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January 17, 2015

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Algerian embassy. The aftermath of the explosion is pictured above. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
19:36 GMT

A bomb injured two security guards in an attack on Algeria's embassy in Libya.

Smoke rises from Kobani, the site of 11 of the 29 targeted airstrikes. (AFP/File)
18:08 GMT

Twenty-nine US-led coalition airstrikes hit Daesh targets in Syria and Iraq in a period of 24 hours.

The Kouachi brothers are of Algerian descent. However, according to Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, the brothers "have never set foot in Algeria." (AFP/File)
16:14 GMT

Algerian authorities rejected a French request to bury the bodies of the Charlie Hebdo attackers Cherif and Said Kouachi in Algeria.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began his Mideast tour in Cairo on Saturday. He plans to visit Jordan, Israel, and Palestine later this week. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Japan would send $2.5 billion in non-military aid to support Middle East countries fighting Daesh. The aid will be allocated to humanitarian and infrastructural projects.

Yemen president's chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak resigned from the position of prime minister shortly after he was appointed in October 2014. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT

Gunmen kidnapped Yemen president's chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak Saturday amid heightened tensions among rebel groups in anticipation of a new constitutional draft.

Bahrainis have staged numerous protests against the detention of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman since he was arrested on December 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
09:37 GMT

Bahraini forces cracked down on the thousands protesting the detention of political prisoners on Friday. The protests erupted in response to the indefinite extension of Sheikh Salman's detention.

The success of the upcoming UN-backed peace talks hinges on the participation of Libya Dawn, the alliance in control of Tripoli, which opted out of last week's talks. (AFP/File)
07:39 GMT

Warring Libyan factions announced a ceasefire and agreed to continue UN peace talks next week. The talks will focus on forming a national unity government.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the training program is set to begin in March, giving some groups the opportunity to travel back to Syria to fight before the year's end. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Troops from US Special Forces will be among some 400 military trainers traveling to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, the Pentagon said Friday.

Obama said instilling sanctions now would only harm a fresh round of nuclear talks with Iran, which are set to resume January 18 in Geneva.
06:00 GMT

During a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington Friday, US President Barack Obama said he will not allow a Republican-dominated US Congress to instate new sanctions on Iran until nuclear talks have played out.

January 16, 2015

The PA has lodged claims of war crimes committed on the part of Israel during Operation Protective Edge, an offensive which was launched in July and resulted in more than 2,200 deaths in Gaza. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda said Friday the court would launch a preliminary investigation into the "situation in Palestine," following war crimes claims lodged by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The US and ally effort to train and equip Syrian moderate rebels is part of a larger campaign to push back advances by Daesh in Iraq and Syria, where so far US-led coalition forces have been carrying out airstrikes against the group since last September.  (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT

The US has announced plans to send 400 military trainers to hosting sites Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, a US Defense Department officer said Friday.

The incident comes on the heels of another in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where 30 Kurdish families were kidnapped on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

Iraqi security forces said Thursday scores of people have been kidnapped by Daesh in the restive Iraqi province of Anbar.

Islamist extremists took killed 17 people in Paris last week, including 12 journalists from the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

Hundreds of Muslims took the streets in northern and southern Lebanon Friday to protest the new cover of satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which depicts the Prophet Mohammad.

Army officials said they arrested a militant cell Thursday after finding a dismantled car packed with explosives in northeastern Lebanon. (AFP/File)
12:01 GMT

The Lebanese army says it has encountered new suicide bombing threats across the country as a militant cell in northeastern Lebanon was arrested Thursday with a dismantled car packed with explosives.

Syrian refugees have been hit hard with freezing winter temperatures in Lebanon, where inadequate housing has already resulted in several casualties. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Rama Tahran, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee living in a makeshift cap in Lebanon's eastern city of Baalbek, passed away Thursday after winter temperatures dipped below freezing.