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November 30, 2013

U.N. General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon warned the international community against the mounting tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and called for an end to all new Israeli settlements in Palestine's occupied territories. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

U.N. General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon warned the international community against the mounting tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and called for an end to all new Israeli settlements in Palestine's occupied territories.

The top U.S. military commander stationed in Afghanistan apologised personally to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for a drone strike that caused dozens of civilian casualties, including the death of a 2-year-old child. (AFP)
06:24 GMT

The top U.S. military commander stationed in Afghanistan apologised personally to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for a drone strike that caused dozens of civilian casualties, including the death of a 2-year-old child.

Female members of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on November 27, 2013. Seven of the 21 arrested are aged between 15-17. (AFP)
05:57 GMT

Following international pressure from human rights groups, Egypt's interim president will reconsider the status of 21 female protesters who were given 11-year jail sentences by an Alexandria court this week - despite seven of them being aged 15-17.

More than 50 people were killed, execution-style, in Sunni majority areas of Iraq on Friday. (AFP/File)
05:47 GMT

According to security officials, more than 50 people were killed in mass executions in Iraq on Friday after violence struck Baghdad and other Sunni-majority parts of the country.

November 29, 2013

Egyptian Activists and members of the 6th of April movement shout slogans against the Egyptian Military on November 27, 2013, in Cairo. [Gianluigi Guercia/AFP]
12:06 GMT

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood call for protests after Friday prayers despite new limits on demonstrations

Rebels and civilians carry the body of a man killed after an air strike by pro-government forces on the Syrian city of Aleppo on November 28, 2013. [AFP]
11:47 GMT

Many were killed by Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters after they stormed Deir Attiyeh, according to Sham activist network

A displaced Syrian child walks through a camp with a jug of water in a makeshift camp for Syrian refugees only miles from the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley on November 12, 2013 in Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. [Spencer Platt/ Getty Images]
11:32 GMT

Most of the 680 small shops at Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp employ children, the U.N. says

Iranians gathering amid rubble in the Iranian western city of Borazjan, on November 28, 2013, after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the country. [Mohammad Salehinia/AFP]
04:20 GMT

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran's sole nuclear power plant has killed seven people and injured 30, authorities said.

Libyan men stand outside a building used by Ansar al-Sharia militia after it was torched by residents on November 25, 2013 in Benghazi. [Abdullah Doma/AFP]
04:00 GMT

An explosion at a weapons depot in an air base south of Libya killed more than 40 people on Thursday, a security source said according to Reuters.

November 28, 2013

Fourteen women and seven girls were sentenced to heavy jail terms due to their alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and participation in a violent October protest (AP)
13:12 GMT

Cairo courts acquitted three police officers Thursday for torturing five Islamists who were under their custody during former president Hosni Mubarak's rule.

Car bombs in Iraq's capital targeted Sahwa officers, who are considered traitors by Al Qaeda due to their cooperation with the US military (File Archive/AFP)
12:21 GMT

At least fifteen people have been killed in Iraq Thursday in another day of multiple attacks throughout the country.

Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi waits ahead of the Board of Governors meeting at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna on November 28, 2013. [Alexander Klien/AFP]
11:58 GMT

The IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Thursday that Iran has invited the atomic energy agency to visit the Arak heavy-water plant on December 8.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. [Georges Gobet/AFP]
11:47 GMT

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton signs a financial agreement of €90 million in assistance to Egypt despite recent 'worrying reports'

Syria's northern city of Raqa has been under control of the rebels since the beginning of the war (AP)
10:37 GMT

Syrian opposition and regime fighters clashed in Damascus Thursday, with the Syrian army recapturing Deir Attiyeh less than a week after rebels seized the strategic town.

Egypt's long-awaited new constitution may be put to the vote on Thursday afternoon (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT

Egypt's 50-member constitution panel may begin voting on Thursday afternoon, committee leader Amr Moussa has said.