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December 26, 2013

 A member of the Egyptian security forces stands in front of the damaged police building following a powerful car bomb explosion in the Egyptian city of Mansura earlier this week. [AFP]
15:28 GMT

Just one day after being declared a "terrorist group", Egyptian government officials have arrested 16 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood on terrorist charges.

Jewish media reported that Abbas and Netanyahu have been holding secret talks for years earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
13:00 GMT

A spokesperson from the office of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has officially denied recent reports in Israeli media that suggest Abbas has been conducting secret talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for several years.

Ahmed Maher is one of three activists who started a hunger strike this week in protest of their prison conditions in Cairo (File Archive)
12:12 GMT

Egypt's prominent youth activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma, who were jailed by authorities last week, launched a hunger strike this week to protest their treatment in a south Cairo prison.

Unprecedented protests in Turkey earlier this year have sparked increased public outlash and criticism of Erdogan's rule over the past six months (File Archive)
11:23 GMT

Turkey's opposition spoke out Thursday against "scandal-hit" Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of trying to rule the country via a "secretive 'deep state,' or a "shadowy power structure unhindered by democratic checks and balances."

Dozens of protesters have called for Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's resignation. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT

Protesters on Thursday took the streets of the Libyan city of Tripoli, blocking access to the central bank and the city's port, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

The destruction of al-Araqib village is part of the Israeli government's Prawer Plan. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT

For the 63rd time, Israeli forces on Thursday morning bulldozed and demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in Negev.

According to experts, nuclear weapons can be produced with 20 percent purity of uranium. The new Iranian bill goes well beyond this. (Getty/File)
10:32 GMT

A recent bill put forward by Iranian lawmakers would see the government to enrich uranium to 60 percent purity.

Egyptians took to the streets earlier this week after a car bomb killed thirteen people in Egypt's Mansura (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
08:29 GMT

An unknown individual threw an explosive near a public bus near a school complex in Cairo's Nasr City Thursday morning.

Suicide bombers targeted an army checkpoint outside of Benghazi earlier this week (Abdullah Doma/AFP)
08:14 GMT

Attacks in Libya's Benghazi left one police officer dead and another wounded late Wednesday as the north African country "spirals" into further violence and chaos.

Israel previously released some Palestinian prisoners as part of the ongoing peace talks in August and October (File Archive)
07:46 GMT

Israel will release the third group of Palestinian prisoners next week as part of ongoing peace talks, but is also planning to announce new settlement construction by the end of the year.

This is a photograph of the alleged Nusra leader Al Golani (File Archive/AFP)
07:31 GMT

Letters provided to reporters Wednesday indicate that Syria's Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has been plotting to kidnap UN workers.

Approximately 3,800 residents were evacuated from Moadamiyet Al Sham in October (File Archive/AFP)
07:02 GMT

Regime and rebel forces reached a landmark truce Wednesday in a besieged town close to Damascus that will allow aid agencies to deliver supplies to starving civilians starting Thursday.

Israel also has deployed more tanks to its border with Gaza this week due to increasing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians residing in the territory after Jewish soldiers killed a three-year-old girl this week (Menahem Kahana/AFP)
06:16 GMT

The United Nations Palestine refugee agency officially condemned Israelis' latest destruction of Palestinian homes in the West Bank that has displaced 68 people thus far.

December 25, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood will mark the third anniversary of Mubarak's ouster by protesting in support of Morsi.(AFP/File)
14:48 GMT

On the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will be marching and petitioning for former President Mohamed Morsi to be reinstalled in office.

Egyptians carry the body of one of the thirteen people killed in a car bomb attack earlier in the day, during his funeral in the Egyptian city of Mansura, North of Cairo, on December 24, 2013. (AFP)
10:26 GMT

Egypt's Ansar Jerusalem (known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Arabic) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's deadly attack on a security site in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura that killed 14 people.