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January 16, 2014

Former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri was killed in a massive explosion in central Beirut on February 14, 2005 [AFP/File]
07:31 GMT

A report by the German news magazine Der Spiegel on Wednesday claimed that two suspects wanted for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are hiding in Iran, while the rest "have been killed".

A Palestinian man inspects damage at a training site for the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad after on January 14, 2014 after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
07:09 GMT

Israel's Iron Dome on Thursday intercepted four rockets being fired towards the town of Ashkelon, sparking a retaliatory airstrike on the Gaza Strip.

The Iraqi army is struggling to get large swathes of the restive Anbar province back under governmental control. Al Qaeda-affiliated militants have overrun major cities, such as Fallujah and Ramadi. (AFP)
06:52 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki on Wednesday said that although the war against Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups will be long, "the battle will end in victory".

Although the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has been heralded as a watershed moment for international justice, many in the country say they have very little faith in the U.N.-backed court. [ijhl]
06:48 GMT

The STL is expected to hear the case against four Hezbollah members accused of killing former Prime Minister Hariri.

Workers wait in line to receive exit stamp from KSA authorities during amnesty period of deportation. [AFP]
05:19 GMT

Only three months after the mass government forced exodus of Saudi's expats, many illegal workers have returned to the streets seeking new ways to earn a living.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah attend the opening ceremony of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria. [AFP]
05:07 GMT

As of January, the UN has secured 70 percent of the $1.5 billion pledged in the 2013 conference, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Polling station officials count ballots in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 15, 2014 at the end of the second day of voting in a referendum on a new constitution. [AFP]
04:52 GMT

Egyptians headed to polling stations on Tuesday and Wednesday to vote on a newly-amended national charter, which improves upon the 2012 version that was frozen upon the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

January 15, 2014

The tomb of assassinated Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri lies in downtown Beirut. (AFP/File)
20:13 GMT

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has arrived in The Hague to partake in the trial of four suspects accused of assassinating late premier Rafik Hariri in 2005.T

This man - U.S. President Barack Obama - is contributing to the alien agenda that has been driving America's domestic and foreign policies since 1945, according to Iran. (AFP/File)
19:50 GMT

The United States' international and domestic policy has been decided by "alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda” since 1945, Iran's FARS News Agency said in a recent report.

Israel regularly detains Palestinians for arbitrary reasons, such as entering Jerusalem after having their IDs revoked. (AFP/File)
18:34 GMT

Israeli authorities on Wednesday agreed to set free two Palestinian prisoners on the condition that they be deported from Jerusalem.

The U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012 (AFP/File)
18:13 GMT

The September 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya's Benghazi, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens died, was preventable, a Senate panel said Wednesday.

An Egyptian man holds up his finger, proving he has voted in the constitutional polls in his local Cairo voting station. (AFP)
17:58 GMT

Egypt's foreign ministry said Wednesday that over the course of the voting on the country's new constitution, nearly 250 Muslim Brotherhood supporters had been arrested for trying to disrupt the process.

Wahhabism is the ultra-conservative vein of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia. It has been intrinsic to Saudi's rulers since the 18th century. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

During his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister on Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly warned that Saudi Arabia's political and religious ideology of Wahhabism threatens the globe.

Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad would not say which countries' intelligence organizations contacted Syria. (AFP/File)
15:40 GMT

Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad on Wednesday said that Western intelligence services - aka spies - who are opposed to President Bashar Assad have visited Damascus in a bid to discuss security cooperation with the government.

Israel defence minister Moshe Yaalon has apologized to John Kerry. (AFP)
13:16 GMT

Israeli defense minister apologizes to US Secretary John Kerry after he accuses him of middle east "obsession".