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Yemeni members of a local popular committee, which consists of a group of volunteers who maintain security in their region, stand in the street, some of them barefoot and one holding an anti tank rocket launcher, in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, on January 27, 2015. (AFP/STR)
07:35 GMT

Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi announced his plans for a peaceful transfer of power following the coup.

Libyan security forces surround the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli during the attack, which left several people dead, January 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The UN Security Council condemned the Libya hotel attack in Tripoli, which left several people dead Tuesday.

Armored Israeli vehicles are stationed close the the border with Syria, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, January 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:43 GMT

Israeli forces overnight Wednesday hit Syrian army positions in the occupied Golan Heights, hours after rockets had been fired from the area.

Sources say the displaced Iraqi families are not able to protect themselves, while many are living in unoccupied public buildings or mosques. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
06:00 GMT

The UN food agency has warned of a looming refugee crisis across the relatively peaceful southern regions of Iraq.

Kurdish people flash the V for victory sign during a celebration rally near the Turkish-Syrian border at Suruc, in Sanliurfa province. Kurdish fighters have expelled Islamic State group militants from the Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitor and spokesman said today, dealing a key symbolic blow to the jihadists' ambitions. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC
05:00 GMT

US State Department officials said it was too early to consider the "mission accomplished" in Kobani

January 27, 2015

Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.(Image:YouTube)
15:44 GMT

Unconfirmed reports on Arabic media perport Daesh militants have threatened to kill both Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours.

Libyan security forces surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015 in the Libyan capital. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
15:40 GMT

The prominent Tripoli hotel that was attacked by Daesh earlier today is now empty after security forces rescued 12 expats from the 26th floor.

A Shiite Huthi militiaman, wearing uniform confiscated from the Yemeni army, mans a checkpoint on a street leading to the US embassy compound in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
15:06 GMT

Presidential aide Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was released to tribes in southern Yemeni province after having been kidnapped by Houthi rebels.

Located west of the capital Baghdad, Iraq's international airport is outside the restive Anbar province, prompting several Western airlines to pull back from Iraqi airspace in recent months.
14:27 GMT

Lebanese carrier Middle East Airlines suspended all flights to and from Baghdad, joining a growing list of airlines who have cancelled service to the Iraqi capital following a gunfire incident Monday night on a flydubai passenger aircraft landing at the Baghdad International Airport.

An Israeli solider walks near an Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:58 GMT

Syrian media has reported Israeli artillery fire at a Syrian military based in Golan Heights.

A hotel employee told the AP five assailants were still inside the building and engaged with Libyan security forces. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

Masked gunmen stormed a popular hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli Tuesday morning following a car bomb explosion in the parking lot. Daesh-linked militants claimed responsibility for the attack as

President Erdogan predicts grave problems in the future if the Kurds take gull control of northern Syria. (AFP/Getty Images/Nikolay Doychinov)
12:52 GMT

According to a report, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to accept the idea of a Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.

Muath Kasasbeh has been held by Daesh since his plane went down more than a month ago. (File photo)
11:31 GMT

The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Jordan's parliament said Tuesday that the country would "likely" accept a deal to release a prisoner on death row in exchange for a Japanese hostage if the swap also included Jordan's captured fighter pilot.

Facebook has denied that an outage was the result of hacking. (File photo)
10:35 GMT

While hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility, Facebook said the interruption was due to a technical change.

The airline spokesperson said the plane sustained light damage from a slew of bullets as it landed at the Baghdad International Airport last night. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT

A spokesperson for flydubai confirmed gunfire on one of its carriers upon landing at the Baghdad airport Monday night, but the attack has so far gone unclaimed.