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December 14, 2014

A file photo shows demonstrators protesting against freedom of speech infringements and journalists' arrests in Turkey last November. Sunday's raid attempt was only the most recent in a list of trouble journalists have faced with the Turkish government. (AFP/File)
08:46 GMT

Turkish authorities attempted a raid operation on one of the country's most popular newspapers early Sunday, in which they indented to arrest the paper's editor-in-chief, but were not able to enter amid heavy protests by readers.

A Turkish Kurd waves a Kurdish flag at Iraqi peshmerga forces as they enter Turkey on the way to join the fight against ISIL in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/FIle)
08:20 GMT

Two prominent Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, have been removed from the US terror blacklist by the US Congress.

Kurdish peshmerga fighters scan the horizon at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, the group took back the north-east city of Jaloula from ISIL militants last month. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

An Iraqi Peshmerga commander said while the two groups have had trouble in the past, Shiite fighters are helping the peshmerga fight ISIL militants after liberating the north-east Iraqi town of Jaloula from the extremist group last month.

The inciident comes on the heels of American photojournalist Luke Somer's death, who died at the hands of the same al-Qaeda earlier this month during an attempted rescue mission by U.S. special forces.
07:08 GMT

Several suspected al-Qaeda militants dressed in women's niqabs were confronted and killed at the border of Saudi Arabia and Yemen when a bus security search prompted one of the militants to open fire.

Pictured below are the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura (left) and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The deputy to the UN special envoy to Syria arrived in Damascus on Saturday to begin a series of negotiations with Syrian officials and militants.

December 13, 2014

Iraqi military and Kurdish militias have been battling ISIL for months. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT

Islamic State militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in Samarra.

ISIL fighters have recaptured several villages near Anbar governorate. (AFP/File)
19:24 GMT

ISIL militants have recaptured several villages by the Anbar governorate, local officials and tribal figures reported.

Yemeni security forces do routine inspections at checkpoints, but they rarely inspect vehicles carrying women. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

Yemeni troops shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a solider during a checkpoint inspection.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT

A Iraqi Christian lawmaker claimed that at least 160,00 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of Mosul after ISIL seized the city in June.

Pictured are US Secretary of State John Kerry (left), and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right). (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the latest developments in Palestinian-Israeli relations in a Friday phone conversation.

Tensions have been running high in the past few weeks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
08:48 GMT

Israeli forces injured four Palestinians by firing rubber bullets at West Bank protesters.

"Let [the two groups] establish a genuine partnership, far from political wrangling, for the liberation of Palestine," leading Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar said in a Friday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A leading member of the Palestinian Hamas movement has called for a "genuine partnership" with the Palestinian Fatah group – its longstanding rival – against the Israeli occupation.

December 12, 2014

ISIL began taking over multiple cities in Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT

The sister-in-law of ISIL commander Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani, has been arrested in the Bekaa Valley, her husband told The Daily Star Friday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has argued that the president must be free to adapt to future developments in the conflict against jihadists, although, under the US Constitution, it is Congress that has ultimate power on whether to declare war. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT

Democrats on a US Senate panel on Thursday unanimously supported a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without US ground troops.

Greece has long been considered a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment due to the public's sympathy for the Palestinian cause. (AFP/FIle)
15:04 GMT

Unidentified assailants opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the early hours of Friday, police said, but no injuries or damage were reported.