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Al-Qiq was one of a number of prominent Palestinian hunger strikers in 2016, who included the Balboul brothers who went without food for 77 and 79 days, Malik al-Qadi for 68 days, Bilal Kayid for 71 days. (AFP/File)
February 25, 2017 - 16:00 GMT
Al-Qiq declared a hunger strike for the second time on Feb. 6 after being sentenced to administrative detention -- an Israeli policy of internment without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence and used almost exclusively against Palestinians.
Even as the new UN talks began, the death toll in a suicide bombing near the Syrian town of Al-Bab rose to 51, the latest atrocity in a six-year war which has killed more than 310,000 people. (AFP/File)
February 25, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
The UN sought on Friday to get a new round of Syrian peace talks off the ground, but there were few signs of progress amid dozens more civilian deaths.
Rebel Shia Houthi fighters in Yemen. (AFP/File)
February 25, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
A suicide bomber killed eight people at a Yemeni army base Friday as clashes between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels left 35 dead, while another five civilians died in shelling.
Several Christian families have fled their homes in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after receiving death threats. (AFP/File)
February 25, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Seven Christians have been killed in Arish between Jan. 30 and Thursday. Daesh, which is waging an insurgency there, claimed responsibility for the killings, five of which were shootings. One man was beheaded and another set on fire.
Responsibility for the Saturday attacks was later claimed by the al-Nusra Front group.(AFP/File)
February 25, 2017 - 09:52 GMT
Simultaneous bombings have targeted separate areas across the western Syria city of Homs, claiming a total of 42 lives.
Jordanian women shout slogans as they protest in Amman on January 25, 2014. (AFP/File)
February 25, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
Jordanians took to the streets to demand the government resign after the cabinet imposed a new sales tax on telecoms use, bread, fuel, cigarettes and fizzy drinks.
Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters take position during their advance in the city of Al-Bab, 30 km from the Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
February 25, 2017 - 06:24 GMT
A suicide bomber detonated the vehicle outside a Syrian rebel command centre in Suesian, north of al-Bab city.
Pakistani soldiers patrol at the Torkham crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
February 24, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
The reduced US troop presence in Afghanistan makes air power even more crucial in the fight against the Taliban and Daesh. But the numbers of dead and injured civilians are climbing fast.
De Mistura is due to hold meetings on Friday with the delegations. He says it would be his
February 24, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Describing the negotiations as an uphill task, the UN's special envoy called for a joint effort.
Egyptian security forces on their Armored Personnel Carriers. (AFP/File)
February 24, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
The 40-year-old man was shot in the neck at his home in El-Arish, the provincial capital of restive North Sinai.
The incident comes a day after Turkish-backed rebels claimed full control of the city from the Daesh extremist militia. (AFP/File)
February 24, 2017 - 09:52 GMT
The incident comes a day after Turkish-backed rebels claimed full control of the city from the Daesh extremist militia.
Houthis ride a truck while patrolling a street in Sana'a January 21, 2015. (Twitter)
February 24, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
Six staff and a contracted driver, all Yemeni citizens, were detained earlier this week by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea coastal district of Hodeida.
Sirte was recaptured from Daesh last December by forces loyal to the national unity government. (AFP/File)
February 24, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Some 5,325 families have reportedly returned to eight districts of the city
A Palestinian family, whose house was demolished by Israeli bulldozers, walk past a tent on April 21, 2015 in the southern West Bank. (AFP/File)
February 24, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
“Khan al-Ahmar is one of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank, struggling to maintain a minimum standard of living in the face of intense pressure from the Israeli authorities to move to a planned relocation site.”
Syria's United Nations ambassador and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Ja’afari (2nd L) leaves after a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura during the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 23, 2017. (AFP/File)
February 23, 2017 - 13:53 GMT
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is convening his first morning meeting with the delegation of Syrian government envoys.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin. (AFP/File)
February 23, 2017 - 13:36 GMT
Russia began a bombing campaign in Syria in September 2015 in support of President Bashar al-Assad.