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December 19, 2013

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill Wednesday that would restore aid to Egypt in full (Shutterstock)
07:17 GMT

The United States Senate approved a bill Wednesday that restores aid to Egypt in full at $1.6 billion vis-a-vis granting U.S. President Barack Obama the "power to waive a federal law based on national security."

Saeb Erekat's comments represent the first time that Palestine has agreed to the goal of finding a preliminary deal as a first step to a final deal (File Archive/AFP)
06:37 GMT

The lead Palestinian negotiator in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks told reporters Wednesday that his negotiation team is "ready to extend" its current peace talks with Israel beyond the April deadline.

The faces of the hostages in the January Algerian gas plant attack (Courtesy of the Guardian)
05:50 GMT

The United States officially blacklisted Algerian jihadists and a Syrian Islamist rebel group Wednesday.

Israeli's defense forces did not allow ambulances to reach some of those who were injured in the raid (File Archive/AFP)
05:33 GMT

Israeli forces raided Jenin refugee camp Wednesday, leaving one Palestinian dead and six others injured.

Hundreds of people were killed during the August chemical weapons attack in Damascus, which the U.N. has now condemned officially as the responsibility of the regime (File Archive/AFP)
05:19 GMT

The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Wednesday that expresses outrage and places blame on the Syrian regime for human atrocity and abuse.

The Tunisian and Egyptian leader were both ousted during the Arab Spring. [outernationalist]
03:34 GMT

The Swiss government has opted to hold funds from two ousted leaders as the investigation continues for the source of the funds.

December 18, 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses media representatives during a press interaction in New Delhi on December 14, 2013. [AFP]
22:43 GMT

Iraq urges Afghanistan to move forward with a security deal with the US after Afghan President Hamid Karzai stalls efforts.

Israeli Avigdor Lieberman meets with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. [AFP]
17:00 GMT

After after being charged with fraud and corruption, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's case will not be appealed after his acquittal.

The Egyptian security forces originally claimed the 37 died during an escape attempt - but it was later proved that they died of asphyxiation due to tear gas and overcrowding while they were being taken to a Cairo prison. (AFP/File)
15:50 GMT

The trial of the Egyptian police officers charged with killing 37 detainees by asphyxiation in August has been postponed until December 24.

Whether it is Iran’s nuclear program, conflict in Syria, international terrorism, or domestic security, the IRGC is a key decision maker. [standupamericaus]
14:39 GMT

Three Iranian guards were killed after the car they were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb.

An Egyptian supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood holds the portraits of deposed president Mohamed Morsi during a rally outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque late on July 7, 2013. [AFP]
13:43 GMT

Morsi officially being charged with conspiracy and acts of terror as the trial for the former President of Egypt continues.

Robert Ford told reporters Wednesday that Syria's Islamist rebels have refused to meet with the U.S. (Courtesy of Foreign Policy)
12:58 GMT

The U.S. Ambassador to Damascus told reporters Wednesday that an Islamist rebel group has refused to meet with US officials.

UNIFIL peacekeepers patrol the area in the southern border town of Naqoura, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
11:43 GMT

The European Union has called for restraint after an Israeli soldier was killed by a Lebanese soldier who opened fire across the border.

If Karzai does not approve the U.S. security agreement, there will be no foreign troops on Afghan soil post-2014. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Failing Afghan President Hamid Karzai's green light on a deal securing the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan post-2014, NATO would have to start preparing its troops for total withdrawal by this spring, according to top military commander Philip Breedlove.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the media after a closed-door meeting of the Security Council on Syria December 16, 2013. [AFP]
09:00 GMT

Russia announced Monday that its navy was ready to escort ships carrying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile out of the country.