December 19, 2013
Syrian Kurds on Thursday voiced their demand for their own delegation, seperate from both the government and opposition at next month's peace talks in Switzerland aimed at halting the conflict in Syria, Kurdish political leaders said.
The death of two Palestinians within 24 hours at the hands of Israeli soldiers this week may undermine the current peace talks.
An Islamist militant in Egypt blew himself up Thursday to avoid arrest.
A suicide bomber detonates an explosives belt among Shiite pilgrims in Iraq, killing 10 people, while militants shoot dead a family of five, security officials say.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to continue illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian territories.
Egypt's criminal court Thursday acquitted former president Hosni Mubarak's Prime Minister of "squandering public funds" and "facilitating the illegal sale of state land." Mubarak's two sons were also acquitted on similar charges.
Russia sent Syria 10 aircrafts filled with equipment to help Damascus remove the country's chemical weapons stockpile as part of the unprecedented mission to remove Syria's entire arsenal vis-a-vis the port city of Latakia.
Israeli troops killed a Palestinian security force officer in the West Bank's Qalqiya Thursday, representing the second Palestinian killing at the hands of Israeli soldiers within the past 24-hours.
In a rare instance of criticism, a Russian diplomat called on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to refrain from re-election statements ahead of proposed peace talks.
The United States Senate approved a bill Wednesday that restores aid to Egypt in full at $1.6 billion vis-a-vis granting U.S. President Barack Obama the "power to waive a federal law based on national security."
The lead Palestinian negotiator in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks told reporters Wednesday that his negotiation team is "ready to extend" its current peace talks with Israel beyond the April deadline.
The United States officially blacklisted Algerian jihadists and a Syrian Islamist rebel group Wednesday.
Israeli forces raided Jenin refugee camp Wednesday, leaving one Palestinian dead and six others injured.
The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Wednesday that expresses outrage and places blame on the Syrian regime for human atrocity and abuse.
The Swiss government has opted to hold funds from two ousted leaders as the investigation continues for the source of the funds.