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December 17, 2014

Lebanon's army battled fierce clashes along the country's borders with Syria in September. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Iran's government said it was awaiting a vote from Lebanese authorities on accepting military aid Tuesday.

Dozens, including pregnant women were executed by the extremist group for refusing to marry militants. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT

Some 150 women in Anbar province were killed by ISIL for refusing to marry militants, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights.

As both French Assembly and Senate adopted recently resolutions calling their government to recognize Palestine' statehood, Fabius has said that France would do so if peace efforts failed. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for a UN Security Council resolution with a timetable and framework to end the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.

Kuwait and Jordan enjoy strong ties. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Jordanian and Kuwaiti officials met in Kuwait to discuss a possible military cooperation.

December 16, 2014

The bomb attack targeted the home of a leader of the Houthi Ansarullah fighters in the town of Rada' in Yemen's central province of al-Bayda.(AFP/File)
18:57 GMT

At least 31 people, including 20 children, have been killed in a car bomb attack in central Yemen.

Libya has been gripped by militancy and factional fighting since the ouster of the longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT

Libya Dawn militant group has carried out an aerial attack on an area near key oil terminals in the eastern part of the country.

Among those killed were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. (AFP/File)
16:10 GMT

Although there were fewer journalists killed in 2014 than in 2013, the watchdog organization found that the publicized beheadings of journalists by Islamist militants in the Middle East "highlights an evolution in the nature of violence against journalists."

Syria has been grappling with a deadly war since March 2011. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT

A monitoring group says around 200 people have been killed in a fresh round of intense fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.

Iraq has been plagued with violence since ISIL militants began taking over Iraqi cities in June. (AFP/File)
15:08 GMT

At least 19 people, including 11 security personnel were killed in clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists Monday across Iraq.

The Indian government has introduced a ban on support for ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT

The Indian government has introduced a ban on support for ISIL militants, days after security forces arrested a man on charges of running an influential Twitter account promoting the terrorists’ fight in Syria and Iraq.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the statehood bid could be delayed, according to Israel's Ynet news. (AFP/File)
13:48 GMT

The Palestinian Authority indicated it could delay its submission to the UN for statehood, instead adopting a softened down EU draft resolution Tuesday.

Bus passengers from Raqqa were attacked by gunmen, according to a statement from the Syrian Revolution General Commission. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

Dozens of civilians were killed in a deadly gun attack on a bus en route to the Syrian capital Damascus from Raqqa Tuesday.

A Pakistani soldier stands guard near the site of the Taliban attack while parents escort their children home, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT

At least 130 people have been killed, many of them children, by Taliban militants who stormed a military school in Peshawar Tuesday.

Activists from the Lehava extremist group protest outside the wedding ceremony of an Arab and Jewish couple, August 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT

Ten right-wing activists from the Jewish extremist group Lehava were arrested by Israeli security forces Tuesday.

Clashes broke out in the Qalandiya refugee bank following the raid, with Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
10:41 GMT

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces while standing on the rooftop of his home in the Qalandiya refugee camp.