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January 15, 2014

Hailing from Tripoli, Libyan political activist Amal al-Taher el-Haj has put her name forward to the General National Congress as a candidate to succeed Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. [libyaherald]
07:51 GMT

In efforts to bring a more feminine touch to the political arena in Libya, Amal al-Taher el-Haj has submitted her name to the General National Congress as a candidate and she believes her chances of being appointed are high.

An angry Hamdallah got out of his car and hurled accusations at the army for unjustly pulling over his convoy. [Farah Studio]
05:29 GMT

After being stopped at one checkpoint earlier in the day, Israeli forces stop interim PM Hamdallah for a second time for reckless driving.

Syrian youths gather to receive aid food in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 14, 2014. [AFP]
05:13 GMT

In a war torn region that has killed over 100,000 people, Gulf State officials announce that NGO's have pledged a combined $400 million in humanitarian aid funding.

An Egyptian man holds a portrait of Egypt's Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi outside a polling station during the vote on a new constitution. [AFP]
05:08 GMT

Despite several deaths in the region since the polls have been opened to vote on the new constitution, Egyptians turned up in numbers to cast their votes.

January 14, 2014

An Iranian diplomat was killed during the November bombing in Beirut (File Archive/AFP)
19:19 GMT

Lebanese security forced arrested a Palestinian man who is allegedly involved in November 2013's Iranian embassy bomb attack in Beirut

Algerian President Bouteflika suffered a stroke in early 2013 and has made few public appearances since (File Archive/AFP)
18:34 GMT

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was admitted to a Paris hospital Monday for a "long-planned check-up."

Arsal has been a frequent target of Syrian spillover attacks (File Archive)
17:16 GMT

Fourteen rockets from Syria hit the northeastern town of Arsal Tuesday.

Jen Psaki issued a rare rebuke from the U.S. of its close ally Israel (Courtesy of RT)
16:37 GMT

The United States officially rebuked Israel Tuesday for its defense minister's comments that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace efforts "messianic and obsessive."

A bomb-laden bus exploded in Baghdad Tuesday killing three and wounding 12 others (File Archive/AFP)
16:19 GMT

Violence throughout Iraq Tuesday left at least 12 people dead mostly near the country's capital.

Mubarak's lawyer told reporters Tuesday that the former dictator wants to participate in the country's constitutional referendum (File Archive/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak's lawyer told Reuters Tuesday that the former leader wants to vote in the country's constitutional referendum.

Pro-independence movements for the Western Sahara cause is starting to gain greater international attention and momentum, particularly within Europe (Courtesy of The Washington Post)
15:40 GMT

Young protestors in Western Sahara's main city of Laayoune clashed with Moroccan security forces.

An Egyptian man shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote on a new constitution at a polling station in Cairo on January 14, 2014. (AFP)
14:05 GMT

Clashes between pro-Mohamed Morsi supporters and Egyptian police resulted in the deaths of three protesters on the first day of a landmark vote on the new constitution, security officials said Tuesday.

The Al Qaeda-affiliated group has vowed to attack Shiite groups in revenge for the death of its leader earlier this month. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

The Al Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades have promised to keep up their terror attacks against Hezbollah, Iran and Israel following the death of their leader Majed Al Majed earlier this month.

Residents gather at the site of a bomb attack in Basra. [AFP]
13:03 GMT

Eight Syrian rebels are dead after an ISIS backed car bomb detonated in Idlib.

Iran and the IAEA were supposed to meet next week to discuss Tehran's nuclear program, but the meeting has now been postponed until Feb. 8 (Atta Kenare/AFP)
12:34 GMT

The United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Tuesday that it has postponed a scheduled meeting with Iran set for next week until Feb. 8.