Sham Jaff
Last updated: 26 January, 2014

This week’s top news stories

As Libya’s Islamist Justice and Construction Party (with five ministers in the country’s interim administration) announced it was quitting the government Tuesday after it failed to win sufficient support for a censure motion in parliament, the Prime Minister Ali Zeidan vowed to stay on his post.

Yemen’s reconciliation talks, a dialogue part of a transition backed by the United Nations and the Gulf countries, were hit by a bombing.

The Geneva II peace talks on Syria has started; as Pope Francis and residents of Damascus pray for a ‘miracle’ silencing the guns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says ‘Assad is not ready for a solution’.

With three bomb attacks in January alone, Lebanese are getting used to reassuring loved ones at home and abroad that they have survived. And now there’s an app! “I Am Alive” allows users to quickly tweet a standard message after an attack: “I am still alive!” with the hashtags #Lebanon and #LatestBombing.

Tunisia’s national assembly on Thursday finished approving all articles of the country’s new constitution just over three years after their uprising ousted autocratic leader Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Palestinian thriller and Oscar nominee “Omar”, a tale of love, betrayal and struggle in the Israeli-occupied territories, on Friday scooped two top prizes at the Dubai International Film Festival.