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January 22, 2015

UN figures have named last December Iraq's deadliest month since 2008, with over 1,800 wounded and more than 1,100 killed in militant attacks across the country. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT

Just north of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, eight were killed and more wounded when a bomb exploded near a military base Thursday, according to official sources.

Clashes between Lebanese residents and Syrian militants have arisen in higher frequency in the restive border town of Arsal as tensions over state of Syrian refugees in the area boils over. (AFP/FIle)
16:46 GMT

After three residents of the northeast border town of Arsal were kidnapped earlier this week, gunmen released two of the three hostages Thursday, but a 36-year-old businessman remains detained.

The car bomb incident follows a series of planned attacks in the restive Lebanese border town of Arsal, where clashes flare up regularly between militants and the Lebanese army. (AFP/File)
16:01 GMT

The Lebanese army uncovered a car packed with explosives in a village in east Lebanon, security sources said Thursday.

The sons of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Gamal (L) and Alaa (R) behind the defendants' cage during their retrial at the Police Academy in Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
14:06 GMT

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the two sons of the ousted dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

“On average 700 Palestinian children a year, appear before Israel's military court,” said the United Nations. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
13:27 GMT

Malak al-Khatib, age 14, was sentenced by Israeli courts to two months in jail and a $1,523 fine for allegedly throwing rocks and possessing a knife.

The site of an Iraqi suicide bomb. (AFP/Getty Images)
13:13 GMT

Suicide bomb in Taji killed nine and injured 14 in the Taji area of Iraq.

A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter. (AFP/Khaled Khatib)
12:54 GMT

The Syrian government reportedly dropped barrel bombs in Homs killing 13, including two children.

Iraq's army launched the attacks alongside Kurdish forces as part of a long-term operation against Daesh in Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:03 GMT

Kurdish troops and Iraq's military launched joint attacks on Daesh in Mosul with the support of US-led coalition strikes in the area.

Onlookers watch a large TV screen in Tokyo showing reports about two Japanese nationals who were kidnapped by Daesh. (January 20, 2015)
11:14 GMT

Japan's government made last attempts to free two hostages being held by Daesh militants in Syria as the three-day ultimatum given by the group entered day two.

Rahimi served as vice-president under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
10:45 GMT

Former Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi was convicted of unspecified crimes in connection with a money laundering and embezzlement scheme.

Syrian opposition members attend a conference to discuss the forthcoming Moscow meeting, in Damascus, on January 19, 2015. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
10:12 GMT

Syria's opposition interim government received $6 million from the US government for implementing development and relief projects in areas liberated by the "moderate Syrian opposition".

The 45 men from the Gaza Strip had been in Egyptian custody for several months. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT

Egyptian authorities released 45 Palestinians from Gaza for attempting to travel by sea to Europe without any travel documents.

Protesters hold up posters of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour during a pro-government rally in Sanaa, August 24, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:39 GMT

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi reached a peace agreement with Houthi militants according to a senior official from the group Thursday.

An Israeli police officer drives the bus on which a Palestinian man stabbed at least five people on a Tel Aviv bus following the incident on January 21, 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez)
09:32 GMT

The condition of Herzl Biton, the driver of the bus which was attacked by a Palestinian man, improved after he underwent surgery.

The White House expressed displeasure at the invitation hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked to speak at Congress. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcome "any time" to give a speech in America, despite the White House expressing displeasure at the invitation being expressed to the premier, hours earlier.