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December 25, 2014

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Daesh militants to release the captured pilot. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Daesh militants to release a Jordanian pilot, captured when his warplane was reportedly shot down in Syria.

Palestinian cousins Uday (left), and Ghassan Abu Jamal (right), attacked a Jerusalem synagogue in November, killing five Israelis. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

Bodies of the two Jerusalem synagogue attackers were returned to their families by Israeli authorities Thursday.

The five-year-old was shot in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet in East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Israeli forces shot a five-year-old Palestinian child in the face with a rubber-coated bullet as the boy exited a school bus Wednesday.

The Iraqi city of Hit has been under siege by Daesh militants, according to local sources. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Daesh militants allegedly attacked the city of Hit in Iraq's Anbar province with chlorine gas strikes, according to an Iraqi security source.

December 24, 2014

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had reported that the plane was shot down by Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
23:08 GMT

The US military said Daesh did not shoot down a Jordanian warplane in Syria despite claims from the militant group the jet was targeted with a heat-seeking missile.

The Fatah movement in Yarmouk has remained neutral since the Syrian war began in 2011. (AFP/File)
23:00 GMT

A Fatah official was shot and killed by masked gunmen in the Yarmouk refugee camp, south of Damascus, local activists said.

Lebanon has been without a president since Michel Suleiman stood down in May 2014. (AFP/File)
22:00 GMT

France will send a top Middle East official to Lebanon early next year in an attempt to end the country's presidential deadlock.

Pakistanis look through belongings following a deadly attack in the southwestern city of Quetta, January 11, 2013. (AFP/File)
21:00 GMT

Up to 30 people were injured by an explosion in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta Wednesday. No group so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera shut down its Egypt channel in the past week, causing further tension between Cairo and Doha. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Saudi brokered talks to end an 18-month standoff between Doha and Cairo will continue into January following Al Jazeera's decision to close its Egypt channel.

Benjamin Netanyahu said the IDF would "respond forcefully" after soldier was shot by snipers. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the IDF would "respond forcefully" after a soldier was critically wounded by Hamas fighters.

Daesh militants posted photos online of the Jordanian pilot's capture Wednesday. (Al Bawaba/File)
18:20 GMT

Jordanian officials confirmed the capture of a Royal Air Force pilot by Daesh militants Wednesday after his warplane was shot down in northeastern Syria.

Senior PKK leader Murat Karayilan said a war could start if current talks with Turkey failed. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

A senior PKK leader said Kurds could "start a war" and hostilities could resume with Turkey if talks with Ankara failed.

Jerusalem's municipality invested $12.7 million in the settlement development. (AFP/File)
16:06 GMT

Jerusalem's municipality confirmed approval to build 380 illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem after investing $12.7 million in the development.

Pro-government protesters were kidnapped by Houthi militants in Sanaa. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT

Shia militants abducted 20 anti-Houthi protesters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Wednesday, eyewitnesses said.

Three fishermen were detained by Syrian naval forces on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Three fishermen were fired upon by the Syrian navy off the coast of northern Lebanon Wednesday. Sources say the fishermen were detained while their boat was seized.