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January 2, 2015

Muath al-Kasasbeh, 26, was captured by Daesh militants when his fighter jet crashed in Syria last week. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Two rescue missions to save the captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh from Daesh ended in failure after a series of US air raids in Raqqa.

Lebanon is currently home to over 1.2 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Lebanese authorities have implemented strict entry restrictions for Syrian nationals entering the country in an attempt to curb the rising number of refugees in the country.

Thirty others were injured by shelling in Fallujah, according to an Iraqi official. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

At least 20 civilians including three children and a woman were killed after a mortar attack hit the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

A Palestinian man on his land confronts a violent Israeli settler near the West Bank city of Hebron, January 1, 2010. (AFP/File)
10:43 GMT

Over 5,000 olive trees were uprooted by radical Israeli settlers, close to the West Bank town of Ramallah Thursday.

Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21 are believed to have been kidnapped while travelling in Syria. (Image: Screenshot)
09:53 GMT

Militants have released a video of two young Italian women who were allegedly kidnapped while travelling in Syria.

The police brought the suspect to the anti-terrorism branch. (AFP/File)
07:16 GMT

The Turkish police arrested a man for throwing a hand grenade at a police booth in front of the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul.

2014 was one of the deadliest and most destructive years in recent Syrian and Iraqi history. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

The death toll in Syria passed 76,000 in 2014, while Iraq's was over 15,000. These figures are double those of 2013.

January 1, 2015

Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Salman was detained after a protest on December 28. (AFP/File)
21:21 GMT

The U.S. Department of State released a statement condemning Bahrain for the detention of opposition leader Sheikh Salman.

Oman's finance ministry released the 2015 state budget on Thursday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Oman plans to increase expenditures amid the oil slump, leaving the country with a projected USD 6.47 billion budget deficit in 2015.

'I like to be with you on this occasion,' Assad told the Syrian troops in Jobar. (AFP/File)
15:57 GMT

Assad spent New Year's Eve with Syrian soldiers stationed east of Damascus.

Mahmoud Abbas moved to join the ICC after the failed statehood bid. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

President Mahmoud Abbas signed letters to join 18 international treaties after the UN Security Council rejected a draft resolution for a Palestinian statehood.

Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech after winning another term as leader of the Likud party in Tel Aviv, January 1, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:40 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected as the head of the right-wing Likud party after obtaining 75 percent of votes.

A Kurdish man watches a fighter jet fly over Kobani from Turkey, October 19, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT

Kurdish troops took around 70 percent of Kobani back from Daesh militants according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Israeli settler car attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank have increased in recent months. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

A ten-year-old Palestinian boy was hospitalised after an Israeli settler ran him over near Bethlehem Wednesday. Witnesses say the culprit immediately fled the area.

A file photo shows Al-Jazeera news channel's Australian journalist Peter Greste (L) and his colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (C) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, listening to the verdict inside the defendants' cage during their trial. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The three journalists of the Qatar-based news network in English were sentenced in June to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years for spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, a group now outlawed by Egyptian authorities.