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December 16, 2013

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) troops stand guard at the Ras al-Naqura checkpoint on the Lebanese-Israeli border on December 16, 2013 following crossfire between Israeli and Lebanese forces the previous evening. [AFP]
21:03 GMT

Lebanese leaders condemned the death of a soldier who was killed after two suicide bomb attacks in Sidon.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) meets with Minister of Defense of Qatar, Hamid bin Ali Al-Attiyah, at the Defense Headquarters, on December 10, 2013 at Doha, Qatar. [AFP]
20:53 GMT

Counties looking to get the most jet for their money look onward to the Dubai Air Show as Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter shows up in a big way.

Pakistani men carry an injured blast victim at the site of a bomb explosion in the busy Kissa Khwani market in Peshawar in September. [AFP]
20:42 GMT

Four members of a bomb disposal crew were killed on their way to a blast site after a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.

The ICRC is committed to responding rapidly and efficiently to the humanitarian needs of people affected by armed conflict or by a natural disaster occurring in a conflict area. [balneus]
16:55 GMT

The ICRC coordinated a meetup for six gulf states to address humanitarian law issues pertaining to military programs in the region. It is the first time representatives from each country have met to discuss the issues.

The UN sent its first humanitarian aid airlift into Syria Sunday and is planning to send another one within the next twelve days (Safin Hamed/AFP)
12:29 GMT

The United Nations is seeking $6.5 billion for 16 million people that have been affected by the conflict in Syria.

The Danish vessel that will be used to remove Syria's chemical weapons from Latakia arrived in Cyprus last week (Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP)
12:10 GMT

Italy has agreed to allow vessels carrying Syrian chemical weapons to use one of its ports to carry out the weapons destruction at sea.

Much of Jerusalem and its neighborhood outskirts are still covered with snow as of Monday (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
11:50 GMT

Jerusalem was still "snowed-in" Monday, with many residents still without power due to last week's blizzard, and Gazans are still under water.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu signed the deal with the EU in Ankara Monday (Adem Altan/AFP)
10:23 GMT

Turkey signed an agreement with the European Union Monday that allows EU governments to deport illegal immigrants in EU coming from Turkey back to Turkey.

The US has intensified its drone campaign in Yemen over the past year (File Archive)
08:37 GMT

Yemen's parliament has officially passed a law that bans drone strikes following last week's drone attack in Bayda that killed 17 people, most of whom were civilians.

Two car explosions in Al Bayaa and Al Nahda have already caused several injuries (File Archive/AFP)
08:06 GMT

Suicide bomb attacks throughout Iraq--in Baiji and Baghdad-have left at least 17 people dead thus far.

US Secretary of State told reporters late Sunday that the US will resume non-lethal assistance to Syria "very quickly" (File Archive/AFP)
07:18 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters late Sunday that he expects the US to resume non-lethal aid shipments to Syria "very quickly."

The Aleppo Media Center reported that at least 25 bombs were dropped on the Syrian city Sunday (Mohammed Al Khatieb/AFP)
05:35 GMT

At least 37 people have now died from regime air raids on Syria's Aleppo Sunday. Two representatives from Syria's Islamist rebel group faction also told reporters that proposed meetings between their coalition and the United States are false.

In June, clashes between Lebanese Army and Assir supporters in Sidon left 18 soldiers and dozens of Assir's allies dead (File Archive/AFP)
05:22 GMT

Two army checkpoint attacks in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon left an army first sergeant and four militants dead Sunday evening.

The World Food Programme served approximately 3.5 million people in Syria in 2013 (Safin Hamed/AFP)
05:06 GMT

UN agencies and NGOs announced that they will launch what they hope will be the biggest campaign for Syria Monday to raise much-needed funding to aid internally-displaced and refugees from the conflict.

A Lebanese man holding a umbrella walks past abandoned Israeli cannons during a snow storm in the southern village of Khiam, on the Israeli-Lebanese border. [AFP]
02:45 GMT

After what looked like an attempt to cross the Lebanon-Israeli border, a Lebanese soldier fired on and killed and Israeli soldier.