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December 12, 2014

The Palestinian man, believed to be in his thirties, was shot at the scene. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT

A Jewish family near southern Jerusalem was attacked with acid by a Palestinian man, wounding at least six people including young children.

Egyptian soldiers guard a prison in the Suez Canal city of Port Said, September 8, 2013. (AFP/File)
12:35 GMT

Egypt's army on Thursday killed 12 militants in the Sinai Peninsula after a series of attacks in the troubled region.

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of PA official Ziad Abu Ein, December 11, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

Israeli forces attacked thousands of Palestinians attending the funeral of PA official Ziad Abu Ein Thursday injuring at least 19 people.

Millions of Shia pilgrims flocked to the city of Karbala to mark the Arbaeen religious festival, December 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

A series of mortar shell attacks targeting Shia pilgrims near Karbala killed one, according to Iraqi medical sources.

Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat said Israel was responsible for the death of Ziad Abu Ein. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT

Top PA negotiator Saeb Erekat announced plans to limit relations with Israel following the horrific death of a Palestinian minister during a protest against settlements in the West Bank.

Hamadi Jebali, a former prime minister, announced Thursday that he was stepping down from the party as he no longer agreed with its policies. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

The secretary general of Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamic Movement has tendered his resignation as the leader of the country’s most prominent political party.

"We will jointly work towards a comprehensive reconciliation process in Libya that will bring together all the parties in the country," Davutoglu said, speaking at a joint press conference in Ankara with the Italian prime minister. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi agreed to work together to find a solution for the conflict in Libya.

December 11, 2014

The visit lasted several hours after which El-Sisi returned to Egypt. It comes ten days after Jordan's King Abdullah II visited Cairo for similar talks. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II agreed in a meeting in Amman on Thursday on the necessity of a political solution to the Syrian conflict and the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Denmark has confirmed that a citizen was shot and wounded in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 22. (AFP/File)
19:02 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says the country has arrested three supporters of the ISIL terrorists for the shooting and injuring of a Danish citizen late November.

Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said about 100 soldiers would take part in the planned mission. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT

Germany has announced it is considering sending around 100 soldiers to northern Iraq to train peshmerga forces who are fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT

The European Union has barred all Libyan airlines from operating in the European airspace due to concerns over passenger safety amid fierce clashes in the North African country.

The U.S. is leading an international coalition which has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria since the militant group overran Mosul, in northern Iraq, in June. (AFP/File)
15:01 GMT

Iraqi armed forces started a military operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the western province of Anbar on Thursday.

The move does not aim "to sanction or criticize Libya but solely to seek the assistance of the Security Council to eliminate the impediments to cooperation,” the statement said. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred Libya to the UN Security Council for not handing over the son of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi for prosecution.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made his first visit to Jordan since becoming leader in June. (AFP/Getty)
14:31 GMT

Egypt's premier Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks with his Jordanian counterpart King Abdullah on his first visit to the kingdom Thursday.

Ziad Abu Ein collapsed after being attacked by Israeli soldiers during a protest in the West Bank, December 10, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT

The autopsy results of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein show that he died after a powerful blow to the diaphragm and the heavy use of tear gas, Palestinian minister of civil affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said.