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January 27, 2014

Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivers a speech during the release of NATO's annual report at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. [AFP]
20:12 GMT

As Afghan forces take the lead in security operations, NATO lessens its security presence overall.

Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa el-Din. [cairopost]
17:39 GMT

Deputy Prime Minister in Egypt resigns to be more effective in a non-political role.

The Egyptian embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. [Sabri]
17:21 GMT

Despite the lack of an exchange deal, Abou Abeida, a Libyan militia commander, was released after five kidnapped Egyptian diplomats were surrendered by Libya.

Egyptians wave the national flag and hold up pictures of Defense Minister army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo's Tahrir Square. [AFP]
16:59 GMT

Just hours after being promoted to field marshal, Egypt's head military council mandated that Chief Sisi run for President.

Zarif and Catherine Ashton will meet again in New York at the end of February to continue nuclear negotiations (File Archive/AFP)
14:13 GMT

Iran nuclear talks with world powers will resume in late February in New York, according to reports Monday.

Morsi is charged with collaborating with Hamas and Hezbollah when escaping from prison during the 2011 revolution. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

The trial of Mohamed Morsi will be aired on state-run TV on Tuesday, as the former Egyptian president and fellow members of the Muslim Brotherhood face a judge on charges of collaborating with Hamas and Hezbollah to break out of prison during the 2011 revolution.

Syria's opposition spokesman Monzer Akbik told reporters Monday that the regime has blocked aid convoys from entering the besieged city of Homs in central Syria (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
13:11 GMT

Not only are Syrian peace talks in Geneva deadlocked, but so is the promised aid into Syria's city of Homs.

Tunisia approved its constitution this week and expects to hold elections before the end of 2014 (STR/AFP)
12:26 GMT

Tunisia's main Islamist party Ennahda told reporters that it expects national elections to take place in October.

Sisi is a popular choice for president among many Egyptians (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Egypt’s military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been promoted to the top military rank of field marshal on Monday, state television announced.

Many mud-brick homes in rural areas of Iran crumbled in quakes from the past. [ibttimes]
10:20 GMT

A minor earthquake shook southern Iran although no damages have been reported.

Rebels in Aleppo have been the target of regime air strikes almost daily over the past month (File Archive/AFP)
09:56 GMT

United States officials confirmed Monday that it has restarted nonlethal aid deliveries to the Syrian opposition.

Protests have rocked Turkey since government-linked corruption scandals erupted late last year (Courtesy of the Washington Post)
09:31 GMT

Attacks on Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party headquarters left the party's spokesman dead and seven others wounded.

Buildings are in shambles after the city of Homs has been through the three year civil war in Syria. [AFP]
08:54 GMT

Aid convoy ready to enter Homs to relieve women and children after Syrian peace talks in Geneva give the open door.

 Lebanese security forces patrol a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 23, 2014 as the army deployed following clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime. (AFP)
07:19 GMT

Residents of Lebanon's northern city Tripoli are preparing for renewed violence and fighting as new, unknown fighters - presumed to be allied to Salafist leader Hussam al-Sabbagh - have entered the restive city.

An anti-government rebel fighter poses near a machine-gun on the top of a truck during a demonstration to ask for the release of Sunni Muslim MP Ahmed Al Alwani on January 25, 2014 in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. (AFP)
06:34 GMT

In a wave of violence across Iraq on Sunday, militants captured at least five soldiers and at least 13 people were killed in a spate of attacks across the country.