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December 18, 2014

An estimated 1,900 people from the Syrian Shoueitat tribe have now been killed by ISIL if the allegations are proven true. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT

Some 1,000 people are believed to have been killed by ISIL militants in the Syrian village of al-Kashkiya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Armed Shia Houthi rebels protest during an anti-government rally in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, September 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT

Yemen's Prime Minister Khaled Bahah said his government could resign following continued Houthi rebel raids on state institutions and public offices in the country's capital, Sanaa.

The draft resolution also seeks a one-year peace deal with Israel before full withdrawal from Palestinian land in 2017. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

The Palestinian Authority submitted a finalized version of a UN resolution presented by Jordan, to end Israeli occupation by 2017.

Human rights groups have condemned Israel for unlawfully detaining Palestinian minors. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

Israeli police detained a 17-year-old student and an 11-year-old boy in Jerusalem Wednesday to be interrogated.

ISIL targets were hit near Mosul, Irbil and also in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT

US air strikes pounded ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria over the past three days, according to a statement.

At least 120,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed since Syria's 2011 war began. (File/AFP)
07:23 GMT

Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed in Syria since the start of the country's civil war, according to an activist group.

The Syrian conflict has raged on for over three years. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would impose new sanctions "on those supporting the Syrian regime’s procurement of specialty fuels and base oil used in its military campaign against the Syrian people."

Washington has given an annual aid package of about $1.5 billion to Cairo for over 30 years. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The US State Department welcomed new conditions passed by the congress granting the secretary of state more flexibility to approve aid to Egypt, while expressing worry about the human rights situation in the country.

December 17, 2014

The bribery investigation was the biggest in Turkey's history. (AFP/File)
20:08 GMT

Protests, public demonstrations, and panel discussions around Turkey have marked the one-year anniversary of the largest corruption and bribery investigation in the history of the country, which went public last December.

Those killed are believed to be members of the al Sheitaat tribe. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT

A mass grave with over 230 bodies was discovered in Syria's Deir al Zor Province.

Peshmergas have so far forced ISIL militants to retreat from the villages close to the northern city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:53 GMT

Iraq’s Kurdish fighters have retaken three villages near the militant-held Kurdish town of Sinjar in the northern Iraqi Nineveh Province.

Although there is no law criminalizing homosexuality in Egypt, societal norms do not accept it. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT

Cairo prosecution referred on Wednesday 21 suspects to court on "debauchery" charges.

Syrian air strikes killed 11 during ISIL and Nusra Front clashes on the border with Lebanon. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT

Syrian air force raids killed 11 people while ISIL and Nusra Front clashed on the border with Lebanon, putting security forces on high alert Wednesday.

Members of the EU Parliament take part in a voting session, on December 17, 2014 during a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo: AFP/file)
12:49 GMT

Members of the European Union’s Parliament revamped the proposalregarding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Frogmen of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, pose in wetsuits as they take part in a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movement’s creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:29 GMT

Hamas should no longer be included on an influential list of international terrorist organisations, an EU court has ruled.