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December 24, 2014

Jerusalem's municipality invested $12.7 million in the settlement development. (AFP/File)
16:06 GMT

Jerusalem's municipality confirmed approval to build 380 illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem after investing $12.7 million in the development.

Pro-government protesters were kidnapped by Houthi militants in Sanaa. (AFP/File)
15:38 GMT

Shia militants abducted 20 anti-Houthi protesters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Wednesday, eyewitnesses said.

Three fishermen were detained by Syrian naval forces on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Three fishermen were fired upon by the Syrian navy off the coast of northern Lebanon Wednesday. Sources say the fishermen were detained while their boat was seized.

Daesh fighters are believed to have gathered in the south of Baghdad to receive salaries when the attack took place. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT

A suicide bomber targeting Daesh militants killed at least 33 people and wounded 55 others in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Hamas fighter was killed after being hit by a bullet. (AFP/File)
13:35 GMT

Israeli airstrikes and tank fire killed a Gazan Hamas militant in response to sniper fire, according to a military statement.

A screenshot taken from a Daesh video shows militants holding a Jordanian national captive. (Al Bawaba/File)
12:21 GMT

A warplane belonging to coalition forces has allegedly been shot down in Syria, with the Jordanian pilot being held captive.

Three militants from the Daesh-linked Jund al-Khilafa were killed by Algeria's army. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT

Algeria's army killed three militants including a key leader of a group linked to Daesh, which claimed responsibility for killing a French national in September.

An injured child walks through a makeshift hospital in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma after being hit by an airstrike, December 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT

Daesh militants made further gains in Iraq and Syria after returning to a strategic oil refinery and retaking a hill near a Syrian military base.

Palestinian protesters were prevented by Israeli forces from marching to a military checkpoint in Bethlehem, December 23, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT

Israeli soldiers clashed with a peaceful Palestinian Christmas march in Bethlehem, mildly injuring several people.

Some 500,000 people fled Iraq's Mosul after it was seized by Daesh in June, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT

At least two million Iraqis have been internally displaced because of Daesh violence across 2,049 districts in the country throughout 2014.

Various types of drugs, scales, and mobile phones were recovered by police. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT

Police found plethora of illicit substances at a home in Fanar, a suburb of Beirut.

Daesh militants, who have seized large swathes of land in Iraq and neighboring Syria, have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians, in both Arab states. (AFP/Rami Al-Sayed)
05:00 GMT

Daesh crucified at least ten people in Syria, amid continuation of crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

December 23, 2014

Bassem Youssef was named one of "100 most influential people in the world" by Time magazine in 2013. (AFP/File)
18:31 GMT

Bassem Youssef and his company Q-Soft were fined millions of dollars by The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration for poking fun at Egypt's military leaders.

Participants were subjected to tear gas as Israeli forces prevented them from reaching the checkpoint.(AFP/File)
17:56 GMT

Protesters dressed as Santa Claus promoted peace, freedom, and justice as they marched towards the Israeli checkpoint.

US-led airstrikes targeted militants, infrastructure, and oil/gas installations, but have also taken civilian lives. (AFP/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
16:44 GMT

Monitoring group reviewed civilian deaths over the past three months due to US-led air strikes.