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December 22, 2013

The Al Qaeda attack on Yemen's Defense Ministry left 52 people dead (Courtesy of Al-Jazeera/European Pressphoto Agency)
09:14 GMT

The military leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen announced Sunday that one of its fighters was responsible for the attack that occurred earlier this month on the hospital near the country's defense ministry.

Iran MP Kazem Jalali called the EU delegation's meetings with Sotoudeh and Panahi as "interferance in Iran's internal affairs" (European Union/AFP)
08:41 GMT

Iran issued a statement officially criticizing European parliamentarians for meeting with dissident leaders while visiting the Islamic republic earlier this month.

The Al Qaeda gunmen shot the three soldiers at a checkpoint Saturday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:19 GMT

Gunmen killed three soldiers and abducted four others in Yemen's southern region this weekend.

Former Iranian Intelligence Officer Heydar Moslehi believes that the nuclear deal has given the U.S. the "upper hand to control [Iran's] ideas in the direction it wants" (Atta Kenare/AFP)
07:13 GMT

Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi described the country's recent nuclear deal with Western powers as "shocking"and a "big blow" for Iran.

Living in plastic tents, many refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon are facing severe winter conditions (File Archive/AFP)
06:54 GMT

The UAE announced Saturday that it has raised nearly $28 million for Syrian refugees.

Car bombs have frequently targeted checkpoints throughout the north African country (File Archive/AFP)
06:36 GMT

A bomb exploded near an army checkpoint outside of Libya's Benghazi Sunday, leaving at least seven dead and injuring eight others.

A general view shows the meeting of the Arab League Foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Dec.21,2013.[AFP]
04:00 GMT

The Arab League rejected on Saturday U.S. proposals that would allow Israeli soldiers to be stationed on the eastern border of a future Palestinian state.

December 21, 2013

President Barack Obama urged Congress Friday not to enact new sanctions on Iran in the near future. [Getty Images]
13:30 GMT

Despite a veto threat from US President Barack Obama, hawkish senators in Congress say they will press forward with additional sanctions against Iran by overriding the president’s veto.

Fresh expert-level talks between Iran and six major world powers have entered an unscheduled third day in Geneva. []
12:23 GMT

Fresh expert-level talks between Iran and six major world powers have entered an unscheduled third day in Geneva aimed at devising mechanisms to implement a landmark interim nuclear deal the two sides reached last month.

Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. [AFP]
12:02 GMT

Syrian regime forces are raining death on Aleppo, killing hundreds of people in air strikes that were either "criminally" indiscriminate or "deliberately" aimed at civilians, a rights group said Saturday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  listens to International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi during a joint press conference in Tehran on October 26, 2013. [AFP]
11:02 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed the Syria crisis after negotiators failed to agree on Tehran’s role in upcoming talks, the ministry said Saturday.

Iraqi army recruits parade during a graduation ceremony near Baghdad. [Getty Images]
10:48 GMT

Five senior Iraqi officers, including a major general, and 10 soldiers were killed on Saturday in clashes with insurgents in the west of the country, military sources reported.

An Egyptian anti-government protester holds a poster mocking Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi during a demonstration outside the presidential palace in Cairo on February 8, 2013. [Getty Images]
10:31 GMT

Mohamed Morsi will be tried with more than 100 other defendants, including members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice-President of Iran, delivers a speech during the 57th General Conference at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna on September 16, 2013. [Getty Images]
10:13 GMT

Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi said that Tehran has agreed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its military facilities, in statements reported on Friday.

December 20, 2013

Israeli forces kill 1 Palestinian, injure 5 across Gaza Strip. [Getty Images]
18:57 GMT

A Palestinian man was shot dead and five others were injured in a number of incidents across the Gaza Strip on Friday.