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December 6, 2013

Free Syrian Army members at their base on April 21, 2013, in Darkoush, Syria. [Getty Images]
15:34 GMT

The military wing of Syria’s foreign-sponsored opposition says it will not take part in the upcoming Geneva conference on the crisis in Syria, Press TV reports.

 Former South African President Nelson Mandela and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat [tumblr.com]
13:32 GMT

Arab and Muslim figures on Friday mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, noting his cause as an example for the world to follow.

Yemeni soldiers patrol a street after a suicide car bombing at the defence ministry in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 5, 2013. [AFP]
10:36 GMT

AQAP claims Thursday’s attack on the defense ministry in Sanaa that killed 52 and wounded 167 people.

Yemeni soldiers patrol a street after a suicide car bombing at the defence ministry in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 5, 2013. [Getty Images]
09:01 GMT

An Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Defense Ministry compound in the capital, Sanaa.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the former South African President Nelson Mandela pose at Mandela's house inJohannesburg 01 April 2006.Abbas said he considered Mandela as the father of all liberation movements. [Getty Images]
08:44 GMT

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas paid tribute Friday to Nelson Mandela's commitment to his people's cause as he mourned the South African liberation icon.

Apprentice chemical weapons inspectors of the United Nations and extras take part in an exercise during the education of OPCW inspectors at the German armed forces. [Getty Images]
08:21 GMT

Syrian opposition activists on Thursday accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of again using poison gas in rebel-held areas, saying victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a meeting with US Secretary Of State John Kerry on December 5, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.
08:04 GMT

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Thursday peace talks with Israel were “difficult and complicated,” after a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

 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.