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January 26, 2014

Algeria's former Prime Minister Ali Benflis announced earlier last week that he will be running in April's election (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
07:20 GMT

Algeria's main Islamist party announced Saturday that they will boycott the country's upcoming elections.

Tunisia's newly appointed interim PM Mehdi Jomaa made the announcement Saturday that the new cabinet has not yet been established due to a lack of consensus (Fethi Belaid/AFP)
07:07 GMT

Tunisia's newly appointed Prime Minister has failed to form a new cabinet under the transitional government, according to reports from late Saturday and early Sunday.

Hermel has been victim of Syrian rocket fire over the past three years as the neighboring civil war continues (Courtesy of Naharnet)
06:57 GMT

Five rockets from Syria hit Lebanon's Hermel area Saturday in an attack claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Afghan security forces stand next to a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. [AFP]
06:53 GMT

A suicide bomber explosion has killed four in Kabul.

Around 90 percent of the private sector labor force in Saudi Arabia was foreign before expat deportation took place. [AFP]
05:41 GMT

After the mass exodus deportation in Saudi, the Ministry of Labor has been forced to create stronger efforts to prevent fake employment by expatriates.

Libyan Justice Minister Salah al-Mirghani speaks during a press conference following the kidnapping of five Egyptian diplomats on January 25, 2014 in Tripoli Libya. [AFP]
01:12 GMT

Egypt has evacuated its staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital and the consulate in Benghazi city after kidnappers seized Egypt’s cultural attaché and three other embassy diplomats, an official told Al Arabiya News Channel Saturday.

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 24, 2014. [AFP]
01:03 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that talks with world powers to reach a long-term nuclear deal will resume next month.

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]
00:53 GMT

A recording by a previously unknown figure was distributed on jihadist forums on Saturday, announcing the creation of a Lebanese franchise for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Agence France-Presse reported.

January 25, 2014

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference in Geneva on January 25, 2014. [AFP]
22:14 GMT

The first day of face-to-face talks between Syria’s rival sides did not yield substantial results, International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told reports Saturday, adding that he hoped the discussions would eventually lead to aid supplies reaching the besieged city of Homs.

A spate of deadly bombings put Egyptian police on edge as supporters and opponents of the military-installed government take part in rival rallies for the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. [AFP]
21:45 GMT

At least 29 people were killed in Egypt in street violence Saturday, as Islamists and military supporters staged rival rallies on the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, the health ministry said.

Egyptian police arrest a Muslim Brotherhood supporter (C-R) following a demonstration in the Nasr City district of Cairo, on January 25, 2014. [AFP]
15:30 GMT

At least seven people were killed in clashes in Egypt on Saturday as police dispersed anti-government protests, Agence France-Presse reported the health ministry as saying.

Egyptian anti-government protesters run for cover from tear gas during clashes with police in the capital Cairo on January 25, 2014 following a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. [AFP]
13:16 GMT

Egyptian police fire tear gas and live rounds in the air to disperse anti-government protesters in the capital Cairo on Saturday, as the country marked the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

Women talk with policemen on January 25, 2014 in front of the Egyptian embassy, where Egypt's cultural attache and three other embassy staff were seized by kidnappers in Tripoli, Libya. [AFP]
13:06 GMT

A day after an Egyptian diplomat was seized at the Egyptian embassy in Libya’s capital Tripoli, four staff were kidnapped, the Libyan government said on Saturday.

 Kerry hit back at criticism that the United States was retreating from the Middle East and the rest of the world. [AFP]
09:39 GMT

In a full-throated defense of America’s forward-leaning stance abroad, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hit back in Davos on Friday at critics who have claimed that the United States is disengaging from world affairs, according to a press statement by the World Economic Forum.

A suicide bomber struck Cairo police headquarters on Friday, the first of three bombings in the Egyptian capital that killed five people ahead of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. [AFP]
07:46 GMT

Two bomb blasts were reported in Cairo on Saturday as Egyptians marked the third anniversary of their Jan. 25, 2011 uprising.