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December 30, 2013

Honor killings are a controversial issue in the Middle East region and widely protested by human rights groups. [cloudfront]
06:34 GMT

Two brothers have been sentenced to death after they killed their sister for "behaving badly".

December 29, 2013

A Pakistani paramedic treats an injured child following a grenade attack on a polio vaccination team in Quetta. [AFP]
18:24 GMT

A polio team was attacked by a bomb while administering vaccinations to children in Pakistan.

A Syrian refugee family covers their make shift home with plastic sheeting as a rain and cold weather front envelops the region, close to the southern Lebanese village of Sardah on December 29, 2013. [AFP]
18:09 GMT

In the 14th attack over the last year, rockets from Syria struck Ersal, a border-town in East Lebanon.

Syrian-Kurdish refugee women wait to fill up water containers at the Quru Gusik (Kawergosk) refugee camp, 20 kilometers east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. [AFP]
17:42 GMT

The United Nations said Sunday that it has completed the first aid airlift from Iraq to Syria.

The French president will meet with both Hariri and Jarba in Saudi Arabia this week (Bertrand Guay/AFP)
13:54 GMT

French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to meet with former Lebanese premier Saad Hariri and Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in Saudi Arabia this week, according to announcements released Sunday.

Libyans have been calling for Zeidan's resignation throughout the capital since Friday (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
13:43 GMT

Libyans gathered in the capital Tripoli in renewed demonstrations Sunday calling for the oust and resignation of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

Israel has sent tanks to its border with Gaza as tensions rise between the Jewish state and the Palestinian territory (Menahem Kahana/AFP)
12:44 GMT

Israel announced Sunday that it has resumed fuel deliveries to the sole power plant in the Gaza Strip.

Gunmen attacked the Sahwa at a checkpoint Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
11:42 GMT

At least four anti-Qaeda fighters died Sunday after gunmen attacked the soldiers at a milita checkpoint in Iraq's Abu Ghraib area.

The Omani pair were kidnapped near the historic city of Baalbek (Shutterstock)
11:20 GMT

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry announced Sunday that two Omani citizens who were kidnapped in eastern Lebanon earlier this week have been freed.

People gather in downtown Beirut Sunday to commemorate the life of former Minister Mohammad Chatah (Courtesy of the Daily Star)
10:58 GMT

Hundreds of government officials and politicians gathered in Downtown Beirut Sunday to bid farewell to former Minister Mohammad Shatah who was killed in Friday's bombing in Lebanon's capital.

Explosions in Cairo last week left at least five people wounded (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP)
10:32 GMT

A bomb attack on Egypt's military intelligence building in the country's Nile Delta region left four wounded Sunday.

Iraq has been hit by growing levels of sectarian violence in 2013. According to the ex VP, al-Maliki (pictured) is using the violence against Sunnis to get the Shiite vote. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT

Former Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al Hashimi accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of trying to get the Shiite vote by "killing Sunni Muslims".

Local Libyan militias have created their own checkpoints throughout the country as the battle with Tripoli for power and control in the post- Gaddafi era (File Archive/AFP)
09:20 GMT

Four U.S. military personnel were released Sunday after Libyan government officials briefly detained the individuals.

Sheikh Ali Salman, the leader of the al-Wefaq Shiite opposition party in Bahrain, has been arrested. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT

Sheik Ali Salman, leader of the Al Wefaq opposition political party in Bahrain, was arrested in Manama on Saturday.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas greeted the first group of released prisoners under the peace talks deal in August (File Archive/AFP)
08:45 GMT

Israel published a list of 26 names late Saturday of "long-serving" Palestinian prisoners who will be released this week