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December 12, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrives in Israel today on his 70th birthday, is dooming the potential success of the peace talks by siding with Israel, according to Palestinian sources. (AFP)
09:52 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrives in Israel today on his 70th birthday, is dooming the potential success of the peace talks by siding with Israel, according to Palestinian sources.

KAI is expected to deliver a T-50IQ, a variant of a T-50 supersonic aircraft, to Baghdad between 2015 and 2016 (Courtesy of Air International)
09:31 GMT

Iraq has signed a $1.1 billion deal with South Korea to purchase 24 multi-role light fighters

US Secretary of State has tried to convince US lawmakers to refrain from enacting legislation that would place more sanctions on Iran (File Archive/AFP)
09:01 GMT

US senators are planning to introduce legislation that imposes new sanction on Iran as soon as this week.

Soldiers guard the site where a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a car bomb earlier this week near the Kabul airport (Aref Karimi/AFP)
06:52 GMT

An explosion was reported outside of NATO headquarters in Kabul Thursday

During a phonecall with Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow wants a "speedy" end to Israel's harsh blockade of Gaza. Here, a young boy stands by a puddle of raw sewage, caused by the outage of power in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT

During a phonecall with Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow wants a "speedy" end to Israel's harsh blockade of Gaza.

Snow covers the ground outside tents supplied by the UNHCR for Syrian refugee families in al-Marj, in the eastern Lebanese Bekaa Valley, on January 9, 2013 (AFP/File, Hassan Jarah)
06:13 GMT

The UK has announced that it will provide an addition $40 million for Syrian refugees for "winter assistance" as the weather across the Middle East worsens.

The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014. (AFP/File)
05:57 GMT

The second deputy vice-president of Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly, Larbi Ben Salah Abid, said Thursday that all political parties in Tunisia are awaiting the date of the next presidential and parliamentary elections, which is due to be before the end of 2014.

In late September, KSA activists renewed efforts to allow women the right to drive (File Archive)
05:45 GMT

Two women were detained by police in Riyadh Wednesday for breaking the official ban on female driving.

A funeral was held earlier this week for the 56 that were killed in the attack on the defense ministry Dec. 5 (Mohamed Huwais/AFP)
05:30 GMT

UN offices in Yemen's capital will be closed Thursday after news spread that a possible attack may happen near the international organizations' buildings in Sanaa.

The Lebanese army will be deployed in Tripoli for six months in a bid to calm sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

Two residents of Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district were shot as sectarian tension - largely fuelled by the nearby Syrian conflict - gripped the northern city.

Top Afghan army official Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq has spoken out against Hamid Karzai's (pictured) reluctance to sign a long-term security pact with the U.S., claiming that the president is emboldening the Taliban. (AFP/File)
05:14 GMT

Top Afghan army official Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq has spoken out against Hamid Karzai's reluctance to sign a long-term security pact with the U.S., claiming that the president is emboldening the Taliban.

December 11, 2013

Free Syria Army fighters man a position in the city of Aleppo on Sept. 16, 2012. [AFP]
20:59 GMT

Syria regime accuses Gulf countries, notably Saudi Arabia, of contributing in large part to killing of Syrians and destruction of their country.

A new report says number of foreign militants in Syria exceeds 5,000. [alalam.ir]
18:12 GMT

A new report says the number of foreign militants fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now above 5,000.

Bahraini court jails 12 anti-regime demonstrators. [presstv.ir]
17:54 GMT

A court in Bahrain has sentenced 12 anti-regime protesters to prison for allegedly attacking a car warehouse as the Al Khalifa regime steps up its crackdown on dissent.

Mohammed Badie along with 34 co-defendants, such as Essam Al Eryan, are on trial for protest killings and inciting violence during the June 30 demonstrations (Maher Iskander/AFP)
14:53 GMT

Judges walked out of the trial of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief and his deputies Wednesday following chaos in the courtoom.