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November 17, 2014

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

President Barack Obama on Sunday confirmed the death of American hostage Peter Kassig, saying the aid worker was killed "in an act of pure evil" by Islamic State militants.

November 16, 2014

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar. [AFP]
22:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to return their ambassadors to Qatar

A Palestinian woman gestures as it rains near a house that was destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on November 16, 2014. [AFP]
21:41 GMT

The investigation committee of the UN Human Rights Council has listened to testimonies of victims’ families and civil society organizations, the representative of Palestine to the HRC said Saturday.

Imran Khan's party Tehreek-i-Insaaf, has criticized the Pakistani government amid increasing tensions. (AFP/File)
20:37 GMT

Ten supporters of Pakistani opposition leader, Imran Khan, were injured in a gun attack Sunday during an anti-government rally.

Gulf leaders including the emirs of Kuwait and Qatar arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend a previously unannounced summit aimed at resolving differences with Doha. (SPA)
20:18 GMT

A meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders is being held on Sunday in the Saudi capital Riyadh, ahead of the GCC’s annual summit due to take place in Doha next month, a senior Kuwaiti source told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Paramedics with man who was stabbed in Jerusalem.
20:04 GMT

Jewish man stabbed in back in suspected Jerusalem terrorist attack

Jihadi John was also responsible for the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT

Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office.

According to the U.N., an estimated 1.8 million citizens have been internally displaced this year throughout Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT

Four people, out of the 40 kidnapped in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Saturday by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants, have been killed, said a local official on Sunday.

Liberman made his comments during a meeting with German FM Frank Walter Steinmeier. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

Israel will not stop building in any Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in response to continued international criticism of such activity over the pre-1967 lines in Israel’s capital.

Maria Angela Holguin was denied permission to enter Palestine unless she met with the Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman. (AFP/File)
11:31 GMT

Columbia's foreign minister Maria Angela Holguin was banned from entering the West Bank by Israeli authorities.

The reports come after ISIL fighters abducted 50 people from a Sunni tribe earlier this week. (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT

ISIL militants kidnapped up to 40 truck drivers and businessmen on a highway between Iraq's Anbar province and Salahuddin, according to local sources.

Two Egyptian Navy vessels maneuver on an exercise in 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)
11:01 GMT

The Russian ship was seized and taken to the northern entrance of the Suez Canal.

Peter Kassig, in a photo released by his family.
10:17 GMT

Kassig, who had converted to Islam, is thought to be the fifth Western hostage murdered in ISIL's brutal media campaign.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah will cement an agreement to reduce tensions in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
09:47 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly set to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah II over the next two days for further discussions on tensions surrounding al Aqsa mosque.

Obama spoke to reporters at the G20 summit in Brisbane about the U.S.'s intention to avoid any alliance with Syria's Assad. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama reconfirms the White House's intent to avoid an "alliance of convenience" with Syria's Assad.