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December 21, 2013

Iraqi army recruits parade during a graduation ceremony near Baghdad. [Getty Images]
10:48 GMT

Five senior Iraqi officers, including a major general, and 10 soldiers were killed on Saturday in clashes with insurgents in the west of the country, military sources reported.

An Egyptian anti-government protester holds a poster mocking Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi during a demonstration outside the presidential palace in Cairo on February 8, 2013. [Getty Images]
10:31 GMT

Mohamed Morsi will be tried with more than 100 other defendants, including members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice-President of Iran, delivers a speech during the 57th General Conference at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna on September 16, 2013. [Getty Images]
10:13 GMT

Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi said that Tehran has agreed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its military facilities, in statements reported on Friday.

December 20, 2013

Israeli forces kill 1 Palestinian, injure 5 across Gaza Strip. [Getty Images]
18:57 GMT

A Palestinian man was shot dead and five others were injured in a number of incidents across the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Arab League-United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi addresses a news conference after a meeting on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva Dec. 20, 2013. [AFP]
17:54 GMT

Negotiators have failed to reach an agreement on whether Iran should be invited to Syria peace talks in Geneva next month, U.N. and Arab League envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday.

Israeli soldiers patrol the border with Lebanon in the northern Israeli area of Metulla, Friday, May 11, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
17:01 GMT

The Lebanese soldier behind the recent killing of an Israeli soldier had probably only planned to deter his victim from engaging in “provocative and indecent” acts on the border, a local Lebanese newspaper reported Friday.

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah [Getty Images]
16:53 GMT

Hezbollah’s Chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah vowed Friday his party would avenge the killing of Hassan Lakkis, one of the party’s commander who was assassinated earlier this month, saying evidence collected by the group indicated Israel was behind the hit.

Iraqi men inspect the site of a bomb attack that went off outside a cafe in Baghdad's Bayaa neighborhood. []
15:37 GMT

At least eight people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded after two bomb attacks hit a northern Iraqi town, security sources said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Getty Images]
15:25 GMT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will be traveling to Cairo Friday and will meet with Egyptian President Adly Monsour Saturday, officials said.

A US federal appeals court has revived claims by families of 9/11 victims against Saudi Arabia
15:03 GMT

A federal appeals court in New York City has revived litigation against Saudi Arabia on behalf of families of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney warned that if the new legislation to impose fresh sanctions on Tehran is enacted, “the president would veto it.” [Getty Images]
14:51 GMT

The White House warned on Thursday that it would veto new congressional legislation that would toughen sanctions against Iran, because it could sink a final deal to stop Tehran getting a nuclear bomb.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
14:43 GMT

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Thursday that Iran faced two options prior to this month’s nuclear agreement with world powers, either to surrender or go to war.

Representatives of Iran and the six world powers attend first round of talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 2013. [presstv]
05:00 GMT

Six world powers met in Geneva on Thursday to discuss more details about curbing Tehran's nuclear program as well as lifting economic sanctions from the US.

December 19, 2013

On 13 December 1996, the United Nations Security Council recommended Annan to replace the previous Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt, whose second term faced the veto of the United States.[wikipedia]
18:01 GMT

Members of a constitutional committee which included former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan viewed the document with approval calling it "one step closer to democracy" in Egypt.

Istanbul Police Headquarters in Fatih are seen on December 18 ,2013 in Istanbul. Turkish police detained more than 20 people including the sons of three cabinet ministers and several high-profile businessmen. [AFP]
17:24 GMT

After probes into police practices as elections near in Turkey, Istanbul's police chief is relieved of his duty after corruption trails turn up bribery and threats of local governments.