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December 6, 2013

 Rep. Duncan Hunter said stopping Iran from gaining nuclear capability was “inevitable.” [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

California Republican Duncan Hunter says that if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, it should use "tactical" nukes.

Nelson Mandela shakes hands with Yasser Arafat: South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela meets with Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, May 20, 1990 in Cairo. Both are in Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. (Image courtesy of News Najj)
00:06 GMT

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, dies aged 95 and Palestinians grieve as twins in Apartheid.

December 5, 2013

Lebanese army soldiers patrol a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 4, 2013 as the army deployed following clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime. [Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP]
18:02 GMT

The Army said it arrested three more people in Tripoli, bringing the total number of detainees to 28 since Monday.

Supporters of 28-year-old blogger Khaled Said who died following police questioning before the revolution in 2010, during a demonstration outside the criminal court where the second retrial session is underway on December 2, 2013. [AFP]
16:20 GMT

The Salafist Nour Party on Thursday called on Egyptians to vote "Yes" in an upcoming referendum on a revised version of Egypt's 2012 constitution.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a joint press conference with US Secretary Of State John Kerry on December 5, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. [Gali Tibbon/Getty Images]
15:20 GMT

Israel’s security is a top priority in talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during his Jerusalem visit Thursday.

Israel's Environment Minister Amir Peretz speaks during the 18th ordinary meeting of contracting parties to the Barcelona convention and its protocols on December 5 2013 in istanbul. [Ozan Kose/AFP]
15:00 GMT

Amir Peretz is the first minister to travel to the country in an official capacity since relations soured in 2010.

An American man working at the international school in Benghazi was shot and killed on Thursday morning. Benghazi has been gripped by violence since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT

A U.S. citizen working in an international school in Benghazi was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in Libya on Thursday.

Benjamin Netanyahu's ludicrous spending habits - the PM splashed out $3,000 on ice cream - have come under fire from disgruntled ex-Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin. (Image courtesy of Haaretz)
11:21 GMT

Former chief of Shin Bet Yuval Diskin on Thursday criticised Benjamin Netanyahu's government after he was called "rustrated and sanctimonious" for calling for stronger Israeli policies on Palestine.

Al Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant previously kidnapped approximately 200 Kurdish civilians in July (Courtesy of Al Manar)
11:10 GMT

Syrian jihadists from the Al Qaeda linked-group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, kidnapped 50 Kurds Thursday.

Smoke rises from the suicide bomb attack on Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
08:41 GMT

A suicide car bomber attacked Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday killing at least twenty and leaving dozens wounded.

Syria's fragile domestic security situation could derail the OPCW's ambitious plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014, according to the head of the mission. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT

Syria's fragile domestic security situation could derail the OPCW's ambitious plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014, according to the head of the mission.

Security officials examine a car after a bomb in Kirkuk Wednesday (Reuters)
06:44 GMT

Nine people were killed in northern Iraq Wednesday as part of a a coordinated, massive attack on a shopping mall.

Five Palestinians were wounded, including a 14-year-old girl, from Tuesday's bomb explosion during the funeral procession of Fatah official Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Issa ( Courtesy of Stefan Christoff/Electronic Intifada)
06:08 GMT

Recent bombing and shootings in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp has left the community-and town-paralyzed.

The U.S. and its allies have begun talks with Islamist rebels fighting in Syria ahead of the Geneva peace talks in January (AFP/File)
05:59 GMT

The United States has reached out to Islamist militias among the Syrian opposition as it seeks to reach a political solution to war in Syria, a U.S. official confirmed Wednesday.

Raed Hijazi, a Jordanian-American jihadist, was detained in Jordan last month (Courtesy of Lawrence Journal)
05:53 GMT

Jordan is cracking down on jihadists on hardline Islamists.