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December 25, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood will mark the third anniversary of Mubarak's ouster by protesting in support of Morsi.(AFP/File)
14:48 GMT

On the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will be marching and petitioning for former President Mohamed Morsi to be reinstalled in office.

Egyptians carry the body of one of the thirteen people killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, during his funeral in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013. (AFP)
10:26 GMT

Egypt's Ansar Jerusalem (known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Arabic) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's deadly attack on a security site in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura that killed 14 people.

Iraqi Christians take part in Christmas celebrations during mass at the Chaldean Sacred Heart Cathedral in the northern city of Kirkuk, 240 kms (150 miles) from Baghdad on December 24, 2013. (AFP)
10:07 GMT

At least 14 people were killed on Wednesday morning after a car bomb targeted a church in southern Baghdad.

Egyptians carry the body of one of the thirteen people killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, during his funeral in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo. [AFP]
08:00 GMT

Palestinian Islamist movement rejects claims it was involved in terrorist attack on Mansoura security directorate.

Iraqi men take part in the funeral of four of the five journalists killed in an attack on an Iraqi television station headquarters the day before, in the northern city of Tikrit, during their funeral, on December 24, 2013. [AFP]
07:00 GMT

Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for killing five journalists in a suicide bombing that targeted a news channel office.

Egyptian women shout slogans during the funeral of one of the thirteen people killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013. [AFP]
06:00 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan sent his condolences to the President of Egypt after the recent terror attack in the city of Mansoura.

December 24, 2013

The Defense Minister of Iran Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi (L) and Defense Minister of Iraq Saadoun al-Dulaimi (R). [armyrecognition]
20:05 GMT

While riding in a convoy, Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi was targeted in a failed bombing attempt that injured two guards and the vehicle.

Angry Egyptians set fire to a microbus, said to be belong to a company owned by a businessman who supports the Muslim Brotherhood, after passengers allegedly held up four fingers, the symbol known as "Rabaa", during the funeral of those killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013. [AFP]
19:25 GMT

The Prime Minister of Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group after the most recent attack which killed at least 14 people.

Rescuers climb on the rubble of a destroyed building following an airstrike in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 24, 2013. Syrian warplanes have killed more than 330 people in a nine-day bombing campaign. [AFP]
19:07 GMT

After an eight-day bombing campaign against rebels in Aleppo, the US has condemned regime forces for their actions.

A relative of three-year-old Palestinian girl Hala Abu Sabikha kisses the forehead of the toddler as she lies in the morgue of the hospital in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on December 24, 2013. (AFP)
17:11 GMT

Israeli war planes launched a series of airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip on Christmas eve in retaliation for the shooting of an Israeli civilian. At least two people were killed, including a little girl.

Iraqi border guards stand at the Iraq-Syria border. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Iraq on Tuesday ordered the closure of its border with ally Syria in a bid to speed up Baghdad's massive military hunt for Al Qaeda operatives. The defence minister's convoy was also targeted by militants - he remained uninjured, but two of his guards were wounded.

An Egyptian man stands amidst debris car at the site of a powerful car bomb explosion in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013.  (AFP)
12:31 GMT

According to Interior Ministry officials, a truck containing explosives was behind the attack on a security site in the Nile Delta that killed some 13 people on Tuesday morning.

An Israeli soldier looks into Lebanon. The army has vowed to strongly respond to any Israeli aggression. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT

Lebanese army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi on Monday said that the armed forces would not hesitate to respond swiftly to any Israeli attack on the southern city of Sidon.

Muslim scholars have accused jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) of acting against Syria's interests and committing human rights abuses. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT

Seven leading organizations representing Muslim scholars have issued a statement in which they condemn hardline jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) of commiting human rights abuses.

Five Palestinian men were taken by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in Nablus in the northern West Bank. (AFP/File)
10:07 GMT

Early on Tuesday morning, Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank city of Nablus and detained five young Palestinian men.