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December 11, 2013

10:38 GMT

Riyadh's Special Criminal Court sentenced and convicted a man who allegedly plotted to assassinate KSA's Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh to 16 years in jail.

GCC leaders have also been in discussion on forming a union, but Oman has been staunchly opposed to the proposal (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
10:26 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council's two-day summit in Kuwait ended Wednesday with leaders of the council condemning Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the conflict.

US has suspended all forms of non-lethal aid to the northern parts of Syria (Courtesy of Wikimedia)
09:30 GMT

The United States has officially suspended all of its non-lethal assistance to areas in northern Syria, according to Reuters reports from Wednesday.

The Kabul airport has been a target for militant attacks. [wadsam]
07:38 GMT

Initial reports are indicating that the explosion was likely from a suicide bomber but no casualties have been recorded so far.

Razan Zeitouneh, who was kidnapped alongside three colleagues from Damascus. (Image courtesy of The Daily Star)
06:23 GMT

Key Syrian human rights lawyer and prominent opposition activist Razan Zeitouneh and three colleagues have been kidnapped near Damascus.

Members of the Free Syrian Army. [picnik]
06:14 GMT

Not to be confused with the FSA, a Syrian rebel group named the "Islamic Front" has seized Turkey border crossing that included Western-backed FSA components.

Amr Moussa, the chairman of the 50-member strong panel that drafted Egypt's constitution defended the controversial draft charter, saying it guarantees democracy and freedoms. (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT

Amr Moussa, the chairman of the 50-member strong panel that drafted Egypt's constitution defended the controversial draft charter, saying it guarantees democracy and freedoms.

Kerry expressed doubts about Iran's willingness to uphold the nuclear deal Tuesday in front of US lawmakers, but continued to urge Congress to lift sanctions nonetheless (File Archive/AFP)
05:53 GMT

Kerry expressed doubts on the nuclear deal with Iran in front of US lawmakers Tuesday, while an EU delegation finalized preparations for its historic trip to Tehran Friday.

Image from "Scheherazade in Baabda," a play performed by the women inmates of Baabda Prison, Lebanon. [Photograph courtesy of Dalia Khamissy/ Catharsis-LCDT]
04:32 GMT

Activists call for specific reform for new regulations that are women specific in Lebanon's prisons.

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.