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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.

African migrants gather in Jerusalem to protest against Israel's migration policies (Screenshot/Youtube)
08:44 GMT

African illegal immigrants have marched from southern Israel to Jerusalem in protest of Israel's migrant detention policy and to urge the Knesset to recognize them as refugees. However, the police cracked down on the protest and have arrested over 150 African migrants who participated.

Israeli riot police walk towards stone-throwers as pass the Dome of the Rock mosque following Friday prayers. [Getty Images]
07:59 GMT

Jordan demanded on Tuesday that Israel remove surveillance cameras at the city's sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Western powers have previously said that Assad would have no future role in Syria's government, but now they seem to be changing their stances (File Archive/AFP)
06:19 GMT

Western leaders showed signs Tuesday that the proposed Geneva II peace talks may "not lead to the removal" of the country's president Bashar Al Assad who may remain "key in any transitional administration."

UN-OPCW inspectors who previously visited sites of chemical weapon attacks in Syria said the country's government is not yet ready to move the chemical stockpiles to Latakia (File Archive/AFP)
05:51 GMT

The UN chemical watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile successfully finalized and approved the details of the plan Tuesday. More information will follow Wednesday.

Syria's Nusra Front was one of the two groups that claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack (File Archive/AFP)
05:33 GMT

Syria's Nusra Front and the Marwan Hadid Brigades claimed responsibility Tuesday for attacks in Lebanon's northeastern city of Hermel as a message to Hezbollah to leave the war in Syria.

Egypt's Al Sisi originally said that he would not seek the presidency, but in recent weeks has reversed his stance (File Archive/AFP)
05:23 GMT

Egypt's constitutional committee said Tuesday that it will "urge" Egypt's military chief to run for president.