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December 16, 2013

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.

December 15, 2013

Ever since the 2011 revolution, tourism has taken a major hit. [andreeapavaloiu]
21:42 GMT

Following Germany's step in September to lift its travel warning on Egypt, more than two dozen other countries have followed suit, bringing hope that Egypt's much needed tourism sector will rise again.

Gunmen murdered a female TV presenter in northern Iraq on Sunday. [yourmiddleeast]
20:49 GMT

The death toll for journalists in Iraq has increased after another media figure was killed in Mosul. This time, a female TV presenter was shot in the Northern Iraq.

UK Foreign secretary, William Hague attends the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital, Manama. [AFP]
17:48 GMT

After Assad tricked EU governments into releasing millions in funds, Britain has tightened sanctions blocking assets to the Syrian regime.

Benghazi has been suffering from violent attacks since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, with militias refusing to bow to governmental authority. (AFP/File)
16:32 GMT

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed an army colonel in the restive eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, officials said Sunday.

U.N. aid deliveries to Syria will help feed more than 6,000 Syrian families in desperate need of humanitarian assistance until the end of December. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT

On Sunday, the United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria from Iraq, amid announcements that it plans to supply more food and winter supplies - such as blankets and medicine - to the Kurdish northeast in the coming 12 days.

A Palestinian man sits on the roof of his house in a flooded area of Gaza city on December 15, 2013 following heavy rain. A fierce winter storm shut down much of the Middle East the past days. [AFP]
14:49 GMT

The fueling process has begun at Gazas only power plant after seven weeks of shut down due to extreme weather in the region.

The recent snow has done little to stop the fighting between Syrian rebel and regime forces (Medo Halab/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Air raids in Syria's Aleppo left 15 people dead in rebel-held areas of the city, and continued fighting in Adra has left 28 dead thus far.

Palestinian civil defense volunteers help people to travel across flood waters in Gaza City following rain storms for the past few days, on December 14, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:53 GMT

As a winter storm sweeping the Middle East begins to recede on Sunday, the countries affected are counting the costs of the damage snowstorm Alexa has caused.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters Sunday that Iran is still committed to Geneva talks despite the US blacklist decision this week that "is against the spirit of the deal" (File Archive/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told reporters Sunday that Iran is still committed to continuing negotiations with world powers despite the United States' recent "unsuitable actions."

 Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi. [Getty Images]
09:43 GMT

Egypt’s upcoming constitutional referendum is the country’s “biggest challenge” since July 30 overthrow of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi, Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Saturday.

A Japanese business man escaped a kidnapping attempt by armed men outside his home in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday. Yemen is struggling to stay stable with a growing number of violent attacks, a northern rebellion and southern secessionists. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT

A Japanese business man escaped a kidnapping attempt by armed men outside his home in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday.

These images were e-mailed anonymously to Levinson’s family in 2011. (Photo courtesy: FBI)
06:26 GMT

After denying they knew the whereabouts of missing FBI agent Robert Levinson, Iran has also asked the U.S. for more information on the mission Levinson was completing on Iranian territory when he went missing.

Fighting in Syria's Aleppo has continued despite the snow (Medo Halab/AFP)
06:14 GMT

Rebel sources told reporters this weekend that Syria's Islamic Front will meet with US officials in Turkeys over the upcoming days.

Rescue services have been evacuating thousands of Gazans from their homes due to heavy flooding that has left many homes underwater (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
05:35 GMT

Israel told reporters Saturday that it will ease its fuel blockade on Gaza and allow 450,000 liters of diesel into the territory amidst heavy flooding that has forced more than 4,000 families to evacuate their homes.