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December 26, 2014

Lebanon's army increased security in the border town of Arsal since it was briefly overrun by ISIL and Nusra Front militants. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Three militants including a member of Nusra Front were shot dead by Lebanon's army near the border with Syria overnight Thursday.

Egypt's army has continued a longstanding battle with militants in the volatile Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT

Two members of Egypt's security forces were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula late Thursday, the army said.

Palestinians in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp queue during a relief operation, February 24, 2014. (SANA/File)
13:13 GMT

Around 2,500 Palestinian refugees have been killed in the Syrian conflict while an equal number are believed to be missing.

Racist far right movements have increased across Sweden in recent months. (AFP/Pontus Stenberg)
11:52 GMT

A mosque in Sweden was set ablaze in the town of Eskilstuna by an unknown arsonist, injuring five people.

Daesh had originally said the Jordanian fighter jet was shot down by its militants in northern Syria. (Image: Screenshot)
10:02 GMT

A Jordanian army general said an air force plane was not shot down by Daesh in northern Syria despite contrary reports.

Lebanese soldiers drive to the entrance of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 3, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Two men with alleged links to extremist groups were arrested by Lebanese forces in the border town of Arsal Thursday.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's party Yisrael Beiteinu was mostly hit by the corruption scandal. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israeli police arrested 24 high-ranking officials in a corruption probe. The scandal predominantly hit Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party.

December 25, 2014

A Daesh militant holds up parts of the Jordanian warplane, which was shot down in Syria. (Image: Screenshot)
20:00 GMT

A prisoner exchange could be an option for the captured Jordanian pilot who is being held by Daesh militants in Syria.

Syrian government airstrikes pounded the Bab town in Aleppo, killing at least 23 civilians. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT

Over 23 civilians were killed Thursday in Aleppo after government airstrikes hit residential areas, according to an opposition group.

Hundreds of Coptic Christians attend midnight mass in Cairo, January 6, 2013. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Coptic Christians in Egypt increased security around churches for Christmas Thursday following threats from extremist groups.

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.