January 23, 2014
Head of Al Qaeda Ayman Al Zawahiri on called on all jihadists fighting in the Syrian war to unite in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday evening.
The Turkish authorities have issued a warning to Syrians working with opposition groups in Turkey, citing intelligence reports that Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels are planning attacks on them during the Geneva II peace talks.
Syria's two sides are both prepared to discuss improving access to humanitarian deliveries, prisoner swaps and local ceasefires, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said following the conclusion of the first day of the Geneva II conference.
At least 50 militants were killed in Iraq's Anbar Wednesday while U.S. President Obama met with Iraqi parliamentarians to discuss Sunni leadership integration into the government.
Five Egyptian policemen were killed on Thursday morning as masked gunmen launched an attack whilst on their motorcycles on a security checkpoint south of Cairo.
Two witnesses who lost their brothers testified on Wednesday to the court about the grief and pain they felt after the attack which killed former Lebanese PM Hariri.
Ahead of the one-on-one talks to be held between the Syrian regime and opposition delegations on Thursday, U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that the speeched made on the first day Geneva II proved the wide ideological divide between the two sides.
January 22, 2014
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told both Syrian sides on Wednesday to start the dialogue needed to end the Syrian civil war, following the Geneva II peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland.
Dozens of Yemen's top intelligence and military officers are being assassinated in a savage Al Qaeda campaign against key government installations.
Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty on Wednesday said that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is blocking humanitarian aid to those in need and starving the population as a "war strategy".
The Peace Now watchdog on Wednesday reported that Israel has moved forwards with its plans to build 261 new settler homes on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank.
As major world powers sat down in Switzerland to find a solution to the Syrian conflict, regime forces shelled and dropped barrel bombs on rebel positions across the war-torn country on Syria.
Egyptian police have been tightening their security around police stations and government buildings in anticipation of planned protests on Saturday, the third anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution.
Israel's intelligence agency Shin Bet said Wednesday it had arrested two Palestinian Al Qaeda members in East Jerusalem who were planning to carry out suicide attacks on Israeli targets in Jerusalem and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Egypt's Islamist Anti-Coup Alliance is calling for 18 days of protests throughout the country starting Friday.