to the Syrian opposition.

Protests have rocked Turkey since government-linked corruption scandals erupted late last year (Courtesy of the Washington Post)
09:31 GMT

Attacks on Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party headquarters left the party's spokesman dead and seven others wounded.

Buildings are in shambles after the city of Homs has been through the three year civil war in Syria. [AFP]
08:54 GMT

Aid convoy ready to enter Homs to relieve women and children after Syrian peace talks in Geneva give the open door.

 Lebanese security forces patrol a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 23, 2014 as the army deployed following clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime. (AFP)
07:19 GMT

Residents of Lebanon's northern city Tripoli are preparing for renewed violence and fighting as new, unknown fighters - presumed to be allied to Salafist leader Hussam al-Sabbagh - have entered the restive city.

An anti-government rebel fighter poses near a machine-gun on the top of a truck during a demonstration to ask for the release of Sunni Muslim MP Ahmed Al Alwani on January 25, 2014 in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. (AFP)
06:34 GMT

In a wave of violence across Iraq on Sunday, militants captured at least five soldiers and at least 13 people were killed in a spate of attacks across the country.

Soldiers from the Libyan army man a checkpoint in the capital Tripoli.  Egypt's ambassador and his staff have left Libya for security reasons after the kidnapping of five of their colleagues. [AFP]
06:27 GMT

After back and forth demands from Libyan militia group, all kidnapped Egyptian diplomats have been freed.

 Adnan Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, speaks during peace talks of the so-called Geneva II conference in Montreux. [AFP]
05:43 GMT

Lebanon reaches for governmental autonomy despite the result of the Geneva II conference.

Members of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA) jubilate after the adoption of a new constitution on January 26, 2014, in Tunis. [AFP]
05:23 GMT

The new caretaker cabinet will govern Tunisia until after its upcoming elections.

January 26, 2014

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi reacts during a press conference at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on January 26, 2014. [AFP]
19:39 GMT

Women and children trapped in a besieged Syrian city will be permitted to leave “immediately” under a deal that marked the first tangible sign of progress in peace talks.

An historic winter storm struck the Levant in December, leading to major flooding in the Gaza Strip and displacing 40,000 from their homes.
17:53 GMT

Israeli media reported on Sunday that Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon had approved plans to allow construction material into the Gaza Strip in order to help repair buildings destroyed in December's severe winter storm.

Kofi Annan is representing a group called the Elders which is a group of 12 global leaders that was established to "promote peace, justice and human rights" (Courtesy of The Guardian)
13:52 GMT

Former UN chief Kofi Annan arrived in Iran Sunday in a visit "aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community.

Car bombs have killed dozens of people in Iraq over the past week alone (File Archive/AFP)
12:41 GMT

Car bombs in Kirkuk and Baghdad left six dead and at least 14 wounded Sunday.

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the second president of the United Arab Emirates and the 16th ruler of the largest Emirate of Abu Dhabi. [presstv]
12:13 GMT

The state news agency has reported that the President is in good health after surgery following a recent stroke.