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December 8, 2013

The interim Egyptian government has cracked down on Islamists since former president Morsi's oust in July (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
10:32 GMT

155 people arrested during clashes in the capital in October were acquitted in Cairo's misdemeanor court Saturday.

Israel's Economy Minister wants the Jewish state to annex parts of the West Bank where many Israeli settlers live (File Archive)
09:43 GMT

Israel's Economy Minister Naftali Bennett proposed Sunday that the Jewish state annex parts of the West Bank.

The predominantly Shi'ite Amil neighborhood of Iraq's capital has been the target of many bombing attacks over the past years (File Archive)
09:08 GMT

At least five people were killed from a bomb that detonated in an outdoor market in Iraq's capital Baghdad.

Bedouins protest against the Prawer-Begin Bill in Hura, a village in the Negev desert of southern Israel.[AFP]
09:06 GMT

Hundreds turned out for a march that led from Ajami Mosque to Gazan Park in Jaffa in protest of the Prawer Plan which aims to relocate Bedouins from large land settlement to a fraction of the space.

Ahmed Douma, Ahmed Maher, and Mohamed Adel face charges for violating Egypt's new protest law (Courtesy of Ahram Online)
08:39 GMT

Prominent Egyptian youth activists Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Maher will appear in court Sunday due to their participation in a demonstration last week in violation of the country's new protest law. Mohamed Adel, will be tried in absentia according to judicial sources.

Lakhdar Brahimi meets UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon ahead of a meeting with Bashar al-Assad. [AFP]
08:30 GMT

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will discuss details of Geneva II with U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Paris on Sunday.

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that Jordan is well up to the responsibilities needed to be a non-permanent member on the U.N. Security Council. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that the Hashemite Kingdom is more than capable of living up to the responsibility of being a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbi told reporters Saturday that Sana'a wants to join the GCC during the annual Manama dialogue (Reuters)
07:16 GMT

Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbia told reporters Saturday that Yemen is hoping to join the Gulf Cooperation Council.

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers the keynote address at the 10th Anniversary Saban Forum, Power Shifts: US-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East, in Washington on December 7, 2013. (AFP)
07:07 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that pursuing a two-state solution and peace with Palestine was in Israel's best interests as he reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to safeguarding Israel's security.

Selling alcohol in Iraq is a dangerous business, with liquor store workers facing bombings, shootings and robberies. [GettyImages]
05:43 GMT

Militants have claimed the lives of nine people after an attack on alcohol shops in Baghdad in what continues to be a rise in death toll for Iraq.

Beltagi was arrested earlier this year for his participation in the pro-Morsi Rabaa Al Adawiya sit-in (File Archive)
05:42 GMT

Egyptian judges on Saturday refused to hear the case against Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Al Beltagi and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazi. The judges expressed "unease over the case" and have demanded that another court precedes over the trial.

Wajih Al-Ramahy is not the first Palestinian child to die at the hands of an Israeli soldier.  [juancole]
05:21 GMT

Family and friends blame Israeli troops for firing on and killing a teenage Palestinian boy near the Jalazoun refugee camp.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [jagranjosh]
04:53 GMT

Syrian government and opposition to receive invitations to attend the Geneva II meetings which will be held in late January.

People inspect site of a car bomb attack in Iraq. [presstv]
04:30 GMT

Iraqi authorities say two separate bombings in the northern Baghdad region have killed at least four people and wounded over twenty more.

The photo shows Greek Orthodox nuns at the Meriamiah Church in Damascus on December 9, 2012. [alalam]
04:00 GMT

The head of Lebanon's General Security headed to Qatar on Saturday to seek assistance in the case of a group of nuns seized earlier this month in Syria.