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February 4, 2014

There has been a major upsurge in violence in the Sinai peninsula since the ousting of Morsi in July, 2013. The army has been launching a major offensive against militant groups in the area since. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

The Egyptian army shot dead 21 gunmen affiliated to a radical Takfiri group in the northern Sinai peninsula on Tuesday, a security official said.

Tunisian police officers stand guard in Tunis on January 18, 2013. [tunisia-live]
10:02 GMT

One Tunisian police officer and two Islamist militants are dead after a raid on suspected militant homestead.

The officer was killed after one of his comrades mistook him for "a terrorist". (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT

An Israeli officer was killed by friendly fire near Gaza's northern border during an overnight exercise, the IDF said Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly asked Russia to put pressure on the Syrian government to speed up the destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

The Syrian government has announced its plans to remove a major shipment of chemical weapons out of the country this month, a Russian official said Tuesday.

Yemen's security forces are often targeted by Islamist militants. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT

At least two people were killed when a bomb hit a bus carrying Yemeni soldiers in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, a medical source said, highlighting the government's weak grip on security in the impoverished country.

Lebanese emergency personnel inspect the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Choueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
07:01 GMT

In what is seen as a rise in attacks on Hezbollah supporters, another suicide bomber claiming to represent the Nusra Front has killed himself and wounded others in Lebanon.

Livni and Erekat reportedly had a heated argument over the peace talks in Munich. Here, they are accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Saeb Erekat, the PLO's chief negotiator, said that a recent meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had made no progress in the negotiations and that a date for a framework agreement is yet to be set.

Militant groups in Syria's Latakia region have joined together to expel ex-partners from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS). [AFP]
06:42 GMT

Al-Qaeda and ISIS split over control of battling militant groups in Syria.

Obama during a previous meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. [AFP/File]
05:44 GMT

As part of regularly scheduled visits, Obama is expected to visit Saudi Arabia for discussion in March.

February 3, 2014

Lebanese rescuers and emergency personnel gather around the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Choueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
18:05 GMT

Another car bomb exploded in southern Beirut killing two.

King Abdullah II of Jordan. [AFP]
17:55 GMT

Jordan vows to ensure that its own interests will be kept safe in the Palestinian peace talks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, UN Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov take their seats for a meeting. [AFP]
17:27 GMT

Assad's delegates at ease after Brahimi's deputy steps out of Syrian peace talks.

View of barbed wire at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, on Holocaust Day, January 27, 2014. [AFP]
16:27 GMT

Iran makes a public statement regarding its views on the Holocaust at an international security conference in Munich.

Zarif expressed his confidence in a full nuclear deal being struck by July 2014. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT

Whilst stating that Iran is "not a military aggressor", Iran's foreign minister Javad Mohammad Zarif expressed his confidence in a full nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers being struck by July 2014.

The U.S. feared Libya's chemical weapons would fall into the hands of "terrorists". (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

U.S. and Libyan officials announced Monday that the last of the chemical weapons that were around under former leader Muammar Gaddafi have been destroyed.