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January 5, 2015

Militant attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula have become more frequent in recent months. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

Four policemen were injured Monday after a bomb was detonated outside an apartment block in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

A protester in Bahrain holds up a poster of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman's banned Al-Wefaq movement during a demonstration. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT

Further clashes erupted in Bahrain after key opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman continued to be held by police.

Daesh militants clashed with Iraq's army in Anbar, prior to the border attack. (Image: Army Recognition)
09:17 GMT

Two Saudi guards were killed and a third injured Monday after a suicide bomber detonated explosives during clashes on the border with Iraq.

A Syrian child stands in front of a makeshift refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, December 13, 2013. (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT

Syrian refugees across Lebanon struggled to live in tent settlements as temperatures continue to drop and heavy rainfall persists.

Two Daesh militants were killed in the clashes, while four others were injured in Anbar province. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT

Iraq's army clashed with Daesh in the Anbar province, close to the border with Saudi. Two militants were killed during the clashes according to reports.

Bahrain has seen almost daily protests since the al-Wafaq leader was arrested last week. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Formal charges have been filed against Bahraini opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, according to the Shia resistance figure's lawyer.

Civilian deaths accounted for at leas 1,200 of the total casualties in 2014, according to the study. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Fierce clashes in 2014 killed over 7,700 Yemenis, according to a recent study from a Yemeni NGO.

January 4, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq would need more assistance from Australia to stave off Daesh militants, including military aid, training and weapons distribution. (AFP/File)
22:00 GMT

During a surprise visit to Baghdad Sunday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was asked to provide more assistance to war-torn Iraq in the fight against Daesh.

The aid package was first announced in 2013 and included the purchasing of French weapons, equipment and vehicles for the Lebanese army. (AFP/File)
21:00 GMT

Saudi and French defense ministers discussed the delivery of military aid to Lebanon during a meeting in Riyadh Sunday.

Egyptian authorities began planning the buffer zone expansion in November following unrest in the northern Sinai. (AFP/File)
19:34 GMT

Egypt planned for the evacuation and destruction of at least 1,200 Gaza homes Sunday in preparation for an expanded, kilometer-long buffer zone with the war-torn territory.

Daesh militants control large swaths of Anbar, Iraq's largest governorate in the west. (AFP/File)
18:18 GMT

Iraqi security forces in western Iraq's Anbar governorate claim to have staved off Daesh militants from several districts after the group staged fierce attacks in the last days.

With the next round of talks not scheduled in Geneva until Jan. 15, President Rouhani argues Iran's nuclear activities are only meant for peaceful 'civilian' purposes. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended the pursuit of a nuclear deal with Washington Sunday during an economic conference in Tehran following his capital's dismissal of reports that an agreement had been reached Saturday.

Israeli security forces say the Daesh ideology is gaining traction in the Palestinian territories. (AFP/FIle)
16:18 GMT

Israeli security forces say they arrested three Palestinian men with links to militant group Daesh, reportedly planning an attack from the West Bank territory of Hebron.

An Iraqi intelligence source said that ISIL terrorists shot dead the victims, identified as Suhail Bayatti and Issam Mahmoud. (File photo)
13:16 GMT

Daesh also shot dead 15 civilians in public in the Karma district of the city of Fallujah.

Iraqi President Fouad Masoum visited Riyadh late last year, raising hopes of better relations between the two neighbors. (Shutterstock)
13:02 GMT

Riyadh has also announced plans to set up a consulate in Erbil.