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January 26, 2015

Even social media sites like Facebook will be blocked if they fail to implement the court order. (Shutterstock)
07:06 GMT

Turkish court ordered to block all websites that insult the Prophet Muhammad, including Facebook, the world's biggest social network.

Clashes erupted across the country on the 4th anniversary of the uprising. (Photo:AFP)
06:00 GMT

At least 18 people, including three policeman, have died at protests around the country on the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, the health ministry announced Sunday.

Sinai-based militants have carried out numerous attacks in the region in recent months. (Photo: AFP)
05:00 GMT

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has extended a curfew in parts of North Sinai by another three months, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

January 25, 2015

One of the Japanese hostages is reportedly still alive.
20:10 GMT

Daesh radio confirmed on Sunday that its terrorists have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death, according to AFP.

General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in an Israeli attack last week. (Photo: AFP)
16:31 GMT

An Iranian general killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian Golan Heights last week was targeted because he kept his cellphone on - allowing Israeli intelligence to track his whereabouts, Al-Joumhouria reported.

Libya has seen constant clashes between government forces and rival militia groups. (Photo: AFP)
15:43 GMT

The deputy foreign minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government has been kidnapped in the eastern city of al-Bayda.

The rocket and mortar attacks on central Damascus were in retaliation for air raids carried about by the Syrian regime. (Photo: AFP File/SANAA)
15:25 GMT

Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.

(Photo: EMAD EL-GEBALY /AFP)
14:48 GMT

Five people have died at protests in several parts of Egypt on the fourth anniversary of the January 2011 uprising, the health ministry announced Sunday.

Similar attacks are a nearly daily occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT

Two bombings in Baghdad have left eight civilians dead and at least 22 wounded.

At least five people were killed in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police and witnesses said. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)
10:23 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday as part of his official visit to the Horn of Africa.

The group's leader, Zahran Alloush, demanded that the Syrian government stop their offensive in Ghouta or else the militant group will retaliate. (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT

A militant commander in Syria has threatened Damascus that terrorists may hit the capital by Katyusha rockets.

Earlier in the month  two Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo Paris offices to “avenge” the publication of cartoons considered disrespectful to the Prophet Muhammad. (AFP/GettyImages/Thomas Coex)
09:41 GMT

Following a decision by an Israeli bookshop to cease in-store sales of Charlie Hebdo because of fear of Muslim push-back, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered Yisrael Beytenu to buy thousands of copies of the weekly to distribute publicly.

A female demonstrator was killed during clashes with Egyptian police in central Cairo Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/MOHAMED EL-RAAY)
09:04 GMT

A bomb was detonated outside a sports club in Cairo's Heliopolis area.

Soldiers and policemen deploy to secure the venue during a rally of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Islamist group's six-year insurgency. (AFP/Tunji Omirin)
08:56 GMT

Insurgents affiliated with the Boko Haram militant group are attacking the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, engaging in heavy fighting with security forces that are trying to repel the assault, multiple sources said Sunday.

The US-led air campaign, which Washington claims aims to degrade Daesh's military capability, remains the subject of debate, with critics pointing to Daesh’s advances and battlefield successes despite the raids.(AFP/DOD /Jonathan Synder)
08:39 GMT

Since the start of the US-led airstrikes against Daesh, only one percent of the supposed "caliphate" has been reclaimed.