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December 11, 2013

The families of Spanish reporters held in Syria by ISIS have come forward to the media. This photo was taken of the two reporters in 2012. [hdnux]
04:15 GMT

Families of two Spanish reporters held by ISIS in Syria come forward to the media after months of silence.

December 10, 2013

A blaze engulfs a car at the scene of an explosion in the Shiite Muslim Al-Amin district of Baghdad on December 8. [AFP]
19:31 GMT

The death toll in Iraq climbs to record highs after a suicide bomber killed 11 and wounded 20 people at a Shi'ite Muslim funeral.

Iraqi SWAT forces stand guard outside Camp Ashraf, home to exiled Iranian opposition members. [AFP]
18:27 GMT

UN looks to Iraq to guarantee safety of several Camp Ashraf residents who were abducted after an attack that killed over 50 people.

An Egyptian policeman tries to detain a student of Cairo University who support the Muslim Brotherhood during clashes with riot police in Cairo. [AFP]
18:15 GMT

Students protest the death of another student, Abdel Ghany Mohamed Hamoula, who was killed during clashes with security forces in November.

A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani (R) delivering his speech to parliament/ [AFP]
18:06 GMT

Israeli President Shimon Peres offered to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The offer was declined by Rouhani.

A police crackdown on an environmental protest led to nationwide protests against the government last June (File Archive/AFP)
12:58 GMT

Turkey has charged 255 protestors with various crimes linked with their involvement in demonstrations last June.

Israeli MPs from the Likud Party welcomed the passage of the new migrant law, saying that it will allow the Jewish state to "send them all back to their countries" (File Archive)
12:44 GMT

Israel's parliament voted in favor of a law that allows illegal African immigrants to be detained for up to a year without trial. The Jewish state is also set to open a new migrant detention facility this Thursday.

Beheaded convict put on public display in Saudi Arabia. [liveleak]
12:19 GMT

Figures from 2012 Saudi beheading total 76 cases with the 2013 figures increasing as the year ends.

This week's UNHCR airlift will be the first of its kind to Syria since the start of the war in 2011 (Courtesy of the UN)
12:12 GMT

The UN is planning to send its first humanitarian airlift to Syria via Iraq this week.

Uzumcu will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on the OPCW's behalf this week in Oslo (Daniel Sannum Lauten/AFP)
11:37 GMT

UN chemical watchdog head Ahmet Uzumcu told reporters Tuesday that the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons will likely begin in late January.

GCC will hold meetings in Kuwait over the next two days to discuss issues on economic integration, as well as more contentious issues such as the council's relationship with Iran (File Archive)
08:45 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) commenced their two-day summit in Kuwait City Tuesday, with contentious issues such as a Gulf Union, ties with Iran, and the Syrian conflict on the table for discussion.

The Iranian parliament has been pushing to improve Tehran's diplomatic ties with US and European states by forging direct relationships with lawmakers in each country. (AFP/File)
08:40 GMT

The Iranian parliament has been pushing to improve Tehran's diplomatic ties with US and European states by forging direct relationships with lawmakers in each country.

Abu Qatada, seen here in an old photo before he was brought back to Jordan for his trial, is charged with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack on the American school in Amman, among other things. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

The trial of Jordanian citizen Omar Mohammad Othman, better known as Abu Qatada, began on Tuesday in Amman with a panel of civilian judges.

Following a spate of controversy and criticism, Egypt's new constitution will be put to a referendum in mid-January, according to a government minister. (AFP/File)
05:49 GMT

Following a spate of controversy and criticism, Egypt's new constitution will be put to a referendum in mid-January, according to a government minister.

Image of a fallen Hezbollah sign. The Shia have been in Lebanon for a thousand years, but Hezbollah has only existed since 1982. [worldaffairsjournal]
05:32 GMT

Hezbollah reaches out in disagreement on news channel Al-Manar who made a public apology to Bahrain on Monday.